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Car Rental in Greece

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$4.21 per day
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Athens Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$4.34 per day
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Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Economy
Peugeot 208 or similar
Peugeot 208
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$4.46 per day
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Athens Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Rhodium
$5.69 per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Rhodium
$5.88 / per day
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Athens Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
$6.01 / per day
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Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Economy
Peugeot 208 or similar
Peugeot 208
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Rhodium
$6.02 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$6.36 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 11:39 on 2021-04-18. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Greek
Currency
EUR
Country code
30
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
9.3

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.

If you want to know more about renting a car in Greece, don't miss our complete guide.

 

 

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: The birthplace of Classical Greece, Athens is home to ancient landmarks like the Acropolis, the Ruins of the Temple of Zeus, and the Ancient Agora. At the same time, the city is also a modern metropolis with plenty going on in terms of culture, arts, and entertainment. The top of Lycabettus Hill is the place to get a view of the whole city.
  • Crete: Greece’s largest island is both a historic jewel and a popular beach destination. The home of the mysterious Minoan civilization, the island has plenty of impressive historic sites such as the Palace of Knossos. Its two largest cities, Heraklion and Chania, are popular hubs for accessing the island’s 1,050km (650 miles) of coastline, as is the city of Ierapetra, the southernmost settlement in Europe.
  • Thessaloniki: The second city of Greece and the largest one in the country’s north, Thessaloniki is primarily known for its historical attractions. These include the old Byzantine walls, the Paleochristian churches, and a relatively more recent Ottoman and Jewish heritage. Thessaloniki also provides access to some of Greece’s wildest beaches and nature areas.
  • Aegean Islands: From Santorini to Rhodes and from Mykonos to Paros, these are among the most picturesque islands in all of Europe. In addition to serene beaches, the islands also offer ancient monasteries, historic sites dating back millennia, and, in some cases, surprisingly high peaks.
  • 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). 

Toll roads

There are a number of toll roads, tunnels, and bridges on mainland Greece. Many travelers find them very hard to navigate and some choose to avoid using the toll roads altogether because of the very complex toll system that is in place. Different toll roads are administered by different private companies and so there is not a single, nationwide (or even region-wide) system in place.

For most toll roads, payment can be either made with cash at a toll gate, by a credit card, or with coins at an automatic toll machine. For some roads, an electronic transponder might be used to pay for using the toll road. Some rental cars may be equipped with such an electronic transponder. However, because of the aforementioned different toll systems that are in place, this payment method might work for some toll roads, but not for others. Determine out your route in advance and ask your car rental provider about the best way to pay for all the toll roads that you plan to use.

Find out more about toll roads in Greece on the European toll road website.

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

  • Peloponnese. Located just to the west of Athens, the Peloponnese Peninsula is one of the most interesting and least visited regions of Greece. From uncrowded Ancient Greek sites to a more traditional lifestyle and delicious cuisine dominated by the best olive oil in Europe, the region has plenty for the curious traveler to explore.
  • Chalkidiki. Also known simply as the Three Fingers because of their peculiar shape, the peninsulas of Kassandra, Sithonia, and Mount Athos together make one of the most interesting destinations in northern Greece. Located just to the east of Thessaloniki, much of Chalkidiki is fully developed for international tourism, but the 500km (310 miles) of coastline ensures there’s also plenty of private spots to explore. The inland parts of the ‘fingers’ are home to some of the best hiking trails in the country snaking through long valleys and past ancient monasteries. 
  • Lake Prespa. Home to the largest national park of mainland Greece, Lake Prespa is a scenic mountain region in the far north of the country, on the border with North Macedonia and Albania (in fact, both the Great Prespa and Little Prespa lakes are shared between the neighboring countries). Home to a serene atmosphere and many small villages (some of which are abandoned), the area is also a biodiversity hotspot that’s especially rich in birdlife. The area has a truly remote feel, but for many, that is its main attraction. The trip from the nearest big Greek city, Thessaloniki, takes about four hours by car.

