Car Hire Turin Airport
Car Hire at Turin Airport - Information
Turin Airport is an important gateway leading to northwest Italy, and is located approximately 16 km from the city centre of Turin. The airport is also found nearby the town of Caselle, and is therefore often referred to as Turin Caselle Airport, and other areas, such as Colombretto, San Maurizo Canavese and Malanghero. Another name given to the airport is Sandro Pertini, which is the name of a former Italian president. Many of the three and a half million passengers who pass through the airport each year require some form of transport to reach their next destination, and a rented car is considered to be one of the best options. There are a number of car hire companies at the airport which are globally recognized brands, offering very competitive rental rates and the best customer service possible.
The airport has a single terminal building that was completely renovated in 2005 for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, and is now a very modern building with a capacity to serve five million passengers per year. It is also very easy to navigate, as the departure lounge is on the first floor, while the arrivals hall is on the ground floor. Amongst other facilities, the car hire companies can be found on the arrival level of the airport, as well as inside the multistory car parking area. Some of the major car hire companies at Turin Airport are Sixt, Europcar, Hertz, Avis, Budget, Auto Europa, Maggiore, Targarent and National. All these companies have many years of experience in the car hire industry, and have a wide range of vehicles for hire.
Most car hire companies also rent additional items of equipment for their vehicles, such as child safety seats, satellite navigation systems and even ski racks. These items come at an extra cost per day of rental, but are well worth the money, as they greatly contribute to the success, safety and comfort of your journey. It is recommended to reserve any equipment you need in advance, as they are subject to availability. Advanced reservations can be made from your car hire company’s website. Booking online is an easy process, and most customers with Internet access prefer to organize their travel arrangements from the comfort of their own homes. The websites of the companies are comprehensive, and display all the vehicle categories available at Turin Airport, as well as details of their rental terms and conditions.
Vehicles offered by the above companies come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from smaller Ford Fiesta’s and Smart For Two’s to larger vans and minibuses, such as the Ford Galaxy, Ford Transit Minibus and Mercedes Viano. These larger vehicles are a great choice for groups of travellers, as they seat between seven and nine passengers, and have some space for luggage. Car hire companies may also hire more elegant vehicles in their Premium or Luxury categories, SUVs and convertibles.
Turin is the capital city of the Piedmont region in Italy, and is becoming an increasingly popular destination for tourism. It is very strategically positioned, with the mountains on one side and the sea on the other, all within easy driving distance of the city. Many tourists enjoy taking their rented car to visit the ski resorts or seaside resorts of the area. Although driving in the centre of Italian cities is often not recommended, having your own vehicle to explore countryside areas is the ideal form of transport. Traffic during the peak hours of Turin can be extremely busy, and for those who have never driven in Italy, Italian drivers have their ‘own way of driving’ which can be rather fast and impatient – and rather alarming to the unsuspecting tourist!
Road rules in Italy should be obeyed at all times to avoid any heavy fines or penalties. Drivers should not exceed the speed limits, and should not drink and drive. The speed limits in Turin are as follows: 130 km/h or 80 mph on motorways and highways, 90 km/h or 55 mph on open roads, and 50 km/h or 30 mph in towns and residential areas. If you would like to avoid driving in the centre of the city, you could park your rented car at one of the car parks found at various locations, and use public transport from there. Ensure that your hotel also offers some form of parking area, because if you need to use a paid area for long periods of time it could become expensive.
Passengers who are planning to rent a vehicle should ensure that they meet the general requirements of their chosen car hire company. In Italy, the primary renter is required to be at least 21 years of age, and to have held a valid drivers license in his/her country for at least a year prior to the rental date. In some cases, foreign renters may be asked to provide an International Driving Permit as well. ‘Young driver fees’ applies to all renters between the ages of 21 and 25, and this is an extra rate added to each day of rental, and usually up until a maximum of ten rental days. Underage additional drivers will also need to pay extra young driver’s insurance. Most car hire companies require the primary renter to have one or two major credit cards in his/her name (depending on from which vehicle category the car is hired), and these may include the cards of American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard / MasterCard and Visa. It is not often that debit cards or cash are accepted as forms of payment.
Passengers arriving at Turin can find out more details of their car hire company online, at the company’s relevant website address. There are also information points within the terminal for information about the airport’s services.