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    Car hire in Sicily - Best rates with Auto Europe

    With over 56 years of experience in the car hire business, Auto Europe has developed a network of both international and local suppliers with pick up desks all over the world. Our company offers car hire services in over 24,000 locations in 180 countries. In Sicily, we provide you with services in the main cities of Palermo, Catania, Trapani, and Siracusa, as well as in smaller ones, such as Messina, Cefalu, or Sciacca. For a route suggestion, take a look at our Sicily road trip planner. We have a wide range of car categories you can choose from.

    Traffic and parking

    Going for a ride with your car hire in Sicily might be the best way to see the island's natural beauty and cultural assets. Driving on the tiny streets of Palermo or in the Catania city centre may be somewhat challenging during peak hours. Therefore, if you hire a car in Sicily, try to avoid rush hours in the main cities. Here are some general rules for driving on the island:

    • You drive on the right-hand side of the road.
    • Driver and passengers must always have their seat belts fastened.
    • Driving and talking on the phone is not allowed, unless you have hands-free equipment.
    • Drunk-driving is forbidden; the BAC limit is 0.05.

    Parking zones are indicated by white, blue, and yellow street lines:
    White zone: parking is free.
    Blue zone: paid parking. You need a ticket from a nearby parking meter.
    Yellow zone: disabled parking.

    Learn more about driving in Italy, check our quotes for car hire in Sicily, book a car and enjoy your holidays!

    Geographic Information

    Located to the south-east of the Italian mainland, Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Most of its land is mountainous terrain, and the island boasts the highest active volcano in Europe, Mount Etna, which is also one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Due to its past eruptions, the soil on the island is very fertile and any piece of land where plants can grow is cultivated. Therefore, the Sicilian landscape combines mountains with green stretches of grapevines, tomatoes, olives, citrus, or artichokes fields. The Mediterranean climate, with rainy winters and hot sunny summers, enhances the agriculture in Sicily and lures people from all over the world to spend their holidays there.

    Sicily Airports

    There are several international airports on the island; the biggest one is located to the south of Catania:
    Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA)
    (Italian: Aeroporto di Catania-Fontanarossa Vincenzo Bellini)
    Telephone: +39 095 7239111

    The second biggest airport is Palermo International Airport, also known as
    Falcone-Borsellino Airport (PMO)
    (Italian: Aeroporto Falcone e Borsellino)
    Telephone number: +39 091-7020273

    The third largest airport in Sicily, receiving both European and domestic flights is:
    Trapani-Birgi Airport (TPS)
    (Italian: Aeroporto Vincenzo Florio di Trapani-Birgi)
    Telephone: phone +39.0923.842502

    You also have Comiso Airport located 5 km from Comiso
    Comiso Pio La Torre Airport(CIY)
    (Italian: Vincenzo Magliocco Airport)
    Telephone: phone +39 0932 961467

    Railway Stations

    Palermo Central Station - Stazione Centrale is the main railway station in Sicily.
    Lines that serve the station, operated by Trenitalia:

    Commuter rail line: Palermo Centrale - Punta Raisi (connects Palermo airport with the city centre).

    Public Transportation

    Between the major Sicilian cities, there are regular train connections operated by Trenitalia.
    Main routes:
    There are also train connections to Rome and Naples from major cities in Sicily.

    In Catania, you will find one underground line operated by Catania Metro (Metropolitana di Catania) and a tramway in Messina (Tranvia di Messina).

    There is also an extensive bus network which allows you to travel to almost every city in Sicily.

    Useful links

    Tourist Guide Sicily