Find our Milan car rental desks at both of the city’s major airports, in addition to several other convenient locations around Milan, including its main train stations. Linate Airport is 12km east of the city centre and Malpensa Airport lies 48km to the northwest. Further afield, our car hire service at Milan-Bergamo Airport is a 60km drive to Milan and provides quick access to the picturesque city of Bergamo and the Alps.
Italy’s cultural core, Milan is a powerhouse of fashion, opera, art and design. But while the stylish metropolis’ high-end shops and spectacular shows might appeal, don’t leave without exploring its surrounding Lombardy region. You’ll discover the glittering tranquility of Lakes Como and Garda and the dizzy heights of the Dolomites.
Heading across Italy on a one-way road trip? Make the most of our flexible return options by picking up your hire car in Milan and dropping it off at a different location at the end of your journey. Wherever you decide to check in with us, our efficient teams will ensure you’re on Italy’s easily navigable Autostrade in no time.
Founded in around 600BC by the Celtic Insubres before submitting to Roman rule in 222BC, the city was later subject to imperial French, German, Spanish and Austrian intrusions. Meanwhile, the governing Visconti family transformed Milan into an art and architectural hub. As a result, spectacular relics such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Il Cenacolo (Last Supper) remain inside architectural wonders like the UNESCO World Heritage Santa Maria delle Grazie church.
It was around 1980 that iconic fashion heavyweights including the likes of Versace and Dolce & Gabbana set up shop here, and fashionistas started flocking. The city is now the second-most populous in Italy after Rome, and hosts eight million visitors per year. Its chief draws, for the couture crowd that is, are the glitzy designer flagship-lined Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga. Maxed out your credit card? Duck into the tranquil environs of the restored Castello Sforzesco, followed by a wander around the immense Duomo Cathedral, which took six centuries to complete.
Food aficionados will have plenty to discover too, from gelateria and pasticceria serving traditional treats, to the Italianate delis offering cured meats and a feast of cheeses. In the world’s Michelin star list, Milan ranks fifth, and you’ll find many of its prime eateries in the sophisticated Brera district. For something more down-to-earth, look for Al Pont de Ferr, a well-loved osteria serving Michelin-starred pasta.
Once you’ve cut your teeth on Lombardy’s striking capital, Italy’s mountainous north with its celebrated lakes await. Outdoorsy types can reach the beguiling peaks of the Parco delle Orobie Bergamasche in less than two hours. En route, the glimmering fingers of Lakes Como and Lecco offer unrivalled swimming and hiking.
Lake Garda is a two-hour drive to the east of Milan, and skirts the medieval city of Verona. Awarded UNESCO World Heritage status, wander through its Romeo and Juliet-famed cobbled streets and happen upon Juliet’s balcony at Casa di Giulietta. Chase a lazy espresso at one of the cafés lining Piazza delle Erbe with a peek at the magnificent Arena di Verona Roman amphitheatre. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to attend its opera festival, organised every summer since 1936.
Continue further east to Venice’s waterways or venture high into the hills of the Dolomites. Heading west, you’ll discover Turin – prepare to be very impressed by its extravagant architecture. These are just a handful of the region’s treasures to uncover when you hire a car with Avis in Milan,.
Take a leaf out of the milanesi’s book and drive off to the lakes, mountains or even the seaside. All are within easy reach of the city.
Business before pleasure, however. If you’re intending to visit one of the city’s famous trade shows, car hire is a must as most events are now held in a location approximately 10 miles from the city centre. Fiera Milano at Rho can be reached via the A4 and the A8/A9 motorways or the tangenziale ovest.
Take a trip to the scenic Lake Como, about 25 miles to the north, with its scenic views and lush vegetation. The town of Como is also the centre of the silk industry and the best place to shop for the material.
Pavia is perhaps not one of the best known destinations in Italy, but is something of a hidden gem. This university city was once known as the city of a hundred towers, although few are left today. The impressive Certosa di Pavia monastery in Gothic and Renaissance style lies 5 miles north of the city.
Nearby Vigevano has arguably one of the finest piazzas, the Piazza Ducale, in the town centre, designed by Bramante.
Skiing in Italy
If travelling here in winter, we can supply ski racks and snow chains for your trips to any one of the many ski resorts within easy distance of the city. Livigno offers duty-free shopping as well as facilities for winter sports. Bormio has over 45 miles of slopes for skiers of all levels.
Access to the centre of Milan is limited due to the Congestion Charge Area (Area C) at peak times from Monday to Friday. This area includes the Cerchia dei Bastini, Milan’s historic centre.
If you wish to enter this area during this time, you need to purchase a ticket in advance. The ticket costs 5 euros and can be bought at a range of locations including ATM machines, tobacco shops, newsagents or online. The ticket must be bought before midnight on the previous day.
We’ve unlocked Italy’s driving rules and regulations for your journey to help keep you safe and avoid the unexpected. Familiarise yourself with our comprehensive guide.
What is Milan famous for?
The cosmopolitan city of Milan is the financial hub of Italy, famous for its creative fashion industry and iconic opera house. It is also home to some of the world’s most famous artworks, such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper as well as the stunning Cathedral at Piazza del Duomo, which is the biggest in Italy.
What’s the weather like in Milan?
Milan’s climate is characterised by hot, humid summers and cold winters.
Which Milan airport is closest to the city?
The closest airport to the city centre of Milan is Linate Airport - just 5 miles from Milan. Bergamo Airport is approximately 31 miles from Milan, and Malpensa Airport approximately 33 miles.
Which Milan airport is closest to Lake Como?
Milan Malpensa International Airport is the nearest airport to Lake Como, located approximately 30 miles away.