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  • Where to pick up your car

    There are over 44 car hire locations in Sicily, and the most popular location is Catania Airport.

  • Top car rental brands

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

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    Warmest month: July (22°C)
    Coldest month: January (9°C)

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Hire a car in Sicily

Surrounded by translucent waters, Sicily is an exotic slice of Italy.

The island not only exemplifies Italian culture, but magnifies it while tossing in some spice of its own. Sicily holds tightly onto tradition and showcases its classic beauty through gastronomic delicacies, ancient heritage and inspiring landscapes.

As the largest island in the Mediterranean, don’t expect to make it all around in one go, but with your hire car, you should certainly try.

Car hire stats

Sicily

Frequently asked question Answer
Most popular place to hire a car in Sicily 1. Catania
2. Palermo
Most popular rental length Seven days
Most popular month to rent a car August, where a hire car costs on average £32.80 per day

Travel tips:

Sicilian manners – Unlike mainland Italy, Sicilians are very formal and can come off as sullen upon first meeting.

Sugar overload – Sicilian food is nothing without its sweet treats. From cakes and marzipan to candied citrus fruit, the islands desserts must be tried.

Language – English is not widely spoken in Sicily. Familiarise yourself with some common Italian phrases to make your travels easier.

Sicilian time – Many businesses in Sicily take an afternoon siesta, from around 1pm until 5pm, and dinner is often eaten quite late.

The ultimate Sicily 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.

  • Savoca

    As the backdrop to The Godfather, this little town is a necessary stop for film-lovers.

  • Cefalu

    One of the island’s most visited towns, famous for its Norman cathedral and beaches.

  • Scala dei Turchi

    A famous formation of white rocks, which have naturally been carved into a set of stairs, descending to the ocean.

  • Syracuse

    Once the most important Greek cities in Sicily, strolling the streets here can seem like a step back in time.

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Car hire information in Sicily

Palermo

Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Palermo
November £12.30
August £33.70
(*based on a 7+day rental)

Location: Northwest coast

Landscape: White sand beaches line the coast, while mountains and forests fill the northern interior, making it an excellent place for hiking.

Known for: Palermo is one of the best places for shopping on the island, with old-school markets and high-end boutiques. The street food here is also scores highly.

Top highlight: Palazzo dei Normanni (Palace of the Normans) is located in the heart of the city. A visual feast, the 9th century palace gleams with golden Byzantine mosaics.

Catania

Cheapest month / most expensive month Average cost per day of car hire in Catania
January £10.00
August £32.40
(*based on a 7+day rental)

Location: Southeast coast

Landscape: Head south of Catania to hit the beach or slightly north to explore Mount Etna – Europe’s most active volcano. Baroque towns are surrounded by wide valleys of fertile countryside.

Known for: Much of Catania’s legacy rests with the the volcanic eruption and great earthquake, which nearly destroyed the town during the 17th century.

Top highlight: The Roman Theatre, Teatro Romano, is a well-preserved ancient site, made of lava stone and brick.

Beauty beyond the borders

Aeolian Islands

A series of seven small islands, the Aeolian archipelago is an oasis of wild natural beauty. Located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily, the UNESCO protected islands are a wonder for geoscientists – thanks to their volcanic phenomenons – and a heavenly getaway for tourists. Their vivid blue waters are a stunning playground for water sports enthusiasts as well as those who prefer relaxing on the shore.

Take a ferry from the port of Milazzo to reach the islands. Though a few of the islands are car free, you can ferry a car over to the largest island – Lipari. However, it’s probably most convenient as a tourist to leave your car parked in Milazzo.