Car Hire in Bologna
Come to historic Bologna, Italy, to wander among the many medieval churches and cathedrals, explore the bustling shops, cafes, and Renaissance architecture of the Piazza Maggiore, or appreciate its many galleries and museums. You can hire a car in Bologna from Europcar, Win Rent, Avis, Hertz, Green Motion, Firefly, Alamo, Goldcar, Enterprise, AutoEuropa, Locauto, and Morini, among other car rentals in Bologna. Find cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs of all makes, models, and sizes, including convertible sports cars and family minivans.
Car Hire at Bologna Airport
You can rent a car at Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) from Hertz, Europcar, and Win Rent and pick up your car right there in the lot out the door. There's also an Avis car return at the airport. A little further outside the airport grounds is a Joy Rent to the north, a Green Motion Bologna car rental to the south, and a Car Server rent a car in Bologna to the east toward the city proper.
When you leave the car rental at Bologna's airport, to get to Bologna city centre the quick way, you can either take E45 to the northwest and swing down at SS64 or take the A14 southwest and come in via Viale Palmiro Togliati. If you'd like to take the slow, scenic route from the airport into Bologna, take the more local Via Zanardi southeast all the way in.
Driving in Bologna
To drive in Italy, you must have a valid driver's license and be at least 18 years of age. You must use dipped headlights on two-lane motorways, and all passengers, including the driver, in both the front and rear seats must wear seat belts. While driving through villages and small towns, you may only sound the horn in case of emergency. Speed limits in Italy are 31 mph in the cities, 56 mph on the smaller out-of-town roads, 68 mph on the larger trunk roads, and 81 mph on the motorways. In inclement weather, the speed limit lowers on motorways to 68 mph and on trunk roads to 56 mph.
Be aware that Bologna has a region surrounding its historic centre called a Limited Traffic Area (ZTL). In this area from 7am to 10pm daily, all types of motor vehicles are prohibited. Visitors are, however, permitted special access to and from hotels where they may be staying.
Parking in Bologna
Street parking is available in Bologna but in high demand, so make sure to read signs carefully to avoid fines. There are more than ample parking lots throughout the city, though, as well as near the airport. When you hire a car in Bologna, it costs arounf$10 for a day pass valid at most parking lots throughout the city.
Where to Go and What to See in Bologna While you're in town, you can drive your car hire around Bologna to many local historical and cultural sites, such as The Basilica of San Petronio, Towers of Bologna, Piazza Maggiore, and the Fountain of Neptune.
If you feel like taking your car hire in Bologna out of town into some of Italy's lush rural outskirts, some popular drives from Bologna include Florence (1 1/2 hours), Verona (1 3/4 hours), and Siena/Ferrari (2 hours).