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Car Hire at Perugia Airport - Information

Perugia Airport is located in the Umbria region of Italy, approximately 12 km from the city of Perugia, and about 12 km as well from the smaller town of Assisi. The Umbria region is the only one on the peninsula that does not have a coastline, therefore giving it an interesting geographical location. Perugia is the capital of Umbria, and its airport is also well known as San Egidio Airport. Only a few hundred thousand passengers use this airport each year, therefore it is one of Italy’s smallest airports. However, the airport is popular for its efficient and friendly service. There are a few car hire companies at the airport that offer a range of vehicles for hire, and many passengers find that having their own rented car is the best way to travel in Umbria.

The car hire companies at Perugia Airport are all found in the arrivals area of the terminal building, and are easy to locate. Passengers can go directly to the rental counters in order to arrange a vehicle, or their chosen car hire company’s website address, and make an advanced booking online. This is often recommended, especially during the busier summer months of Italy, when car hire is in high demand. It also offers peace of mind knowing your transport is organized for your arrival at the airport. The car rental companies of Avis, Hertz, National, Alamo, Easycar, Europcar, Dollar and Auto Europa are available. These are all globally recognized car hire companies, with thousands of rental locations all over the world. They also have many years of experience in the car hire industry, and therefore know how to fulfil the individual needs of their customers.

A hired vehicle is recommended for travelling to nearby towns and cities in the area. The A14 Adriatic Motorway leads up the east coast of Italy, and passes coastal towns such as Ancona, Rimini, Pesaro and Ravenna, and the E45 leads to the airport from this major motorway. The inland areas surrounding Perugia include Assisi, Spoleto, Citta di Castello, Terni and Todi, while cities further away are Firenze, Napoli, Bologna and Rome. Although some of these cities are quite far, they are mostly considered to be within an easy driving distance. Rome is about 140 km from the airport, while Florence is about 155 km away. There are many wonderful sights to see in all these towns and cities, as Italy is simply packed with historical wonders. Along the Adriatic coastline are some beautiful beaches to enjoy, and some very charming seaport towns.

However, motorists in the city of Perugia should note that there are certain areas that are restricted to traffic during most hours of the day. This is the area of the old centre, which is enclosed by two rings of Etruscan and late-Medieval walls. This limited traffic zone is known as the Zona a Traffico Limitato, or ZTL, and has been implemented in order to preserve the area. Vehicles that are not owned by residents of the area, or which are not with a relevant disabled permit, may not access this area during the following times:  During weekdays from 02:00 to 13:00, and on Sundays and holidays between the hours of 02:00 and 07:00. All vehicles are allowed to access the area on weekdays between 13:00 and midnight, and from midnight to 02:00. On Sundays and holidays all vehicles are allowed in to the area between 07:00 and 12:00, and from 12:00 to 02:00.

A surveillance system is in place to ensure that all visitors and inhabitants of Perugia adhere to the rules of the central area, and is known as the Sistema Integrato del Traffico Urbano, or the SITU system. A camera will photograph all unauthorized vehicles, and fines will be issued. The fines are quite heavy, ranging from 35 to 65 Euros. Further information is available from a toll free number (80001 7603), or the office number is +39 075 577 5378. There is also a website at http://www.comune.perugia.it and an email address of infositu@comune.perugia.it.

If you would like to leave your rented car in the city, and continue your journey on foot, or by bus, there are six parking lots that can be used. The Piazza Partigiani Parking is located nearby Piazza Italia and the Mercato Coperto Parking is the closest to the old center. The other parking areas in the city are the Viale Pellini Parking, Briglie di Braccio Parking, Viale Sant’Antonio Parking and the Piazzale Europa Parking. Motorists must pay to park in these areas. The road rules of Italy should be followed at all times by not exceeding any speed limits and avoiding driving when under the influence of alcohol.

In order to rent a car in Perugia the primary renter is required to be at least 21 years of age, and to have a valid drivers license that has been held for at least a year in his/her country of residence. An International Driving Permit may be required for foreign renters, and drivers from the United Kingdom should have both parts of their license available. A major credit card is also needed for payment of the rental.

Car hire companies at Perugia Airport offer all kinds of vehicles, ranging from the smaller Ford Fiesta or Nissan Micra, to larger vehicle ideal for families and groups of travellers, such as the Ford Galaxy or Fiat Ducato. The car hire company you choose can be contacted for more information about their vehicles at Perugia Airport.

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