Car Hire at Parma Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015
When you hire a car at Parma Airport the whole of Emilia-Romagna is at your fingertips. Forget about public transport: with your own car you can visit the region's most beautiful historic towns and rural attractions at your own leisure.
Where to hire a car at Parma Airport
Hertz are currently the only car hire company present at Parma International Airport.
Petrol stations near Parma Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There is a Tamoil petrol station just beyond the airport. If you’re coming off the SS9 you will need to turn off for the airport, but go straight across the roundabout. The station will be on your left. Once you fuel up you can turn around, drop off your rental car, and hop on the flight back home.
Driving around Parma Airport
The airport is just off the SS9 road, which circles around the city of Parma. The A1 motorway (or Autostrada del Sole) is less than 10 minutes drive from the airport. This is a major road which connects Milan and Naples. Other major cities you’ll find just off this motorway are Florence, Bologna, and Rome.
Getting to your destination
One of Italy’s richest cities, and the home of parma ham and Parmesan cheese, Para is a city packed with beautiful architecture and fantastic history.
It takes about 10 minutes to drive into the centre of Parma from the airport: depending on traffic, of course. The centre of Parma is a ZTL Zone, reserved for resident traffic only. If your accommodation is in the centre of Parma you can drive in the ZTL, however you will need to ask your hotel to speak with the local police to authorise your hire car. There's a good range of on and off-street parking options, with a fantastic 24 hour underground car park on Viale Toschi. This costs €1.80 (about £1.30) for an hour, or €10 (about £7.10) for the full day.
Foodies will love a trip to Bologna, a city so renowned for its food that it’s nicknamed “La Grassa” (the fat one). With plenty of posh theatres and shops, as well as the edgy piazzas of the politically infused Bolshie neighbourhood, Bologna is a city sure to keep you on your toes.
It takes about an hour and five minutes to drive to Bologna from Parma Airport. Like Parma, the centre of Bologna is a ZTL zone. If your hotel is in the city centre you're allowed to drive in the ZTL, but your hotel will need to provide the local police with details of your hire car and arrival time. You will need to purchase a pass, which costs €9 (about £6.40) per day. This pass also covers your parking costs in all of the blue-lined zones, so it's a good deal. Outside of the city centre you will need to pay per hour. There are some large car parks on the outskirts of town too.
This underrated Renaissance town could certainly give Florence a run for its money in terms of art, architecture, and culture.
It takes about an hour to drive to Mantua from Parma Airport. There are some car parks near the train station, as well as some large car parks within walking distance of the castle. There's a big car park on Lungo Lago del Gonzaga and some on street parking options on Via Micino.
Prices subject to change