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If you want to see the best of this beautiful Greek island then car rental in Crete will help you explore it in all its glory! There's so much to cover on the largest of the Greek Islands, having a car at hand can help you see so much more!

Hiring A Car In Crete

The good thing about Crete is that while its urban centres are fairly busy the roads get much quieter when you head into the countryside - and though the roads aren't hugely modern, the network is expansive. When driving along the highways of the island Crete comes into clearer focus as rustic villages and friendly roadside retailers will catch your attention and encourage you to stop frequently.

Where to Hire a Car in Crete

The main car hire point on your holiday to Crete will be at your arrival airport - most flights from the UK land in Heraklion and Chania airports, both of which are home to a range of minor and local car hire companies, including Budget and Avis. At both these airports, international car hire companies are located within the terminal, while you'll have to head outside for the smaller options. If you're just looking for a car for part of your holiday, or a day trip, most major cities and resort towns including Aghios Nikolaos, Hersonissos and Heraklion have a variety of car hire outlets.

Places to Visit Around Crete

Crete's long and varied history means it's absolutely littered with things to see and do. As the largest of the Greek Islands, and home of Europe's first advanced civilisation, the Minoans, there's so much to see and do having a car will certainly come in handy. The road network is comprehensive, meaning it's relatively easy to get around. Drive five kilometres out of Crete's capital, Heraklion, to Knossos, considered to be Europe's oldest city. Here's you'll be able to see the remains of Minoan civilisation, in the form of the ruins of a palace constructed around 3,500 years ago. Built (relatively) more recently, are Crete's Venetian castles. Spinalónga is a short drive from Ágios Nikólaos, while Réthymno's fortezza sits high on a hill overlooking the town.

The Amari Valley is the place to go if you want to experience quaint villages and authentic cuisine whilst Hania and Rethymno provide you with a place to stay in one of the inviting Crete hotels. Finikodasos beach is worth a visit - this isolated stretch of sand is fringed by palm trees, and makes for a beautiful location to spend a day in the sun.

General Advice on Hiring a Car

When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in Crete, and any additional charges.

Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in Crete. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in Crete!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.