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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Athens Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
$4.14 / per day
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Athens Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$4.16 / per day
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Athens Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$4.23 / per day
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Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$5.08 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$5.20 / per day
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Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Economy
Peugeot 208 or similar
Peugeot 208
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$5.53 / per day
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Preveza, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
$5.71 / per day
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Corfu Airport Car Rental
Mini
Skoda Citigo or similar
Skoda Citigo
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$6.16 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 10:45 on 2019-11-21. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Greek
Currency
EUR
Country code
30
Average car rental length
3 days
Economy car rental price
$22.91 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
90 km/h
56 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.5

Why rent a car in Greece?

Greece is a great country to visit by car. From historical landmarks and beautiful cities to endless beaches and untamed nature areas, it is a special place with a lot to offer. Having your own car is the best way to experience all of it.

 

Greece Car Rental

Top ways to enter Greece

  • Athens Airport: Greece’s largest airport hosts flights to and from most European countries, as well as destinations in Asia and the Greater Middle East.
  • Heraklion Airport: Mostly active during summer, Crete’s largest airport is served by about 60 airlines.
  • Thessaloniki Airport: The airport in Greece’s second city is the best way to access the country’s north.
  • By land: If your rental car provider permits it, it is possible to rent a car in a neighboring country and then drive to Greece. Do keep in mind, however, that different visa requirements may be in place for citizens of different countries. Some large international airports near Greece are Sofia Airport in Bulgaria, Tirana Airport in Albania, and Istanbul Airport in Turkey.
  • Hotels: It is also worth noting that rental cars can be picked up at various hotels across Greece. This is a convenient option if you plan to stay at the resort most of the time but would like to make a day trip or two at some point. Examples locations where this is available are the Atlantica Princess Hotel on Rhodes, the Lindian Village Hotel also on Rhodes, and the Grecotel Olympia Oasis Hotel in the Peloponnese.
  • Small Airports and Ferry Terminals: As many rental car providers may not allow you to take your rental car on ferries, rental cars a widely available at ferry terminals. In addition, many small airports on the islands also have rental cars available if you chose to fly rather than sail. Mytilene International Airport on Lesbos is a good example. 

Top cities and places to visit

  • Athens: Birthplace of Classical Greece, Athens is home to ancient landmarks like the Acropolis, the Ruins of the Temple of Zeus, and the Ancient Agora. The top of Lykavittos Hill is the place to get the view of the whole city.
  • Crete: Greece’s largest island and once the home of the Minoan Civilization, Crete is historic and fun in equal parts.
  • Thessaloniki: Not only an interesting destination in its own right, but Thessaloniki is also less than three hours from Mount Athos and Meteora.
  • Aegean Islands: Though there are too many to name, the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea have many of the best beaches in Europe.
  • Ionian Islands: Influenced by nearby Italy and once part of the Venetian Empire, the Ionian Islands have a unique culture and atmosphere. Corfu is the largest and most fun, while Zakynthos (also known as Zante) is often claimed to be the most beautiful.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Greece is the VW Polo, but travelers also love the Volkswagen Up and the Fiat Panda.

Driver license requirements

The minimum age at which one can rent a car in Greece is 19 (from Centauro, for example). As in most other countries, drivers are required to have held a license for at least one year. Also, drivers under a certain age are charged a young driver fee. This fee is included in the price in the search results when you indicate your age. 

One thing that is somewhat unique to Greece, is the requirement of an International Driving Permit. All renters from outside the European Union are required to show an International Driving Permit. Not having one can lead to the rental company refusing to provide you a car and the loss of any payment made. 

Crossing Borders

Greece is bordered by Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Greece is a member of the Schengen Area, but none of its neighbors are (even though Bulgaria is a member of the European Union, it is not a member of the Schengen Area).

Each of Greece’s neighboring countries has its own visa policy. Depending on your citizenship, you may or may not need a visa to enter them. We advise getting in touch with your Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find out about the visa requirements in each country that you’d like to visit.

In many European countries, it is almost a given that you can travel from one country to another with a rental car. In Greece, though, this is not the case. Only a few rental companies allow cars rented in Greece to leave the country. Enterprise and Alamo are two of these companies, though they only allow their cars to be taken to countries in the European Union (i.e., only Bulgaria from Greece’s immediate neighbors). For this, they also charge 90 euros for a green card and 10 euros per day. 

Hertz, Avis, and Carwiz also allow their cars to be taken out of the country, though you must arrange this at least five days prior to the start of your rental period. 

Most other rental companies in Greece explicitly state that they do not allow their cars to be taken outside of the country and that doing such will lead to hefty fines and/or void any insurance coverage. 

Another popular question is whether it is possible to take a rental car on a ferry. This is asked time and time again on online travel forums often with no clear answer. Rental companies often respond to the question by stating that renters can take their cars on ferries but that the renter is fully responsible for any damage to the car which occurs boarding, on, or disembarking the ferry. 

Enterprise, Alamo, Sixt, Hertz, Autounion, Carwiz, and Greenmotion all explicitly allow their cars to be taken on ferries. However, all require both advance notice and charge an extra fee (that is either per ferry trip or for the enter rental period). If you absolutely plan on taking your rental car on a ferry, then it is best to rent from one of these companies. Be aware, that, in most cases, you must return to the location where you picked up the car. Even if you were able to take the car to an island (or another island) and drop it off there, you would be charged not only a one-way rental fee but also the ferry fare for the car’s return trip (as the company will have to relocate it). 

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular type of rental car in Greece is a mini, closely followed by economy and compact.

Top driving routes

Thessaloniki - Athens (501 km / 311 mi) The road between Greece’s two biggest cities will take you through nearly all of the mainland eastern Greece.

