Brindisi Airport is located in southern Italy, in the Puglia region. It is also only two or three kilometres from the city centre of Brindisi, and nearby some popular holiday destinations. The airport is considered to be an important gateway to this area of Italy, and serves approximately one million passengers per year. It is therefore not the largest in Italy, but certainly not the smallest either. It is also referred to as Aeroporto del Salento, or Brindisi Papola Casale, due to its location in these areas. Its official code is BDS. Many passengers need a rented vehicle for their holiday or business trip in Brindisi; therefore there are a number of quality car hire companies at the airport. The car rental companies at Brindisi Airport all offer competitive prices and a wide range of vehicles and services.
Brindisi Airport car rental counters are located in the arrivals hall of the single terminal building. The terminal is very easy to navigate, as it is not that large compared to some other airport establishments. The major car hire companies which can be found at the airport include Avis, Budget, Hertz, Sixt, National, Alamo, Easycar, Maggiore, Thrifty, Europcar and Auto Europa. With such a good variety of companies, customers are sure to find their ideal rented car.
Although cars can be hired directly from a company’s rental counters, many customers with internet access prefer to arrange their vehicle from their chosen company’s website. All the car hire companies have comprehensive websites which display their car categories available at this rental location, along with pictures of example vehicles in each category. There is also plenty of information regarding the company’s rental policies and procedures. Booking online is an easy and convenient process, simply fill in the required details regarding from where you will be collecting the vehicle, and to where you will return the vehicle, the rental dates and the type of car you will be requiring. Continue by simply following the instructions on the website.
Each Brindisi Airport car hire company has their own terms and conditions to follow when renting a vehicle, and it is important to understand these to avoid any misunderstandings or misconceptions. Most car rental companies in Italy, and at the airport, require the primary renter to be at least 21 years of age. The primary renter should also have a valid driver’s license which has been held in his/her country of residence for at least one year prior to the rental date. In some cases an International Driving Permit may be required, in particular for foreign renters whose driving license is printed in a non-Roman alphabet. It is recommended however to have an IDP with you when you travel in countries other than your own.
It is common practice for car rental companies to charge a higher rate for drivers between the ages of 21 and 25. This is referred to as a ‘young driver fee’, and is a rate applicable to each day of rental, and each underage driver listed on the rental contract, up until a maximum of ten rental days. Younger drivers are sometimes also not permitted to hire from certain vehicle categories which contain larger or specialty type vehicles. Most car hire companies allow you to add extra drivers to your rental contract for an additional fee per day of rental. The additional drivers should meet the same criteria as the primary renters. Visually impaired drivers may also be the primary renter at many car hire companies, even though they will not be driving the vehicle. A designated driver with a valid drivers license will be appointed, but the visually impaired driver’s credit card will be used for the payment of the rental. A major credit card is required in the name of the primary renter, and most car hire companies accept the cards of Visa, American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard and Mastercard for payments. Debit cards and cash are not usually accepted.
Passenger renting a vehicle at Brindisi Airport will find a few prominent roads in the area. The SS16/SS379 is the road which leads from the airport to the city of Brindisi, while the SS613 will take you to Lecce, which is about a 40 minute drive. Lecce is approximately 45 km from Brindisi Airport. Other areas of interest include Otranto, just south of Lecce, and Alberobello and Martina Franca in the Valle d’Itria, a pretty countryside region. While it is not usually recommended to drive in the centres of many busy Italian cities, a rented car is most useful and by far the best way to explore more open areas and to drive between towns and cities. Keep in mind though that Italian drivers are ‘different’, and have a rather fast and impatient manner of getting to their destination!
Further information on car hire options are available from the websites of the various car hire companies at the airport.