Catania

By | 16th January 2018

Should you hire a car in Catania?

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Do you need a car in Catania? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Why should you rent a car in Catania?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Catania?

Catania Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

20%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€60

 #27/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €295

202/300

 

Free parking score

Total 671 - of which 217 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

32%

#195/300

 
  • I cannot think of any sound reason why I would recommend a hire car in Catania.
 

Why not? Visiting Catania without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Catania public transport quick facts

Train score

 

60%

Water travel score

70%

Overall public transport score

60%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Catania. 

10%

I paid a brief visit to Catania in 2006, and I have never seen anywhere in Europe where the roads were so chaotic. We took a guided tour around Etna, and as we headed back into the city our driver simply said to us “obeying the traffic lights here is optional”.

If you really feel that you must get a hire car in Catania then please don’t say we didn’t tell you, and make sure you double up on your life insurance first.

A much better idea whether you are a train buff or not is to take the superbly scenic Circumetnea train circuit, which as the name suggests will take you on a circular tour around the base of Mt Etna. However, this may still leave you wanting to explore further up the volcano, but I would still suggest doing so with someone who is used to the local driving standards.

I still have to add a word of caution about the Circumetnea as well. As we passed through one village, someone threw a rock at the train which came through the window. Luckily, I ducked in time, but it was a frightening experience.

Ratings

Car rental in - Catania Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Catania?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Catania?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Catania?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Catania if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Catania if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Catania if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Catania on the Carornocar scale?

4

Go back up to:
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Should you hire a car in Catania? No!

Would you hire a car in Catania?

Have you driven in Catania? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Catania?
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