7 September 2020 - ALEKSANDRS BURAKS

Best Car Rental Companies in Catania

Best Car Rental Companies in Catania

By Aleksandrs Buraks | September 7, 2020
Catania, the second largest city in Sicily, is the most popular starting point for a trip around the island since its airport is the busiest on the island. The city is a destination of its own, too. This is due to its architecture and proximity to Mount Etna, one of the highlights of a trip to Sicily.

And as a popular place for picking up a rental car, there are many different companies serving it. So how should you determine which company you should go with for your Sicilian vacation?

Well, that's where this article comes in handy. Since we ask are customers to rate their experience after their rental, we've compiled that information to let you know which companies in Palermo are the best for travelers and why.

So before you book a car for your next Sicilian adventure, read through this article to see which companies you should consider.
  • Best Value
    Ecovia (Cat. Score - 8.8☆)
    ""Great value for your money!"
  • Cleanest Cars
    Alamo (Cat. Score - 9.3☆)
    "The car was extremely clean"
  • Best Upkept Cars
    Locauto (Cat. Score - 9.3☆)
    "Excellent service, new car, kind and helpful employees"
  • Best Customer Service
    Locauto (Cat. Score - 8.9☆)
    "Very professional"
  • Quickest Pickup
    Locauto (Cat. Score - 8.7☆)
    "Speed at the time of collection and drop-off of the car"
  • Quickest Dropoff
    Keddy (Cat. Score - 9.5☆)
    "The drop-off was a breeze"
Catania, the second largest city in Sicily, is the most popular starting point for a trip around the island since its airport is the busiest on the island. The city is a destination of its own, too. This is due to its architecture and proximity to Mount Etna, one of the highlights of a trip to Sicily.

And as a popular place for picking up a rental car, there are many different companies serving it. So how should you determine which company you should go with for your Sicilian vacation?

Well, that's where this article comes in handy. Since we ask are customers to rate their experience after their rental, we've compiled that information to let you know which companies in Palermo are the best for travelers and why.

So before you book a car for your next Sicilian adventure, read through this article to see which companies you should consider.
Best Overall Car Rental Company in Catainia
As rated by DiscoverCars.com's customers
  • Locauto
    With an average customer rating of 9☆, Locauto is the best overall car rental company in Catania.
Best Overall Car Rental Company in Catainia
As rated by DiscoverCars.com's customers
  • Locauto
    With an average customer rating of 9☆, Locauto is the best overall car rental company in Catania.

#1 Locauto - 9.0☆

Topping our list of best rental companies in Catania is Locauto. This is an Italian rental company that has been around for fifty years. It started in the car rental businesses more than 15 years ago.

Locauto has locations across Italy, including all of the major Italian airports. In 2013, the company partnered with Enterprise. This means the company also works closely with National and Alamo.

Given this reputation, it's no surprise the company has figure out how to best serve the Italian car rental market. Locauto is the category winner in Catania in three categories:

  • Quickest Pickup
  • Best Upkept Cars
  • Best Customer Service
Its location in the airport's terminal and its quick customer service representatives make picking up the rental car incredibly fast. Its representatives also provide service that is second to none in the city. And, of course, being the large, well-known company it is, it goes above and beyond to make sure its fleet is in the best condition possible.

Locauto is the clear winner for the best rental company in Catania. So if they have the car you need at a rate that is acceptable to you, do not hesitate to book a car with them; you will not regret the decision.
  • Excellent value
  • Blazing fast pickup
  • Blazing fast drop-off
  • Excellent customer service
  • Spotless car
  • Car in excellent condition
#2 Alamo - 8.7☆
Next on the list with 8.7/10 is Alamo, the well-known international brand. As Alamo is known for its service and quality, this isn't surprising. It is also partners with Locauoto, the first company on this list.

Alamo is also located in Catania Airport's terminal, sharing a desk with Locauato (as in most of its Italian locations). This means that it is both easy to find the rental desk and to pick up and drop off the car, which can save you valuable time while you're on vacation.

So how does the company differ from Locauto? It does so in the vehicles it offers. Alamo's fleet includes specialty vehicles that Locauto's does not. In Catania, these are luxury cars and passenger vans. So Alamo may be the rental company for you if you seek a fancy car or are traveling in a large group.

As expected, Alamo provides very clean cars in great condition in Catania. Alamo as a global brand is known for providing quality vehicles to its customers. Expect to be provided with a vehicle that is relatively new and with few kilometres on it. In fact, our customers have deemed Alamo's cars the cleanest in Catania.

