Car Rental in Bologna

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Bologna, Italy - Mainland
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Bologna Airport
Economy
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Target Rent
$9.39 / per day
Bologna Airport
Mini Elite
Peugeot 107 or similar
Peugeot 107
  • 4
  • 1
  • 2
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$9.88 / per day
Bologna Airport
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4
  • 2
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$11.30 / per day
Bologna Airport
Economy Elite
Peugeot 208 or similar
Peugeot 208
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Felirent
$15.71 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Bologna Airport
Compact
Fiat 500X or similar
Fiat 500X
  • 5
  • 3
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
RentalPlus
$16.42 / per day
Bologna Airport
Compact Elite
Citroen C3 Aircross or similar
Citroen C3 Aircross
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
RentSmart24
$16.86 / per day
Bologna Airport
Special Crossover
Ford EcoSport or similar
Ford EcoSport
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Noleggiare
$22.13 / per day
Bologna Airport
Intermediate
Fiat Tipo or similar
Fiat Tipo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Italy Car Rent
$27.63 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 20:47 on 2024-04-17. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Italian
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+39
Average car rental price
$16 per day
Average car rental length
6 days
Speed limit within town
50 - 70 km/h or 31 - 43 mph
Speed limit out of town
90 - 130 km/h or 56 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
8.8 / 10
Average gasoline price
$1.91 per liter or $7.21 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.81 per liter or $6.85 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$2.03 per liter or $7.70 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Bologna?

Bologna is a great place to explore by car. The city is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region and is located in the heart of northern Italy.  It is a fascinating destination in its own right, and it’s in close proximity to many other interesting destinations.

Bologna

One-Way Car Rentals in Bologna

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Bologna and drop off in another city include:

  • From Bologna to Pisa - 296 offers from $19.21 per day
  • From Bologna to Rome - 358 offers from $19.21 per day
  • From Bologna to Milan - 270 offers from $20.93 per day
  • From Bologna to Bergamo - 156 offers from $20.93 per day
  • From Bologna to Naples - 152 offers from $21.48 per day

Top ways to enter Bologna

  • Bologna Airport (BLQ): Seventh busiest in Italy, Bologna’s Airport is popular with both high-end airlines and low-cost carriers.
  • Florence Airport (FLR): About an hour-and-a-half drive from Bologna, Florence Airport is served by low-cost airline Vueling, as well as many other airlines that connect it to destinations around Italy and Europe.
  • Venice Airport (VCE): Less than a two-hour drive north, Venice’s Marco Polo Airport is another convenient place to fly to if your final destination is Bologna.
  • By Train: If you’re arriving in Bologna by train, you can pick up a rental car at the Bologna Centrale train station.

City facts

  • A city of culture and education, Bologna is home to University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world.
  • Bologna has about 390,000 inhabitants, but a tad more than 1 million people live in its wider metropolitan area.
  • The city is a foodie destination for Italians and visitors from abroad.

Top destinations and activities

  • National Picture Gallery. Exhibiting the best of Venetian and Emilia-Romagna art, this gallery has world-famous works by Giotto, Raffaello, Parmigianino, and many others.
  • The Bolognese Cuisine. Calling yourself the food capital is a mighty claim in Italy, but Bologna can back it up. Many Bolognese residents claim that leaving without trying their cured meats and cheeses, lasagna, and stuffed tortellini pasta amounts to a crime.
  • Towers of Bologna. Many of the city’s original towers are no longer standing, but more than 20 remain, including the central Due Torri or Two Towers that are over 900 years old.  You can climb the tallest of the two, the Asinelli Tower.
  • San Petronio. The first stone of this basilica was laid in the 14th century, but it has remained unfinished to this day – that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Italy though. The church has a truly impressive collection of religious art, and a unique indoor sundial.

Traffic and parking

  • The speed limit in cities is 50 km/h, although in certain areas the speed limit may be reduced to 30 km/h. 
  • Main highways are limited to 130 km/h, non-major highways to 110 km/h, and local roads to 90 km/h. During the rain the limits are respectively lowered to 110 km/h, 100 km/h, and 80 km/h. The general speed limit is lowered to 50 km/h during heavy fog or other cases of bad visibility.
  • The speed limit on the Autostrada (toll road) is 130 km/h, reduced to 110 km/h if it’s raining.  The speed limit on highways ranges from 90-110 km/h.  
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your driver’s license and International Driving Permit (if required for you)passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.00% for novice drivers. Being over the allowed limit can result in hefty fines. and even imprisonment. 
  • The emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112.
  • It’s easiest to park outside the city walls and walk or take public transport or a taxi into the historic center.  Blue lines are pay parking.
  • Be careful not to enter the ZTL (zona traffico limitato - limited traffic zone) if you don’t have permission.