Car Rental Prices

  • Convertibles - from $67 per day
  • Station wagons - from $47 per day
  • Large cars - from $47 per day
  • Medium cars - from $33 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $85 per day
  • Premium cars - from $116 per day
  • Small cars - from $24 per day
  • SUVs - from $71 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 Heraklion from $8.09 per day
  2. Car Rental in Thessaloniki from $4.21 per day
  3. Car Rental in Corfu from $8.69 per day
  4. Car Rental in Chania from $8.17 per day
  5. Car Rental in Rhodes from $7.35 per day
  6. Car Rental in Santorini from $17.40 per day
  7. Car Rental in Zakynthos from $7.64 per day
  8. Car Rental in Mykonos from $10.29 per day
  9. Car Rental in Kos from $12.76 per day
  10. Car Rental in Paros from $12.76 per day
  11. Car Rental in Naxos from $20.83 per day
  12. Car Rental in Preveza from $6.44 per day
  13. Car Rental in Kefalonia from $12.76 per day
  14. Car Rental in Kalamata from $9.84 per day
  15. Car Rental in Skiathos from $55.16 per day
  16. Car Rental in Piraeus from $13.29 per day
  17. Car Rental in Kavala from $10.02 per day
  18. Car Rental in Lesvos from $10.53 per day
  19. Car Rental in Volos from $18.47 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
$22.94
January
$27.17
February
$31.42
March
$31.86
April
$42.97
May
$49.93
June
$69.00
July
$73.73
August
$43.57
September
$40.98
October
$63.71
November
$63.36
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Greece is January — prices start from $22.94 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 51% cheaper than the yearly average and 69% cheaper than renting a car in the month of August (when prices start at $73.73 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?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in January — an average of 13 days. The shortest are in December — an average of 2 days.
Average Rental Length in Greece
13
January
6
February
7
March
6
April
6
May
5
June
5
July
4
August
4
September
5
October
6
November
2
December

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

Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Greece. The most popular month is November, while the least popular is September.
Popularity of Car Rental in Greece by Monthly Searches
7%
January
6%
February
8%
March
11%
April
14%
May
15%
June
19%
July
17%
August
September
203%
October
746%
November
153%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
AddCar Opel Corsa 5 2 Small cars
AddCar Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
Carwiz Suzuki Celerio 5 1 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Hyundai i10 4 1 Small cars
Autounion Citroen C1 4 1 Small cars
Surprice Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
GreenMotion VW Up 5 1 Small cars
Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Surprice Hyundai i20 5 2 Medium cars
Carwiz Fiat Panda 5 2 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Fiat Tipo
October 5, 2020
Need a car to get around.
Germany
Citroen C3
September 28, 2020
Beautiful city with charm was Chania, and very exclusive hide out if you really want to relax was Lutro, very nice and relaxing.
United Kingdom
Citroen C3
September 16, 2020
Loved Elounda and Paleochora but was not that taken with Agia Marina. Found Agria Marina too touristy but others would love it (younger crowd).
Poland
Hyundai i20
September 1, 2020
Pierwszy raz byłem na Krecie, polecam ta wyspę, plaże i piękne miejscowości w szczególności Chanie. Polecam
United Kingdom
Suzuki Celerio
April 21, 2020
Explore the mountains
Australia
Seat ibiza
October 18, 2019
Car was great on fuel, i think we spent 45 euro and drove about 800km or more. Visited Spinalonga, Agios Nicolaous, Zeus cave, Elafonisi beach, Rethymno
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
October 16, 2019
Prepare yourself for driving on Greek roads, particularly in busy towns and at night. You get used to it, but it can be quite daunting at first. Be aware of potential inaccuracy on phone map navigation, particularly if journeying on mountain roads through small villages.
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris 5d
October 1, 2019
Crete is huge. A car is essential to get anywhere off resort, if you don’t want to pay over the odds for coach trips. There is not much to see outside the towns on the island
Sweden
Fiat 500
July 29, 2019
Very easy and comfortable to have a car to drive around and explore with.