The only downside of using Alamo is that its prices are usually somewhat higher than some of its competitors. Of course, quality often comes with a higher price. And our customers still rate the value they receive renting from Alamo as excellent. So it's clear, if you need a specialty vehicle that perhaps Locauto doesn't offer, then Alamo is an excellent choice to rent a car from in Catania.
  • Excellent value
  • Fast pickup
  • Blazing fast drop-off
  • Excellent customer service
  • Spotless car
  • Car in great condition
#3 Enterprise - 8.7☆
Coming in at number three on the list is Enterprise, the largest rental company in the world. Being that large and well-known, it is inevitable that the company would be somewhere on our list.

Enterprise owns the previous company on this list, Alamo, and works closely with Locauto. Its rentals in Catania are serviced by the Locauto desk. So like Locauto and Alamo, the company's rental desk is easy to find in the airport's terminal. This also makes for an incredibly fast pick up and drop off procedure.

Enterprise differs from Locauto and Alamo in the fleet it has in Catania. It provides standard cars and vans along with some specialty vehicles, though they are usually different than the vehicles offered by Alamo.

So like Locauto and Alamo, with Enterprise you can expect excellent customer service, incredibly clean vehicles, and vehicles that are in tip top condition. You won't have any worries on your vacation in regards to breakdowns or an unsafe car to drive.

Of course, just as with Alamo, this quality usually comes at a cost. But just as with Alamo, our customers report receiving excellent value for their money whit Enterprise. So it's clear again, that if Enterprise has the vehicle that you need for your trip, then you wouldn't go wrong by choosing them as your rental company in Catania!
  • Excellent value
  • Fast pickup
  • Blazing fast drop-off
  • Excellent customer service
  • Very clean car
  • Car in great condition
#4 Keddy - 8.7☆
The first company that is not Locauto or one of its partner companies is Keddy. With a similar score of 8.7/10 as Alamo and Enterprise, Keddy is the fourth best rental company in Catania according to our customers.

Keddy is the low-cost brand developed by Europcar in 2015 to compete with other low-cost companies. However, it generally differs from other low-cost companies as it offers Europcar-level service. It is able to offer lower-cost rentals due to its fleet of budget cars and stream-lined process without sacrificing on customer service.

And this holds for its location in Catania. Its rentals are serviced by the Europcar desk at Catania Airport. So unlike other low-cost companies with locations outside the airport, Keddy's customers have an easy time finding the desk and a quicker pickup and drop off process. Our customers rate Keddy as having the quickest drop off times in Catania.

This also means that Europcar's representatives are the ones that serve Keddy customers. So it's no surprise that our customers report receiving great customer service from the company.

And finally, as a brand of one of the most well-known rental companies in the world, you can be sure that the cars, though they may be budget cars, are kept in tip top shape and will be incredibly clean.

So it's clear, if you are looking for a budget rental but still want excellent service and quality, you should certainly consider renting from Keddy in Catania.
  • Excellent value
  • Fast pickup
  • Blazing fast drop-off
  • Great customer service
  • Very clean car
  • Car in great condition
#5 Centauro - 8.6☆
Coming in fifth on our list of best rental companies in Catania is Centauro. This is the first company on the list that is not located in the airport's terminal. Instead, it is located a short walk away. Therefore, customers don't need to wait for a shuttle, only to walk a few minutes. This makes pick up and drop off faster compared to companies located farther away.

Centauro is an international company, though not as large as the previous companies on this list, with locations in European tourist hotspots including Portugal, Spain, and Greece in addition to Italy. The company has been around for 45 years, so they have plenty of experience when it comes to car rental.

The company is well-suited to provide rental cars for tourists. In addition to having a fast pick up and drop off procedure, the company provides excellent customer service according to our customers. It also provides cars that are spotless and incredibly well-maintained. These combine to make our customers feel that they receive excellent value for their money with the company.

So if you seek even excellent value and don't mind walking a few minutes to reach the rental office, the Centauro is a great choice for your car rental needs in Catania!
  • Excellent value
  • Fast pickup
  • Blazing fast drop-off
  • Excellent customer service
  • Spotless car
  • Car in great condition
#6 Europcar - 8.6☆
At number six on our list is Europcar with 8.6/10. Europcar is one of the largest rental companies in the world with almost 2,500 locations. Given that kind of experience, you can expect a company that knows what it's doing. And in Catania, that certainly holds true.

Our customers rate Europcar almost the same as they do its low-cost brand Keddy (number four on this list). Of course given that the same representatives serve both at the same rental desk, this is to be expected. If anything, customers rate the value ever so slightly lower, since Keddy is a low-cost brand focused on budget rentals.

The Europcar brand differs from Keddy in the vehicles it offers. This includes more standard and premium vehicles along with vans. Of course, these types of rental vehicles generally cost more than budget ones.

But customers can expect the same great service at the rental desk, which is located in the airport's terminal. So it's easy to find and picking up and dropping off a car is incredibly fast. Customers can also expect to be given a vesicle that is great condition and incredibly clean so they won't have to worry about safety or breakdowns.

