Located in Sicily, Catania is one of the ten largest cities in Italy and can be discovered easily with a rental car. Nearly 300,000 inhabitants live in the Sicilian city and enjoy a unique backdrop, which is characterised by the volcano Etna on the one hand and the fascinating azure blue Ionian Sea on the other. In the past, Catania was almost completely destroyed by two successive catastrophes, and a devastating volcanic eruption was followed by a devastating earthquake. The inhabitants used the abundant lava to rebuild buildings and streets. The Catania of modern times attracts many visitors to Italy with its numerous attractions.
You will find the IATA airport code CTA on your ticket and you should know that Fontanarossa Airport is called Vincenzo Bellini. The city honours a world-famous opera composer who was born in Catania. As the old facilities were unable to cope with the increasing number of passengers, a completely new terminal was opened in May 2007. Equipped with six jetties and 22 gates, this modern design delights arriving travelers. In 2016 alone, 61,000 aircraft movements took place at the airport, and almost eight million passengers took off or landed at Catania airport. In comparison with the previous year, both aircraft movements and passenger numbers increased by eleven percent.
If you have decided to rent a car cheaply, you can take advantage from the price comparison at Driveboo. After booking you rental car online, you will find the office of your car hire company in the arrivals hall just a few steps from the luggage belt. Catania Airport is very manageable, even in the worst case it's only a few minutes walk to your car rental and collection point.
However, some providers have established the office and pick-up station only near the airport, so you would have to take a free shuttle bus to rent. To save time, you should therefore ask your favorite car rental company for information about the office and pick-up station.
As soon as you have found your car hire company or rental car pick-up point, your holiday in Sicily starts. However, it is important to thoroughly inspect the rental car beforehand and to clarify basic issues with the provider. In the high season, car rentals can be considerably more expensive than in other seasons. If, on the other hand, you rent the car in time, you can drive at a reasonable price at any time of the year. If spontaneous decisions are made, you will either not find a suitable car for rent or you will have to bring your own car.
The following details should be clarified with the car rental service at Catania Airport:
Regardless of how cheaply you can rent a car, it should be optimally insured. Ideally, you should choose a rental car with comprehensive insurance without excess and opt for additional insurance, which covers glass or tyre damage.
In any case, we recommend that you carefully read the fueling regulations when booking. Please make sure that the car you have received is fully refueled and can be returned in the same condition. To return the car to the pick-up station, the nearest petrol station must not be too far from the airport. With regard to the fueling regulations, we can inform you that you can refuel your rental car directly at the airport at a Carboil petrol station in Via Fontanarossa. The nearest ESSO station is four kilometers from the airport in Via S. Giuseppe la Rena.
In Italy, traffic rules are largely similar to those in most parts of Europe, but violations are often punished with a higher fee. To ensure that your budget is not reduced by fines and that the car you have rented remains affordable, you should take the following information into account and ask your car rental company for further details:
The speed limits:
|Road category||Maximum speed|
|Inner cities||50 km/h|
|Outside of towns||90 km/h|
|Fast roads||110 km/h|
High penalties are imposed in Italy for exceeding the limit of one per mille (0.5), for breaching the obligation to wear a seat belt (also for dogs) and for overtaking on level crossings.
In Catania as well as in the whole country, free parking is marked with white kerbstones. All other kerbstone colourings indicate parking bans or the obligation to pay fees.
In addition, in Italy you must also drive with dipped headlights outside of built-up areas during the day, must not drive past school buses and should give priority to vehicles entering the roundabout.
A tip that you should take into account especially during the peak travel season: Many petrol stations close at midday between 12:00 and 15:00. Please make sure that the petrol station at Catania Airport follows this procedure. You should hand in your car to the car rental company in time if you want to start your return flight.
After spending the night in the city and exploring the most interesting places and buildings, it's time to make trips to the surrounding area. You remember, cheaply renting a car means choosing a rental car without mileage limit. And with this, the 30-kilometer long sandy beach can be searched for an appealingly quiet place. Alternatively, take the A18 to Taormina and leave Autostrada at the always active volcano Etna for a hiking tour in breathtaking scenery. Exploring Sicily by rental car opens up countless possibilities that we cannot list here. Therefore, ask for information in good time before your holiday in Italy. To find out which car rental companies offer cheap car hire at Catania Airport, please visit our comparison portal.
If your first destination is the city of Catania, just follow the signs SP70 after your rental car pick-up station. The freeway-like expressway is the fastest way to the city centre by car. It also takes you to the A18 motorway, the motorway to Messina or Syracuse or to the autostrada in Palermo. If you are returning from the SP70, please follow the signs to the airport CAT and from there follow the signposts to the car hire pick-up point of your car rental company.