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Hiring a car in Greece

You'll find history and beauty around every corner in Greece, with its exceptional archaeological sites and breath-taking beaches. As well as fantastic scenic drives around the mainland, your Greece car hire will help you explore some of the hundreds of islands that are scattered around the bright blue seas.

Roads in Greece can be fairly congested, and often in remote areas are poorly maintained - however, this is all part of the experience! Expect roads in main tourist centres to be well-signposted. Usually in areas with many visitors signs will be in both English and Greek, but outside of these, you'll likely need a sat-nav on hand to help you navigate. With its myriad islands and diverse mainland, Greece offers an array of things to see from the front or back seat!

Where to Hire a Car in Greece

Pick your car up at one of Greece's many airports, such as Athens Airport. The road into the capital city is quick and easy, although you may need to pay a toll charge, so check your route beforehand. Alternatively you can hire a car from the Greek resort where you are staying. Main resorts on the Greek Islands like Kavos and Sidari have local car rental outlets where you can rent for a couple of days.

Most main airports, both on the mainland, and the islands, offer a number of car hire options. Using our search tool, you can discover the cheapest option for you. Airports such as Athens, Santorini, Kos, Kefalonia and Rhodes all offer car rentals from top names like Avis and Hertz. Many car hire companies also allow you to hire in one location and return in another - meaning that if you're Greek Island-hopping you won't have to make your way back to the beginning to drop off your wheels.

Places to visit around Greece

With its ancient history and varied landscapes, Greece is practically made for road trips! If you're staying in Athens you might fancy a day trip to Delphi, an incredible ruined UNESCO-listed ancient town set amongst the peaks of Mount Parnassus. It's about 2.5 hours' drive from Athens, making it easily doable in the space of a day. You could even turn this into a week-long road trip through the Peloponnese. Or, you could head to Corinth and Olympia - the latter of which was home to the original Olympics about 3000 years ago! Olympia is around 300km from Athens, so it can be a good idea to combine this into a two-day trip!

The Greek Islands are ripe for a good old-fashioned road trip. The largest island, Crete offers stunning drives between its four main towns, with plenty of stops in villages along the way, as well as beaches and the peaks and drops of Samaria Gorge National Park. Drives around the Lasithi Plateau and Amari Valley are also hugely popular. Corfu also offers amazing coastal drives, past white-sand beaches and towering cliffs. It's the greenest of the islands, making it all the more pleasing on the eye!


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 Greece, 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 Greece. 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 Greece!
  • 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.