Of all the beautiful, historic cities in Italy, Milan is the one most associated with fashion, elegance and design. The capital of the Lombardy region draws tourists from all over the world, whether they’re here for the couture or the cathedral. Business visitors flock to Milan as well, as it’s Italy’s financial powerhouse. This is a city where work and deals get done, but also one with a fun side, a long and rich cultural heritage and some wonderful food to indulge in.
With over 10 pick-up locations in Milan, including at the airport, we’ll help you get around and explore all it has to offer. Car hire in Milan lets you see the real city, and is ideal if you want to get out into the wider region, such as the charming fishing villages of Cinque Terre or Italy’s serene lakes.
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1230 1400-1900, Sa-Su closed
Address: Via Emilia 14
Opening hours: Mo-Su 0730-2400
Address: Malpensa Airport,
Malpensa 2000 Airport - FERNO (Varese)
Opening hours: Mo-Su 1030-1930
Address: Via Marchesi 4
Phone: 345 917 8870
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1230 1400-1900, Sa 0800-1230, Su closed
Address: Via Spezia 16
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-2000, Sa-Su 0800-1400
Address: Pick-Up: Via Cappellini 10, Return: Via Cappellini 21
Opening hours: Mo-Su 0700-0000
Address: Linate Airport
Opening hours: Mo-Su 1000-1300 1500-2000
Address: Via Po 3,
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1300 1400-1830, Sa 0830-1300, Su closed
Address: Viale Umbria 11
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0800-1900, Sa 0800-1300, Su closed.
Address: Via di Novegro 49
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1230 1400-1830, Sa-Su closed
Address: Via Monfalcone 13
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1230 1400-1900, Sa 0830-1230, Su closed
Address: Viale Certosa 22
Opening hours: Mo-Su 1000-1300 1500-2000
Address: Via dell'Artigianato 7
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1300 1400-1830, Sa 0830-1230, Su closed
Address: Via Monte Bianco 48,
corner of Via Guglielmo Silva
Milan is in a great location for getting out to see more of Italy. Head west on the A7 to the gorgeous Cinque Terre, and perhaps take a diversion on the A12 to the famed coastal town of Portofino.
If you’re fancying a longer road trip, Lake Como can be reached in less than two hours. There are various routes north, but you’ll end up navigating the scenic SS340. Relax by the lake, take in the gardens, stay in the grand hotels and dine al fresco as the lake laps at the shore.
The A7 leads south to the coast and Genoa, the A4 south-west to Turin, while the foodie destinations of Parma, Modena and Bologna all lie along the E34 to the south-east. Bologna is a good stopping off point before swinging down south again to the timeless Florence. Whichever way you head, the road network is relatively modern, and the quieter country roads throw up stunning scenery and pretty villages.
As in many major cities, driving in Milan is made a lot easier if you’re aware of the basic rules of the road. Drive on the right and make yourself aware of the differing speed limits.
Similar to London, Milan has introduced a congestion charge and it will cost 5 euros to drive into ‘Area C’ at certain times. You can find full details about it online. Free parking spaces are generally in short supply – your best bet will be to use a paid car park.
With a wide range of travellers passing through our locations every day, we've got a wide range of vehicles on offer to suit your needs - from smart executive saloons to compact family hatchbacks. ***
***Specific cars may not be available when booking
High fashion, big city business, art for the ages – Milan might seem all hustle and bustle on the surface but dig deeper and there’s a more serene side to the fashion capital of the world.
Milan vies with Paris, London and New York for the title of world fashion capital, and hosts a fashion week twice a year, in Spring and Autumn. The history here began in the Renaissance with luxury goods, and Milan has set trends right through to the modern era. High fashion labels such as Prada, Armani, Versace and Missoni base their operations here.
The much imitated The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci can be found in the refectory of the Basilica di Santa Marie delle Grazie. Painted in the late 15th century, time has taken its toll, but restoration in 1999 has helped matters.
Be aware that your visit will be brief – in order to maintain the painting in optimum condition only 25 people can enter the refectory at any one time, for just 15 minutes. It’s worth it.
There’s no shortage of art to see in Milan, whether Renaissance or contemporary. Two pieces by Caravaggio demand your attention - the atypical ‘Basket of Fruit’ at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana and the dramatic ‘Supper at Emmaus’ at the Brera Fine Arts Academy. The latter is a must see if you’ve seen his painting of the same scene at the National Gallery in London.
While there are many temples to fashion that will soon relieve you of your euros, few are as stunning as the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Situated on the Piazza del Duomo, it was completed in 1877 and comprises two shopping arcades, an arched cast iron and glass roof and links the Duomo and the Scala Theatre, two essential tourist attractions in their own right. It’s very much the ‘parlour’ of Milan, where people come to spend time and meet over a cup of coffee.
Behind the modern, high fashion and financial façade of Milan lies a place with an old soul. Car hire in Milan is one of the best ways to make your way around this glorious city and the other great locations the region offers.
Please note that from 15 Nov to 15 Apr many cities are required by law to restrict the circulation to only vehicles equipped with snow chains or winter tyres. For a summary of the orders, please visit www.poliziadistato.it. To comply with the regulations, in specific locations subject to this requirement, vehicles are equipped with snow chains - the price is included in the rental charges through the cost of "Winterization Fee". At pick-up if you decide to bring your own snow chains or do not intend on driving on the roads subject to this requirement, you may decline the equipment by signing the appropriate release form. This change will be reflected in the rental charges. For more information on the fees, please click here. In all other regions, we recommend that you check before renting if your journey includes one of the roads subject to this requirement and therefore request the snow chains, if necessary.