Naples Airport Car Rental
Naples is an Italian city often unfairly overlooked by its more elegant sisters of Rome and Venice, yet it is a city with so much beauty and history to offer. Without the touristy hype and bustle we all know of the ‘more popular’ Italian cities, Naples can offer you a slice of real Italian life; washing lines strung out between houses and locals shouting in the street to each other, conversing as they have done for generations. Located in the south of Italy, Naples’ Ancient Greek translation means ‘new city’. Ironically named considering it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with settlements dating back to the Bronze Age. Yet Naples’ traditional name reflects its modern ambience; one of contradictions. It lies between a sleepy volcano and the hydrothermal activity of Campi Flegrei and is now a metropolitan hotspot ready to rival those of Venice and Rome. Beyond its geographical locations, the binary oppositions continue from stunning volcanic scenery to the World Heritage Site of the old city, all ready to explore, and what better way to do it than by rental car?Naples International Airport (NAP) The airport which serves the city of Naples is located in the Capodichino district, which is roughly 7 kilometres north east of the city, and links southern Italy to the rest of the country and the world. The airport is home to only two terminals and one runway. Terminal 1 is for departing and arriving travellers while Terminal 2m, which is located away from the airfield, is used for charter operations and is still today a military air base. During both of the World Wars Naples International Airport became a military airport in order to defend the town against Nazi attacks. Commercial air traffic started in 1950 and runs 24 hours a day, while charter traffic is limited to certain hours.Although the airport itself is small when compared to most international hubs, Naples International Airport is southern Italy’s largest hub. It operates around 140 flights every day, serving more than 35 different airlines that reach out to far more destinations.
Naples Airport Car Rental
Car hire is available at the airport and all major companies offer their services at this location. Care hire kiosks are easily found within the arrival lounges and remain open throughout most hours of the day and throughout the week. There are plenty of pick up and drop off points in and around the surrounding areas of Naples, and of course the rest of Italy, making it easier to visit the many spots of interest around Naples at your own leisure.It is best to look online before you depart to arrange your car hire and then you can retrieve your luggage, pick up your keys and drive away on your adventure. Just don’t forget to drive on the right and overtake on the left. Driving hints and tips are available on the Met Office website. The available cars to choose from range from Minis to Vans, with services varying from the bare minimum to every gadget you could wish for, whether it be suited for a family holiday or a romantic getaway. Some car rental companies offer more extras for less money so it’s definitely worth having a good look before committing to a rental agreement. Prices vary depending on which car you hire and the age of the driver, (you may need to be over the age of 21 to hire a car). To hire cars abroad, you need to present the company with both original parts of your driving licence. There are several long and short stay car parks at both airports, all near the terminals for that added ease while travelling.Once you have secured your car at Naples International Airport, you might want to read through your car hire company’s FAQ pages and get to know all of the options that might be available to you. This way any confusion later in the holiday can be avoided. Naples’ cosmopolitan vibe results in it being a busy city even by car, and lacks the ‘2 ’ congestion lanes that have been adopted in the UK and other EU countries. Cars rarely travel fast due to traffic, and parking in the centre of the city can be difficult. A large majority of the city centre itself is actually closed off to non-residential traffic for most of the day from times ranging from around 8am to 6.30 pm. Restrictions are from the area around the Piazza del Municipio and Via Toldedo. There are blue lines on the side of the road denoting pay and display parking if you’re lucky enough to find some. Prices range from €1.50 to €2 an hour. To the west of the city there is a 24 hour car park at Via Brin that is cheaper and much more user friendly. However, take the car away from the city and it becomes much more useful, especially for one destination; the Amalfi Coast, which should surely be on every travellers bucket list. This thrilling and astounding drive encompasses Sorrento, Ravello, Positano and Amalfi itself. Drive through charming hilltop towns, vineyards, lemon grove fields and miles and miles of breath taking cliffs where the ocean meets land. This is the real way to discover those hidden, postage stamp towns of Italy the guidebook never really tells you about. Your day can be as varied as exploring the Pompeii ruins to hiking the coastline and ending the day treating yourself to the best pizza you can find. If you are really a fun loving thrill seeker looking for some glamour, why not hire a sports car and take to the coast with the roof down, soaking up views of an ancient, sun-drenched landscape.
Driving to Naples International Airport
From Naples, the airport is easily accessible by car via the Autostrada A2 which exits into Naples’ bypass road (a toll road) taking only 30 minutes.