Heraklion - Chania (157 km / 95 mi) The route between the two largest cities on the island of Crete can be done in about three hours, but don’t be in a rush as there is plenty to explore on the way in terms of beaches, villages, and historic landmarks.

Athens - Kalamata (238 km / 148 mi) Starting in Athens and traveling southwest, you’ll soon reach the traditional region of Peloponnese, and its capital, Kalamata.

Car Rental Prices

  • Convertibles - from $60 per day
  • Station wagons - from $33 per day
  • Large cars - from $47 per day
  • Medium cars - from $33 per day
  • People Carriers / Vans - from $80 per day
  • Premium cars - from $110 per day
  • Small cars - from $25 per day
  • SUVs - from $66 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Greece:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Greece is the cheapest in January when renting a car is about 65% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 20 Most Popular Cities in Greece

  1. Car Rental in Athens from $3.94 per day
  2. Car Rental in Heraklion from $7.10 per day
  3. Car Rental in Thessaloniki from $4.66 per day
  4. Car Rental in Corfu from $6.16 per day
  5. Car Rental in Chania from $9.00 per day
  6. Car Rental in Rhodes from $7.87 per day
  7. Car Rental in Santorini from $7.21 per day
  8. Car Rental in Zakynthos from $5.07 per day
  9. Car Rental in Kefalonia from $11.89 per day
  10. Car Rental in Mykonos from $10.44 per day
  11. Car Rental in Samos from $10.63 per day
  12. Car Rental in Paros from $7.46 per day
  13. Car Rental in Kos from $11.89 per day
  14. Car Rental in Kalamata from $11.89 per day
  15. Car Rental in Preveza from $5.25 per day
  16. Car Rental in Skiathos from $11.89 per day
  17. Car Rental in Naxos from $15.46 per day
  18. Car Rental in Lesvos from $11.89 per day
  19. Car Rental in Ioannina from $13.81 per day
  20. Car Rental in Chios from $11.89 per day

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Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Greece?

The cost of renting a car in Greece depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Greece
$27.37
January
$24.33
February
$24.04
March
$25.50
April
$35.37
May
$43.81
June
$64.21
July
$66.31
August
$41.57
September
$37.88
October
$55.65
November
$52.40
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Greece is March — prices start from $24.04 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 42% cheaper than the year’s average and 64% cheaper than renting a car in the month of August (when prices start at $66.31 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in Greece?

Average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in January — an average of 8 days. The shortest are in June — an average of 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Greece
8
January
7
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
5
June
5
July
5
August
5
September
6
October
6
November
5
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Greece?

Discover Cars users search a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Greece. The most popular month is July, while the least popular is December.
Greece Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
68%
January
67%
February
79%
March
110%
April
158%
May
141%
June
177%
July
153%
August
49%
September
86%
October
82%
November
30%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agent Make / Model Doors Luggage Type
Surprice Toyota Aygo 3 2 Small cars
Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
GreenMotion VW Up 5 1 Small cars
Centauro Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Surprice Hyundai i20 5 2 Medium cars
Surprice Citroen C1 5 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Nissan Micra 5 1 Small cars
AddCar Suzuki Alto 4 1 Small cars
Autounion Citroen C1 4 1 Small cars
AddCar Opel Corsa 4 1 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

Germany
Ford Focus
October 13, 2019
In my opinion und after my research Autounion offered the best prices. I wish, I would have found them many years earlier. We received a very nice and clean car and the stuff in the rental station was more friendly and more service oriented as I ever experienced before when renting a car.
United Kingdom
Citroen C1
October 9, 2019
Kythira is a beautiful unspoilt island. Very relaxed and friendly. Driving around the island is easy and straight forward.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
September 27, 2019
Beautiful, unspoilt, quiet island, you need a car to explore the stunning scenery.
Canada
Hyundai i30
September 22, 2019
Did not spend much time in athens but driving the peloplonees is a must. Such beautiful scenery around every corner. The convenience of having a car was so we could spend more time in the places we enjoyed most. Thank you
United Kingdom
Peugeot 308
September 16, 2019
Very friendly Island & excellent value for money.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
September 16, 2019
Consider a diesel if you’re planning on traveling beyond Athens and throughout the country.
Hungary
Citroen C1
August 26, 2019
It is easily go through the whole Lefkada Peninsula and visit many places. Waterfall, Lighthouse, beautiful beaches.
United Kingdom
Hyundai i20
June 29, 2019
Very easy driving during daylight but not so good in the dark road markings a bit dodgy. Google maps brilliant for finding way round.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
June 25, 2019
Excellent place to visit and rent a car
Ireland
Citroen C1
June 14, 2019
Greece is fantastic, beautiful country worth to visit
Singapore
VW Polo Aut.
March 23, 2019
Car rental is definite necessary if you want to visit all the beautiful places.

Top 20 Suppliers for Greece in 2019

Rent Car Kefalonia
Rent Car Kefalonia
Exceptional 9.6
RODOS CARS
RODOS CARS
Exceptional 9.4
Budget
Budget
Exceptional 9.3
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Exceptional 9.2
Hertz
Hertz
Exceptional 9.1
RightCars
RightCars
Exceptional 9.1
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.9
AddCar
AddCar
Excellent 8.9
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.9
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.9
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.9
Avance Rent a Car
Avance Rent a Car
Excellent 8.7
Autocandia
Autocandia
Excellent 8.6
King's Car Rental
King's Car Rental
Excellent 8.4
AbbyCar Rentals
AbbyCar Rentals
Excellent 8.2
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.7
Firefly
Firefly
Very good 7.5
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.1

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