Car Hire at Milan Malpensa Airport
Visiting Milan, one of the most beautiful cities in the north of Italy, is a place to add to the itinerary of an Italian holiday. Although commuting around this city is not as good with a car, there are still various advantages to consider, from the roomy, comfortable interior to the freedom of going to different locations without having to comply with the hours of public transport. To manage the concerns of renting a car, Skyscanner provides the following guide.
Where to Hire a Car at Milan Malpensa Airport
Before arriving at Milan Malpensa Airport, you should have reserved a car in advance at any of the rental companies. This saves the trouble of looking for a possible vehicle in the airport, as the demand can be high due to Milan Malpensa's high status in Western Europe.
Upon arriving at the airport, you can venture to the Arrivals Hall at Terminal 1. You will find various companies here such as Sicily by Car Auto Europa, Avis, Budget, Dollar Thrifty, Europcar, Gold Car, Hertz, Locauto, Maggiore, Win Rent and Sixt.
There are also car hire companies in Terminal 2, namely Avis, Budget, Europcar and Sixt.
If you prefer to hire cars with a driver, you can transact with European Limousine Consortium and CTM Consorzio Taxi Malpensa, which have their own desks at Terminal 1. Before transacting, you should have all your documents in order, though, as well as being ready to pay with the accepted payment methods.
What to Expect When Hiring a Car from Milan Malpensa Airport
Surrounded by major roads, Milan Malpensa has direct access to the A8 and A26. There is also a new road planned on linking the A4 Milan-Turin highway to Milan's western ring road. The locations within reach from here are Busto Arsizio, Novara, Milan, Monza, and Varese, among others. There are toll roads going to the area of Milan via the A8 and SS336dir to A4/E64.
Congestion charges are also included on the Area C of Milan. This applies to drivers in Central Milan between 7:30 am and 7:30 pm, Mondays to Fridays, excluding public holidays. The charging zone is clearly marked by traffic signs in Area C, which makes it necessary to prepare the money to be handed over. The usual charge costs about 3 to 10 euros, depending on where you come from and how filthy the car is. The traffic situation can also be bad in peak season, putting the commute from the airport to Milan beyond the usual 45 to 50 minutes.
Driving from Milan Malpensa Airport
Milan, the nearest major city, can be within reach by around 45 to 50 minutes of driving without traffic. The usual travel time can be one hour, however, as you will have to go through three possible routes. One is via the A8, where you should get on SS336dir and then venture to Viale Alcide de Gasperi in Milano. From here, you can take Viale Lodovico Scarampo, Via Vincenzo Monti, Corso magenta, and Via Meravigli to Via Dante. Tolls will be paid along the way, so make sure to have enough bills and change in euros.
Another possible route is via SS336 dir to A4/E64, and then to Viale Alcide de Gasperi in Milano. You will need to pay tolls here, before turning along the minor routes to Milan. You may also think about going to Milan from E62, where you need to follow SS336dir and E62 to Via Sandro Pertini in Milano. You should follow the road to Via Sandro Pertini in Milano and take exit 4 from A50/E35/E62. Minor roads follow after paying tolls.
Places to Visit by Car from Milan Malpensa Airport
The following is a list of possible destinations to explore when hiring a car from Milan Malpensa Airport:
This eastern Lombard city has a treasury of art, as well as medieval Renaissance and baroque architecture. Its high altitude overlooks the southern plains, offering some breathtaking panoramas and fine dining. Some of the most famous sights here include the Accademia Carrara, Cappella Colleoni, and the Piazza Vecchia.
Bergamo, within reach by more than an hour from Milan Airport, is a bit far from Milan Malpensa Airport by 92.3 kilometres. To get here, you must get on SS336dir and then follow the SS336, A8, and A4/E64 to Raccordo Autostrada. This route has tolls, so better be prepared with enough euros.
Upon arriving in Bergamo, you will most likely find the parking difficult. Be sure to check out the following establishments for parking spaces: Parcheggi Italia (SP A.) at Via Pietro Paleocapa, Parking Express at Via Pietro Spino, Fly Parking Orio at Via Dell' Aeroporto, Parcheggio Piazza Liberta at Piazza della Liberta, Lowcost Parking Orio al Serio, Parcheggio Orio by Zani Viaggi, and Apcoa Parking Italia Spa.
An important city both geographically and politically, this city offers various attractions. It also lies at the centre of an agricultural plain, with its university turning out alumni such as Christopher Columbus and Alessandro Volta, among others. The sights to find here include Certosa di Pavia, Musei Civici, and Castello Visconteo.
Going to Pavia is possible within an hour or so without traffic at 88 kilometres. To reach here, take SS336, E62, A7, and A53 to Viale Repubblica in Pavia. From here, you can take the exit toward Pavia Centro from A54. Parts of this route have tolls, so have the payment ready beforehand. Parking is difficult here, as well as transportation by car. There are parking spaces to be found here, though, where rates currently range from 0.60 to 1.50 euros (0.87 to 2.18 AUD) per hour, depending on the area. Parking can be free on Sundays.
A charming historic city, Como displays 12th-century city walls, grand architecture, and beautiful people. Some of the landmarks to check out here include the Museo della Seta and the Basilica di Sant'Abbondio, before going to Brunate, flanked by steep and thickly wooded hills.
To reach Como, which lies at 50.3 kilometres away from the airport, you will have to take SS336, A36, and A9/E35. You can then take the exit to the Como Centre from here. Tolled roads are located here, which makes it necessary to pay up at the booth. You can reach Como within 41 minutes if traffic is smooth.
Parking in some areas can be problematic for big cars, however. Some of the establishments to choose from include Park Hotel Meuble Como at Viale Fratelli Rosselli, Parcheggio Centro Lago at Via Antonio Sant'Ella, Tempio Voltiano at Viale Guglielmo, and Autosilo Valduce at Viale Lecco.
This information is correct as of June 2018