Toll roads

There are numerous toll roads in Italy. The exact fee depends on the route of your choice and the type of a vehicle. See the official Italian toll road website for more information. Use the website’s toll road calculator to find out exactly how much you’ll have to pay for using the toll roads on your planned route.

Ideas for day trips

  • Modena and Parma.  Foodies will delight in two other culinary destinations in the Emilia-Romagna region, each with a beautiful historic center.  Modena is home to balsamic vinegar, and can be reached from Bologna in less than an hour.  Parma is home to parmigiano Reggiano cheese and prosciutto di Parma and can be reached from Bologna in about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  
  • Ferrara. Another neighbor, Ferrara is about an hour’s drive to the northeast of Bologna. Yet to be discovered en masse by tourists, the city has anauthentic atmosphere and there are no crowds at its landmarks that include the stunning Este Castle, the ancient frescoes of Schifanoia Castle, and the rotunda of the Claudio Abbado Theater.
  • Casentinesi, Monte Falterona, and Campigna Forest National Park. The region of Emilia-Romagna is one of the most urbanized parts of Italy but has found a place for this scenic nature preserve. Characterized by beech and oak woodlands, deep valleys, and ancient monasteries, it has all the right ingredients for an enjoyable day outdoors. The drive from Bologna takes about two hours.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental cars in Italy are the Fiat Panda, the Ford Fiesta, and the Fiat 500. The most popular rental car types are economy, mini, and compact. 

Further destinations

  • Florence. As famous and interesting as Bologna is, Florence is a place every visitor should consider a side trip to. The wealth of culture, art, and history in the Renaissance capital will blow away even the most seasoned travelers. The drive from Bologna takes only about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  • San Marino. One of the smallest countries on the planet, San Marino is completely surrounded by Italy. Reasons to visit include its picturesque fortresses, elevated landscape, and beautiful vineyards. Despite its small size, San Marino claims to be the oldest republic in the world. The drive from Bologna takes about two hours.
  • Venice. A destination like no other, the floating city is another world-famous destination that’s within a two-hour drive of Bologna. Landmarks like Doge’s Palace and the St. Mark’s Basilica are not to be overlooked, but if you have time, make sure to also check out the surrounding islands that offer even more character and atmosphere than the busy center.
  • Italian Car Museums.  Racecar and Formula 1 fans should head into Italy’s ‘Motor Valley’ to see some of Italy’s car factories and museums, including those of Ferrari and Lamborghini, both less than an hour from Bologna.

Car Rental Prices in Bologna

  • Convertibles - from $45 per day
  • Station wagons - from $25 per day
  • Large cars - from $27 per day
  • Medium cars - from $11 per day
  • Vans - from $81 per day
  • Premium cars - from $100 per day
  • Small cars - from $9 per day
  • SUVs - from $16 per day

Money-saving tips

There are many things you can do to get a good rental deal in Bologna:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during low seasons - outside of summer months and major holidays (like Easter, Ferragosto, Christmas).
  • Explore pickup locations.  A nearby town that’s reached easily by train may have a better rate.
  • Don’t rent a car for time you’ll spend in cities.  It will just sit in a parking lot or garage (and you’ll need to pay for parking!).
  • Look into renting ‘open jaw’ - pick up your car in one destination and drop it off in another.  While you will likely need to pay a supplement for your car rental, you’ll save money on gas and tolls and you’ll save precious vacation time!
  • Visit on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Bologna is the cheapest in April when renting a car is about 60% cheaper than the yearly average.
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Candice Criscione
This article was reviewed and updated by Candice Criscione who has been helping travelers visit Italy since 2004. Her experience living, working (as a guide and professor), and traveling throughout the country gives her an insider’s perspective on bella Italia. She lives in Tuscany and spends her days helping people plan their dream vacations to Italy, cycling, and running after her three boys! You can find her online at Mom in Italy and The Tuscan Mom, on Facebook (Italy Travel Advice and Mom in Italy - Travel in Italy with Kids), and on Pinterest (Mom in Italy).

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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Bologna?

