Reggio Calabria, the primary point of departure and arrival for ferries to and from Sicily, is a busy port. However, it’s not all work and no play; there is a lot of great nightlife in the area, some spectacular and authentic restaurants that plate up the delights of southern Italian cuisine, and Reggio Calabria is also home to a fascinating archaeological museum. The waterfront promenade is a fabulous place to stroll, particularly the famous Lungomare, with Sicily visible across the water.
Picking up an affordable car hire at Reggio Calabria Airport is a fantastic way to discover the beautiful south of Italy. You might plan to take a ferry across to Messina, or stick to the mainland and explore the “toe” of Italy’s “boot” - Lamezia, Crotone and beyond. It’s less than a day’s drive to Naples, and with a rental car, you could even drive the entire length of Italy for a road trip to remember!
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Reggio Calabria Airport (REG)
Often colloquially referred to as Aeroporto dello Stretto (Airport of the Strait), the regional airport offers regularly scheduled flights to and from Rome Fiumicino and Milan Linate. It has basic food outlets and free WiFi. There are several car hire companies with counters on site.
Guide to driving a rental car in Reggio Calabria
Get the best out of your car hire with our tips.
Driving from Reggio Calabria Airport to the city
It’s a distance of around eight kilometres from Reggio Calabria Airport to the city centre. Head out from the terminal on the Via Ravagnese Inferiore, and follow it as it becomes the Via Sbarre Centrali and crosses the canal. At the Santa Maria church, turn right then left to get on Viale Europa, follow it through the big roundabout at Piazza Europa, and cross the river on the Ponte di Sant’Anna. Continue straight as the road becomes Via Giuseppe Battaglia, turn right on Via Palestino and then left again onto Via Florentino. Turn right onto Via Possidonea, left on Via Fata Morgana and follow your nose into the downtown area.
Italy car hire driving tips
● Many of the big highways in Italy are toll roads, so be prepared to take a ticket when entering and pay upon exiting.
● You’ll find some spectacularly scenic routes in Italy - however, this often comes with steep, windy roads. Always stay focused on driving, and pull over to concentrate on the views.
● Most Italian vehicles have a manual transmission or stick shift. If you need an automatic rental car, be sure to specify that.
● Local drivers are often skillful and can be aggressive and speedy as part of the package. Drive defensively, and be prepared to share the road with drivers who think they are on a racetrack.
● The blood alcohol concentration limit for driving in Italy is 0.05%. This is quite low - abstain from alcohol before driving!
Parking at Reggio Calabria Airport and around the city
The parking lot at the airport costs €1 for 40 minutes, €1.50 for an hour, €2.50 for two hours, €5 for up to five hours and €6 for up to seven hours. After that, the daily rates kick in: €9 for the first day, €17 for 2 days and so on up to €49 for a week.
In central Reggio Calabria, you are likely to find parking for several Euros per hour, whether that’s on the street or in parking lots around the city.
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