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Why rent a car in Milan?

Milan is a city in Lombardy, Italy. Famed for being one of the world’s fashion, design and shopping capitals, Milan is also renowned for its art, architecture and dining. It’s also a great location for visiting nearby destinations by hire car, such as Monza,Bergamo and Como.

How to get to and around Milan?

If you’re arriving via Linate Airport then it’s an eight-mile drive by rental car to Milan. En route, you could visit the tranquil Parco Forlanini, a public park with a lake. If you’re arriving via Milano Malpensa Airport then it’s a 32-mile drive by rental car to the city. One the way you could visit Parco del Roccolo, a national park encompassing almost 4,000 acres.

Hiring a car in Milan city centre

Finding a hire car in Milan is straightforward. You can rent a car from a range of providers at Linate Airport and Milano Malpensa Airport and within the city itself. Parking in the city centre is expensive and limited, but various hotels offer free car parking so do check before booking. Milan has a variety of hotels to suit a range of budgets, including Starhotels Anderson, Hotel Berna and UNA Maison Milano.

What brands are available?

There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including InterRent, Firefly and Alamo. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and zero excess collision cover.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Milan

There is much to see and do by hire car in Milan. Beauty, style and design are the lifeblood of this stunning city. Whether you’re admiring centuries-old architecture, viewing a world-famous work of art, or shopping at a designer fashion store, Milan is a feast for the eyes. Not only that, but it’s a feast for the mouth too, and you can enjoy breakfasting on cappuccino and brioche, treating yourself to a sumptuous mid-afternoon pastry and sipping on a classic Negroni cocktail in a pavement cafe at sunset. Other sights to see in Milan by rental car include the Gothic Milan Cathedral, the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent (home of da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ mural), Brea botanical garden and the Teatro alla Scala opera house.

Breathtaking Lake Como is a 53-mile drive from Milan by hire car. Also in the Lombardy region, this serene lake at the foothills of the Alps has a number of attractions on its shores, including the picturesque village of Bellagio, Como Cathderal and Villa Olma botanical garden.

Turin is a 91-mile journey from Milan. The city is renowned for its Baroque architecture, historic boulevards and stately squares. Key attractions include the Roman Palatine Towers, Turin Cathedral, the Royal Palace of Turin, the iconic Mole Antonelliana, a 19th century tower, and the Museo Egizio, which houses Egyptian artefacts. The world-famous Shroud of Turin is in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Two of the best public squares in Turin are Piazza San Carlo and Piazza Castello.

Tips and tricks for driving in Milan

If you’re driving through Milan’s city centre, bear in mind that there’s a congestion charge at various times and tickets have to be bought in advance. Drivers can sometimes speed in Milan, so stay alert at the wheel. Italy is right-hand drive.

Ready to plan your Milan city break?

Feeling inspired to explore Milan and the rest of Italy? Check out this City Guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel deals and to research the best attractions and activities.

FAQs for car hire in Milan

What’s the best price car rental in Milan?

In the past 7 days the lowest priced car rental is in Milan.

What’s the average car rental price in Milan?

On average, car rentals in Milan are .

Why should I book a car rental with Expedia?

When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.

How do I book a car rental with Expedia?

You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.

Are there any additional costs when cancelling a rental car?

Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.

How can I cancel my car booking through Expedia?

To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.

Should I book a rental car online before arriving or directly in Milan?

Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.

What insurance should I choose for my rental car?

A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.

Do I have to pay my rental car in advance?

We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.

What do I have to pay attention to when hiring a car?

When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.

Where can I find car rentals in Milan?

Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.