Car rental prices in Bologna vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Bologna
$14.81
January
$13.03
February
$21.68
March
$28.74
April
$45.19
May
$46.96
June
$48.97
July
$38.30
August
$43.28
September
$30.07
October
$17.05
November
$19.89
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Bologna is February (when prices average $13.03 per day). This is 58% cheaper than the yearly average and 73% cheaper than renting in July (when prices average $48.97).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Bologna?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in August, the average renter keeps their car for 8 days, and in January, they keep their car for 5 days.
Average number of rental days in Bologna
5
January
6
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
6
June
7
July
8
August
6
September
5
October
5
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Bologna?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Bologna is July, and the least popular is November.
Monthly searches in Bologna by pick-up date relative to the average
58%
January
57%
February
78%
March
102%
April
143%
May
138%
June
144%
July
115%
August
139%
September
114%
October
52%
November
59%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 9
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers RentalPlus, Drivalia, Noleggiare, Felirent, RentSmart24
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Large cars
Lowest price $9 per day
Cheapest supplier Target Rent

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
RentalPlus Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
RentalPlus Fiat Panda 5 1 Medium cars
Drivalia Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Drivalia Jeep Renegade 5 3 SUVs
Goldcar Fiat Panda 3 2 Small cars
Drivalia Fiat 500L 5 2 Medium cars
RentSmart24 Fiat 500 2 1 Small cars
RentalPlus Volkswagen Polo 3 2 Medium cars
Felirent Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
Ecovia Fiat Panda 4 1 Small cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

United Kingdom
Kia Sportage
February 11, 2024
Nice
United States of America (USA)
Fiat 500X
January 6, 2024
restaurants, parties
Netherlands
Fiat Panda
October 22, 2023
Great via ferrata near Garda Lake
Slovakia
Opel Mokka
September 24, 2023
customer photo
Romania
Fiat Panda
August 30, 2023
It was good
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
August 15, 2023
Very good experience. Lovely staff , educate and knowledgeable. They were very calm and professional sorting some customers issue out . Look like not everyone got clear the idea of importance to do the insurance. To avoid a long queues and complaints u may want send message once the booking is confirmed so customer will not loose too much time .
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen T-Cross
August 9, 2023
Bologna is a beautiful city.
Ukraine
Fiat 500
August 5, 2023
We took car to travel around Grosetto. Beaches and nature there are amazing! Without a car it’s not possible to taste different dinners in different places everyday, and also not possible to visit multiple beaches.
Denmark
Fiat 500
July 18, 2023
Driving around Tuscany and Umbria
United Kingdom
Peugeot 5008 5+2
July 11, 2023
My trip was mostly seeing my family.
United Arab Emirates
Fiat Panda
June 19, 2023
Recommended rental company
Poland
Citro?n C3
May 26, 2023
Siteviewing, riding around Italy
Romania
Fiat 500L
May 22, 2023
Tuscany is great, car selection was great too for that landscape.
United States of America (USA)
Fiat Panda
May 16, 2023
So happy we rented a car for our Italy trip. We explored the northern regions of Tuscany and all around Lake Garda. Having a small car was super important, lots of tiny roads and even more tiny parking spaces.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
May 14, 2023
customer photo
Netherlands
Citroen C3
May 14, 2023
Great experience and beautiful 😍 place en lovely beach en country Bellissimo 🇮🇹
United States of America (USA)
Opel Crossland X
April 21, 2023
Italy is a beautiful place, I just wish the weather had been better for our April trip.
Italy
BMW 2 Series
April 15, 2023
With the car that gave me noleggiare.it the experience was very bad. They destroyed my all programs.
Israel
Fiat Panda
April 12, 2023
Dozza, San marino, and Ferrara were amazing. also San luca church and view point, and Fico
Israel
Ford Fiesta
March 24, 2023
Very nices places to visit, great food, fteindly people.
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United Kingdom
Fiat Tipo
March 14, 2023
Location away from airport requiring shuttle bus is a nuisance.
Turkey
Fiat 500
February 11, 2023
Bologna, Tuscany, very beautiful places.
Greece
Fiat 500
January 7, 2023
We visited Tuscany. Very exciting trip. Siena, Firenze, Pisa,Lucca, Montalcino, Montepulciano, Monteriggioni, Chianti area in 6 days! Streets were good and the car was very easy to drive! Thanks!
United States of America (USA)
Fiat Panda
December 4, 2022
not much to say
Israel
Mercedes Vito
August 21, 2022
The car was exactly what I expected. There were no issues during the trip.
Romania
Toyota Aygo
June 20, 2022
we visited Mirabilandia Park in Ravenna, Safari Ravenna si MiniItalia in Rimini - we really loved the parks
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Qashqai
December 21, 2021
Conveniently located, great communication
Sweden
Opel Corsa
September 4, 2020
Bologna is one of the most interesting cities in northern Italy. When visiting Bologna, eat a lot. You are in the best food region of Italy.
Brazil
Kia Rio
February 16, 2020
Great places to visit around Bologna!
Norway
Fiat Panda
November 1, 2019
A good start for travelling in north Italy the coast down to Ancona and Tuscany Take the small roads
United Kingdom
Seat Leon STW
August 23, 2019
Went to Siena. Roads direct and generally good surfaces although lanes narrower than used to
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
June 18, 2019
Beautiful city and surrounding countryside, quiet roads with amazing views
Italy
Opel Astra
December 30, 2018
Bologna is beautiful and I really enjoy. Good food, beautiful hystorical center, nice people, great Christmas fell.
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Qashqai
October 23, 2018
Leave plenty of time for your journey in travelling in Bologna!
United Kingdom
Citroen C1
August 8, 2018
Bologna very nice, good shopping and eating opportunities, definitely worth an explore.
United Kingdom
Fiat 500 L
July 26, 2018
Be very wary of ZTL limited traffic zones in towns and cities, expolore as far as you feel confident as there are lots of surrounding places worthy of a visit, Modena and Parma for Ham and Balsamic and parmesan etc. this area is great
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Locauto
8.9 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Surprice
6.1 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
77
Total rental companies
32
Average daily price
$16.17
Lowest daily price
$9.39
Total cars available
1083

