It’s not unusual for many to comment that despite being in Italy, Milan doesn’t look so much a part of it. Though it resembles other Italian cities of Venice or Verona, it surely has a dissimilar atmosphere. Milan gives the impression of a lively, busy, stylish, business city with numerous cafes that attract locals and visitor alike to stop for a while for a quick espresso.
Malpensa is the major international airport at Milan. It’s a big modern airport with two runways and two terminals. Terminal 1 is the larger one that handles international plus intercontinental flights while terminal 2 is patronized by many budget airlines including Easyjet. You can find all major car hire firms offering car rental in Milan at terminal 1 of Milan airport. For €80 you could travel to the city in a sedan and if you happen to be in a group you can hire a minibus for €95
Milan’s Linate Airport is about seven Km from the city center but mostly caters to national and some European flights. The most common way of commuting to the central part of the city from is via local buses, running every 10 minutes and costing just €1.50. Orio al Serio Airport is another airport in Milan, close to Bergamo city. It handles only a few budget airlines. Going to the city from here is not a convenient as from the other two.
Milan is best visited during April-May and again in September-October. These months form the peak periods while November –March is the leanest season.
Driving in Milan
You’ll be driving on your right, like in the US, with a valid driving license in English. You must drive very defensively, be alert and feel confident driving in erratic traffic. Drivers in Milan frequently overlook speed limits and traffic signals and drivers at your back follow you too closely for you to feel comfortable. Searching a place to park your car in Milan demands a bit of patience and a lot of alertness.
Find Car rental in Milan
You can find many of the familiar agencies like Budget, Hertz and Thrifty etc offering car rental in Milan. Usually, the prices are comparable to big American cities. However, they charge you value added tax and the Collision Damage Waiver is not optional as in the US.
You should also be aware that most companies that offer car rental in Milan provide cars with manual transmission. Of course, automated versions are available but at very steep prices. You may be tempted to travel to Rome or Florence along highway A-1 or to captivating city of Venice and Verona on A-4 but remember you will need to pay drop-off charges if you start from end city and end in a different city. Generally, you are not charged drop-off charges when you drop off at a different office in the same city.
It may be worthwhile taking a flight to say Venice and rent a car in Venice for going around that city. Likewise, renting a car in Rome is far more economical than car rental in Milan and driving down to Rome. You would know the expense of car renting in any city is directly proportional to the number of days and the size of car. Gasoline would cost you about 1.30 €/liter (Remember 1.42 €=1 US$.) Gas stations are frequently closed for lunch from 12:30-3:00 P.M. You’ll be put to inconvenience if you don’t plan well, though at times some gas stations keep self-serve pumps in operation. Moreover, you’ll need to pay toll if you choose to travel on the Autostrade.