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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Locarno

  • Driving a car hire in Locarno will give you the freedom to explore the city and its surrounding areas with your own itinerary and speed. This means you won't have to rely on public transportation schedules, which can be particularly beneficial when visiting less touristy places or when you have a specific itinerary in mind. With a Locarno car hire, you can easily venture beyond Locarno and explore other charming towns in Ticino, such as Ascona, Bellinzona, or Lugano.
  • The closest airport to Locarno is Lugano Airport (LUG), whichsituated approximately 40 km southwest of Locarno, in the city of Lugano, Switzerland. The airport is small but it serves as a regional airport and offers domestic and international flights to various destinations. At the airport you will find several car hire companies located outside the terminal in the airport’s car park, where you can book and collect your car hire in Locarno to continue your journey.
  • When driving your car hire in Locarno, be aware that the city is situated in a mountainous region, and driving on winding and steep mountain roads can be challenging, especially for drivers who are not accustomed to such terrain. Be cautious and drive at a safe speed, especially in adverse weather conditions. Moreover, some streets in Locarno's historic centre and other old towns in the region can be narrow and winding. Locarno is also a pedestrian-friendly city with many cyclists, so pay attention to bike lanes and pedestrian crossings.
  • It is good to take note that depending on the time of year, weather conditions can change rapidly, particularly in the mountainous areas. Snow, ice, and heavy rain can make driving more hazardous during the winter and early spring months, so be prepared for changing weather and road conditions. You should also be aware that the region around Locarno has several tunnels, including the Gotthard Road Tunnel, which is one of the longest road tunnels in the world. Exercise caution while driving through tunnels and adhere to the posted speed limits and safety guidelines.
  • Book your car hire in Locarno at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Supplier choice hire cars in Locarno are around 61% more expensive than other car types, on average

FAQs about car hire in Locarno

  • How much is the price of fuel in Locarno?

    The average price of fuel in Locarno is £6.04 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £72 and £97, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Locarno?

    Supplier choice (Class Special Car or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Locarno.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Lugano airport (LUG)?

    The only car hire company onsite at Lugano airport is Europcar.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Lugano airport (LUG)?

    The only car hire company that offers shuttle or pick-up services from Lugano airport to off-airport locations is Europcar.

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

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

  • How much does a Special car hire cost in Locarno?

    A Special car hire in Locarno costs £67 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Locarno?

    A Mini car hire in Locarno costs £41 per day, on average.

  • Should I get insurance when hiring a car in Locarno?

    Most car hire providers in Locarno offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car hire in Locarno, check out KAYAK's car hire insurance guide.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Locarno?

    It can be a good idea to opt for a compact or mid-size car in Locarno as the city, as many surrounding areas in Ticino have narrow streets and tight parking spaces. A compact or mid-size car would be more manoeuvrable and easier to park in urban areas. Moreover, since Locarno is situated in a mountainous region, some roads might be uneven or have potholes. A car with good ground clearance can better handle such terrain. Alternatively, having an AWD or 4WD car can be beneficial, especially during winter.

  • What is the speed limit in Locarno?

    In built-up areas, towns and cities, the speed limit is usually 50 km/h. When circulating outside these built-up areas, the speed limit is generally 80 km/h, while on major roads and expressways the speed limit can range from 80 to 120 km/h, depending on the specific road and signage. And on the highways (autobahns), the maximum speed limit is 120 km/h, unless otherwise indicated. It is advised to always check the road signs for any changes in the speed limits to ensure you are travelling safely on the roads.

  • Where are the best places to park my car rental in Locarno?

    Within Locarno city centre, you will find many parking options during your visit to the city. In the blue parking zones you will require a parking disc, so it is recommended to park in the white parking areas, where a small fee is paid. For example the covered parking garage Centro Castello, Locarno offers parking from Monday to Sunday which will cost you around CHF1.90 (₹179) for 1 hour of parking and around CHF19.90 (₹1875) for 24 hours of parking.

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Locarno Magadino Airport

+41 91 743 50 50

Monday08:00 - 11:0014:00 - 16:00
Tuesday14:00 - 16:0008:00 - 11:00
Wednesday08:00 - 11:0014:00 - 16:00
Thursday14:00 - 16:0008:00 - 11:00
Friday14:00 - 16:0008:00 - 11:00

Piazza Stazione

+41 91 743 50 50

Monday13:30 - 17:3008:00 - 11:00
Tuesday08:00 - 11:0013:30 - 17:30
Wednesday08:00 - 11:0013:30 - 17:30
Thursday13:30 - 17:3008:00 - 11:00
Friday13:30 - 17:3008:00 - 11:00

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Locarno Magadino Airport

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Piazza Stazione

+41 91 743 50 50

Monday13:30 - 17:3008:00 - 11:00
Tuesday13:30 - 17:3008:00 - 11:00
Wednesday08:00 - 11:0013:30 - 17:30
Thursday08:00 - 11:0013:30 - 17:30
Friday13:30 - 17:3008:00 - 11:00

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C/o Parking Centro

+41 91 760 08 55

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C/O Parking Centro- Via Giuseppe Cattori 2

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C/o Parking Centro Via Giuseppe Cattori 2

+41 91 760 08 55

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Piazza Stazione

+41 91 743 50 50

Monday13:30 - 17:3008:00 - 11:00
Tuesday13:30 - 17:3008:00 - 11:00
Wednesday13:30 - 17:3008:00 - 11:00
Thursday08:00 - 11:0013:30 - 17:30
Friday08:00 - 11:0013:30 - 17:30

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Car hire insurance in Locarno

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Some Locarno car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the hire price but not all of them. We recommend being aware of your coverage when hiring a car in Locarno.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your hire. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a non-deductible option to your Locarno car hire.

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