Car Rental Lugano

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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment feesWhen the booking is cancelled within two days of being made.
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Lugano

Hiring a car in Lugano gives you complete freedom to see this destination at your own pace and make the most of its many attractions — especially as the only other transport options are bus or ferry. Hertz has a couple of branches offering car rental in Lugano, making exploring the region around this Italian-speaking Swiss town in the Alps as easy as can be.

Lugano is in Switzerland but has a lot of Italian influence, thanks to its close proximity to the northern border of it neighbour. It has a temperate climate and sits on the banks of Lago di Lugano, making it picturesque and gorgeous for driving through. As well as many attractions in town, there are lots of opportunities for outdoor activities nearby, so renting a car gives you plenty of options.

Driving and Parking in Lugano

You will need a full driving licence and must be over 25 to rent a car in Lugano or over 19 with a young driver surcharge. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Lugano, take a look at our page about renting a car in Switzerland.

If you are travelling by car in Lugano itself, you will soon discover that this has its problems as many streets are pedestrianised. However, having a car is well worth it to allow you to travel outside of the town, so it’s suggested that you find parking and travel around town on foot.

Considering Lugano is only small, there are lots of options for parking. On-street parking is chargeable Monday to Saturday between 9am and 7pm, with different zones charging different rates. Other car parks in the town centre are charged at CHF2 for between one and four hours, and CHF4 for between five and 12 hours. After 7pm, parking is charged at CHF1 per hour.

Pickup Locations Lugano

  • Lugano Airport

    Opening hours: (Seasonal Location): June-August: Mo-Fr 0730-1230 1330-1800, Sa 0800-1230 1330-1700, Su 0830-1230. September-May: Mo-Fr 0730-1230 1330-1800, Sa 0800-1230 1330-1700, Su Closed.

    Address: Lugano Agno Airport

    Phone: +41 91 912 40 60

  • Via San Gottardo 13

    Opening hours: (Seasonal Location): June-August: Mo-Fr 0730-1230 1330-1800, Sa 0800-1230 1330-1700, Su 0830-1230. September-May: Mo-Fr 0730-1230 1330-1800, Sa 0800-1230 1330-1700, Su Closed.

    Address: Via San Gottardo 13

    Phone: +41 91 912 40 60

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Key Routes

The A2 Autobahnen and strade principali 2 are the main routes through Lugano, connecting with most areas of the town and making it straightforward to drive through.

If you want to tour part of the Lago di Lugano, Via Riviera will give you a beautiful drive along its shores as it leaves town, giving you unrivalled views of the mountains on the other side. This drive will take you from the centre of town, along the edge of the lake and, ultimately, into Northern Italy. It is just about possible, with a detour here and there, to drive around the edge of the lake — although you’ll need to remember your passport.

Major Highways

Despite its mountainous location Lugano is very well connected. Autobahnen 2 can take you into the north and ultimately link you with Zürich, or it can go south into Italy, where you can visit Como and Varese - both less than an hour away.

If you rent a car in Lugano, there are a few rules specific to Switzerland that you need to bear in mind:

• You should switch off your engine at traffic lights and level crossings.
• You must use dipped headlights at all times.
• You should give way to public transport as well as all vehicles approaching you coming uphill.
• Pay attention to local signs, which will tell you where you should be using winter tyres and chains.
• It is compulsory to carry a warning triangle in Switzerland.
• It is not compulsory to carry a high-visibility jacket in Switzerland, but it is if you cross the border into an EU country so it’s advisable to have one.
• All Swiss motorways carry tolls. You need to buy a motorway pass for around CHF40 from customs or service stations.