One of the major car hire companies available at Pisa Airport is National. National offers affordable car rental rates, and excellent customer service. Their rental counters are in the Car Rental Terminal at Pisa Airport, which is accessible by shuttle bus. The shuttle buses depart from the bus stop outside the Arrivals area.
Customers can hire a vehicle directly from National’s rental counters at Pisa Airport, or make an advanced booking from National’s website, at www.nationalcar.com. National has a comprehensive website which displays all the vehicle categories available at Pisa Airport, along with pictures of example vehicles in each car category. There is also additional information for each category, such as seating and luggage capacities. These indications should only be used as a general guideline, as the various cars all have different manufacturers. At National, all vehicles are priced, booked and controlled by car category, therefore when renting a vehicle from National, a car category will be selected, rather than a car of a specific make and model. National’s website also has plenty of information on the rental procedures and policies to be followed.
Vehicles in the Economy category at National are a popular choice for many renters, as they are small and practical, as well as extremely fuel efficient. Example vehicles include the Fiat Panda Dynamic 1.2 and Ford Fiesta Titanium 1.2. They generally seat up to two adults and two children, and store one large luggage item and one smaller luggage item. They are ideal for couples or small families, but since they don’t have a large capacity for luggage, a larger vehicle may be required for longer road trips. However, they are easy to drive on busy Italian streets, and easy to park in small places! Compact vehicles offered by National include the Alfa 147 JTD M-Jet Progression 1.6, and these vehicles are of a similar size to those in the Economy category, seating two adults and three children.
Vehicles providing more space for luggage can be hired from the categories of Compact Wagon, Intermediate Wagon and Fullsize Wagon, as estate type vehicles generally always offer good interior space. The Fiat Stilo SW Active 1.9 JTD 120cv is an example vehicle in the Compact Wagon category, while the Fiat Croma Dynamic MJT 1.9 is available in the Intermediate Wagon category. Fullsize Wagons provide the best space for luggage, storing 4 large luggage items and two smaller items. An example vehicle is the Mercedes C220 CDI Elegance SW 2.2. Nice average sized cars can be found in the Intermediate category, such as the VW Nuova Passat Comfortline 1.9, and the Midsize Specialty category, such as the Mercedes B 200 CDI 2.0. These vehicles can seat up to five adults, and store two large and two small luggage items. There is also the category of Fullsize available, featuring vehicles such as the Mercedes C220 CDI Elegance 2.2.
Business passengers arriving at Pisa Airport may find the Premium category to be their ideal selection, as these vehicles are elegant and stylish, and perfect for presentations at any prestigious business function. An example vehicle is the Mercedes E280 CDI Avangarde 2.8. Larger sized vehicles are also available from National, including the Fiat Ulyesses Dynamic 2.0 in the Minivan category, seating up to seven people, and the Fiat Ducato Panorama 2.8 in the Van category, comfortably seating up to nine passengers.
National was founded in 1947, and is an internationally recognized brand aiming to serve the daily rental needs of the frequent airport business traveler. They are also part of a global strategic alliance with Europcar, and together they form the world’s largest car rental network. National is well known for helping to pioneer the corporate-account business in the 1970’s, and also introduced the first comprehensive frequent-renter program in 1987, named Emerald Club. Members of Emerald Club enjoy many exclusive rental discounts and services, including counter bypass options and convenient e-receipts. ‘Car Choice’ is another option available, and this allows for customers to quickly choose their own vehicles without any paperwork, and simply drive away.
In Europe, and at Pisa Airport, the minimum rental period allowed by National is 72 hours. Longer-term rentals are also offered, with contracts between three and six months, which is another ideal option for corporate clients. One-way rentals are possible, whereby the customer will collect his vehicle from one National location, but return it to another. If the return location is within the same city area then there are usually no extra charges for this service. All vehicles are supplied with a full tank of fuel at the beginning of the rental period, and customers are responsible for returning their vehicles with a full tank as well. If you are renting for five or more days, National will automatically charge you for a full tank of fuel at the time of pick-up. A visually impaired individual may be the primary renter at National, using a designated driver. The credit card of the visually impaired renter will be used for payment of the rental, but the drivers license of the designated driver will be used to validate the rental.
Primary renters at National, Pisa Airport, are required to be at least 21 years of age, and be in possession of a valid drivers license. UK customers must have both parts of their drivers license available, and foreign renters may be required to have an International Driving Permit as well. Drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 may pay a higher rental rate than usual, and may also not be permitted to rent certain vehicle categories. These categories usually contain larger or specialty type vehicles. Additional drivers may be added to the rental contract, but they must meet the same requirements as the primary renter. A major credit card in the name of the primary renter is required for payment of the rental, and cards accepted by National include American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, Mastercard and Visa.
Further enquiries can be made to National’s Pisa Airport rental location, or customers can find information on National’s website, at www.nationalcar.com.
Pisa Airport (PSAT01)
Aeroporto Galileo Galilei
Telephone Number: 39-050-42574
Fax Number: (05)042574