Top 32 Suppliers in Bologna in 2024

RentalPlus
RentalPlus
Very good 8.9 / 461 reviews
1 location
$16 - $598
Locauto
Locauto
Very good 8.9 / 206 reviews
2 locations
$21 - $139
Felirent
Felirent
Very good 8.8 / 254 reviews
1 location
$16 - $36
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.7 / 15 reviews
3 locations
$88 - $207
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.6 / 51 reviews
2 locations
$87 - $191
Carwiz
Carwiz
Very good 8.6 / 8 reviews
1 location
$23
Centauro
Centauro
Very good 8.5 / 84 reviews
1 location
$27 - $60
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 8.3 / 201 reviews
1 location
$11 - $27
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.1 / 40 reviews
3 locations
$90 - $299
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8.1 / 17 reviews
2 locations
$56 - $212
Hertz
Hertz
Very good 8.1 / 8 reviews
4 locations
$49 - $128
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8
3 locations
$52 - $89
Sicily By Car
Sicily By Car
Good 7.9 / 375 reviews
2 locations
$34 - $158
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Good 7.9 / 90 reviews
1 location
$15 - $199
National
National
Good 7.9 / 2 reviews
2 locations
$91 - $190
Keddy
Keddy
Good 7.8 / 41 reviews
1 location
$40 - $113
Avis
Avis
Good 7.8 / 6 reviews
2 locations
$74 - $428
Flizzr
Flizzr
Good 7.8
3 locations
$82 - $262
RentSmart24
RentSmart24
Good 7.7 / 147 reviews
1 location
$17 - $46
Maggiore
Maggiore
Good 7.7 / 116 reviews
3 locations
$53 - $417
Budget
Budget
Good 7.7 / 11 reviews
2 locations
$66 - $428
Key'n Go
Key'n Go
Good 7.7 / 1 review
1 location
$33 - $36
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Good 7.7
1 location
Ecovia
Ecovia
Good 7.6 / 253 reviews
3 locations
$15 - $180
Autovia
Autovia
Good 7.6 / 111 reviews
3 locations
$16 - $158
Thrifty
Thrifty
Good 7.6 / 9 reviews
5 locations
$50 - $104
Italy Car Rent
Italy Car Rent
Good 7.5 / 74 reviews
1 location
$19 - $161
YES YOU RENT
YES YOU RENT
Good 7.3 / 3 reviews
2 locations
$18 - $106
Noleggiare
Noleggiare
Good 7.1 / 248 reviews
2 locations
$17 - $220
Target Rent
Target Rent
Good 7.1 / 31 reviews
1 location
$9 - $10
Drivalia
Drivalia
Satisfactory 6.6 / 383 reviews
2 locations
$17 - $80
Surprice
Surprice
Satisfactory 6.1 / 189 reviews
1 location
$10 - $17
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