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There are 25 suppliers to choose from in Milan, so you won’t be stuck for choice. Compare their prices using the search form at the top of this page.
Best time to visit
May and September. The city can get uncomfortably humid in the height of summer, so skirting around this time makes a lot of sense. Plus it’ll be quieter.
Petrol – benzina
Diesel – gasolio
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Hire a car in Milan
Elegant and sophisticated, Milan draws millions of visitors from across the globe each year.
Fashion capital of the world and the second-biggest city in Italy, Milan has plenty to offer its visitors. It is also surrounded by irresistible, road-trip-worthy scenery. Descend into the mountains and nearby lake lands for a tranquil getaway.
The world’s first motorway was constructed in Italy, just outside Milan, making it the city the perfect place to start your historic Italian drive. Search with easyCar to find the best deal for your car hire and compare the top rental brands in Milan.
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Which car is right for you?
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What to consider when deciding on your rental?
Think about how many passengers you’ll have as well as how much luggage and the amount of time you’ll be spending in the car. If you’re making some long city to city road trips with two or three other people and all your luggage, an intermediate sized vehicle is probably better. But if you’re just making a few day trips and driving within the cities, a smaller car is best – Italy’s roads are small!
Automatic or manual?
Manual cars are standard in Italy, making them the cheaper rental option. Automatic cars are hard to find and more expensive to rent in comparison. But if you aren’t familiar with driving a manual car, practicing on Italy’s roads is probably best avoided. Stick with the car you’re most comfortable driving.
Driving the Autostrada
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The autostrada is Italy’s extensive network of toll roads, which allow traffic to move faster than on the non-toll superstradas. These toll roads are indicated on green signs by the letter A followed by a number, such as the A1, which connects Milan to Florence and Rome.
When entering the autostrada, you’ll be given a ticket at the gate. From there, follow the signs to your destination and pay at the toll booth when exiting. It will cost you around 20-30 Euro for taking the autostrada from Milan to another major city.
For the most part, these toll roads are fast, but on occasion the speed may drop due to construction or a steep curve in the road. Keep an eye out for any speed limit signs.
Tip: drive any long distances on the autostrada on Sundays, when trucks are not allowed on the toll roads.
Car rental in Milan – the numbers
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the most popular rental length in Milan?
A. Six to seven days.
Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Milan?
Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Milan?
A. Goldcar is the cheapest car rental brand in Milan, offering cars from just £3 per day.
*Based on easyCar real booking data.
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Tips for driving your rental car in Italy
Blue signs indicate state roads – highways that are not toll roads. These may be slower than the autostrada but often much more scenic, so it depends on your timeline and priorities.
It’s well recommended that you have a navigation system handy when driving Italy as road signs aren’t always clear and the country’s old narrow roads can be confusing. If you want to avoid extra car hire costs, bring your own GPS device rather than renting one (which can cost up to 15,00 € per day!).
It’s no secret that parking can be expensive and an irritating hassle in major Italian cities, so pre-plan where to park if you can. Try asking your hotel about parking, or look up public car parks before you travel. Alternatively, park on the outskirts of the city and take public transportation within the centre.
Useful Milan knowledge
The Congestion Charge
Like London, Milan limits the road traffic within its core during peak hours by enforcing a congestion charge. This applies to all vehicles entering Cerchia dei Bastini (the historical centre of Milan).
- The charge is in place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30am to 7:30pm, and Thursday from 7:30am to 6:00pm.
- You must buy and activate an entrance ticket no later than midnight of the next access day in order to drive within the limited traffic zone.
- A daily ticket costs 5,00 € and can be purchased at parking meters, newsagents, certain ATMs or online.