Car Hire from Reggio Calabria Airport
The Italian region of Calabria occupies the tip of Italy’s “boot”. It’s a largely undiscovered region, with traditional villages as well as beautiful seaside towns, and a wealth of ancient Greek and Roman history. Hiring a car from Reggio Calabria Airport, you’ll get to explore the region at your own pace and discover more of its hidden gems along the way.
Where to hire a car at Reggio Calabria Airport
Car hire companies based at Reggio Calabria Airport include Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Maggiore, Sixt, Auto Europa, NLT Sud and Locauto. They are all located within the Car Rental Centre, close to the airport terminal.
Petrol Stations near Reggio Calabria Airport
If you need to return your hire car with a full tank of petrol, there’s a service station just three minutes’ drive from the airport. It’s an Eni garage located on Via Ravagnese Inferiore, accessed by turning left from the airport.
Driving around Reggio Calabria Airport
Reggio Calabria Airport offers easy access to the E90, a major coastal route travelling north to Reggio Calabria and south to Pellaro and Lazzaro. There’s a variety of smaller routes heading inland and connecting to the SS183, a route which travels along the western edge of the Aspromonte National Park.
The main E90 is well maintained and signposted but you may it slow going on smaller roads, which can be winding and, in places, poorly surfaced. Speed limits in Italy are usually 110kph to 130kph on highways and autostrada, 90kph out of cities and 50kph in cities. Petrol stations on motorways are usually open 24 hours a day but, in smaller towns and villages, you may find opening hours affected by siesta times.
Getting to your destination
With a hire car from Reggio Calabria Airport, there are plenty of exciting destinations within easy reach. Here are a few of them:
Reggio Calabria is the biggest city in Calabria and one of the first ancient Greek towns on the Italian mainland. The lungomare is Reggio Calabria’s seafront promenade where locals and tourists alike go to admire views of Sicily and, in clear weather, Mount Etna. There are ancient archaeological remains to explore and some incredible, authentic cuisine to be found in the winding streets of the old town.
It takes around 15 minutes to drive from Reggio Calabria Airport to Reggio Calabria city, taking route E90 north and then branching off towards the coast and city centre. Newer parts of the city are laid out over a rough grid system but the majority of roads are complex and winding with some one way sections. It’s a good idea to invest in a good map or use a GPS system.
Scilla is a coastal town, north from Reggio Calabria. It’s an old fishing village where some fisherman still use traditional boats and fishing methods. The town is home to an impressive fortress and two bays. Visitors can explore Scilla’s mythological past, relax on the beach or visit the castle.
It takes just over 20 minutes to drive from Reggio Calabria Airport to Scilla, taking the E90 into Reggio Calabria and then the SS18. Scilla is a small place with a decent selection of parking options and narrow, winding streets.
Tropea is another of Calabria’s coastal gems. It’s located on a stretch of coastline nicknamed the “Coast of the Gods” and boasts a clifftop old town and a sandy beach below. There are hidden squares in which to enjoy a leisurely lunch, old town walls to explore and an old monastery located on a rocky outcrop jutting out into the sea.
Tropea is an hour and 35 minutes’ drive from Reggio Calabria Airport. Drivers should take the E90 north and then pick up the SS18 out of Reggio Calabria. Roads on the SP17, the last stretch of road before you hit Tropea, are winding with some hairpin bends so be sure to take your time.