Car Rental in Genoa
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Why rent a car in Genoa?
Genoa is a great city to visit. Architecturally unique and full of historic landmarks, it is also close to a number of beautiful beaches and quaint coastal villages. With a rental car, you can see the rest of the region of Liguria, drive to nearby Piedmont and Tuscany, or even travel all the way north to the Alps.
One-Way Car Rentals in Genoa
The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Genoa and drop off in another city include:
- From Genoa to Catania - 138 offers from US$ 22.51 per day
- From Genoa to Florence - 143 offers from US$ 22.51 per day
- From Genoa to Naples - 130 offers from US$ 22.51 per day
- From Genoa to Trieste - 26 offers from US$ 27.04 per day
- From Genoa to Rimini - 50 offers from US$ 67.50 per day
Top ways to enter Genoa
- Genoa Airport: Also known as Christopher Columbus Airport after the famous Genoese explorer, it served more than 1.4 million travelers in 2018. The airport is served by 20 different airlines, with most of the traffic provided by Volotea, easyJet, and Alitalia. The airport is 10km (6 miles) northwest of Genoa’s city center and can be reached in 15-20 minutes.
- Cuneo Airport: Known as Cuneo Levaldigi Airport and sometimes as Cuneo-Turin, this small international airport only provides flights to Bari in Southern Italy, Cagliari in Sardinia, and Marrakesh in Morocco as well as seasonal flights to Tirana in Albania and Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Located 145km (90 miles) northwest of Genoa, the airport can be reached in about 1 hour and 50 minutes.
- Milan Malpensa Airport: The second-busiest airport in Italy and the 25th busiest in all of Europe, Milan Malpensa handled nearly 25 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a hub for a number of airlines and offers flights to destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Malpensa Airport is 187km (116 miles) from Genoa and can be reached in two hours.
- Linate Airport: The smallest of the international airports serving the Milan region, Linate Airport nonetheless handled nearly 10 million travelers in 2018. The airport is a large hub for the national carrier Alitalia and is also served by 11 other airlines. Located 155km (96 miles) northeast of Genoa, the airport can be reached in about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
- Turin Airport: Serving Italy’s fourth-largest city and the capital of the Piedmont region, Turin-Caselle handled just over 4 million travelers in 2018. The airport is served by more than 20 different airlines, including low-cost carriers Ryanair, Vueling, and Wizz Air. Located 200km (125 miles) northwest of Genoa, the airport can be reached in about two hours.
Useful city facts
- Located on the coast of the Ligurian Sea (which is part of the Mediterranean Sea), Genoa has a humid subtropical climate. The average high temperature is 24°C (76°F) in August, the hottest month, and 9°C (47°F) in January. Genoa has some of the highest amounts of precipitation among large Italian cities, with especially large amounts of rain from September to January. July is the driest month. Genoa experiences at least a couple of snowy days nearly every winter.
- As mentioned before, Genoa was the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, the explorer who led some of the first European naval expeditions to and initiated the colonization of the Americas. But Genoa has been the birthplace or home of many other world-famous people like the Flemish painter Rubens, politician Giuseppe Mazzini, violinist Niccolò Paganini, and architect Renzo Piano.
- Genoa is the capital of Liguria, one of the regions of Italy. The city had around 580,000 inhabitants in 2018, making it the sixth-largest city in the country. Genoa’s population reached its peak in the 1970s when more than 800,000 people lived there. The inhabitants of Genoa, both male and female, are known as genovese.
Top destinations and activities
- The Old Harbour. For centuries, Genoa was an international center of seafaring, maritime trading, and exploration. Many world-famous naval navigators started their global journeys from here. The Port of Genoa remains an important Mediterranean hub to this day, but a part of it, known as the Old Harbour or Porto Antico, has been turned into a residential area. One of the nicest parts of town, it has a long beautiful marina, the impressive Porta Siberia building, and many restaurants and museums.
- The Lighthouse of Genoa. Also known as the Faro di Genova or simply the Lanterna, the lighthouse has for centuries been one of the symbols of the city. First built in 1128 and remade as it remains today in 1528, it is the third-oldest lighthouse in the world. Until 1902, it was also the tallest. After visiting the lighthouse itself, go to the Lanterna Museum where you can learn about the city’s long and fascinating past.
