Car Hire at Naples Municipal Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
Exploring the Everglades, enjoying a great game of golf, or simply relaxing on a peaceful beach: whatever you want to do in Florida, it’s easier when you hire a car at Naples Airport. Public transport is non-existent, and having your own (air conditioned) car will give you more freedom.
Where to hire a car at Naples Municipal Airport
Avis, Hertz, and National all have desks in both terminals: general aviation and commercial. Enterprise also have a desk in the general aviation terminal, while Alamo, Dollar and Thrifty can only be found in the commercial terminal.
Petrol stations near Naples Municipal Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
If you’re approaching the airport on County Road 31 you’ll find plenty of places to stop and fill up your tank. From the south the nearest service station is a Shell. If you’re approaching from the north you will pass a Hess gas station. You can also turn off the road and use Jacob’s Total Gas Services: it’s the exit before the airport. There are also plenty of filling stops along the 856, including a Circle K, a Shell, and a 7 Eleven.
Driving around Naples Municipal Airport
The roads immediately around the airport are small and suburban, so you don’t need to worry about hitting fast traffic right away. Most of the roads follow a grid system, which is quite easy to follow. The I-75 motorway (Miami to Michigan) is a 15 minute drive east of the airport. Route 41 (Miami to Georgia) is a ten minute drive to the west.
Getting to your destination
Take high end restaurants, luxury shopping, and golf courses galore. Add plenty of sub-tropical sunshine and fine sandy beaches. Voila: you have Naples.
It takes about ten minutes to drive into downtown Naples from the airport. Most parking in Naples is metered, at a rate of 25 cents (about 16p) for ten minutes. If you want to park in an unmetered space on the beach you will need a permit: these cost $50 (about £32.68) for the year. Some of the high end restaurants in downtown Naples have valet parking for guests.
Thomas Edison had his holiday home here: you can’t argue with genius. The City of Palms has a laid back atmosphere with lots of great beaches, nice restaurants, and a charming downtown district.
If you can’t find flights to Fort Myers you can fly to Naples instead. It takes just under an hour to drive to Fort Myers from Naples Municipal Airport. Metered parking is widely available: it costs 25 cents (about 16p) for an hour at the long-stay ten hour meters, and 50 cents (about 32p) at the two hour bays. There are also plenty of parking garages in the city: rates vary. If you’re hiring a car it’s a good idea to look for hotels in Fort Myers with private car parks.
If you’re looking for peace and quiet you’ll find it on Marco Island. There are picture perfect beaches, plenty of small islands to explore, and no nightclubs to disturb the peace.
It takes half an hour to drive to Marco Island from Naples Municipal Airport. Buy a beach parking pass on arrival: these cost $50 (about £32.70) and are valid for one year. Depending on the length of your holiday they can save you money, and they can also help you avoid tickets from parking in the wrong place.
Prices subject to change