If you need a standard or premium car, or perhaps a van, then Europcar is an excellent choice in Catania. If you are looking for a budget car, though, then be sure to check their brand Keddy to get the same great service at a lower price!
  • Excellent value
  • Fast pickup
  • Blazing fast drop-off
  • Great customer service
  • Spotless car
  • Car in great condition
#7 Noleggiare - 8.6☆
Number seven on the list of best rental companies in Catania is Noleggiare which, like Locauto, is an Italian rental company. Founded in 2006, it has locations at airports and in the center of cities across Italy, including Sicily and Sardinia.

Noleggiare, like most of the companies on this list so far, has a rental desk in Catania Airport's terminal. This is surely part of the reason customers report not spending a lot of time picking up and dropping off their rental car. It also means that the company is easy to find.

Our customers also report receiving great customer service. The representatives are both efficient and friendly, having a more local approach. They also report that the company's fleet of rental vehicles is kept in great condition and that the company goes to great lengths to make sure the car is clean before they hand it over to you.

Nolegarrie provides customers with a great value for their money. Its prices are reasonable considering it is located at the airport, which adds a lot of convince. Its vehicles are in tip top shape and its customer service is great. It's clear, this company has the Italian rental market figured out and you wouldn't be remiss using them for your car rental needs in Catania!
  • Great value
  • Quick pickup
  • Blazing fast drop-off
  • Great customer service
  • Very clean car
  • Car in great condition
#8 Ecovia - 8.5☆
Ecovia comes in at number 8 on the list. Ecovia is another Italian rental company which serves all of the major Italian airports and cities. Ecovia, as its name and logo suggests, focuses on renting environmental-friendly cars. Of course, these cars are good for those travelers that might not particularly make their rental choice based on environmental friendliness due to the fact that they also tend to get excellent gas mileage which can save a lot of money over the course of a week of traveling around Sicily.

But aside from the savings on fuel, Ecovia provides excellent value for your money. In fact, our customers rate it as the company with providing the Best Overall Value in Catania.

The one downside of the company is that it isn't located at the airport. Instead, customers must take a shuttle bus (which is free) to its location which takes away time from their vacation.

Once you arrive at the rental office, though, you can expect to be greeted by friendly customers service representatives. The company provides excellent and efficient customer service so you don't spend too much time picking up and dropping off the car.

Its cars, are of course, clean and well-maintained, too. So your trip will be worry-free. So if you want great value, both in terms of your rental and your fuel expenditures, then Ecovia would be an excellent choice to use in Catania!
  • Excellent value
  • Quck pickup
  • Blazing fast drop-off
  • Excellent customer service
  • Very clean car
  • Car in great condition
#9 National - 8.5☆
Ninth on our list is National, another company owned by Enterprise and therefore partnered with Locauto. So National is served by the Locauto desk at Catania Airport.

Like Enterprise and Alamo, National differs from Locauto mostly in the type of vehicles it offers.

Unsurprisingly, the ratings for National in all of the categories are close to the same as those of Enterprise. Customers think they get great value for their money with the company. They also think they receive great customer service.

Finally, being a huge global brand, it maintains an excellent fleet of cars, both in terms of choice and in how they are taken care of. You can expect not to have any problems with your rental car if using National.

So if National has the type of vehicle you need in Catania, don't hesitate to book it; you will definitely receive great service and feel you get a lot of value for your money.
  • Great value
  • Quick pickup
  • Blazing fast drop-off
  • Great customer service
  • Very clean car
  • Car in great condition
#10 Autovia - 8.4☆
Our top ten list is rounded out by another local Italian company, Autovia. This company started out in 2005 and has grown ever since. It now has more than 80,000 cars across 67 locations in Italy. It has also expanded to Albania, Morocco, and Malta.

Autovia is another company that seeks to provide a great balance between quality and price. It also seeks to have transparent policies and clear prices, so no hidden surprises.

Our customers agree, noting that the feel they get great value for their money with the company. They also say they get great customers service.

Of course, a big reason the company can provide such a great value is that it is not located at the airport. This means it takes longer to get to it (though there is a free shuttle) making it slightly less convenient. But it also means it is able to offer lower rates due to the cost savings of its location.

With clean and well-maintained cars, it's clear that Autovia is another local company that is well worth using in Catania.
  • Great value
  • Quick pickup
  • Blazing fast drop-off
  • Great customer service
  • Very clean car
  • Car in great condition

Aleksandrs Buraks

Head of Growth at DiscoverCars.com
Aleksandrs has over 10 years of experience in marketing with a focus on creating stellar content that provides topical insights using data. Having taken five road trips across Europe and one in the U.S., he is passionate about traveling by car. His favorite countries to visit are Denmark and Thailand. You can find him on Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter.

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