Forli Airport is found in the country of Italy, and is one of the airports serving towns and cities in the Emilia-Romagna region. Although not very large, currently with around 350,000 passengers per annum, it is considered an important gateway. The airport’s location is about four kilometres southeast of Forli, and is also within driving distance of a number other interesting cities, for example, Bologna, Ravenna, Rimini and Florence. Buses are available from the terminal building, but many passengers prefer to rent a car, from one of the Forli Airport car hire companies. These companies are internationally recognised, and offer competitive car rental rates for their customers arriving at Forli Airport.
The car rental companies of Forli Airport, or also known as the Luigi Ridolfi Airport with the code of FRL, are found in the arrival hall, and are easily located once passengers have stepped out of the baggage reclaim area. They are generally open from morning until 22:00 or 23:00 at night, and are therefore convenient for the arrival of the majority of airport passengers. The single passenger terminal building of Forli Airport is open eighteen hours a day, or even twenty-four hours if necessary. Passengers will find the car hire companies of Sixt, Europcar, Avis, Easycar, Auto Europa, National, Alamo, Thrifty, Dollar and Maggiore at Forli Airport, and any of these companies is an excellent choice for car rental services. Maggiore is the only local brand out of the ten, but have vehicles and services which can easily compete with the international companies.
National has been a popular choice for corporate rentals for over fifty years, and was the first company to introduce a comprehensive frequent-renter program, while Alamo is more popular for family rentals, and their services have focused on the aspects of leisure travel. Sixt offers a range of innovative services, especially for their customers holding a Sixt Express Card, and Europcar is one of the largest car rental networks in the world, present at all important European Airports. Avis provides their customers with vehicles suitable for all occasions, Auto Europa is one of the longest standing car rental companies in the world and Thrifty and Dollar are popular for their reasonable rental rates and services of a high quality. From any of these Forli Airport car rental companies, vehicles are recommended to be hired in advance, over the internet, as an online booking discount may then be included in the price.
Most Italian car hire companies allow their vehicles to be hired by anyone 21 years of age or older, however, certain vehicle categories may be restricted by a higher age requirement, especially those containing larger or specialty type vehicles. Certain car hire companies may offer cars to even younger renters, but all will charge young driver surcharges for customers under the age of 25. This amount taken per day of car hire, and per ‘underage’ driver listed on the rental agreement, is for young drivers insurance. Other types of insurance should also be arranged if not already included in the rental price, for example, collision damage waiver and theft protection. Theft protection is often a mandatory requirement in Italy. Passengers arriving at Forli Airport from foreign countries may need an International Driving Permit, and all primary renters must have a major credit card for payment of the rental period.
Along with your hire car, don’t forget to rent optional extras required, such as child seats, luggage racks or satellite navigation systems. Child seats are required by law in Italy, as all persons in a vehicle should be wearing seatbelts. Although a GPS unit is not enforced by law, it is a very valuable asset to any journey, and can provide accurate directions to anywhere you need to be, whether the location is within a city or is another town or city nearby. The units are also pre-programmed with useful points of interest, and have colour, touch-screen display monitors. From Forli Airport, hand controls for disabled drivers may be possible to hire from the car rental companies, and is a device suitable for use by persons with a lower limb disability. The device is free of charge from Forli Airport. One way hires allowing customers to deliver their rented cars to a different rental station may also be possible.
Car categories hired in Italy, and at Forli Airport, may include Mini, Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Fullsize, Intermediate Wagon and various sizes of Vans. There may also be Premium and Luxury cars available, convertibles and four-wheel drives/SUVs for hire. The smaller car models can generally be considered as cheaper than the larger vehicle models, but may be somewhat lacking in space for luggage. Nevertheless, they are popular from Forli Airport, and may be similar to the Fiat Panda 1.2 Dynamic, Opel Corsa 1.2, Fiat Grande Punto 1.3, Fiat 500 and Nissan Micra 1.2, which is a smaller car with an automatic transmission. Most seat four passengers, and come with air conditioning. Larger vehicles for hire are similar to the Alfa Romeo 159 1.9, BMW Series 320D Eletta, Ford Focus 1.6 and Volkswagen Passat Wagon, while Vans for seven include the Chrysler Grand Voyager, Ford Galaxy and Renault Espace and Vans for nine include the Nuovo Ducato Panorama and Renault Trafic.
Although Italian drivers are not well known for their impeccable road manners, driving a rented car in Italy is quite simple, and a convenient way to travel between cities. Driving in busy city centres of cities such as Rome is, however, not recommended. The speeds on Italian roads are nowadays more controlled, and strictly enforced by cameras and radar traps. They should be adhered to at all times, and are as follows: 50kph in cities, 90kph on open roads, 110kph on highways and 130kph on Autostrada. The nearest Autostrada (comparable to the interstate system in the U.S) to Forli Airport is the A14, travelling south-east from Bologna, and along the eastern coastline of Italy, all the way to Bari in the south of the country. The Via Emilia is another prominent road nearby Forli Airport. Remember to wear seatbelts at all times, and to drive on the right hand side of the road.
From your chosen Forli Airport car hire company, all further details regarding vehicles for hire can be obtained.