###Car Hire in Milan This information is correct as of July 2015.
###Where to hire a car in Milan As a busy city with many significant attractions to see in its every corner, expect public transportation in Milan, Italy to be always packed. To avoid inconvenience and to arrive to your desired location on time, getting around the city is best done by driving. This allows you to get to places not directly reachable by mass transit, and to create your itinerary according to your own preferences. Search Skyscanner for the available rent-a-car providers in and around Milan and you will be exploring the city in the comforts of your own car in no time.
Major international car hire companies operate in Milan, Italy, such as Europcar, Sixt, Avis, Hertz, Dollar, Alamo, National, Budget, Thrifty, Auto Europe, and Holiday Autos. Other rent-a-car providers serving the city also include Advantage, Ofran, Enterprise, NU Car, Sunnycars, Maggiore Rent, and Joey Rent, among others. These companies have several offices within and around Milan, and common pick-up and drop-off stations include Milan Linate Airport, Milan Malpensa Airport, Milan Central Rail Station, the Exhibition Centre, and downtown Milan. Different types of cars are available depending on the number of passengers, luggage, and the purpose (for leisure travel or for business). Cars in excellent quality can be rented in Milan at rates that fit travellers of any budget. The rental cars can also come equipped with additional services and accessories such as roadside assistance, GPS, car seats, and other devices.
###What to expect when hiring a car from Milan When renting a car from rent-a-car providers in Milan, you need a valid driver’s licence and/or an International Driving Permit, and a credit card. You can rent a car for the day or for the week.
As a major city in Italy, expect traffic in Milan, particularly in the city centre, to be heavy especially during the morning and evening rush hour on the weekdays when people are going to work and coming home from work. To reduce the traffic coming in and going out of the city, the parking spaces here are all paid and it can be also be a challenge to find available slots. There are some free parking spaces within the city centre, but they turn into paid slots from 7AM to 8PM. Furthermore, parking spaces for non-residents in Milan can be limited and expensive. Privately operated parking lots have hourly rates and will let you park for several days. There are also parking spaces near Milan Central Rail Station that offer a discounted daily rate for those with a train ticket. Within the suburbs of the city, kerbside parking is allowed on a ‘pay and display’ basis, on spaces marked by blue lines (yellow lines are reserved to registered residents). These spaces have hourly rates that depend on how far you are from the city centre. There are also some parking spaces that are available for free during Sundays and holidays.
Also note that a congestion charge is applied to vehicles entering the second city ring (i Bastioni) during weekdays from 7:30AM to 7:30PM. Drivers will have to buy a ticket and pay for the congestion charge online or from key areas in Milan.
###Getting to your destination The city of Milan is located in the Lombardy region, in the northern part of Italy. This popular tourist destination is a city of art and history, as well as a top fashion city. Rent a car from the car hire providers located here and never miss a chance to explore the must-see locations in Milan.
The Castello Sforzesco is a castle that houses several museums and art collections featuring works world renowned artists like Michelangelo. Also known as the Sforza Castle, it is located on the remains of a 14th century fortification and used to be one the largest citadels in Europe.
Sforza Castle can be reached via Via Meravigli and Corso Magenta. From the city centre, driving towards the destination will only take approximately five minutes. Take note that this route has tolls.
Duomo Square is home to the main cathedral of Milan, the Duomo, which is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. The cathedral is made of white marble, with hundreds of spires and thousands of statues on its exterior. Get up on the roof of the Duomo and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
From central Milan, get to Duomo Square via Via Torino and Via Francesco Sforza in just 12 minutes. Take note that this route has tolls.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
As a major shopping destination, Milan is, of course, home to the mother of all shopping malls – the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Upscale shops can be found here, situated within a 19th-century palace that features attractive mosaic floor and a glass roof and cupola. High fashion brands can be found here, such as Louis Vuitton and Prada, along with restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and bookstores.
Also with toll roads, you can reach Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in seven minutes via Corso Magenta from the city centre of Milan.