Where to Rent a Car in Genoa, Savona, or Portofino in 2024?

Complete Info for the Best Car Rental in Savona & Genoa (Genova).

 Car Hire Office Locations & Hours with Savona & Genoa Car Rental Maps.

Advice for Car Rental in Genoa, Genoa Airport, Savona, Rapallo, Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure.

This guide makes it easy to rent a car when you arrive by train or cruise ship in Genoa or Savona. We show the way to the car hire offices from Genoa's Piazza Principe train station or Brignole train station. All the information is below or on our Genoa Car Rental Map or Savona Car Rental Map.

Sections Below:     Genoa Rental
                                            Car Rental Tips 
                                            Savona Rental
                                            Rapallo Portofino Rental 
                                            More Info
                                            Other Rental Locations
                                            About Us & Disclosure                    

Car Rental Tip______________________________________________________________
Renting A Car in Italy. If you drive in urban areas at home, you can drive in Italy. Stick to well known rental companies. Rental prices are tricky - low prices can lead to add-ons . We have two articles to help:                                                     
We also recommend the reputable car hire brokers Auto Europe and its subsidiary, Kemwel Discount Rentals. They allow you to compare companies, get zero deductible insurance if needed, cancel easily, and have 24/7 English customer service.  If you will be renting a car, please consider our links below (which do not affect the prices offered).  See About Us & Disclosure below.
AutoEurope(USA)                         Auto Europe(UK)                     Kemwel Discount Rentals 


Genoa City
Our Lady of Consolation, Genoa, Liguria
Our Lady of Consolation, Genoa. CC by Sean Perry 
Arriving at the Cruise Port or to Piazza Principe train station in Genoa, you'll probably want a taxi to reach the car rental offices. From Genova Brignole train station, Europcar, Hertz, and Maggiore are a 10-20 minute walk.  We list estimated walking times and taxi fares on the Genoa Car Rental Map.

Europcar Genoa City     Via G.Casaregis 42/1   Genoa Car Rental Map
Mon-Fri 08:00-12:00 / 14:30-18:30   Sat 08:00-12:00   Sun. Closed
Check for Europcar at AUTOEUROPE
Check for Europcar at KEMWEL

Hertz Genoa City        Via Ruspoli 1/3 R   Genoa Car Rental Map  
Mon-Fri  0830-1900   Sat  0830-1230   Sun. Closed
Hertz at IKEA    Luigi Perini 5      
Hours: 24/7

Check for Hertz at AUTOEUROPE
Check for Hertz at KEMWEL

Maggiore Genoa City    C.so Sardegna 275r    Genoa Car Rental Map
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 07.00-13.00/14.00-19.00  Sat. 07.00-13.00/15.00-19.00  Sun. Closed

Genoa Airport
At Genoa's Cristoforo Colombo airport the rental office hours include Saturday, Sunday and lunch. The companies include Avis/Budget, Hertz, Europcar, and Maggiore.

To reach the airport from Brignole or Piazza Prinicipe train stations, use the AMT's Volabus which costs 6 Euro  A Taxi will cost 20-25 Euro from Brignole Station and 15-20 Euro from Piazza Principe Station. We show these places on our Genoa Car Rental Map.

Avis at Genoa Airport 
Hours are Mon - Fri 7:30 - 23:00  Sat. & Sun 8:30 - 23:00
Avis Near Genoa Airport      Via Pionieri Aviatori D'Italia  
Open  Mon - Fri 8:30-13:30 and 14:00-17:00   We don't know why this office is here. Please tell us.

Europcar Genoa Airport
Mon-Fri 8:00-22:00  Sat 08:30-18:00   Sun 08:30-13:00 /14:00-18:00
Check for Europcar at AUTOEUROPE
Check for Europcar at KEMWEL

Hertz Genoa Airport
Monday-Sunday   8:00 - 23:00

Check for Hertz at AUTOEUROPE
Check for Hertz at KEMWEL

Maggiore Genoa Airport
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 07.30-23.30 Sunday 08.00-23.30

Fountain at night on Piazza de Ferrari, Genoa, Liguria
Piazza de Ferrari, Genoa                                                                                                                  CC by Turismo in Liguria

Savona car rental offices are along the same street - Vittorio Veneto - see Savona Car Rental Map. It's a 15-20 min. walk from the train station, a 20-30 min. walk from the Cruise Terminal. Estimated taxi cost - 15 Euro.

Avis    Corso Vittorio Veneto 246 R  Savona
Mon-Fri 08:30-12:00 / 15:00-18:30   Sat 09:00-12:00   Sun. Closed
Check Avis/Budget through AUTOEUROPE
Check for Avis/Budget at KEMWEL

Hertz    Corso Vittorio Veneto 4 R  Savona
Mon-Fri 08:30-12:00 / 15:00-18:30   Sat 08:30-12:30   Sun. Closed

Check for Hertz at AUTOEUROPE
Check for Hertz at KEMWEL

Europcar    Corso Vittorio Veneto 284 R  Savona
Mon-Fri 8:30-12:30 / 14:30-18:30  Sat 08:30-12:30   Sun. Closed
Check for Europcar at AUTOEUROPE
Check for Europcar at KEMWEL

As far as we can tell, the Maggiore Car Rental location in Savona has been closed.

Rapallo (serving Portofino & Santa Margherita Ligure)
Europcar   Via Gen. A. La Marmora, 33    Rapallo
The office is just a 5 minute walk from the Rapallo train station. This is the only car rental option reachable from Portofino or Santa Margherita without a train ride.  ATP Bus Website
Hours   Mon-Fri 09:00-12:30 / 15:00-19:00     Sat 09:00-12:30      Sun. Closed
Check for Europcar at AUTOEUROPE
Check for Europcar at KEMWEL

More Info
Trenitalia (English) for train information. Trains might not show until a few weeks ahead, depending on the type of train and seasonal schedule changes. Use fake dates to see possibilities.

Autostrade Italia  Plan your route, see traffic conditions & warnings, find tolls and rest stops.

IDP: International Driver's Permit  Drivers from non-EU countries are required by Italian law to possess an IDP or an official translation along with their driver's license. Car rental companies MAY decline to rent if you don't have one. The IDP should be obtained only from a vendor authorized by your country's Department of State. Other websites offering to supply one are fraudulent! In the USA, the authorized entity is the AAA. In Canada, it's the CAAIn Australia, they are issued by the States: SmartTraveller.gov.au

Maps. For driving around Italy, we recommend Touring Club Italiano (TCI) 1:200,000 paper maps, even if you will have a GPS or Smartphone App (or offline Google maps).  It's more expensive (they're about $9. in Italy), but easier to buy the maps before you arrive, - here are Amazon links to some of the TCI maps.  (See About Us & Disclosures below).
TCI Tuscany 1:200K  TCI Liguria 1:200K   TCI Veneto+ 1:200K  TCI Umbria/Marche 1:200K
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About Us & Disclosure
We are Martha and Mike from Boston - recently retired photo editors who enjoy travel, food, and helping people. We have visited Italy for three decades, and we live in Liguria part-time. We have no connection to the car rental or hotel industries, and we receive no payments or free stuff for our writing or opinions. As is internet convention, we receive the standard commission for clicks on many of the commercial links that result in a purchase. Buon Viaggio.

Photos credited 'CC by' are used via a Creative Commons copyright license thanks to community-minded photographers. They are not altered, and can be found on Flickr.

Written by Mike
Ligurian Proverb:  Ogni promessa e un debito. (Every promise is a debt.)