Car Rental in Chania
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Why rent a car in Chania?
Chania is a great place to visit. Historic, picturesque, and attracting thousands of visitors with its beautiful coastline, it has its own special atmosphere and is quite different from the main city of Crete, Heraklion. After seeing the city itself, you can explore hidden gems, mountain villages, and ancient sites all across the island.
One-Way Car Rentals in Chania
The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Chania and drop off in another city include:
- From Chania to Heraklion - 273 offers from $15.03 per day
Top ways to enter Chania
- Chania Airport: Also known as Chania Airport Daskalogiannis after a Greek rebel who hailed from the area, Chania Airport served 3.2 million travelers in 2022. The summer months are especially busy when the airport is served by more than 25 different airlines. The airport is about 14km (8.7 miles) northeast of Chania’s city center.
- Heraklion Airport: By far the largest airport in Crete and the second-busiest in Greece, Heraklion Nikos Kazantzakis Airport sees more than 8 million travelers every year. The airport is about 145km (90 miles) east of Chania and the distance between the two can be driven in two hours.
- Athens Airport: Serving Greece’s capital, Athens Airport is the busiest in the country. It is around a 7 to 9-hour ferry ride from Athens to Chania and you should ask your rental car provider if they permit taking the vehicle on a ship. Alternatively, you can pick up a rental car after arriving in Chania.
- Santorini Airport: Serving the Greek island of the same name and also known as Thira Airport, it serves more than 2 million passengers annually and, like many other Greek airports, is especially active during the summer months. It takes about 3 hours to go from Santorini to Chania by ferry, but ask your car rental provider if they allow taking a car on a ship. It’s also a good idea to look up ferry timetables beforehand as the service is less active during the winter months.
- Enjoying a subtropical Mediterranean climate, Chania has some of the nicest weather in Europe. Summers are warm, with an average high temperature of 30°C (86°F) in August, the warmest month. There’s also very little precipitation in June, July, and August. Winters are mild and more humid, with an average temperature of 11°C (55°F) in January.
- Chania has seen many different rulers over the centuries. First inhabited by the Minoan civilization, it was later also under Dorian Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Venetian, and Ottoman rule. Every group of people who have inhabited the area has left their influence in Chania’s architecture, customs, and cuisine.
Top destinations and activities
- Chania Municipal Agora. A local market, Agora is the place where farmers from around Chania come to sell their vegetables, meat, and seafood. Nowadays, many stalls focus on selling souvenirs for tourists, but you can still meet locals whose families have been doing business here for centuries. Located next to Chania’s Old Town, the market is very easy to find and access.
- Etz Hayyim Synagogue. Located on a small side street near the Chania’s harbor, Etz Hayyim is the only surviving place of worship of the Romaniote Jews who once called Crete their home. A beautiful ancient structure, nowadays the synagogue hosts community events that are also attended by local Christians and Muslims.
- Chania Cathedral Trimartiti. Built in the 19th century during the Ottoman times in Crete, this eclectic church is a mix of Byzantine, Venetian, and French influences. One of the most picturesque buildings in Chania, it is also famous for the paintings of different saints that can be seen inside the church.
- Archaeological Museum of Chania. Like other places on Crete, Chania was home to some of the earliest civilizations in Europe, a fact that is exemplified by the wealth of artifacts found in the area. Some of the most famous exhibits in the museum include a Minoan sarcophagus that’s more than 3,200 years old and the comparatively much more recent bust of Emperor Hadrian. The museum was moved from Chania to nearby Halepa in 2021 but remains a short ten-minute drive away.
- Taste the specialties of Crete. Cretan cuisine is made up of fresh food from the island, with seasonal greens, cheeses, grains, meat, and seafood. Some must-taste local items from Crete include sheep and goat’s milk cheeses, olive oil, wine, and raki, the Cretan brandy. As a result, food and wine tours should be on every visitor’s itinerary — find out more in this sample Crete itinerary.
- Fortifications of Chania. At different times in history, Chania was ruled by the Byzantine and Venetian empires, a fact that is still reflected in the city’s culture, cuisine, and architecture. One of the best places to observe this fact is the city’s coastline where one can find bastions built by both empires. Made to protect Chania from naval attacks, many of the impressive forts survive to this day and have now turned into popular tourist attractions.
Traffic and parking
- There are no highways on Crete (nor on any other Greek islands).
- Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 90 km/h (55.9 mph) on roads outside populated areas and 50 km/h (31 mph) in populated and built-up areas.
- Many gas stations might be closed on weekends and public holidays.
- It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving.
- The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.02% for novice drivers. Exceeding these limits can lead to steep fines and a license ban. Exceeding the limit of 0.08% is a criminal offense and can lead to up to two years of imprisonment.
- The insurance documentation and car registration need to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
- If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
- The general emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112. The police number is 100, the ambulance number is 166, and the fire brigade number is 199.
There are no toll roads in Crete. There are a number of toll roads, tunnels, and bridges on the mainland of Greece. Many travelers find them very hard to navigate and some choose to avoid using the toll roads altogether because of the very complex 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) toll system in place.
For most toll roads, payment can be either made with cash at toll gates, by 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 might be equipped with such an electronic transponder. However, because of the aforementioned different toll road systems that are in place, this payment method might work for some toll roads but not for others. Plan your route in advance and ask your car rental provider about the best way to pay for the toll roads that you plan to use.
Ideas for day trips
- Samariá Gorge. One of the most beautiful places in Crete, Samariá is not only an impressive gorge as the name suggests but also a natural park inhabited by rare and protected species like the Cretan wild goat. Welcoming, but with a touch of wilderness about it, it is a perfect place for long hikes. Samariá Gorge is about 42km (26 miles) south of Chania and can be reached by car in about 1 hour and 15 minutes. If you drive through the area, you’ll reach the village of Agia Roumeli with its stunning coast and turquoise sea.
