Italian Car Hire – Find hire cars in Venice Marco Polo Airport
Measured on passenger traffic Venice Airport is Italy’s fourth busiest airport.
Venice is capital city of the Veneto region which also counts other major cities such as Padua and Verona.
Venice Airport is also known as Venice Marco Polo Airport – VCE. In Italian it is referred to as Aeroporto di Venezia Marco Polo.
Venice Airport is named after Marco Polo
Venice airport is named after Italy’s most famous explorer Marco Polo. In the Middle Ages Venice was a major centre for trade and commerce competing for Eastern trade with other major trading empires of their time such as Portugal, Spain and even the Mediterranean city of Genoa
During this race for political and trade dominance Marco Polo got known as the Merchant from Venice who rediscovered China.
Marco Polo Airport in Venice is located just 5 miles north of famous City and tourist attraction Venice, which for hundreds of years have attracted all types of visitors because of its unique charm and unusual waterway infrastructure.
Venice Car Hire
Venezia in Italy is largely build on top of wooden piles to form more than a hundred small islands which are connected by around 400 bridges. Only small motorised vessels and gondolas can navigate the sometimes very narrow waterways and canals of Venice.
It isn’t a necessity to hire a car in Venice airport to visit Venice itself. There several bus routes at Venice airport, which will take you straight to Venice main station. On a 20 minute journey ATVO Airport Express bus service will take you straight to Piazzale Roma square, where there is a 3 minute walk to the Venezia Santa Lucia train station.
If you to walk to the Venezia Santa Lucia station, please bear in mind that the new Ponte della Costituzione bridge has many stairs which may be a hindrance if you carry heavy luggage or have reduced mobility.
Thanks to its confined nature compact layout, many tourists experience most of Venice in just one day. Some of its most well known attractions are The Rialto Bridge, Ponte dei Sospiri, San Marco’s Basilica, Ca’Rezzonico palace and not least Venice’ romantic gondolas.
Annually more than 12 million tourists visit Venice. See map of Venice.
If you intend to explore more of Italy by car after having experienced Venice, it is convenient to hire a car in Venezia Marco Polo Airport.
Alternatively if you choose to visit Venice first by bus, it is possible to hire and pick up your car in Venice itself.
A good selection of hire car offices is available around the Piazzale Roma Square in Venice, which is situated next to the bus and train stations. Please note that car hire from Piazzale Roma Square may not always be available online and that rental quotes may be more expensive in comparison with the Marco Polo Airport.
Car Hire Marco Polo Airport
Car hire in Italy may come across expensive at certain locations; especially renting of smaller cars. In fact Sardinia and South Italy is typically just as expensive as Northern Italy.
However if the hire car booking is made a couple of month in advance, Italian car hire rates are typically the same or only marginally higher than central European countries such as Germany.
In Venice Airport a Ford Fiesta or similar is typically available for around £155 for one weeks Italian car hire. In high season prices are likely to be £40-£60 higher due to high demand.
A people carrier or a small MPV with room for 7 adults is typically available from around £475-£500 for a weeks Venice car hire. Again the hire rates might fluctuate depending on season and availability.
Hiring child seats or booster car seats for older children can often cost up to 50 Euros per seat regardless if you are only hiring for a very short period. Like other hire car optional extras, child car seats can be added online whilst booking your desired hire car. You always save money by booking your car online in advance, though online prices for optional extras are typically similar to those you will be quoted on pick up location. However, it is strongly recommended that you book your child seats when you pre book your car, as there is a significant risk that the required seats are not kept on location.
Car hire advice Italy
First of all; Book your hire car well in advance.
If you only travel one or two people, compact city cars with foldable roofs are often on offer in Italy. We recommend that you search for your hire car in Cartrawler well in advance. If you come across a competitive quote on the desired car type, don’t hesitate to book the car. On Italian hire cars, there is a substantial risk quotes will increase from day to day.
In Italy it is very common to be offered a Fiat as a hire car in the compact and economy class. Neither is it unusual to be provided an Alfa Rome in the intermediate and full size class.
Insuring Italian hire cars
Please be aware that Italian hire cars mostly come with a fairly expensive insurance excess – particularly the section which concerns theft. More details regarding insurance excess is available for each quote under ‘Rate Details’.
An excess of 1,000-1,500 Euros is not unusual on Italian hire cars and it is therefore worth considering the excess waiver which is less than £5 a day and covers up to 3,000 Euros. The Excess Cover Insurance is easily added in the process of booking your car online with Cartrawler.
Car Hire Companies in Venice Airport
In Venice Marco Polo Airport car hire is available from a selection of Italian and international car hire companies such as: Avis Rent-A-Car, Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Budget, Thrifty, Auto-Europe, Easy-Car and more.
Also Italian car hire companies Maggiore, Locauto, Targarent rent out many cars in Venice.
Fly to Venice from the UK
Venice Airport is well connected to many UK Airports such as: East Midlands, Leeds, London Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Bristol, Bournemouth, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.
There are daily UK departures to Venice Marco Polo from the following operators: Jet2, Ryanair, BMI, British Airways, Thomson Easyjet and Flybe.