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A sunny climate, beautiful beaches and clifftop towns are highlights of road trips from Palermo, Sicily’s capital. The city is an ideal base from which to discover Sicily’s rich natural and historic sights. To get the best out of the region, book Palermo car hire online in advance and explore at your own pace.

Language: Italian | Currency: Euros (€) | Avg. Flight time: 2 hrs 50 mins

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Palermo?

To hire a car in Palermo, you must be at least 19 years old – that’s the entry level age set by a number of car hire firms. For other firms, you must be at least 21 years of age to hire a car. If you’re under 25, you can expect a ‘young driver surcharge’ to be added to the bill.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Palermo?

To hire a car in Palermo you will need a full and clean photocard driving licence, a credit or debit card in your name, and another form of ID, such as a passport. Some firms may also ask for proof of address and/or proof of insurance, but this isn’t commonplace. To be sure, check before you travel.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Palermo?

No, you don’t need to take out car hire excess insurance when you rent a car in Palermo, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. In fact, for peace of mind and added security, it’s often recommended that you take out car hire excess insurance, as it will reduce the amount of excess you have to payout if you have an accident. Avoid paying walk-up rates at a hire desk – a standalone policy booked in advance will save you cash.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Palermo?

You certainly can hire a car using your debit card in Palermo, as many car hire providers accept them, usually with conditions and restrictions attached. That said, other rental firms will only accept credit cards.

Which rental companies are available at Palermo Falcone Borsellino Airport?

The following car hire firms can be found in the arrivals hall at Falcone Borsellino Airport: Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Goldcar, Hertz, Holiday Car Rental, Italy Car Rent, Locauto, Leasys, Maggiore, Noleggiare, Sicily by Car, Auto Europa, Sicily Rent Car and Sixt.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Palermo?

Generally, no, but it really does depend. If you search and compare a range of car hire deals online, you should be able to bag yourself as good a deal at the airport as you would find off-site in Palermo.

Can you rent a car in Palermo and drop it off in another city?

Yes, you can hire a car in Palermo and drop it off in another city in Sicily, such as Catania and Taormina. Some firms will even let you drop your hire car off in mainland Italy, too.

Can you rent a car the same day in Palermo?

Yes. If you need to pick up a hire car on the day in Palermo, you can do just that. For the convenience, you may have to pay more – and you may find that fewer cars are available.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Palermo?

Absolutely. For a number of car hire providers in Palermo, 21 is the minimum age requirement. You can hire a car if you’re younger, too, with other firms offering deals to 19-year-olds. As is standard practice, you can expect to be charged more as a ‘young driver’ (that is, anyone under 25).

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