Should you hire a car for your holiday at Lake Como?

On balance, driving yourself to Lake Como from Bergamo (Orio Al Serio), Milan Malpensa or Milan Linate airport will probably be more convenient than using public transport. See Driving: A Smart way to get to Lake Como for more on that.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to driving a hire car around the Lake. For further details, and a suggested best strategy for independent travellers, see Driving: A Smart way to get around Lake Como.

There is no shortage of car hire companies but you should book well in advance to be sure of finding a car available.

  • SIXTI (part of SIXT) specialises in small cars – we hired a Smart two-seater (semi) automatic from them. They can provide vehicles for as little as nine Euros per day, though free mileage is limited to 700 kilometres and the rate does not include personal accident insurance.
  •, a leading price comparison website, which searches up to fifty car hire company web sites to provide you with the cheapest prices in the marketplace

Our advice to hire car drivers can be summed up as:

  1. Hire the smallest car you can manage with.
  2. Hire an automatic or semi-automatic car if you’re not used to manual gears.
  3. Bring your SatNav with you, if it’s set up for use in Europe.
  4. Don’t drive around Lake Como if you’re nervous of heights, narrow roads and/or fast drivers.
  5. Use public transport and your feet, as well as the car, in order to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere at the Lake.