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Cheese, ham and Verdi are just some of the highlights that lure around 270,000 passengers each year to Parma Giuseppe Verdi Airport. As it is located just a mile from the centre of Parma, this airport offers extremely convenient transport from London-Stansted via Ryanair. Choose from the airport bus, a private taxi or one of three major rental car firms to breeze into town in just 10 minutes.
Who to Book With
Parma Airport is home to Hertz, Europcar and Sixt, three of Europe’s best-known car hire firms. The rental companies have their kiosks directly next to the Baggage Claim area in the Arrivals Hall. Advanced bookings are possible with any of the agencies for ensure the lowest rates and availability of preferred vehicle.
Need to Know Essentials
When you pick up your rental vehicle, be prepared to the show these documents:
- Valid EU or international driving licence
- Credit card the rental booking was made with
- Additional form of picture ID
- Printed rental booking confirmation sheet
Although driving is fairly easy, parking in the historic downtown area of Parma is very tricky. Streetside parking is hard to find, but there are several car parks on the edge of town. The largest parking garage is right behind Teatro Due. The city centre can only be accessed by cars with a local tag to limit congestion, but this system is usually turned off after midnight. All motorists are required by law to keep a warning triangle and reflective safety vest in their vehicle. Most petrol stations accept credit cards at the pump.
Since Parma’s airport is just a mile from the city centre, it’s almost feasible to walk. But Andromeda’s operates large buses that ferry most arriving passengers to their destination. This bus waits for each arriving flight, and taxis are usually waiting. Car hire is another excellent option for getting around Parma, with three major companies located directly at the airport. It takes just 10 to 15 minutes to reach any destination in the city.
Parma’s train station is located about three miles from the airport. It is connected to the main railway line between Milan (£6) and Bologna (£4), with many useful destinations available on the Trenitalia trains, like direct links to Florence (£15). Bus number 6 runs from the airport to the train station, or taxis are available.
Taxis typically queue up in front of the airport’s terminal for each arriving flight. If none are waiting, the airport’s information desk can call for a pick up any time of day.
Parma Airport to Parma city centre is about £10
It is possible to take the Parma public bus number 6 from the airport to various locations around the city including the train terminal. This bus stops frequently at the terminal throughout the day between 06:00 and 20:00, and fares are around £1. The other option is the private coach run by Andromeda’s. It comes to meet each arriving flight and costs around £5.
The small but pleasant terminal at Parma Airport has only basic facilities, with a single café on either side of security and an ATM. Ryanair runs the most popular flight into Parma from London-Stansted with another flight to Trapani. There is also regular service to Tirana on Belle Air and Catania on Air Vallee. Around 270,000 people fly into the airport annually.
Parma Airport has a single car park adjacent to the terminal that is open from 05:30 until midnight each day. The first 15 minutes are free. After that, the rates are £1 for up to 60 minutes, £2 for up to three hours, £7 for up to eight hours and £12 for a 24-hour period. There are no advanced parking reservations, and payment can be made by cash, credit card or debit card.
There is currently no Wi-Fi internet access at Parma Airport.
There is a small information desk outside of the Arrivals hall.
Airport Information: +39 521 9515
Parma Airport is designed to accommodate passengers who need special assistance. Call the airport information desk (+39 0521 9515) prior to arrival to arrange for someone to be on hand to help you. Men’s and women’s rest rooms have extra-wide toilet stalls, and wheelchairs are available with advance notice.
Restaurants and Bars
There is a small café before security that serves beverages, sandwiches and salads and one snack bar airside that sells drinks.
There are no VIP lounges at Parma Airport.
Money and ATMs
There is a single ATM inside the terminal near the entrance.
There are no shopping facilities at Parma Airport, only a newsstand selling reading material and snacks.