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Locarno Guide


Lake Maggiore is located a few miles from the Italian border, only a short 50km drive from the beautiful city of Locarno. With a warm blissful Mediterranean climate Locarno is a great place to visit. There are many shops catering to all tourists, and many attractions to visit. Locarno is a convenient base from which to explore the Alpine surroundings. To improve your stay here in Locarno why not purchase a hire car. Gain the freedom to explore the area in your own time by booking cheap car hire in Locarno right here with us.

Explore Locarno

Visit the beautiful Santuario Della Madonna Del Sasso, which can be found high up on the hillside in Orselina, over looking Locarno and Lake Maggiore. A great sight for taking stunning photographs of the area. It was found during 1480, and is filled with great works of art, such as the Bramantino's Flight into Egypt (1520). Just opposite the basilica is a fabulous museum with the works of the famous Italian painter, Raphael.

A typical walking tour of the town should start at the piazza Grande (main square) and lead through the maze of narrow streets to the old town. The 15th century Castle Visconti houses the Town and Archaeological Museum, displaying many Roman artefacts excavated in the area; while the nearby Pinacoteca Casa Rusca Museum displays contemporary works of art.

The piazza Grande is riddled with boutiques selling everything from antiques and art to Swiss and Italian handicrafts, as well as high fashion clothing from Milan. If a stroll along the lakefront or hotel entertainment isn’t of interest, you can head to nearby Lugano for livelier nightlife.

With a hire car drive out of Locarno and visit it's many surrounding villages which offer tourists peaceful lakes to sit and enjoy with spectacular scenery, beautiful churches and not forgetting the wine tasting. Among them are Gandria, Ascona, Morcote and Como which is locate in Italy, as well as Campione and Luino. Alternatively, drive along the scenic Lake Maggiore waterfront or take a boat ride to Isole di Brissago.

Zurich is located 200 kms from Locarno, so if you have the time it is definitely worth a visit. Another fabulous city, which is located only 119kms away, is the fashion capital Milan.


Direct trains from Lausanne or Bern take four hours to reach Locarno. The nearest airport is at Lugano, 45 minutes away by train.

Car hire is available at the airport, so make sure you prebook online today to get the best offers. Avis, Sixt, Europcar and Hertz operate from desks at Lugano Airport, but for a wider selection of car types, and with over forty suppliers to choose from, you will definitely get a better deal with us, as prices are also very steep at the airports.

Frequently asked questions

Is the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by at this location
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  • Hertz

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