An easy way to get around the city is by subscribing to a car sharing service: find the nearest car, drive it, park it and leave it. Users are often charged only for the minutes of travel: fuel and parking are both included. And the Area C fees in Milano are also included with car sharing programs.
Some of the services require an Italian driving license but others also accept EU licenses or international licenses. To register, you will need to provide a valid form of ID or passport and a credit card.
Each company has specific costs and rules, so please see below and check their websites for more details. Here’s an overview of what’s currently available in Milano.
The unique aspect about this service provider is the vehicle available to drive: Smart FourTwo cars. You can reserve online up to 30 minutes before using the car, or just pick up any available car parked nearby. No need to refuel (and if you do, you’ll get “reimbursed” with 20 free minutes to use in the next 30 days), you can park anywhere in the “home area,” including resident parking areas. Free access to the Area C is included. Check out the website for this program, which is also available in English.
Requirements for registration: an EU or international driving license, 18 years old or older, credit card.
Rates: €0.29 per minute, €14.90 per hour (up to 50km) and €59.00 per day. The registration fee (covering the cost of the access card) is €19.
The cars available through this service are red Fiat 500s and 500Ls, compact city cars. This provider also has a fleet of Piaggio MP3 3-wheeled scooters, if you want a small motorcycle to zip around traffic. Use the smartphone app to find available vehicles and use the PIN provided. Like Car2Go, the Area C city driving tax is included, you can leave the car anywhere inside city limits and there are no fuel costs.
Requirements for registration: a driver’s license from Italy, the US or select European countries, 18 years old or older, Italian fiscal code, credit card, and you need to have had a driver’s license for at least one year.
Rates: free registration for Italian drivers, €10 registration fee for anyone with a non-Italian driving license; €0.25 per minute, max €50 per day, plus €0.25 per km after the first 50km for cars; €0.35 per minute, max €60 per day, plus €0.35 per km after the first 50km for scooters.
There around 70 stations to pick up and drop off/recharge the cars throughout Lombardy (only 10 in the city of Milano). This service could be convenient for driving to and from the airport because there are stations at all 3 greater Milano airports. There are 8 different cars from different manufacturers available, some are electric and others are in the “Euro 5” category and use LPG bi-fuel or twinair engines. You can also drive the vehicles in the EU and Switzerland.
Requirements for registration: a valid driver’s license, credit card.
Rates: free registration, €5 per hour for electric cars, €2.40 per hour plus €0.48 per km for other vehicles, maximum of €60 per day for electric cars, €28.80 plus km fee for other cars. €5-15 additional charge for leaving a vehicle at a different station from where it was picked up.
This service is offered through ACI Global, which provides roadside emergency services. It’s unique in that there are a variety of vehicles to choose from and memberships can be used in several other Italian cities. To reserve a car, contact the call center or complete the online form between 2 months and 15 minutes before use, choosing which kind of car you want. Vehicles can be used throughout Europe (including Switzerland). Remember that you need to leave the car with at least ¼ of the tank full. The car must be left at the location where it was picked up.
Requirements for registration: a driver’s license valid in Italy from the driver’s country of residence and a credit card.
Rates: There are two fare categories, Flexy and Easy. No matter which category is used, prices vary depending on what kind of car is used. With Flexy, users pay a €60 annual fee, plus between €2.20 and €3.00 per hour and between €0.45 and €0.80 per km, and a max of €90 per day plus €0.30 per km. With Easy, users pay only a €20 annual fee and the first 50km for each use are not charged, but the cost per hour ranges from €5 to €9, and the full day cost is the same as the Flexy rates.
If you’re looking for electric car sharing options, this provider uses small, Equomobile 2-seaters with over 100km of battery life. The cool thing about the service is that you don’t need to worry about parking your vehicle at a charging station, the company will take care of all those details for you. The website has information on where cars are available at all times.
Requirements for registration: valid driver’s license, Italian fiscal code and credit card or PayPal account.
Rates: There are special rates for specific groups, check the website to see if you qualify. Women who are subscribers won’t be charged for use between 1am and 6am. Full rates are: €10 registration fee, €0.28 per minute of use, €0.10 per minute of stopped use, €50 rate for a full day. Vehicles can be reserved for 30 minutes before use, free of charge.