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Catania car hire tips

  • Where to pick up your car

    The most popular car hire location is Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA), just under 20 mins'' drive from the centre (about 5km).

  • Top car rental brands

    The most popular car rental brands in Catania are Sicily By Car, Locauto, Firefly, Goldcar and Interrent.

  • Local currency

    Euro (EUR)

  • Average temperatures

    Warmest month: July (26°C)
    Coldest month: January (11°C)

  • Side of road

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Hire a car in Catania

Sicily’s second city, Catania is a place of chaos and beauty, overlooked by a continuously rumbling volcano.

Mount Etna – Europe’s most active volcano – has influenced and defined Catania throughout history. It has destroyed the city on several occasions, leaving behind few Baroque buildings and forcing a quick re-build of the city’s visual landscape.

Catania is home to the sweetest pistachios in the world and, of course, its own signature pasta sauce. Whether it''s the food or the anticipation of volcanic eruption, the city’s youthful energy is contagious.

Coastal day trip

Taormina

Taormina is, as Ernest Hemingway put it, “so pretty it hurts to look at”.  Under an hour’s drive from Catania, this coastal town and long-established tourist resort is probably the most visited place in Sicily.

Set upon a rocky outcrop, it’s easy to get lost within the town’s elaborate network of medieval streets, but that''s all part of the fun. Taormina has a rich Mediterranean, yet touristy atmosphere. Its main attraction is its dramatic ancient Roman-Greek theatre. It is also the ideal gateway for an excursion over the lava fields and craters of Mount Etna.

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The ultimate Catania road trip

  • Catania Airport CTA

    Catania Airport is the busiest airport in Sicily.

  • Car hire pick up point

    Car hire desks are located near the baggage claim area of the terminal.

  • Syracuse

    Head to the city’s Teatro Greco, an ancient Greek amphitheatre, for the best coastal views and a slice of history.

  • Modica

    A small town known for its chocolate, Modica is bliss for anyone with a sweet tooth.

  • Aidone

    Dubbed the terrace of Sicily, here you’ll find amazing views of Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea.

  • Cefalù

    One of Sicily’s best seaside destinations, with Arab-Norman architecture and mosaic covered cathedrals.

Car hire knowledge

Car hire stats in Catania

Location Average cost per day Lowest cost per day
Catania Airport £23.80 £3.50
Catania Downtown £26.70 £15.90

Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Catania*
January £10
August £32.40
*Based on a 7+day rental

Driving tips

North versus south roads
Highways in the north, around Palermo and where vehicles cross over from the Italian peninsula, are smooth and a pleasure to drive. If you make your way past Catania, towards Syracuse, however, wide roads become narrow and difficult to navigate.

Petrol station espresso
Not your usual driving tip, but this isn’t your usual disappointing petrol station coffee. Espresso runs through the veins of Sicilian culture, so don’t expect anything less than the best from roadside delis. Fill up the tank and sip a silky cup of jo.

Signage
Have a plan laid out before jumping in you car. Road signs in Sicily are not always clear and may only mention larger towns beyond your intended destination or just state the road number.