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!