Milan is the second largest city in Italy and has 1.3 million inhabitants. This world-famous fashion metropolis is ideal for exploring by rental car—the city centre itself should be avoided, however, due to the high volume of traffic.
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Whether in the city itself, at one of the three airports - Malpensa (MXP), Linate (LIN) and Orio al Serio (BGY) - or at the central station, you will find numerous car rental companies. Depending on where you start your journey, you have many options available to you. Take advantage of DriveBoo and get a detailed overview of the providers and available vehicles.
In Milan, since 2012, there has been a city toll within the city ring "Cerchia dei Bastioni". A day ticket costs 5 euros. The fee is charged on weekdays between 7.30am and 7.30pm. Tickets are available at Milan's transport services outlets and newspaper and tobacco shops.
Vignettes are not needed in Italy. The billing of the road toll is not a flat rate—it is always calculated at the end of each stage. As a rule, you take a ticket from a toll booth at the entrance of a road. This must be paid when you leave the road.
In the city centre, parking is charged almost everywhere. It is free only within the white-marked parking zones. Blue parking zones are chargeable, yellow parking zones are reserved for residents with parking permits and pink parking zones are for pregnant women and people with children. Parking is prohibited on all of the black-yellow and yellow marked curbs.
|Type of road||Maximum speed|
|Urban areas||50 km/h|
|Outside urban areas||90 km/h|
In Italy, there are fewer traffic controls than in most Western European countries, but they still exist. In addition to the conventional speed controls, Italy has the so-called "tutor" control system, which determines an average speed with several measurements along the way. All of the measuring points are always marked. Exceeding the speed limits can be quite expensive. If you drive up to 20 km/h above the permitted speed, you will have to pay at least 150 euros and if you drive more than 50 km/h too fast, you can be fined over 530 euros!
On the highway and outside urban areas, you must drive with your low beam or daytime running lights on at all times. If you are caught driving without your lights on, you will have to pay a fine of 41 euros. In addition, it is mandatory to carry a safety vest. In Italy, there are strict traffic rules and heavy fines. Therefore, it is advisable to always follow the guidelines closely.
|Exceeding speed limit with up to 10 km/h||34 to 140 euros|
|Exceeding speed limit with up to 20 km/h||from 150 euros|
|Exceeding speed limit with min. of 21 km/h||from 155 euros|
|Exceeding speed limit with up to 40 km/h||from 357 euros|
|Exceeding speed limit with min. of 41 km/h||up to 1.376 euros|
|False parking||from 40 euros|
|To run a red light||from 140 euros|
|Not wearing a seatbelt||from 80 euros|
Full insurance without non-waivable excess in case of an accident, damage or theft is always recommended. Rental car liability insurance with sufficient coverage is also compulsory.
It is the norm all over the world to pay a deposit before you drive off in a rental car. Compared to other countries, deposits in Italy are very high. A deposit of €2,000 for a compact car is not uncommon. You must therefore present a valid credit card at the time of hiring—this will be charged the amount of the deposit. Make sure that the credit limit of your card is sufficient to cover the deposit. Examine the car carefully during the pick-up and have every scratch confirmed in writing. This is the only way to prove that you have not caused any damage when returning the car.
If you plan to share the driving between two of you, it is necessary to register the additional driver. You can do this online or on site. Otherwise, your insurance would only be valid if the registered driver was behind the wheel. Many car rental companies include an additional driver for free. Sometimes a small fee is charged. An online comparison is definitely advisable.
|Emergency situation||Phone number|
|Police, Fire department||112 / 115|
While the best way to explore Milan's historic centre is on foot, it is well worth renting a car in order to take a trip around the city's surrounding areas. You can, for example, go for a swim to Lake Como, nestled between the high mountains of the Alps. The enchanting city of Verona, known as the setting of Romeo and Juliet, is also an ideal trip destination. Another exceptionally beautiful spot is the hilltop town of Bergamo, east of Milan.
|Destination||Distance with a rental car||Time|
|Lake Como||53 km||60 min|
|Verona||160 km||120 min|
|Bergamo||51 km||60 min|