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    Car hire in Milan at the best price

    Many people know Milan as a global capital of fashion, but did you know that Milan is the second largest city in Italy and home to the national stock exchange? As a financial and economical hub, Milan attracts business people from all over the world. The city is a melting pot and offers a unique and trendy blend of tourism, fashion and economy. Its streets are always busy with hordes of tourists who stroll past expensive fashion shops and high-end restaurants. The city is an intriguing place that has its absolute life-long fans and critics. Make your own impression of Milan and see which category you fall into.

    Look to Auto Europe for the best car hire in Milan. Not only do we offer the most competitive rates available, but we also back those rates with commitment to quality in service. We strive to surpass your expectations through our collaborations with the most reputable suppliers and a fantastic fleet selection. Auto Europe offers a plethora of available pick-up locations in Milan, including both Linate and Malpensa airport, as well as an array of convenient downtown locations and the Galvini Rail Station.

    How is the traffic in Milan?

    Milan is a popular city to visit throughout the year, though there are definitely spikes in tourism during the summer months. In all seasons, Milan experiences the congestion typical of large cities. If you drive your car rental in Milan into the city centre during business hours, then expect a congestion fee, which will depend on the vehicle type. To avoid a fine, this fee must be paid within 48 hours of entering the city centre. Cameras photograph vehicle plates, so penalties for deviation are inevitable. Payment can be made online or by purchasing entrance cards at newsstands around the city.

    Another zone to pay attention to is the limited traffic zone, so-called ZTL, located in the centre of Milan with residents-only entry. Cameras operate in the ZTLs to register any unauthorised plates entering the zone.

    The roads are often narrow, ancient, and windy, so when selecting a vehicle, it is wise to look for an economy or a compact size car to make navigation through the streets as easy as possible. Milan is known for frenetic drivers who may dazzle you with incredible feats of bravery and speed. Visit our Italy driving guide for more information regarding traffic regulations.

    Where can I park my car hire in Milan?

    Available parking spaces are rare and and come at premium rates in Milan's city centre, with street parking being almost non-existent. Private lots may let you rent a space by the hour or by the day. On the outskirts of the city it is not very expensive to park in an underground lot and take the metro into central Milan for sightseeing. On-street parking in Milan is payable from Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm or 11pm, depending on the zone you park in.

    Milan Airport

    Milan has two international airports: Malpensa and Linate. Malpensa is the second largest airport in Italy and services domestic, European as well as long-haul flights. It consists of two bustling terminals and is located approximately 30 miles from the centre of Milan.

    Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
    Telephone: +39 02 232323

    Milan Linate is a smaller and older airport than Malpensa. Linate services mostly domestic and European flights and is situated within the city limits.

    Milan Linate Airport (LIN)
    Telephone: +39 02 232323

    What to do in Milan

    Take a look at our mini guide to Milan's top attractions. Some say two days are enough to see Milan, with the first day devoted to visiting Milan Cathedral and Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II, and the second day spent on eating pizza. Nevertheless, Milan is a splendid, cultural centre with many historical sites, which will require a longer stay in order for you to see everything the city has to offer.

    • Shopping heaven: Shop till you drop. You'll have to dig deep in to your pocket to shop in the international fashion capital. Via Monte Napoleone is one of the most expensive shopping streets in the world. The biggest labels in fashion, such as Versace, Valentino, Prada, Dolce & Gabana, or Armani, all originate from Milan. You cannot miss a visit to the oldest shopping mall in the city, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II built in 1877. It is located in the heart of Milan in a stunning four-storey building with glass arcades.
    • Milan Cathedral: Duomo di Milano, as Milan Cathedral is called in Italian, is the largest church in Italy. It took six centuries to complete the construction of the church which is built from marble in a prevailing gothic style. Duomo di Milano is the city's landmark and one of the most recognisable buildings in Italy. It's best to visit the cathedral in the morning to avoid tourist crowds.
    • Santa Maria delle Grazie: The church and Dominican convent is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site with Leonardo da Vinci's famous mural The Last Supper on display. Visits need to be booked in advance.
    • La Scala: The famous Italian opera house was inaugurated in 1778. The theatre is known as the leading opera and ballet house where some of the best artists have performed. Book a ballet or opera show, or visit the theater's museum and see one of the oldest opera houses in the world.
    • Brera: Brera is located out of the city centre. This quaint district will charm you with little restaurants, boutiques and good shopping opportunities. This is an alternative to the crowded central streets of Milan and Brera has a more relaxed atmosphere.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Milan

