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Thrifty Cagliari Airport

Passengers arriving at Cagliari Airport have a good selection of car hire companies from which they can make their ideal vehicle selection. Thrifty offers their services from this airport, and is known for their affordable rental rates and unique rental programs. The rental counters of Thrifty, as well as the other car hire companies at Cagliari Airport, such as Hertz, Alamo, Budget, Avis, Sixt, National, Easycar and Europcar, can be found in a newly constructed building just outside the terminal, next to the multistory car parking area. Cagliari Airport is also commonly referred to as Cagliari Elmas Airport, as it is situated in the area of Elmas, only 7 km from the city center of Cagliari, Italy.

Thrifty, at this airport rental location, requires their customers to be at least 21 years of age in order to rent a vehicle. Customers must also have a valid drivers license and major credit card for payment of the rental. Drivers must have had their drivers licenses for at least one year prior to the rental, and foreign renters might need to have an International Driving Permit. When collecting the vehicle, a drivers license and identity document with a photograph must be shown. There are certain restrictions which apply to younger drivers between the ages of 21 and 25. They may not be allowed to rent certain larger and specialty type vehicles, and may also pay a higher rental rate. This rate is applicable per day of rental, and per registered driver on the rental agreement, up until a maximum of ten days. Major credit cards which are accepted by most car hire companies are American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, Mastercard and Visa.

Thrifty is available at Cagliari Airport every day of week, between the hours of 08:30 and 21:00. Their hours of operation on bank holidays may vary. Customers can hire a vehicle from their rental counters at the airport, or make an advanced booking from Thrifty’s website, at On this website, you will find all the information you need about renting from Thrifty, and the vehicles available at Cagliari Airport.

Many renters like to hire a car from the Economy category, as these vehicles are always very fuel efficient and easy to drive. They are smaller cars more suited to city driving than long distance road trips, as they don’t have much space for storing luggage. Up to four people can usually travel comfortably in these vehicles, therefore they are often chosen by couples or small families. Example vehicles offered by Thrifty in this category are the Lancia Ypsilon and Fiat Punto. Vehicles in the Compact category are also of a smaller size, and include the Fiat Stilo. This category is often ideal for single drivers.

The categories of Mid-Size, Standard and Full-Size contain vehicles which are slightly larger than those mentioned above. They are perhaps the ideal choice for the average sized family, or even business renters. The Daewoo Nubira is available in the Mid-Size category, the Alfa Romeo 147 is an example in the Standard category, while the Full-Size category features the Alfa Romeo 156. There are also estate vehicles available in the Mid-Size category, such as the Fiat Stilo Wagon. An estate vehicle is a good option if you have lots of luggage.

Something a little out of the ordinary offered by Thrifty is their Wild Car Program. If this program is selected as your car category, you will receive a Mid-Size or larger vehicle, yet only pay rates which are lower than for a usual Mid-Size vehicle. You will not know which car you are going to be driving, but you are guaranteed to get excellent value for money. The rental location from where you collect your vehicle will decide which car you will be driving when you arrive at the rental counters. The Wild Car Program guarantees a car with at least five seatbelts, and room for two or more luggage pieces. This program can also be selected when booking online, simply choose the ‘Specialty’ car class in step 1 of the rental reservation process, or the ‘Specialty/Wild’ car class in step 2.

Thrifty customers can become Blue Chip Members, and enjoy many benefits when renting from Thrifty. Thrifty’s Blue Chip Program is free to join, and available to all customers. Some of the benefits include VIP treatment at the special Blue Chip Members Only line, faster reservations, rentals and returns, and free rental days. The free rental days are acquired through Thrifty’s Blue Chip Rewards Program, and one free day is earned for every sixteen days of rental. Enrollment forms and more information about these services are available on Thrifty’s website.

Business passengers arriving at Cagliari Airport that need to hire a vehicle for a lengthy time period will find Thrifty’s Multi-Month Rental Program ideal. Customers are able to rent a vehicle for up to eleven months, and need not even return the vehicle before their agreed rental period has expired. Corporate account holders are able to get excellent rates and benefits for lengthy rentals as well. A corporate account can be created free of charge from Thrifty’s website. Longer rentals can be booked by calling a special 800#, and charges for the rental will automatically be billed each month to the renter’s credit card or Thrifty billing account.

Further information is available on Thrifty’s website, at, or customers can directly contact Thrifty’s Cagliari Airport rental location.


Cagliari APO, Sardinia, Italy (CAG)
In Terminal
Elmas Airport
Cagliari, Italy I-09132

Telephone Numbers: 39 070 212096

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