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Car Hire With A Debit Card in Italy

Car Hire Without A Credit Card In Italy

If you’ve landed on this page then you are probably wondering, Can I hire a car without a credit card in Italy? The short answer is yes, but there are a few requirements to hiring which include:

  • You must have a debit card in the main drivers name
  • Hold a full driving licence, any points on the licence may also make hiring harder
  • A valid passport
  • The funds available in the account to cover the rental deposit

There are also a few other things to consider, so please keep reading to find out more.

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About Car Hire With A Debit Card in Italy

Hiring a car in Italy with no Credit Card can prove tricky as many rental companies operate a credit card only policy. Here at Indigo car hire we are proud to make our services available to as many people as possible. As such we have made arrangements with some of our suppliers that will allow our customers to book car hire with a debit card in Italy

Renting a car with a debit card has never been easier, you simply contact Indigo car hire, explain your requirements and we will find you the right supplier for you. We’ll do all the leg work!!

Most car hire companies In Italy insist on drivers providing a major credit card for a security swipe on arrival and don’t accept debit cards. We understand that not everyone has a credit card and wanted to make sure we can assist you with your requirements. We can accept most major debit cards across most of our vehicle groups meaning a wider choice of vehicles to suit your needs.

We can offer car hire with a debit card in Italy, however, this comes with a few requirements. For example, the card must be in the name of the main driver of the hire car. To check if your card complies with the restrictions, please get in touch with our team.

How to book a Hire Car With A Debit Card

We’ve made booking with a debit card as easy as possible by us handling everything for you! We’ve replaced our standard booking engine with an enquiry form, this is to ensure that you don’t book a car hire company that won’t accept your payment method as only select companies allow car hire without a credit card.

Using the form, here’s the process:

  1. Fill in your contact details & submit
  2. We’ll call you to discuss your requirements
  3. Once we know you are eligible, we will quickly find the best price available with a car rental company we know will accept your debit card
  4. Once you’re happy, we’ll reserve the car for you, taking a small deposit

If you are unsure about any of the above, please contact our team. It is always better to contact us prior to making a booking, that way we can advise you of the best solution. Please call us on +44 (0)113 880 0748, email us on sales@indigocarhire.co.uk or chat with our team online.

Popular Debit Card Rental Locations In Italy

BolognaCagliari AirportPescara Airport
LameziaCatania AirportPisa Airport
PerugiaCiampino AirportTrapani Airport
Bari AirportFiumicino AirportTreviso Airport
Bergamo AirportLinate AirportTurin Airport
Bologna AirportMilan Malpensa AirportVenice Airport
Brindisi AirportPalermo AirportVerona Airport

Does Debit Card Car Hire Cost More?

We get asked this quite regularly, as most companies only accept a credit card people are curious to find out if they will get charged a premium for using a debit card.

The simple answer is no, however it can seem like you may have to pay more on occasions as it limits the amount of suppliers that you can hire from, it’s not always the case but the cheapest supplier for your given dates and times may not be able to accept debit cards.

What Types of Debit Cards Can You Accept?

We are proud to say that we can accept most major debit cards, however there are a few restrictions. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular cards we can accept:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Lloyds
  • HSBC / First Direct
  • Premier
  • NatWest
  • Barclays

There are many more, however there are a few cards which represent a bit of a challenge, although we may still be able to accept them through certain suppliers. These include Maestro, Visa Electron, Santander & Solo.

What Cars Can I Rent Without a Credit Card?

Fortunately in Italy we work with a few suppliers that can accept debit cards, so you have a good choice of cars to choose from when hiring, here are a few examples:

  • Citroen C1 (Mini)
  • Volkswagen Polo (Economy)
  • Renault Captur (Compact)
  • Ford Kuga (SUV)
  • Fiat Tipo Estate (Estate)
  • Alfa Romeo Guilia (Standard)
  • Ford C-Max (Intermediate)
  • Opel Mokka (5-Seater Minivan)
  • Renault Espace (7-Seater Minivan
  • Fiat Scudo (9-Seater Minivan)
  • BMW 3 Series (Fullsize)
  • Mercedes E-Class (Luxury)
  • Audi A6 (Premium)
  • Opel Cascada (Convertible)

None of these models are guaranteed, they are just examples, you will be given them or something similar in the same classification.

We Offer Low Deposit Car Hire Deals In Italy

One of the common issues that we have when people look to hire without a credit card is that the rental company still need to take a deposit. On a credit card this is easy enough, the amount just gets frozen and you never get charged, because it’s on credit. Debit cards are a bit different however and the rental company will need to take the deposit and refund it later.

