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Pescara Airport is one of the smaller airports in Italy, handling just over 400,000 passengers per year, but is becoming an increasingly popular destination with the many new low-cost flights offered by Ryanair and other similar airline companies. Pescara Airport is also the only airport in the Abruzzo region of Italy, and is therefore commonly referred to as Abruzzo Airport. The city of Pescara is the capital of this region, and offers its fair share of historical attractions and plenty of nearby towns and cities of interest within easy driving distance. Many passengers arriving at Pescara Airport find that having their own rented car is the ideal form of transport, especially when travelling to nearby destinations. All the car hire companies at the airport offer very competitive rental rates and a good selection of vehicles for hire.

The Pescara Airport car hire companies can be found in the arrivals area of the terminal building. There is just one building that handles all arrivals and departures of the airport. The car rental companies of Sixt, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Easycar, National, Alamo, Thrifty, Dollar, Targarent, Auto Europa and Europcar are available at Pescara Airport. These car hire companies are mainly globally recognized brand names, and have many years of experience in the car hire industry. Only Targarent is a car rental company that is mainly based in Italy. The other companies have thousands of rental locations across the world.

Passengers can hire a vehicle directly from their chosen car hire company’s rental counters at Pescara Airport, or an advanced booking can be made online from their company’s website. Online bookings are often considered to be the easiest and most convenient way to make travel arrangements, and the websites of all the companies have plenty of information regarding their vehicles for hire, as well as information about their rental procedures and policies. Vehicles are, for the most part, divided into various car categories, and are priced and booked accordingly. This means that customers will not choose a vehicle by its specific make and model, but rather by category. However, certain car rental companies such as Hertz and Budget do offer a range of vehicles that can be hired in this fashion. This is an ideal option for anyone who likes to know exactly which car he or she will be driving.

When booking online, customers may also choose from various extra items of equipment for hire. These items may include a child seat or a satellite navigation system, as well as equipment such as roof racks. Although these items will add a few extra Euros to your rental price, they are well worth it, as they greatly contribute to the ease and safety of your journey. Young children are required to be securely and safely seated within vehicle driven in Italy, and the satellite navigation systems offered by most companies are of the highest quality, with turn-by-turn directions, a choice of languages, colour touch screens and come pre-programmed with thousands of points of interest. Sixt is a car hire company that even offers a GPS unit that is included in the rental price of certain vehicles.

The terms and conditions may vary between the different Pescara Airport car rental companies but in general, all primary renters for most vehicles are required to meet the minimum age restriction of 21, and should have a valid drivers license. An International Driving Permit may be required for foreign renters as well, and customers from the UK should have both parts of their licenses available.

Twenty-one is the minimum age requirement for most car categories, but there may be some which contain larger or specialty type vehicles that have a higher age restriction. Customers should also keep in mind that it is customary for car hire companies to charge a higher rental rate for drivers between the ages of 21 and 25, and this is for the reason of the extra ‘young drivers insurance’ which will be applicable to their rental. A major credit card, such as American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, MasterCard or Visa is required for payment of the rental, and certain car categories may even require two major credit cards. The credit card used should be in the name of the primary renter.

Italy’s prominent and capital city of Rome is located only 180 km from Pescara Airport and many passengers rent a car to travel this distance, or to visit other locations along the way. The drive to Rome is about two hours in duration, across the Apennine Mountains, and the highway A25 Rome-Pescara is used for the journey. Bologna, another very popular Italian city, is also within driving distance of the airport, on the A14 motorway, but a little further away at just over 300 km. A rented car is recommended for travelling between towns and cities, but not really for driving in the centre of major Italian cities, unless you are experienced in the ‘driving techniques’ of Italians, which can be rather aggressive and impatient, and not to mention rather alarming for a new tourist!  Other than their driving habits, Italians are regarded to be mostly friendly and helpful, and if you need any help with directions, simply ask.

For further information about the car hire companies at Pescara Airport, passengers can visit the airport’s official website, at

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