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Elba car rentals

Driver's age: 26-65
Fri 8/3
Fri 15/3

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Cheap car hire in Elba

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Top tips for hiring a car in Elba

  • Renting a car comes with many advantages, especially while touring Elba. However, the roads on this island are narrow and winding, so you’ll want to rent a car that fits the roads and can navigate such conditions. Most people opt for small compact cars. This option works if you are traveling alone or in a pair, with little luggage. If you still prefer a smaller car but have a lot of baggage, go with a hatchback-style car for more space. You'll fit right in, since most people have small compact cars on Elba. Smaller cars are also very fuel-efficient. However, families can find SUV's that are just the right size for these narrow roads as well.
  • A family trip with children often calls for extra caution. Other than ensuring that they are buckled in, children under age four must be secured in car seats. Most car rentals provide car seats at a cost, but you will need to reserve them during the booking process. If the rental company doesn't offer one, you can purchase an inexpensive car seat in Elba or travel with one from home. Keep infants rear-facing in the rear seat of the car. Any children younger than twelve years old cannot ride in the front seat. Other than that, every occupant within the car must wear their seatbelt or risk a fine.
  • Elba is in Italy, which borders beautiful countries like Austria, Switzerland, San Marino, and France. Hence, it's not uncommon for people to want to drive across the border in their rental car. Of course, you'll have to find a car rental company that allows this and is willing to have their car ferried from the island. If it's allowed, you'll have to apply for additional insurance, carry your proof of insurance with you, and expect a cross-border charge. If the company doesn't enable ferrying their car from the island, you may be able to rent a different car from the other side of the island.
  • If you're not very good at reading maps, be sure to reserve a car with a GPS system. Google Maps is another excellent option. You can always book a rental right at the airport for convenience. However, car rental companies located within airports tend to charge more than those in off-airport locations. When looking for parking in Elba, white lines indicate free parking unless a sign specifies otherwise. Blue lines indicate that you have to pay for parking at a meter.
  • Book your rental car in Elba at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy rental cars in Elba are around -27% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Elba

  • Should I hire a car in Elba?

    The public transportation in Elba can be disappointing. Low season means a scarcity of buses. The high season comes with large crowds. Using the train is limiting, which leaves us with the option of renting a car. Other than helping you save some money, having a car of your own can help you explore the island freely, in addition to keeping your belongings safe while accessing destinations off the beaten path.

  • What is driving like in Elba?

    Drivers in all of Italy are fairly aggressive. Instead of trying to keep up with them, let them pass. The speed limits enforced in the area are strict and often lead to heavy fines once broken. There is proper signage on the roads, so always keep a lookout for them. You're also required to have a reflective safety vest in the car. If your car breaks down, put it on before getting out of the vehicle.

  • How old do you have to be to hire a car in Elba?

    To rent a car in Elba, you must be twenty five years old. Those younger than twenty five may be permitted to rent a car, but for an additional fee. You'll also need to get an International Driver’s License to help non-English speakers know that you are licensed to drive. Additionally, you’ll need a valid driver's license that’s been in use for two years, an original ID or passport, personal credit card, and a prepaid booking voucher, in case you booked in advance.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Elba?

    Economy (Ford Fiesta or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Elba.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Elba?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

Car rental locations in Elba

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