Catania Airport, being a newly renovated and modern international airport, offers a range of car hire services for their passengers. Even though there are plenty of bus and taxi transport options, many passengers prefer to have their own vehicle, and this is when a rented car is the ideal scenario.
The rental counters of the different car hire companies can all be found in the Arrivals area of the airport. This is on the first floor of the airport’s single terminal building. Many companies offer car hire services at the airport, and some of the most familiar names are Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Sixt, Maggiore and EasyCar. Others that are also available at Catania Airport include A.P. Transfers, Alfa Service, Europe Rent a Car, Giroa Rent, Sicily By Car, Holiday Car Rental, Dollar Thrifty Italy by Car, OSAutonoleggio, Targarent and Hollywood Auto E Moto Services. Between all these excellent companies, passengers at Catania are guaranteed to find the perfect vehicle to suit their needs.
When driving from the airport, there are a few major motorways that can help you to your destination. The A19 motorway leads to Palermo and central Sicily, while the E45 motorway heads south towards Syracuse. To the west of Catania Airport, drivers will find the SP70, or Via Priolo, and this road joins the Via Domenico Tempio, and leads to Catania city. Next to the waterfront is the SP53, or the Lungomare Presidente Kennedy.
Sicily, and Italy in general, is very strict when it comes to the rules of the road. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for drunk driving, and vehicle occupants should wear their seat belts at all times. Most rental companies offer baby and booster seats for their clients traveling with small children. These can usually be reserved at the time of booking your rental, and require a small additional fee. Speeding is also heavily fined in Italy, and also closely monitored by radar equipment. Make sure that you stay within the speed limits, which are: 90 km/h (55 mph) on the open roads, 50 km/h (30 mph) in towns and residential areas, and 130 km/h (80 mph) on the highways and motorways.
The requirements for renting a vehicle are usually that you must be 21 years of age or older, have a valid driver’s license which you have held for at least one year, and are in possession of a major credit card. Younger drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 may need to pay a slighter higher rental rate, and may also not be able to rent certain large and specialty type vehicles. It is best to make enquiries with your rental company about their exact rates and requirements. Most driving licenses from various countries are accepted by rental companies, but it is often wise to carry an International Driving Permit (IDP). As for credit cards, those that are generally accepted are American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, Mastercard and Visa. It is not often the case where cash, checks or debit cards are allowed for payment of the rented vehicle.
When collected your vehicle from any of the car hire companies at Catania Airport, make sure that all the existing damages have be listed on the agreement. You do not want to be held liable for any scratches and dents that were already there. You will though be responsible for any new damages, and a damage report will need to be completed at the end of your rental period. It is also wise to find out what type of fuel your rental vehicle is capable of consuming, as engine cleaning costs will be added to your rental should the incorrect type of fuel be used. Rental staff can assist you with any controls of the vehicle with which you are uncertain of before you leave their premises.
If you do not have a favorite car hire company, you may wish to search for a comparison website over the internet which will display the rates of many different companies at the same time. Otherwise, it is possible to book your rental in advance from the relevant company’s website.