Rarely has Italy been in such demand as a vacation destination in recent decades as it is now. Italy has everything that the German appreciates on vacation: sun, warm temperatures, sand and sea (the Adriatic Sea in the east, the Mediterranean Sea in the west). In addition, delicious Mediterranean food, typical wines and liqueurs, here you feel at home. If only the long journey from the north of Germany would not be. It is often recommended to think about the following variant: Fly to Milan Linate (LIN), change into a rental car and start your vacation directly! If you have already booked a rental car with Driveboo when planning your trip, you can use it to drive off directly from the airport and have saved yourself a few 1000 km that you would have had to drive from home in your own car.
Since summer in Milan is pretty hot and you probably don't want to stay in the same place throughout, it's definitely worth renting a rental car in summer after your arrival by airport or just after a few days in the city. With the rental car you have namely the possibility also to explore other cities and places nearby, or even to go to the sea so that you can cool off there something. We have compiled below a small table with places that you can easily reach from Milan Linate airport, or if necessary, from the city center.
|Places near the airport||Distance||Duration with a rental car|
|Lake Maggiore||approx. 100 km||approx. 1h & 30 min|
|Lake Como||approx. 100 km||approx. 1h & 30 min|
|Lake Garda||approx. 120 km||approx. 1h & 35 min|
|Genua||approx. 155 km||approx. 1h & 50 min|
|Bologna||approx. 210 km||approx. 2h & 15 min|
|Venezia||approx. 270 km||approx. 2h & 40 min|
Milan Linate Airport handles close to 10 million passengers a year. Quite a few travel on with a rental car. The range of car rental companies and cars is correspondingly large. From the sports car to the family van everything is available. You will find them all together in the area of the check-in hall. The parking spaces are mostly in the airport parking lots, so they are within a short walking distance.
The nearest gas station is the Eni gas station right at the entrance to the airport. Beware, the opening hours are not exactly generous. The Eni on Via Gaudenzio Fantoli, west of the airport may be a better option
The offices of the car rental companies are usually open late. If your flight is massively delayed, you might want to contact yours to be on the safe side so you know if you can still pick up your car. In the worst of all cases, you will have to spend a night in Milan and pick up the car the following day. You can get to Milan by bus, train and cab. They will be happy to help you in this regard at the information desk.
The airport is large, spacious, bright and well equipped. If you have any waiting time, you can easily bridge it with shopping or a small meal. The airport has several stores, boutiques and of course bars and restaurants. So the waiting time flies by.
The reasons for renting a car are many and varied. Either it is to save the own car from very many driving kilometers, or it is because some would like to travel the south of Italy and fear of theft. With rental cars here is a lot less complicated than with your own vehicle. Yourdriving license is valid here. You cover the distances faster and more uncomplicated than for example with bus and train.
Be aware: Italy's highways are almost universally tolled.
The laws are comparable to those in Germany or Austria. Maximum speeds (50 km/h and 90 or 130 km/h in and out of town) must be observed, otherwise there are sometimes severe penalties. Alcohol and driving a rental car do not go together anyway. Let therefore the fingers of it.
Not to be despised are the coastal roads. They are in sections paradisically beautiful to look at, but at the same time winding and narrow. It is worth driving defensively to avoid unnecessary dangers.