The issue here is that a lot of rental companies have very high deposits which can stretch over £1,000, which is quite a bit of money to take off your card. We work with a few rental companies across Italy in which we can significantly reduce standard rental deposits, so if this may be an issue for you then please let us know when you enquire.

Which Rental Companies Accept Debit Cards In Italy?

If you’re wanting to know which particular rental companies accept debit cards in Italy it’s pretty hard to tell you without knowing the area you are looking to hire. Some rental companies accept debit cards in some locations but not other, confusing right!

To give you an idea, we’ve chosen one of the most popular car hire locations in Italy, Rome Fiumicino Airport and highlighted which suppliers accept car hire without a credit card in the table below:

Car Hire CompanyAccepts Debit Cards?
AlamoNo
AutoviaYes
AvisYes
BudgetNo
CentauroYes
DollarYes
EcoviaNo
EnterpriseNo
EuropcarYes
FireflyNo
GoldcarNo
Green MotionNo
HertzYes
InterrentNo
KeddyNo
LeasysNo
LocautoYes
MaggioreYes
NoleggiareNo
OptimorentNo
RhodiumNo
Sicily By CarNo
SixtYes
ThriftyYes

Things To Know About Car Hire In Italy

Italy is a fantastic place to go on holiday, and if you want to take full advantage of your time there then hiring a car is definitely the way to go as cities and towns are often spread quite far apart.

If it’s your first time driving in Italy, here are a few quick facts you may be interested to know:

  • The speed limit on motorways is 130kph, or 80mph
  • Italians love using their car horn, but it’s not like the UK & not always in an aggressive manor
  • Be careful driving into cities, Italy is infamous for it’s narrow streets
  • There are quite a few toll roads in Italy, so carry some extra change with you!

Is There Anything Else To Consider?

The only other thing to consider is that we have a wide range of offers available that can work in conjunction with debit card car hire in Italy and may be able to help you have a more enjoyable holiday. Here’s a list of some of the other offers we have available:

  • Guaranteed Models
  • Free Additional Drivers
  • Low Deposits
  • Young Driver Car Hire For Under 25s
  • Additional Extras – Sat Navs, Child Seats & More

Why Choose Indigo Car Hire?

There are several reasons that you should choose us as your one stop shop for car hire in Italy. As well as being able to find you rental companies that accept debit cards, we can also work to find low deposit options, free additional drivers and zero excess extras, and much much more!

We do everything for you. Tell us the dates, times and your hiring requirements and we’ll find you the best price we possibly can. Our knowledge and experience in the industry allows us to easily determine the most suitable car hire company to meet your requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have still have questions about car hire in Italy without a credit card? We’ve pulled together some of our most common ones and provided answers for you below, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you not find your question.

Do all rental companies require credit cards in Italy?

No, it depends where in Italy, but a lot of rental companies in general will accept debit cards. We’d hazard a guess at about 40% of them, but don’t quote us on that!

Can I rent using my partners credit card?

Unfortunately not, the card needs to be in the main drivers name. The workaround to this would be for your partner to be the main driver & we can often allow a free additional driver, location dependant, which could be yourself. Alternatively your other option would be to hire with a debit card.

Can you pay cash for a rental car?

No – unfortunately no rental companies that we work with would accept cash.

Is there anywhere in Italy that you can’t rent with a debit card?

In our experience we’ve usually always been able to find a debit card solution in Italy, but there may be some remote areas or smaller cities that this could be the case, although we’re unaware of them!

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by Sarah Harding on Indigo Car Hire
Brilliant Service

We used Indigo for our honeymoon in Sicily and it could not have worked out better. Our car was booked through Europcar and they held the deposit on our card on collection. We returned the car to a different airport and the deposit was immediately returned (I thought there might have been a delay but it was instant!) Everyone we dealt with to make the booking was excellent and the price was very reasonable too, I would highly recommend Indigo to anyone.

by Nikki on Indigo Car Hire
Excellent!

Really pleased. They were v helpful. Found me a good priced car in Italy where I only had to pay €300 on my debit card. No credit card required. Easy pick up and drop off. Highly recommend Indigo.

by Katerina An. on Indigo Car Hire
Thank you!

Thank you for helping us to rent a car in Italy with a debit card (we don’t have a credit card) and not having to cancel our trip! Service was excellent and booking only took few minutes! Thank you Cherie! I recommend it and i will definately use it again!