    A car hire in Milan allows you to see more than the city itself. Take a trip to the countryside and discover fantastic places like Lake Como or Lake Garda. See below for day-trip ideas that are easy to combine with your stay in Milan.

    Lake Garda

    Lake Garda is the largest Italian lake and a popular tourist destination. The lake attracts tourists with its picturesque setting and the crystal-clear waters entering the Alps. It is also known for over a dozen of wineries spread along the lake shores. If you are interested in more attractions of Lake Garda, please visit our road-trip page dedicated to the region.

    Lake Como

    Lake Como is only a two-hour drive from Milan. You will not regret planning some extra time to see the lake; you'll realize why it's gained a nickname of the "Italian heaven". The lake is set at the foothills of the Alps. The lake shores are made of the green hills with historic villas, taken right from the fairy tales.


    Bergamo can be reached with your rent a car from Milan in only one hour. The city is located at the foothills of the Southern Alps. Bergamo has a charming old city with a beautiful Santa Maria Maggiore church from the twelfth century and numerous historical sites. Most prominent of them, San Vigilio Castle, the residence of Bergamo rulers, overlooks the rest of the city from a hill, providing a perfect set for a panorama picture.

    Geographic Information & History

    Bustling Milan is a flat city that lies halfway between the Po River and the foothills of the Alps, with a lake region to the north. As the second largest city in Italy, it has a vast suburban area, incorporating approximately 9.2 million residents.

    Weather in Milan is humid and moderate. The Alps to the north create a weather barrier that protects the city from the harsher weather patterns of Northern Europe. Milan experiences sizzling summer weather with temperatures that can peak at around 34 °C. In cool, rainy winters, temperatures sometimes dip below zero and the city experiences the occasional snowfall.

    Modern Milan is a beacon which leads the fashion world, and also holds thriving financial and industrial districts. The complex heritage of the city is evident in the ornate Milan Cathedral, as well as the Navigli, a system of ancient canals once used for ease of transportation. While it is modern and cosmopolitan, this city carries more than 26 centuries of history.

    Milan was founded by the Insubres, a Celtic tribe, in around 600 BC. In 222 BC the city was captured by the Romans and became part of the Western Roman Empire. The Middle Ages marks the turbulent history of the city. Milan was conquered by the Visigoths, Ostrogoths, and Franks. Unfortunately, the next centuries proved to be no better to Milan. The city was a battleground and changed hands between France, Spain and Austria until it became part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. During the Second World War, Milan was bombarded several times by Allied powers.

    How to get around Milan

    Aside from the state-of-the-art airports, present-day Milan also offers bus and train services for getting into town, as well as a network of tram and metro services that cover the greater metropolitan area. The Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM) is the local company running the transportation system in Milan: bus, tram and underground. Unified tickets are available from ticket machines and newsstands.

    Trains and underground

    Milan Central Station is the main railway station in Milan. With fast trains and frequent departures, it connects passengers to Italian cities such as Florence and Rome, as well as cities throughout Europe, including Barcelona in Spain. Milan Metro consists of 19 lines linking the city centre with its suburbs. Ticket machines are available at the metro stations.

    Bus and trams

    Autostradale, the national bus line of Italy, and several smaller and international bus companies all convene in Milan at the MM1 Lampugnano Station - Milan's main bus terminal. Milan is famous for its extensive tram line network consisting of 99 miles of track and 17 tram lines.

    Can I hire a campervan in Milan?

    Exploring Italy by car is fun, but by campervan it is a whole new experience altogether. Take in the culture, history, cuisine and stunning landscapes. Auto Europe has numerous campervans in Milan to choose from and that all at competitive prices.

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