Car Rental in Milan
As the largest urban area in Italy, Milan is a place with attractions and wonders hiding in all corners of the city. From the world-class galleries and stunning architectural gems to the designer stores and boutique shopping alleys, Milan is also close to many other memorable spots in the region like Lake Como and Lake Garda which are both easily reachable with a car.
Where to rent a car in Milan
Milan is served by three commercial airports which each offer many leading car rental companies for travelers to access immediately upon touching down. From Milan Malpensa Airport and Milan Bergamo Airport it usually takes over an hour to drive into Milan, while Milan Linate Airport is a lot closer and takes just 20 minutes. Inside the city itself there are also numerous agencies available, so you can settle into the city first before collecting your vehicle. There are many international car rental providers concentrated around Milan Central Railway station such as Avis, Hertz, Sixt and Europcar and many others situated around the city.
Driving in Milan
As with most major European cities, it is unadvisable to drive around the city center of Milan due to the heavy traffic and the congestion charge (weekdays 07.30-19.30 – around 20 AED per day). You will be fine if you drive through the city center at night but throughout the day traffic moves very slowly and is almost unbearable during the morning and evening rush hours. The streets in this ancient city are quite narrow but the highways around the city are much more accommodating which makes day trips easier. Drivers in Italy might be a bit more aggressive than you are used to and scooters/motorbikes are a common sight in Milan so keep your wits about you.
Parking in Milan
Finding parking spaces in central Milan is very difficult so you may need to find parking on the outskirts before traveling into the city. Some hotels in Milan have free parking so it is always worth checking. Many spaces in the city are reserved for residents with permits and other open spaces are hotly contested. In suburban areas of Milan you will find extensive parking close by to public transport stations which makes it much easier to journey into the center. Alternatively, there are numerous private parking lots which tend to cost around 10-15 AED per hour and will also offer extended stays. If you do have to park centrally you are able to park in Blue line areas – you can pay either with a Sosta Milano parking card (purchased from a convenience store) or by coin-operated meters.
Where to go around Milan
Many of Milan’s most famous attractions are located centrally, but there are so many more memorable places outside the main center which you won’t want to miss. Travelers with a rental car will find many possibilities open up, with many of Italy’s finest nature areas and beautiful villages just a short distance from Milan by car. Consider taking the 80 km drive north to Lake Como which will take less than 2 hours to experience the famous beauty of this region, or head east to Lake Garda which will take 2 hours to reach. Other towns and cities within day-trip distance of Milan include Monza, Bergamo and Cremona.
* This information is correct as of December 2018