Trapani Airport is a military airport open to civilian traffic, and is located on the western coastline of Sicily, a large island of Italy. The airport is the third largest on the island, and handled over 1.5 million passengers in 2010. It is also Ryanair’s main hub to Sicily, and the main gateway to the western towns and cities of the region. Due to it’s location next to Birgi Novo, it is called the Trapani-Birgi Airport, and another name used for the airport is the Vicenzo Florio Airport. In a private vehicle from one of the Trapani Airport car hire companies is a good way to explore the island, and various types of vehicles are available for hire. Car rental can also be affordable if the correct research is done.
The Trapani Airport car rental companies have offices in the arrival hall of the single terminal building, and their vehicles are parked on the airport grounds, within easy walking distance of all airport facilities. Car hire at Trapani Airport is therefore very convenient, as no other form of transport will be required. However, the rental offices of Sixt are located at a distance from the terminal, and Sixt passengers will therefore make use of the free shuttle the company provides. The shuttle operates at regular intervals between the terminal and Sixt, and there is a ‘meet and greet’ service available. Alternative car hire companies to use with offices at Trapani Airport are Hertz, Avis, National, Alamo, Europcar, Easycar, Maggiore and Auto Europa. They are internationally recognised brands, except for Maggiore, which is an Italian car rental company.
Hertz and Auto Europa have been offering car hire services for many years, and are well known at many European airports, and others around the world. Hertz is popular for their vehicle collections which contain cars that can be more specifically reserved by their makes and models. Alamo has gained a good reputation for offering cars ideal for leisure travel, while National is significant in the corporate rental sector, and from Avis, all types of vehicles and services are available. Europcar offers their customers services of the highest quality, and Sixt provides a range of innovative services designed to save customers time and money. For low car rental rates, Easycar is often the choice, and their all-inclusive rates are popular amongst many airport passengers. The Italian company of Maggiore is present at the majority of airports in Italy, and is able to provide services which equal those of the international companies.
Vehicles from the majority of the Trapani Airport car hire companies are divided into various car groups, and are therefore booked and priced accordingly. These car categories often include Mini, Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Fullsize, Van and SUV. There may also be categories for station wagons, convertibles and premium/luxury vehicles. The smallest car available may be similar to the Smart For Two, while cars for four passengers and just one or two luggage items may include the Fiat 500, Renault Twingo, Fiat Panda, Renault Clio, Citroen C3 and the Chevrolet Aveo. Smaller cars usually have a manual transmission and other nice features, such as air conditioning and power steering. Larger vehicle models for hire include the Citroen C3 Picasso STW, Renault Megane STW, Volkswagen Passat Variant, Alfa Romeo 1.59 and the BMW Series 320D Eletta, while minivans could be similar to the Chrysler Grand Voyager and Ford Galaxy for seven passengers and the Renault Trafic and Nuovo Ducato Panorama for nine passengers.
Hire cars from Trapani Airport are available with unlimited mileage, and usually include twenty-four hour emergency breakdown services in their rentals. Insurance such as collision damage waiver and theft protection may also be included, but items of equipment like child seats and satellite navigation systems will cost a few extra Euros. Children who are four years of age or younger are required in Italy to travel in a car seat, and all passengers within a vehicle must wear a seatbelt. A GPS unit is not obligatory, but it is certainly a worthwhile piece of equipment to have with you on your holiday or business trip in Sicily. From the car rental companies at Trapani Airport, hand controls for disabled drivers may also be possible to hire, and are ideal for use by persons with a lower limb disability. Hand controls are free of charge, but will require an advanced reservation.
Customers who are planning to travel more extensively, perhaps across the island of Sicily to mainland Italy, may find a one way hire service to be more convenient, as it allows the rented car to be returned to a different rental location. If you are not driving back to Trapani Airport, one way hire services will definitely be a more logical option. They may or may not incur additional charges, as the price will depend on the final destination of the vehicle and on the length of your rental period. Certain car hire companies allow their vehicles to be driven out of the country as well.
Persons hiring a car in Italy, and from Trapani Airport, are required to be at least 21 or 23 years of age, and all under the age of 25 will be subject to the payment of young drivers insurance. Each person who will be driving the vehicle will need a valid drivers license, and the primary renter should have a major credit card in his or her name for payment of the rental. Vehicles in Italy are driven on the right-hand side of the road, and there are strict traffic regulations in place. No drunken driving is tolerated, and the following speed limits should be adhered to: 50kph in urban areas, 90kph on open roads, 110kph on dual carriageways and 130kph on autostrada. The A29 is the main autostrada of western Sicily and it links Trapani to Palermo and to areas in the south, such as Castelvetrano and Mazara del Vallo.
The Trapani Airport car rental company of your choice will be able to provide all further details regarding car hire in Sicily.