The main car hire companies have offices at the airports and in downtown Milan. In addition, Milan has a car-sharing scheme, Guidami, run by the transport authority and accessed by one or two of the hotels.
Where to hire a car
These are two of the most widely represented firms locally, but all the major players are here along with many local firms. Look also at the Simonseeks car hire booking tool for deals.
Avis (www.avis.co.uk) – Malpensa: 02 585 8481; Linate: 02 715 123; Orio al Serio: 035 310 192; Central Station: 02 669 0280.
Sixt (www.sixt.co.uk) – Malpensa: 02 5858 0271; Linate: 02 7020 0268; Orio al Serio: 035 318 862; Central Station: 02 669 2842.
Rules and paperwork
To hire a car you must be at least 21 years of age and have a credit card to cover the deposit. The collision damage waiver is massively expensive; check out an annual insurance scheme from www.Insurance4CarHire.com, which can save you significant amounts on the cost of your holiday.
You will need a valid passport, driving licence (plus an international licence if you are from outside the EU), registration documents and insurance. You must carry all your documents at all times, along with a warning triangle, hi-visibility vest, and spare bulbs.
Rules of the road
All that said, car hire in Italy is expensive and if you are only going to be in Milan itself, entirely unnecessary. A car will be an embarrassment that will only chew up parking fees.