- Castelletto. Another beautiful part of town, Castelletto is famous for the nice city views from its belvedere as well as an ancient bridge-aqueduct and large gardens. Lovers of Gothic architecture will appreciate many impressive examples of the style, like the Mackenzie Castle and the Albertis Castle (the latter nowadays houses the Museum of World Cultures).
Traffic and parking tips
- The speed limit in cities is 50km/h, although in certain areas the speed limit may be reduced to 30km/h.
- Main highways are limited to 130km/h, non-major highways to 110km/h, and local roads to 90km/h. During the rain, the limits are respectively lowered to 110km/h, 100km/h, and 80km/h. The general speed limit is lowered to 50km/h during heavy fog or other cases of bad visibility.
- Most of Genoa’s attractions are located in the city center, a rather small area that is definitely walkable. Finding a parking spot can be complicated, so it can be a good idea to use one of the city’s large parking lots, some of which you can find near the city center.
- A large city, Genoa experiences many traffic jams, especially during the evenings and mornings, in the most central parts of the city. If possible, try to drive around midday or later in the evening when traffic might be at its lowest. It’s also a good idea to use a real-time traffic app like Waze.
- According to some studies, Genoa has the highest number of scooters per capita in Italy. Scooters make up a significant amount of traffic in the city, and some might drive rather recklessly. It’s important to keep track of them at all times.
- Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation need to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
- When driving, you need to have your 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.
There are numerous toll roads in Italy, many of them in Liguria. The exact toll depends on your choice of route and type of 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 along your planned route.
Ideas for a day-trip
- Cinque Terre. The five coastal villages, or ‘lands,’ that make up the Cinque Terre region, are simply stunning to visit. Made up of rough cliffs, steep paths, and cute little houses, the area is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The surrounding hills are part of the Cinque Terre National Park which can also be explored. Located southeast of Genoa, Cinque Terre cannot be directly accessed by car; however, you can drive most of the way and take a boat or a train at the end.
- Capanne di Marcarolo Natural Regional Park. A vast protected area, Capanne di Marcarolo is made up of blue mountain lakes, winding paths, and old empty gold mines. It is a great place to go on a long hike or to simply have an enjoyable picnic outdoors. The park is home to wildlife species like the Italian cave salamander, short-toed snake eagle, and common buzzard. Located about 50km (31 miles) northwest of Genoa, Capanne di Marcarolo can be reached in about one hour.
- The Italian Riviera. While Italian Riviera lacks some of the opulence and glamour of its French counterpart, it more than makes up for it with the stunning Maritime Alps, unique architecture, and more relaxed atmosphere. San Remo, perhaps its most famous coastal town, is about 145km (90 miles) west of Genoa and can be reached in 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Most popular rental types and cars
The most popular rental car in Genoa is the Fiat Panda, although many travelers also go for the Renault Clio and the Peugeot 308. The most popular rental car types are economy, standard, and compact.
- Turin. With its sophisticated architecture, wide boulevards, and high-class art galleries, Italy’s fourth-largest city has impressed many world-famous artists. Some of the city’s highlights are the Moncalieri Castle, La Venaria Reale palace complex, and Villa della Regina Palace and Gardens, but it can be just as enjoyable to simply roam through the city’s streets and many parks. Located 170km (105 miles) northwest of Genoa, Turin can be reached in about two hours.
- Milan. The capital of fashion, finance, and food, Milan is certainly the busiest place in Northern Italy. It is not as picturesque as some other Italian cities, so for many visitors, it may not be a love from the first sight, but those who give the city their time will be richly rewarded with art, culture, and atmosphere. After seeing Milan, you can easily visit picturesque places like Como and Lake Garda or even pop over the border to see Switzerland. Located 144km (89 miles) from Genoa, Milan takes 1 hour and 50 minutes to reach.
- Florence. The capital of art, science, and the Renaissance, Florence has been influential for centuries. Uffizi Gallery, Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, and Palazzo Pitti are just some of the city’s landmarks - there are so many, in fact, that the condition of being overwhelmed by aesthetic beauty has been named the Florence Syndrome. Should you manage to see the city and avoid it, get in your rental car and explore the surrounding Tuscan countryside that is just as enjoyable. Florence is 230km (143 miles) southeast of Genoa and can be reached in about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Car Rental Prices in Genoa
- Station wagons - from $56 per day
- Large cars - from $68 per day
- Medium cars - from $44 per day
- People Carriers/Vans - from $123 per day
- Premium cars - from $146 per day
- Small cars - from $56 per day
- SUVs - from $51 per day
How can I save money on my rental car?
