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Where to pick up your car
The most popular car hire location is Bologna G. Marconi Airport (BLQ), just over 20 mins' drive from the centre (about 10km).
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in Bologna are Alamo, Locauto, Sicily By Car, Firefly and Goldcar.
Warmest month: July (25°C)
Coldest month: January (3°C)
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Hire a car in Bologna
Bologna is a city of many distinguished characteristics and celebrated legacies.
As Italy’s food capital and home to the world’s oldest university, it is well-known as both la grassa (the fat one) and la dotta (the learned one). But if that wasn’t enough, the city is also la rossa (the red one), a nickname hinting at its red-hued terracotta medieval buildings.
With fewer tourists than its neighbouring Tuscany region, the city makes a fine base from which to rent a car and explore Italy’s Emilia Romagna region.
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Bologna car hire information
Breakfast lingers on all morning, with lunch beginning around 1pm. Aperitivo – happy hour – starts at 6 or 7pm with dinner later in the evening. Though there’s a good chance you’ll have eaten enough to not need dinner.
Bologna Welcome Card
If you’re interested in hitting up as many of the city’s museums as possible, we recommend buying either a two or three day welcome card. It will grant you free entry and discounts to Bologna’s attractions.
Given the city’s Limited Traffic Zones and few parking spots, it is best to avoid driving within Bologna itself. Instead, park along the city’s perimeter, take public transport inside its limits and drive to neighbouring attractions.
Car hire facts
|Frequently Asked Question||Answer|
|What is the most popular rental length in Bologna?||Six to seven days.|
|What is the most popular month to rent a car in Bologna?||July, when a hire car costs on average £24.50 per day.|
|Cheapest month / most expensive month||Average cost per day of car hire in Bologna|
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