Your own vehicle is one of the simplest and most flexible ways to get around Finland. When you collect your car hire at Kittilä Airport you can make sure you have total freedom while travelling from the beginning of your trip right to the end. In particular, if you are travelling in winter, you may want to avoid walking when it is especially cold and dark outside.
You may wish to use your Kittilä Airport car hire to drive in other neighbouring European countries. Most providers will allow you to travel into the majority of other western European countries for a small fee. This will need to be organised when you collect your car at the terminal and you will be provided with a permit. Make sure you are aware of road rules in other countries such as whether winter tyres are required by law as you will also need to request these when you collect your vehicle.
If you're looking to avoid a queue, the busiest time at the terminal is usually in the morning between 9:00 and 12:00, except for Sundays and Mondays, when it more often spikes in the evening between 18:00 and 22:00. To best avoid queues we recommend collecting or returning your vehicle between 13:00 and 17:00; however, even the busy periods aren't overwhelmingly crowded so you're able to plan your collection around the rest of your travel.
If you are flying into the airport we recommend telling your provider your flight number and alerting them to any delays. Most providers, including Avis and Alamo allow a 1h grace period after your booking time and if they have your flight number they will push that back to whenever your flight lands. This means you can be sure that your car hire at Kittilä Airport will be waiting as long as you need it to.
Book your car hire at Kittilä Airport at least 2 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
FAQs about hiring a car at Kittilä Airport
Alamo allows you to verify your documents ahead of time if you choose their Accelerated-Check-In option. By choosing this you can upload documents like your driver's license so that when you get to the service desk the staff won't have to verify them speeding up the check-in process. Avis offers after hours returns by placing your keys and paperwork into one of their key-drop boxes. Europcar also offers after-hours drop-off and will also provide after-hours pick-up for an extra fee. Any after-hours service usually needs to be arranged ahead of time.
There is a centralised facility for car hire at Kittilä Airport where the majority of providers are located just outside the terminal. Some such as Firerent and Budget are located a short walk from the terminal, just ahead after exiting the terminal via either the front or the back. Once you have had your documents verified and your payment and booking information confirmed you will be directed to your vehicle. They are usually in a nearby parking lot on-site but some vehicles are located off-site and you will be transported to its location in a shuttle.
You will need your driver's license as well as your passport. You will also need a confirmation of your booking along with a credit card to make a deposit. You will be able to pay the full cost of the rental on a debit card when you return the vehicle but your deposit must be paid with a credit card. These documents will need to belong to the main driver of the vehicle. Remember to keep all this documentation with you, along with any extra paperwork provided to you at the service desk, when driving your vehicle in Finland.
Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Kittilä Airport to off-airport locations include ADDCAR RENTAL , Avis, Budget, Europcar, Firent, GREEN MOTION , Hertz, keddy by Europcar, Scandia Rent, and Sixt.