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Situated at the foot of the Italian Alps, close to Milan, Bergamo is the ideal location for those looking to go on vacation in Italy. Bergamo has everything you could possibly want, from skiing, to history, shopping, to restaurants – whether you’re a history lover, a foodie or just want to relax, Bergamo is the place for you.
Bergamo Airport is just a short distance from the city center, and driving in is so easy. At the airport, you have so many options for rental car companies, including Hertz, Firefly and Europcar – among other, more local companies. When you first arrive at the airport, you can find the car rental desk in arrivals. If you plan to visit Bergamo, we’d recommend renting a car if you can – and to do it well in advance if you plan to, in order to save yourself some money. Renting a car in Bergamo will open up so many doors, as you will be able to explore this beautiful area in Italy, without relying on public transport or forking out money on taxis.
Although picking up a car from Bergamo Airport is a great option, you might want to spend some time without a car for the beginning of your trip – which means you won’t need to pick up your car from the airport, so what are your options? Plenty of people arrange to collect their rental car from a company in Bergamo itself, and this is quite often the cheapest option too. Along with this, you can find cheaper alternatives to the international car rental companies, that offer just as good a service.
If you haven’t booked your rental car in advance, you may struggle to rent a car if you don’t have the correct currency. Unlike the airport, which will accept almost any currency, when you’re in Bergamo city center, car rental companies will almost exclusively only accept Euros – so make sure you plan for this if this is an option you want to take.
With cobbled old towns that are bordered by main roads and mountains, it is pretty easy to get lost when driving in and around Bergamo – however, there are clear signs around that should make it easy for you to find yourself again. The main roads that lead you out of the town are the SP342 West and East, and the SS470 North, which is the road you will want to follow if you plan to head into the mountains at some point.
Once you get out of the city center, the main roads are well maintained, but fast – meaning they make it very easy to get to airports and other cities quickly and efficiently. However, they can sometimes be a bit tricky to navigate. We recommend getting yourself a GPS, which will usually be offered when you go to rent your car, as this will prevent you from getting lost.
One thing to remember when driving in Italy is that the center is a ZTL (Limited Traffic Zone), meaning you will probably want to avoid driving there, or risk getting yourself a ticket. If you happen to be staying within the ZTL and you have rented a car, you will want to get yourself a permit, to avoid any fines.
In Bergamo, you won’t be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a rental car company. At the airport, you have a number to choose from, including: Avis, Budget, Sixt and Hertz. Again, we would always recommend booking well in advance if you can, to save yourself a little bit of money and to give yourself more of an option when it comes to choice of car.
Bergamo is a great place to be, especially if you are wanting to visit other places in Italy. For example, Lake Iseo is only a 30-minute drive from the city, and it is a beautiful drive. Along with this, if you don’t mind driving for about an hour, you could head to Milan and explore the city there – the culture is unlike any other, with incredible Gothic structures, opera houses and galleries – we cannot recommend a road trip to Milan enough.
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