Rent a car in Naples with Europcar
Boasting a UNESCO protected centre full of archaeological gems, a dazzling jet-set port, and some of the best food in Italy, Naples is truly one of a kind. Whether visiting the city itself or driving along the Amalfi Coast, you won’t be short of things to see and do.
The Europcar car rental experience in Naples
For couples or small parties, our range of city cars includes the SMART Forfour, the Fiat Panda and the Peugeot 208, all of which can carry you around Naples in comfort and style. Larger models such as the Peugeot 3008 and Mercedes C-Class are great options if you are travelling as a family or bigger group.
Looking for something even bigger? Van hire is available at Naples Fuorigrotta station.
Driving in Naples
In order to rent a car in Italy with Europcar, you need a valid EU licence. International driver’s licences are accepted but not mandatory.
The national speed limit is 130 km/h on motorways, 100 km/h on main roads, and 90 km/h on secondary roads. In urban areas, the speed limit is set between 50 and70 km/h, indicated by signs. Speed must be reduced according to visibility, in school zones, and on narrow or steep roads. Depending on weather conditions, the speed limit is reduced to 90 km/h on roads outside built-up areas, and 110 km/h on motorways.
Parking in Italy can be tricky. In built-up areas, parking is permitted on the right-hand side of roads with two-way traffic. On a one-way street, parking is allowed on both sides of the street, but only if there is at least three metres space left in the road.
In Naples, as in other historic cities across Italy, cars are banned from entering the city centre. Plus, narrow and steep streets, and scarcity of parking spaces all make parking further out of town generally easier.
Paid parking zones are enforced and indicated by blue road signs. Paid hours can vary but are usually Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 7pm. On Sundays and public holidays it is often free to park. Zones with limited parking times are indicated by blue stripes.
Most main roads around Naples and across Italy are toll roads. The toll charges can be paid in cash or with credit/debit card.
Be aware that not all petrol stations in Italy are open on Sundays. Those that are open are often closed on Mondays.
Discover Naples and its surroundings by car
Being based in Naples is great for exploring the Amalfi Coast and surrounding areas by car. The preserved Roman town of Pompeii is under half an hour away by car, plus the cliff-side town of Sorrento, with its multi-coloured houses, is just over an hour’s drive away. Feeling adventurous? The 30-minute trek up Mount Vesuvius will reward you with fantastic views of the Bay of Naples.
If you fancy exploring further afield from Naples, a trip to Capri takes one hour by car ferry, and Rome (227 kilometres away) is easily accessible by car.
Considered the Italian version of Versailles, Reggia di Caserta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was built for Bourbon royalty. There are 1,200 rooms in the palace, and the royal staircase, apartments, and Palatine chapel are open to the public, as are the lavish grounds, with water fountains and English Gardens. The palace is a 30 minute drive from Naples.
Other things to see in Naples
Naples has a reputation for its unrivalled food (it is the home of pizza after all!) and there are several elegant museums worth a visit. Browse Italian masterpieces at Palazzo Reale di Capodimonte, and the National Archaeological Museum houses a world-famous collection of Greek and Roman artefacts. There are also impressive historical attractions including the restored Catacombs, and the Duomo. Complete your Italian vacation by enjoying the sunset with a Spritz in one of the rustic piazzas