Car Rental in Catania
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Why rent a car in Catania?
Catania is a good place to visit by car. There’s plenty to explore in all parts of the city, and having your own ride will also let you to visit nearby villages, beaches, and other interesting sites.
Taking a rental car to the mainland: Most hire companies at Catania Airport allow their cars to be taken between Sicily and mainland Italy. Usually, travelers make this a one-way trip (that is, not returning to Siciliy or not returning to the mainland). There is an additional fee for this, though it is not large percentage-wise if hiring a car for a week or
One-Way Car Rentals in Catania
The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Catania and drop off in another city include:
- From Catania to Palermo - 171 offers from $19.03 per day
- From Catania to Comiso - 10 offers from $48.30 per day
- From Catania to Genoa - 136 offers from $19.03 per day
- From Catania to Naples - 159 offers from $19.03 per day
- From Catania to Milan - 118 offers from $27.16 per day
Top ways to enter Catania
- Catania Airport: Located just 4.3 km (2.6 mi) from the city center, Catania Airport serves nearly 10 million passengers every year.
- Comiso Airport: The small and cozy Comiso Airport is located about 85 km (53 mi) from Catania and provides connections with both domestic destinations and countries like Malta, the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Germany.
- Catania enjoys extremely hot summers, with temperatures often exceeding 30 °C (86 °F). Winters are mild and see significantly more precipitation than summers.
- Catania is famous for its cuisine, and many iconic Italian dishes like Pasta alla Norma originate in the city.
Top destinations and activities
- The city center. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Catania’s center has some of the most impressive baroque architecture in the whole Italy. Important sites like Piazza del Duomo square with its Elephant Fountain and Sant’Agata Cathedral that houses Diocesan Museum.
- Roman Theater. First made by Greeks, then rebuilt by Romans, the theater and the neighboring Odeon are reminders of the civilizations that once populated Catania.
- Via Etnea. This avenue, often called Las Ramblas of Catania after its famous Barcelona counterpart, is the most active part of the city, thanks to its central location, many attractions, and beautiful architecture.
- Castello Ursino. Dating back to the 13th century, the monumental ‘Bear Castle’ is among the most impressive in all of Sicily. Built for the use of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, it changed hands several times during the upcoming centuries, playing a central role in the rebellion known as the Sicilian Vespers. Nowadays, the palatial complex also provides a home to ancient art like the 2nd century Hercules in lionskin.
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 insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
- If you’re the driver, 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 two toll roads on Sicily — the A18 between Catania and Messina and the A20 between Palermo and Messina. The A19 between Palermo and Catania is not tolled.
The toll gates accept credit cards, cash, and Telepass. Most rental companies in Siciliy do not provide Telepass transponders with their cars. Keep in mind that you cannot use your own Telepass unless the license plate of the car is registered to it — contact Telepass to see if you can do this or not. In any case, you can always pay for the tolls in cash or with a credit card.
Ideas for a day-trip
- Mount Etna. With its solid lava rivers and dramatic views of the city below, the famous volcano is fascinating place to explore. Do keep in mind that its summit is more than 3000 m (9840 ft) above sea level, therefore it’s always cold there. The mountain’s northern side, Etna Nord, cannot be reached by public transportation, so you’ll need your own rental car.
- The Riviera dei Ciclopi. North of Catania, the Cyclops Riviera is made up of three neighboring villages that are as rich in legends and cliff-top castles as they are in atmosphere. Although steeped in history, the riviera’s coastal location means that nowadays it is also a popular beach holiday hub. The drive from Catania takes only about 25 minutes.
- Ragusa. The inland city of Ragusa is best known for its beautiful Baroque architecture – together with neighboring Modica, as well as five other towns, they have been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Ragusa is 105 km (65 miles) southwest of Catania and can be reached in about 90 minutes; a visit to the city can be combined with a trip to the Hyblaean Mountains that will be on the way.