Top 26 Suppliers in Greece in 2021

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.6
+302821060821
Shopping Center of Agia Marina 73100 Agia Marina, Chania
Carwiz
Carwiz
Exceptional 9.3
+302821089065 / +302821081478
1866,Square 14, 73100 Chania
Working hours
Mon:08:30-21:30
Tue:08:30-21:30
Wed:08:30-21:30
Thu:08:30-21:30
Fri:08:30-21:30
Sat:08:30-21:30
Sun:08:30-21:30
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+302821038185
EO Aerodromiou Soudas, Chania 731 00
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Exceptional 9
+306944024738
National Road, EO Aerodromiou Soudas, Chania 731 00, Greece
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+302821038185
Chanion-Aerodromiou, Pazinos 731 00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+302821068950
PEO Kissamou Chanion 32, Stalos 731 00
Working hours
Mon:09:00-13:00
Tue:09:00-13:00
Wed:09:00-13:00
Thu:09:00-13:00
Fri:09:00-13:00
Sat:09:00-13:00
Sun:09:00-13:00
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Excellent 8.5
Autounion
Autounion
Excellent 8.5
+302815302310
National Road Aerodromiou-Soudas, Chania 731 00
Working hours
Mon:07:30-21:00
Tue:07:30-21:00
Wed:07:30-21:00
Thu:07:30-21:00
Fri:07:30-21:00
Sat:07:30-21:00
Sun:07:30-21:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+302821063080
National Road, EO Aerodromiou Soudas, Chania 731 00
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
+302821038185
Chania Off Airport Shuttle Ser
Working hours
Mon:09:00-19:00
Tue:09:00-19:00
Wed:09:00-19:00
Thu:09:00-19:00
Fri:09:00-19:00
Sat:09:00-19:00
Sun:09:00-19:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+302821063080
International Airport Crete Chania Airport
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
AddCar
AddCar
Excellent 8.5
+302821084977 / 306937005780
National Road, EO Aerodromiou Soudas, Chania 731 00
Centauro
Centauro
Excellent 8.3
+302821888085
Pazinos Akrotiriou, Akrotiriou, Souda 731 00
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Excellent 8.2
+306980421074
Heraklio 716 01
Working hours
Mon:07:30-21:30
Tue:07:30-21:30
Wed:07:30-21:30
Thu:07:30-21:30
Fri:07:30-21:30
Sat:07:30-21:30
Sun:07:30-21:30
Ok Rent A Car
Ok Rent A Car
Excellent 8.1
+34902360636
Chania International Airport, Akrotini, 731 00 Grece
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 7.9
+302821038185
Chanion-Aerodromiou, Pazinos 731 00
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7.7
+306984631835
Reception desk of the hotel
Working hours
Mon:07:00-21:59
Tue:07:00-21:59
Wed:07:00-21:59
Thu:07:00-21:59
Fri:07:00-21:59
Sat:07:00-21:59
Sun:07:00-21:59
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Very good 7.7
+302111875546
Chania International Airport, Chania 731 00
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-21:00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.6
+302821065767
National Road Aerodromiou-Soudas, Chania 731 00
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-21:00
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+306936907786
3RD KM AVE PEANIAS-MARKOPOULOU
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
+302821066466 / +18778223872
EO Aerodromiou Soudas 108, Pazinos 731 00
RightCars
RightCars
Very good 7.3
+306938880710
Meet & Greet
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.2
+302821066466
10th km Chania-Airport Av. Opposite NATO Shooting Field Pazinos area
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 7
+302821068950
KATO STALOS
Working hours
Mon:09:00-13:00
Tue:09:00-13:00
Wed:09:00-13:00
Thu:09:00-13:00
Fri:09:00-13:00
Sat:09:00-13:00
Sun:09:00-13:00
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7
+302821066466
10th km Chania-Airport Av. Opposite NATO Shooting Field Pazinos area
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Very good 7
+302114111400
Leof. Markopoulou, Koropi 194 00
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-21:00
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