- Balos Lagoon. Accessible by hiking or boat, this fantastic lagoon has clear blue waters and soft sand and is the perfect place to relax. You can also wander down the Balos Beach Trail, which has fantastic viewpoints with amazing vistas. Make a day of it by going early in the morning for a tranquil start or staying after 5 pm when the crowds dissipate.
- Botanical Park of Crete. Only open from March through November, the botanical park at the foothills of the nearby White Mountains has both endemic Cretan and exotic foreign plants. Nearly devastated by a wildfire in 2003 the traces of which can still be seen at some places, the park has recovered remarkably, again being home to many plant and animal species. Located just 18km (12 miles) south of Chania, it can be reached in about 25 minutes.
- The beaches. Like most places in Greece, the number one reason why people visit Chania is the beach. The good news is that no one leaves disappointed. The large Nea Hora Beach on the outskirts of Chania is fun and full of things to do, but if you’re craving a more special experience, the pristine Elafonisi Beach is also easy to reach by a rental car.
Most popular cars
The most popular rental car type in Chania is the mini, followed by economy and compact. The most popular rental cars are the Toyota Aygo, the Fiat Panda, and the Suzuki Swift.
- Glyka Nera. Another place of stunning natural beauty, the Glyka Nera beach is not easy to get to, but the effort is absolutely worth it. Inaccessible by land, you’ll have to first drive to the villages of Sfakia or Loutro and then take a boat (rumor has it that it’s also possible to reach Glyka Nera by foot, but you’ll have to find a local who’ll show you the route through the cliffs). About 75km (46 miles) south of Chania, Sfakia is about a 90-minute drive away.
- Heraklion. The capital of Crete is one of the most beautiful and unique cities in the Mediterranean thanks to its impressive history and beautiful architecture. Just as exciting as visiting the city is the drive from Chania. The 144km (89 miles) drive along the coast is spectacular. Stop halfway in the town of Rethymno to visit its beautiful Old Town and then drive to the impressive gorges nearby.
- Ierapetra. Boasting the title of the southernmost city of Europe, Ierapetra is not as large or busy as Heraklion or Chania, but its beaches are actually even longer and more golden. Should that not be enough of a reason to visit, anyone will enjoy the site of its old Venetian fortress. It takes a tad more than 3 hours to travel from Chania to Ierapetra, and you’ll cross most of Crete along the way.
- Lasithi Plateau. An inland area on the eastern end of the island that’s beloved by some tourists but somehow completely overlooked by many others, Lasithi is the place where Greek village culture survives to this day. Quite traditional and conservative, the area can feel like a world away from the international vibe of the beach resorts, but visiting the area’s family-run taverns, stone windmills, and ancient churches can be a very special experience.
Car Rental Prices in Chania
- Convertibles - from $21 per day
- Station wagons - from $15 per day
- Large cars - from $9 per day
- Medium cars - from $7 per day
- Vans - from $23 per day
- Premium cars - from $107 per day
- Small cars - from $6 per day
- SUVs - from $9 per day
These are the tricks that can help you to get a great car rental deal in Chania:
- 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 Chania is the cheapest in January when renting a car is about 72% cheaper than the yearly average. Come and explore Crete in wintertime, the weather is nice year-round!
Top 9 Cities near Chania
Rethymno Car Rentals from $12.68 per day40.2 km / 25.0 miles away
Heraklion Car Rentals from $4.02 per day95.8 km / 59.5 miles away
Gouves Car Rentals from $18.52 per day106.7 km / 66.3 miles away
Hersonissos Car Rentals from $12.73 per day114.6 km / 71.2 miles away
119.3 km / 74.1 miles away
Malia Car Rentals from $18.86 per day119.6 km / 74.3 miles away
Elounda Car Rentals from $32.15 per day146.0 km / 90.7 miles away
Agios Nikolaos Car Rentals from $16.55 per day147.1 km / 91.4 miles away
Sitia Car Rentals from $13.28 per day180.4 km / 112.1 miles away
Top 10 Locations near Chania
Chania Airport Car Rentals from $5.91 per day
Chania Souda Port Car Rentals from $45.91 per day8.4 km / 5.2 miles away
12.0 km / 7.5 miles away
12.1 km / 7.5 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $11.14 per day18.7 km / 11.6 miles away
Heraklion Port Car Rentals from $8.71 per day92.7 km / 57.6 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $11.53 per day94.1 km / 58.5 miles away
Heraklion Airport Car Rentals from $4.02 per day95.8 km / 59.5 miles away
113.5 km / 70.5 miles away
Sitia Public Airport Car Rentals from $13.28 per day180.4 km / 112.1 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Chania?
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Car Rental Information
|Car rental locations||6|
|Popular suppliers||Royal Rentals, Autocandia, ABBYCAR, Carwiz, Yours Car Rental|
|Popular car categories||Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans|
|Lowest price||$6 per day|
Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Royal Rentals||Volkswagen Polo||5||2||Medium cars|
|ABBYCAR||Peugeot 208||4||1||Small cars|
|ABBYCAR||Peugeot 308||4||3||Medium cars|
|Autocandia||Peugeot 208||5||2||Small cars|
|Autocandia||Skoda Fabia||5||2||Small cars|
|Yours Car Rental||Hyundai i10||5||1||Small cars|
|Centauro||Fiat 500||3||1||Small cars|
|Yours Car Rental||Fiat Panda||5||1||Small cars|
|ABBYCAR||Toyota Aygo||5||1||Small cars|
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