Genoa Airport has a modern and recently upgraded terminal building, which houses all the amenities that an airport passenger requires, including a selection of quality car hire companies. All the car rental counters are situated in the arrivals area of the terminal building, which is located on the ground floor. The first floor of the terminal is dedicated to departures and the second floor contains various passenger services and facilities. The top floor is used for airport administration offices.
Some of the popular car hire companies available include Sixt, Europcar, Hertz, Avis, Maggiore and Easycar. All of these companies have been in business for many years, and are highly experienced in car rentals. Their friendly staff members will ensure that you have all the information necessary to make an informed decision for your travel requirements, and explain any rental procedures and polices that you don’t understand.
Vehicles of the major car hire companies are usually divided into various car categories. These categories can include Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Full-Size, Premium, Minivan and Van vehicles. There can also be categories which have estate vehicles, such as Compact Wagon or Full-Size Wagon. When renting a vehicle, customers will choose one of these categories, rather than a vehicle by its specific make and model. However, certain rental companies do offer categories whereby customers can reserve specific types of vehicles.
Reservations for vehicles can be made directly from Genoa Airport car rental counters, or they can be made in advance from the car hire company’s website. Their websites are very informative, and display all the vehicles which are available to rent. There are also usually pictures of example vehicles in each category, along with their seating and luggage capacities. If you are unsure of which car hire company to use, you could search for a comparison website on the internet which will then display the rates and vehicles available from all the major companies on one page, and you can then make an easier decision which one will suit your requirements.
Along with a vehicle, customers can rent certain extra equipment. This equipment may include a baby safety seat, child booster seat or satellite navigation system. There is usually an extra charge for such equipment, but it is essential to have a safe place in the car for your young child to travel, and a navigation system is absolutely wonderful to have if you are unfamiliar with the area. The navigation systems are usually of very high quality, have a selection of languages, and are pre-programmed with thousands of points of interest, so that you can always find the nearest gas station, hotel, restaurant, tourist attraction or even pharmacy. Certain rental companies offer a navigation system for free with certain vehicles they have to rent.
In order to rent a vehicle, the primary renter needs to be at least 21 years of age, and in possession of a valid drivers license, which has been held in his country of residence for at least one year. Younger drivers between the ages of 21 and 25 may need to pay a ‘Young Driver Surcharge’, which is a charge made per day of rental, up to a maximum of ten days. Such drivers may also not be able to rent certain types of specialty or larger vehicles. Payment for car rentals are usually made with one of the accepted major credit cards. These include American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, Mastercard and Visa. The credit card which will be used for payment must be in the primary renter’s name. Debit cards are not usually an accepted method of payment.
The Italian city of Genoa is situated approximately 6 km, or 4 miles from the airport, and the airport is well connected to Italy’s motorway system by the A10 / E25 (Autostrada Dei Fiori). Other highways include the A12 / E80 (Autostrada Azzurra) and the A7 / E80. Rental cars are not recommended for driving within the central part of Genoa, as the roads are narrow and can be extremely congested. A vehicle is best for exploring the outskirts of the city, as well as the surrounding towns and cities. Areas that are nearby include Piedmont, Lombardy, Borzoli, Cantalupo, Madonna del Gazzo, Arenzano, Pegli, Rapallo, Savona, Varazze, Voltri and the Alps.
Drivers who would like to visit the center of Genoa should find a parking area that is within walking distance of the city center, rather than driving directly to this location. There are a few underground parking areas around Genoa, but they can be rather full at times. A popular parking area can be found the Porto Antico Congress Site.
Road rules in Italy are strict, and drivers should never drink and drive or surpass the speed limits. Seatbelts should be worn at all times. Speed limits set for Italy are 50 km/h (30 mph) in residential areas, 90 km/h (55 mph) on the open roads, and 130 km/h (80 mph) on the highways and motorways.
Further information about rental requirements and the availability of rental cars can be acquired from your chosen car hire company at the airport. Genoa Airport also has various information points within its terminal building. Tourist information is available at the Reception desk, from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 09:00 and 13:00, and again from 13:30 to 17:30.