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Thrifty Rome Ciampino Airport

Rome Ciampino Airport is located approximately 15 km, or 9 miles to the southeast of central Rome, and is the smaller of Rome’s airports. The airport’s official code is CIA, and over five million passengers make use of the airport each year. The passengers at Rome Ciampino Airport mainly travel on domestic and charter flights, with a number of low-cost airline carriers, while its counterpart, Rome Fiumicino Airport, handles the majority of international flights. Although passengers can travel by bus or taxi from the airport, many prefer to hire their own rented car, from car hire companies such as Thrifty. Thrifty is a worldwide car rental company, and at Ciampino Airport, offer very competitive car hire prices.

Thrifty, at Rome Ciampino Airport, is open from 09:00 to 19:30, and is found in the arrivals terminal of the airport. Within these hours, passengers can make vehicle reservations, collect their rented cars or return their hired vehicles. However, it is always recommended to make an advanced reservation, from Thrifty’s website at This will ensure that your ideal car is ready and waiting for your arrival at Ciampino Airport. Once passengers have collected their car from Thrifty, they will find it relatively easy to drive to anywhere in Rome. The airport’s main access road is the via Appia Nuova, and the airport is situated nearby to the Rome-Naples and the Rome-L’Aquila highways. The airport’s access road is also connected to the city’s ring road, known as the Grande Raccordo Anulare, or the GRA.

Customers at Thrifty should ensure that they have all the documentation required for hiring a vehicle in Rome when they arrive at the rental counters. The minimum age requirement for the majority of car hire companies in Rome is 21, and all customers should have held their drivers license for at least a year prior to the rental date. Younger drivers, between the ages of 21 and 24, may pay a higher rental rate than usual, in the form of a young drivers fee. The extra amount is charged per day of rental, and per underage driver listed on the rental agreement, up until a maximum of ten rental days. Young drivers are advised to confirm with Thrifty before their arrival at the airport if they will qualify for car hire, and from which car categories they will be able to rent, as certain larger or specialty cars are not permitted for rent by younger drivers. Young drivers insurance is charged by all major car hire companies in Rome.

The primary renter at Thrifty should also ensure that their local drivers license will be accepted, as sometimes an International Driving Permit is required. For the most part, all licenses issued within the European Union are accepted, but renters from other countries may need to organize an IDP from their residential state before departing for Rome. A major credit card will be required, such as American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, Mastercard or Visa. Car hire companies may offer their own charge cards as well.

When hiring a vehicle from Thrifty, at Rome Ciampino Airport, various items of equipment may also be available, such as baby or booster seats and satellite navigation systems. If you are unfamiliar with the road network in Spain, a GPS unit is highly recommended, and babies or younger children will always require their own seat for safe travelling. Although these items will add a small amount to your rental price per day of car hire, they are essential for a safe and easier journey in Rome. Hand controls for disabled drivers, however, can be used without additional expense, and may be available from Thrifty for certain automatic vehicles. The device referred to as hand controls assists drivers who suffer from lower limb challenges, as they operate the accelerator and brake pedals of the vehicle, but not other functions, such as the car’s lights, blinkers or windshield wipers. At Ciampino Airport, hand controls should always be booked in advance, at least 48 hours before your arrival at the airport. Thrifty customers may also be able to arrange a one way hire in Rome, whereby the vehicle is collected from Ciampino Airport, but then returned to another Thrifty rental location. One way hires are ideal for customers who will not be returning to Rome Ciampino Airport.

Vehicles from Thrifty Ciampino Airport are divided into various car categories, for example, Economy, Compact, Mid-Size, Standard and Full-Size. Smaller cars found in the Economy and Compact categories usually come with the most affordable rental rates, and are very light on fuel. Although they don’t have much room for luggage, they are an excellent choice for up to four people, in particular single drivers or couples. They are also easy drive, and will get you safely to any destination. The Lancia Ypsilon and Fiat Punto are examples of Economy cars, while the Fiat Stilo is found in the Compact category. Families may need a slightly larger vehicle, such as the Daewoo Nubira in the Mid-Size category, with a bit more room for luggage. The Fiat Stilo Wagon is also available from the Mid-Size vehicle range.

Standard and Full-Size vehicles seat up to five people, and may be similar to the Alfa Romeo 147 and Alfa Romeo 156. Larger cars are perhaps more comfortable for longer journeys. Always ensure that you know which type of fuel your rented car from Thrifty will use, as it could be diesel or petrol. Customers are also advised to ensure that all existing damages are recorded before leaving Rome Ciampino Airport. All further details regarding the services offered by Thrifty, at Rome Ciampino Airport, can be found online, at, or customers can contact Thrifty directly, by using the details listed below.

Address:        Rome Ciampino Airport (CIA)
                      In Terminal
                      Rome, Italy I-00040

Telephone Number:    39 06 79340689

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