Most popular cars
The most popular rental car in Italy is the Fiat Panda, although travelers also tend to pick the Ford Fiesta and the Fiat 500 a lot. The most popular rental car types are economy, mini, and compact.
For more about traveling around Sicily with a rental car, check out our complete guide.
- Palermo. Sicily’s capital, Palermo is famous for its palaces and castles, some of which date back more than two millennia. Make sure to check out the Anti-Mafia Museum and try local wines and pastries. The drive from Catania to Palermo takes about three hours, or slightly longer if you wish to make a detour to the scenic coastal city of Cefalu that’s also on the north coast.
- Madonie Regional Park. Also located near the northern coast, Madonie is one of the most beautiful, but also most overlooked parts of Sicily. The primordial inland landscape is characterized by high peaks, long valleys, and ancient churches and monasteries. A car trip takes about 2 hours and 15 minutes from Catania or 1 hour and 45 minutes from Palermo.
- Syracuse. A city and a province, Syracuse is Catania’s neighbor to the south. The architecture retains a vital Hellenic element, providing a glimpse into the life of some of the earliest civilizations of Sicily – make sure to visit the Archaeological Park of Neapolis if you find this interesting. Other points of interest include the ancient Jewish baths of Mikveh and, naturally, beaches. The drive from Catania to the city of Syracuse
Car Rental Prices in Catania
- Station wagons - from $183 per day
- Large cars - from $201 per day
- Medium cars - from $121 per day
- Vans - from $410 per day
- Small cars - from $95 per day
- SUVs - from $171 per day
There are many things you can do to get a good rental deal in Catania:
- Compare 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 on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Catania is the cheapest in January when renting a car is about 57% cheaper than the yearly average.
- Check out our list of the best rental companies in Catania.
Top 12 Cities near Catania
Palermo Car Rentals from $44.66 per day168.6 km / 104.7 miles away
Trapani Car Rentals from $69.06 per day233.6 km / 145.1 miles away
Messina Car Rentals from $100.45 per day85.5 km / 53.1 miles away
75.1 km / 46.6 miles away
Pozzallo Car Rentals from $116.51 per day90.0 km / 55.9 miles away
Taormina Car Rentals from $106.87 per day41.7 km / 25.9 miles away
Cefalu Car Rentals from $145.03 per day111.5 km / 69.3 miles away
Agrigento Car Rentals from $100.45 per day134.8 km / 83.8 miles away
Pantelleria Car Rentals from $92.35 per day286.9 km / 178.3 miles away
Augusta Car Rentals from $145.03 per day31.9 km / 19.8 miles away
93.0 km / 57.8 miles away
Capo d'Orlando Car Rentals from $13.20 per day79.4 km / 49.4 miles away
Top 6 Locations near Catania
Catania-Fontanarossa Airport Car Rentals from $39.24 per day4.3 km / 2.7 miles away
Comiso Airport Car Rentals from $81.41 per day70.5 km / 43.8 miles away
Pozzallo Port Car Rentals from $116.51 per day90.0 km / 55.9 miles away
Palermo Airport Car Rentals from $46.71 per day191.1 km / 118.7 miles away
Trapani Airport Car Rentals from $69.06 per day233.6 km / 145.1 miles away
Pantelleria Airport Car Rentals from $92.35 per day286.9 km / 178.3 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
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Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Viaggiare||Fiat Panda||5||2||Small cars|
|Viaggiare||Fiat 500||3||1||Small cars|
|Sicily By Car||Opel Karl||4||2||Small cars|
|ACARENT||Citroen C1||5||1||Small cars|
|ACARENT||Fiat Panda||5||1||Small cars|
|ACARENT||Ford Fiesta||5||2||Small cars|
|Ecovia||Fiat Panda||4||1||Small cars|
|Brent||Toyota Aygo||5||2||Small cars|
|Automania||Fiat Panda||5||1||Small cars|
|Leasys Rent - Drivalia||Fiat 500||3||1||Small cars|
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