You can find car hire outlets around Lake Como in both Como city and Lecco, on the south-eastern part of the lake which offer various types of vehicles to suit your requirements, whether you are travelling as a family or just as a couple. The village of Bellagio on the lakeside also has a small rental firm, however, the choice of vehicles tends to be limited to smaller engine, city style cars and may need to be returned to their starting point in Bellagio. In Como city, the agencies are located near to Como San Giovanni train station.
Be aware of petrol station opening hours in Italy which are between the hours of 07:00 and 12:30 in the mornings and from 15:30 to 19:00 in the evening. Most fuel stations are also closed on a Sunday. If you need to refill your tank for your car hire on your return, you can find 24-hour stations along the major highways if you find yourself stuck after closing hours.
Wearing a seat belt is a compulsory requirement when driving in Lake Como and if you are travelling with children, a child seat is mandatory in Italy. Children under 97lb or under 4ft 9in must have either a fitted car seat or booster car seat. The booster car seat is for larger children over 48.5lbs. You can arrange this with your car hire company and reserve these in advance with your car rental. It is advisable to check that your chosen company provides this service.
Watch out for congestion zones in larger cities of Italy which are constantly monitored, as you will receive a fine to your home address if rules are violated. Using a mobile phone is also strictly prohibited which could land you an on-the-spot fine. Scooters and mopeds are especially numerous in larger towns and cities, so remember to be extra vigilant when driving in busy areas.
Book your car hire in Lago di Como at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Compact car hires in Lago di Como are around 94% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Lago di Como
Driving in Lake Como is an ideal way to explore the lakes region and the local Lombardy area of Italy. Lake Como’s coastal road known as the “via Regina” has been noted as one of the best roads for a summer holiday drive. This ancient route provides stunning scenery of the lake and mountains, stretching for just over 100 miles in a circular route around the lake. Springtime is also a good time to experience this road trip as you will experience the lush foliage surrounding the lake come into full bloom. You can stop off at various quaint lakeside villages on your route, including the charming village of Bellagio, one of the most picturesque of the region.
Although Italy’s major cities tend to be quite hectic for drivers, the smaller towns and outlying roads are relatively easy to navigate and well signposted. Remember that driving is on the right-hand side of the road in Italy. Also, bear in mind that most of Italy’s motorways are toll roads which usually involves taking a ticket as you pass through the toll booth which you can then pay with cash or card. It is advisable to carry a handful of loose change in your vehicle. There are other alternative roads which are free to use but it may take you longer, although it may be useful if you are not in a rush. Roads vary from good wide roads to narrow winding mountain roads, and most two-lane country routes are well maintained. Make sure to stay in the driving limit as speed cameras are numerous in Italy.
To hire a car in Italy, drivers must be at least 18 years of age and have held a licence for at least one year. However, some vehicle categories are restricted for certain age groups so make sure to check this with your chosen car hire company. There may also be a surcharge for drivers under 25 so check your rental agreement for any extra charges related to this. All drivers must have a full valid driving licence and an International Driving Permit to comply with EU regulations which can be obtained from your local licencing authority for a small fee.
Compact (Seat Leon or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Lake Como.