Follow these tips and land a great rental car in Liguria:
- Compare the rates of different rental car providers
- Book your rental car well in advance
- Plan your route before you go
- Know your fuel and mileage requirements
- Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Genoa is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 80% cheaper than the yearly average and an unbelievable 91% cheaper than renting a car in June.
Top 20 Cities near Genoa
Rome Car Rentals from $19.75 per day421.3 km / 261.8 miles away
Milan Car Rentals from $24.56 per day135.6 km / 84.3 miles away
Bari Car Rentals from $45.31 per day741.9 km / 461.0 miles away
Naples Car Rentals from $37.33 per day593.7 km / 368.9 miles away
Turin Car Rentals from $23.79 per day128.2 km / 79.7 miles away
Brindisi Car Rentals from $53.20 per day854.6 km / 531.0 miles away
Bologna Car Rentals from $22.12 per day195.0 km / 121.1 miles away
Pisa Car Rentals from $30.03 per day148.4 km / 92.2 miles away
Bergamo Car Rentals from $28.34 per day155.8 km / 96.8 miles away
Venice Car Rentals from $21.64 per day302.0 km / 187.6 miles away
Florence Car Rentals from $19.29 per day200.6 km / 124.6 miles away
Lamezia Terme Car Rentals from $28.17 per day867.3 km / 538.9 miles away
Verona Car Rentals from $22.90 per day195.0 km / 121.2 miles away
Pescara Car Rentals from $23.67 per day484.4 km / 301.0 miles away
Reggio di Calabria Car Rentals from $26.86 per day905.9 km / 562.9 miles away
Bolzano Car Rentals from $34.48 per day299.2 km / 185.9 miles away
Lecce Car Rentals from $16.73 per day888.9 km / 552.4 miles away
Padua Car Rentals from $27.67 per day264.3 km / 164.2 miles away
Perugia Car Rentals from $43.25 per day329.5 km / 204.8 miles away
Ancona Car Rentals from $22.48 per day372.5 km / 231.4 miles away
Top 20 Locations near Genoa
Downtown Car Rentals from $38.98 per day
Genova Airport Car Rentals from $21.69 per day9.1 km / 5.6 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $27.67 per day78.6 km / 48.8 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $39.17 per day87.9 km / 54.6 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $22.13 per day92.7 km / 57.6 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $39.17 per day93.5 km / 58.1 miles away
Cuneo Airport Car Rentals from $27.12 per day106.5 km / 66.2 miles away
Milan Assago Car Rentals from $26.84 per day113.1 km / 70.3 miles away
Milan Corvetto Car Rentals from $33.32 per day117.1 km / 72.8 miles away
Milan Lorenteggio Car Rentals from $26.84 per day117.3 km / 72.9 miles away
Milan Porta Romana Car Rentals from $37.77 per day117.7 km / 73.1 miles away
Milan Linate Airport Car Rentals from $24.74 per day118.5 km / 73.6 miles away
Milan Viale Umbria Car Rentals from $26.84 per day118.6 km / 73.7 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $31.60 per day118.9 km / 73.9 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $24.33 per day120.5 km / 74.9 miles away
Milan Central Train Station Car Rentals from $21.36 per day121.7 km / 75.6 miles away
Milan Viale Espinasse Car Rentals from $26.84 per day122.6 km / 76.2 miles away
Porta Nuova Train Station Car Rentals from $21.51 per day124.3 km / 77.2 miles away
Porto Susa Train Station Car Rentals from $48.22 per day125.7 km / 78.1 miles away
Milan Cassina de Pecchi Car Rentals from $47.38 per day128.0 km / 79.5 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
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Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Sicily By Car||Fiat Panda||5||1||Small cars|
|Ecovia||Fiat Panda||4||1||Small cars|
|Sicily By Car||Fiat 500X||5||3||Medium cars|
|Sicily By Car||Ford Fiesta||4||1||Small cars|
|Ecovia||Fiat 500||2||1||Small cars|
|Optimo Rent||Renault Twingo||3||1||Small cars|
|SIXT||Fiat 500||2||1||Small cars|
|Sicily By Car||Peugeot 308 Sw||5||3||Station wagons|
|Noleggiare||Ford Focus||5||2||Medium cars|
|Noleggiare||Ford Fiesta||5||1||Small cars|