Rental car in Messina

Rent your car today and collect it near the port of Messina not far from the central station. In the heart of the city centre. Our office in Via Vittorio Emanuele II is an ideal strategic point to visit the incomparable architectural and cultural treasures of the historic centre of the Sicilian city.

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25/02 Dom
Right now Closed
26/02 Lun 09:00 - 13:00; 15:30 - 19:00
27/02 Mar 09:00 - 13:00; 15:30 - 19:00
28/02 Mer 09:00 - 13:00; 15:30 - 19:00
29/02 Gio 09:00 - 13:00; 15:30 - 19:00
01/03 Ven 09:00 - 13:00; 15:30 - 19:00
02/03 Sab 09:00 - 13:00

Rental car in Messina port

The port of Messina, with annual traffic of over 10 million passengers, is the first in Italy and one of the largest and most influential in the entire Mediterranean.

How to reach our office

Our agency is easily accessible both for those arriving by boat and for those arriving by train, it is merely 500 metres from the city's Central Station.

Available vehicles

Our office in Messina offers a wide range of options for your car rental. If you need space, you can have a station wagon or a 9-seater minibus, but you will also find the ideal car for all other needs: private cars, SUVs, luxury cars, commercial vans and even electric vehicles. Charging of electric vehicles at our offices and parking in the city blue stripes are both free! If you are not used to driving with a manual gearbox, you can choose from a wide selection of vehicles with automatic transmission. With our cars, you can rediscover the pleasure of a dynamic and brilliant guide and visit in absolute freedom not only every corner of the city but also its fascinating surroundings.

Customer's reviews

R. Notarangelo

Very happy with the service, as someone who regularly hires cars in Italy. I was pleased to see no pressure to pay for extra insurance. And the checkin-checkout process was very quick with very friendly staff.

J. Van Aelst

Efficient and very friendly! The reservation was made in a very smooth way. Clear information on the website. Same for the pick up of the car.

G. de Witte

Very friendly service, free upgrade, and quick handover when we returned the car at the airport.

Nigel

Car was good and clean and ready. SBC staff spoke English which helped. I was particularly obliged to the employee who fixed up the connection of my smart phone to the display consul so I could us satnav.

D. Acimovic

Fast reception of car, we even received an upgrade of the car class, Return of car was also quick done without any issues, like you would wish on vacation.

Bernard

SBC staff was fast, efficient, professional, pleasant, and smart. We were very pleased with the entire process. All issues were resolved quickly. We saw other clients who were similarly impressed.

Yes, of course! In our rental car agency inside the Messina port, you can rent a car even with a debit card. To offer a more flexible and attentive service to the needs of all our customers, we have included this rental solution in our roster of services. Read our in-depth study that answers all your questions.

Car rental for novice drivers

The minimum age to rent a vehicle is 23 years, however, even customers under that age, between 19 and 22, can hire a car with the payment of a daily supplement. In any case, it is necessary to have owned a driving licence for at least one year and one day. Read the complete policy about this.

Monthly rental

Are you looking for a rental car for one month, two months, or maybe extend your rental up to 90 days? Evaluate our limited mileage monthly rental formula.

Additional cover

Enjoy your travel experience without missing anything! In our offices, you can rent accessories such as children seats for all ages, snow chains and other extras or subscribe to one of our optional covers to protect yourself from unpleasant events that are not included in the standard rental. Read our offers and evaluate those tailored for you.

How much does a car cost?

Car rental is a complex product and the price for renting a car in Messina is affected by many variables, including seasonality and the type of vehicle requested.

You might find it useful to start reading our tips for an informed rental decision. However, we would also like to give you some useful price indications to help you direct better.

Take for example the rental of a small car for a single day, with a vehicle category that falls into group B. In the off-peak season, in October/November and January/February, the cost of the rental starts from a minimum of € 10 per a maximum of 25 €. In midseason (December, March, April) from € 20 to € 35. May to September is the peak season and the cost is between € 35 and € 50.

Period Daily price
Off peak season 10-25 €
Midseason 25-35 €
Peak season 35-50 €

Messina is the extreme offshoot of Sicily for those who want to arrive on the mainland or, vice versa, the gateway to the island for those who arrive from Calabria: it is, therefore, in both cases, a bastion of Sicilianness that offers a nostalgic goodbye or a warm welcome to its visitors. Let's discover this coastal city full of surprises and enviable beauties.

Zancle, the city in the shape of a sickle

The origins of Messina are lost in time immemorial, surely we know that its original name, of pre-Hellenistic origin, was Zancle for the area's appearance of a sickle. Due to its particularly strategic position, Messina played a central role both in Greek and Roman times and had moments of great splendour even in the Middle Ages.

The historic centre

The city is rich in ancient history but also artistic testimonies of great value: to discover them we start from the heart of Messina starting from Piazza Duomo where there is the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, the cathedral of the Norman age with its beautiful Gothic portal. The earthquake of 1908 destroyed most of the original edifices that were later rebuilt following the previous construction but what you must absolutely witness is the ringing of its bell tower, over 60 metres high. Every day, when the complex astronomical clock beats at 12.00, the façade's statues come to life, giving rise to "a dance" that animates the building for about 10 minutes.

Near the square, you can admire the beautiful Fontana di Orione, a sixteenth-century masterpiece by Giovanni Montorsoli, Michelangelo's pupil.

Also of Gothic origin, not far away, you can admire the Church of Santa Maria Alemanna, a very rare example perfectly preserved with the typical three-aisle system.

Messina also has, like the main Sicilian cities, its 4 cantons: you can see the old urban layout with the 4 baroque fountains between the ancient Via Austria and Cardines; a real triumph of shells, fish, seahorses, masks and newts.

We continue our visit to the places of worship with the beautiful church of SS. Annunziata dei Catalani, from the Norman era, is a real jewel that preserves intact elegant Byzantine influences. Not far away you will come across another of the most beautiful fountains in the city, the Fountain of Neptune.

In the city's historic centre you should certainly visit the Shrine of Christ the King, constructed in 1937 on a rocky ridge in front of the sea, its immense dome overlooks a spectacular panorama that we suggest you admire at dusk.

A few metres from there, you will reach Palazzo Monte di Pietà, a sumptuous seventeenth-century palace with an extraordinary staircase that completes its beauty and makes it still suitable for worldly events of great attraction.

Messina is the land of one of the greatest painters in the world: Antonello. In the Regional Museum, you can admire his paintings together with the masterpieces of Caravaggio, Carracci and other Masters.

La Madonnina

A visit to the luxurious Galleria Vittorio Emanuele for a coffee in one of the refined bars and then a visit to the port for a tribute to the Madonnina of Messina, the city's symbol, whose statue stands on a 35-metre sixteenth-century stele.

Ganzirri

To finish the tour there is a passage to Ganzirri, a small and delightful hamlet of the city, a nature reserve oriented with the presence of Lake Piccolo and Lake Grande.

Gastronomy

At this point, you just have to dedicate yourself to food. Here are some inevitable suggestions: swordfish, the undisputed king of Messina cuisine, python, savoury focaccia with a thousand fillings, granita, which in this city and all its flavours has no rivals in the world!

Rent your car today and collect it near the port of Messina not far from the central station. In the heart of the city centre. Our office in Via Vittorio Emanuele II is an ideal strategic point to visit the incomparable architectural and cultural treasures of the historic centre of the Sicilian city.