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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Athens Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • Yes
Goldcar
$3.92 / per day
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Athens Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • Yes
Surprice
$3.97 / per day
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Athens Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • Yes
Goldcar
$4.00 / per day
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Athens Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • Yes
Centauro
$4.12 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Athens Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Goldcar
$4.14 / per day
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Athens Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Surprice
$4.20 / per day
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Athens Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Goldcar
$4.20 / per day
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Athens Airport Car Rental
Mini
VW Up or similar
VW Up
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$4.22 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 00:36 on 2019-11-14. 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
6 days
Economy car rental price
$15.07 / 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
8.5

Why rent a car in Athens?

Athens is a fascinating city to explore. Both ancient and modern, this sprawling city has countless landmarks, distinct neighborhoods, and beautiful nature areas. Many interesting places, from Hellenic monuments to small, charming villages, are also located nearby. Getting a rental car is the best way to see as much as you can.

Athens Car Rental

Top ways to enter Athens

  • Athens Airport: By far the largest in Greece and among the 30 busiest in Europe, flying to Athens Airport is the best way to reach the Greek capital. The airport is about 30 km (18 mi) from the city center.
  • Volos Airport: Only open during the summer months, and served by a few low-cost carriers, Volos Central Greece Airport is about a three hour ride north of Athens.
  • Kalamata Airport: Like many others in Greece, this airport serving the large southern Peloponnese city is mainly active during the summer months. It is about three hours west of Athens.
  • Thessaloniki Airport: The third busiest airport of Greece ,serving its second city, is about a five hour ride north of Athens. Arriving in one and leaving the other will give you a big opportunity to see a lot of mainland Greece.

Useful city facts

Athens enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. Summers are dry and extremely hot, with temperatures often reaching 35 °C  (95 °F). Remaining properly hydrated is very important. Winters are more humid, but mild, with the average temperature around 10 °C  (50 °F) in January and February.

The birthplace of democracy and the leading city of politics and culture during early classical antiquity, Athens was inhabited long before. With a history of human settlement going back for 7000 years, Athens is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. 

Although the population of Athens Municipality is only 660,000, nearly 4 million people, or more than every third inhabitant of Greece, live in its wider metropolitan area. It is one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the European Union (EU). 

Top destinations and activities

  • Acropolis. Once a fortified town of what was then Athens and dating back as early as the Bronze Age, the Acropolis is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the main symbols of the city. Visit landmarks such as the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, and Theater of Dionysus. Then check out the Acropolis Museum or take a walk to the nearby Hill of the Muses and Hill of the Nymphs, two other ancient landmarks.
  • Mount Lycabettus. According to a legend, the most important summit of Athens was created by the goddess Athena when she dropped a limestone that she was carrying. Nowadays you can ascend the mountain via a funicular. The view from the top reveals not only the rest of Athens, but also, on a clear day, the Peloponnese peninsula. 
  • Odeon of Herodes Atticus. This ancient outdoor theater, built by a Greek magnate and sophist that gave it his name, has been hosting plays for nearly 2,000 years and continues to do so to this day. Even if you’re not visiting on a day when there’s a performance, you can still appreciate the magnitude of the stone theater, have a nice walk around it, and appreciate the local flora and fauna that includes tortoises.

Traffic and parking tips

  • 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.
  • While the larger roads are in good shape, some of the smaller, rural roads might have poor surfacing and potholes. Be careful when driving on them, especially after dark.
  • Many gas stations might be closed during 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 high fines and a licence ban. Exceeding the limit of 0.08% is a criminal offence and can lead to up to two years of imprisonment.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs 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. 

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.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Parnitha National Park. About one hour’s drive from downtown Athens, this green area has many gorges, caves, springs, and dense forests that you can explore along its hiking paths. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some of the red deer that live in the park’s territory.
  • Epidaurus. Once a ritual site for the worship of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine, this place southwest of Athens is famous among locals both for its alleged healing properties and the incredible acoustics of its old theater. The theater is about a two-hour drive from the capital, with the road mostly hugging the Megara Gulf.
  • Thebes. Mentioned both in Greek myths and written records of the  many empires that ruled the area, Thebes is another world-famous historical location. Walk through the ruins of Cadmea Fortress or pay a visit to the stunning Archaeological Museum of Thebes. From Athens, it’s only a tad more than one hour’s drive north. 

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental cars in Athens are the Renault Clio, the Fiat 500, and the Opel Corsa. The most popular rental car type is an economy, closely followed by mini and intermediate.

Further destinations

  • Thessaloniki. The second city of Greece is a fascinating place to explore thanks to its impressive architecture, long crescent-like beaches, and unique traditions. It also serves as a great base for the exploration of the rest of Northern Greece with its mountains and many wildlife areas.
  • Nafplio. A small, but very interesting town, Nafplio is a mix of Hellenic, Byzantine, and Ottoman influences that you notice in its architecture and cuisine. After the hustle and bustle of the capital, from which it is about 140 km (85 mi) southwest, Nafplio is a great place to relax and then go on exploring the rest of the Peloponnese.
  • Crete. The largest of Greece’s countless islands, Crete has something for everyone. Many travelers tend to stick around Heraklion and Chania, its two largest cities, but do get in a car and go to see the rest of the island - its real beauty is in its rugged beaches outside tourist resorts, small mountain villages, and pristine wilderness. Keep in mind that while you can take a car on a ferry from Athens to Crete, ask your car rental provider first if they permit it. Alternatively, you can drop off your car in Athens and pick up another in Heraklion or Chania.

Car Rental Prices in Athens

  • Convertibles - from $106 per day
  • Station wagons - from $29 per day
  • Large cars - from $49 per day
  • Medium cars - from $25 per day
  • People Carriers / Vans - from $62 per day
  • Small cars - from $19 per day
  • SUVs - from $67 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

These are some of the things to keep in mind when booking a rental car in Athens:

  • Compare 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 Athens is the cheapest in January when renting a car is about 58% cheaper than the yearly average and a whopping 80% cheaper than renting a car in August. Come visit in winter time when the city is just as fascinating, but far less crowded!

Top 20 Cities near Athens

  1. Heraklion Car Rentals from $7.07 per day
    309.1 km / 192.0 miles away
  2. Thessaloniki Car Rentals from $4.63 per day
    299.2 km / 185.9 miles away
  3. Corfu Car Rentals from $6.13 per day
    395.6 km / 245.8 miles away
  4. Chania Car Rentals from $8.96 per day
    268.0 km / 166.5 miles away
  5. Rhodes Car Rentals from $7.83 per day
    404.5 km / 251.3 miles away
  6. Santorini Car Rentals from $7.18 per day
    218.4 km / 135.7 miles away
  7. Mykonos Car Rentals from $10.39 per day
    135.5 km / 84.2 miles away
  8. Kefalonia Car Rentals from $11.83 per day
    302.3 km / 187.9 miles away
  9. Zakynthos Car Rentals from $5.04 per day
    269.5 km / 167.5 miles away
  10. Samos Car Rentals from $10.58 per day
    262.1 km / 162.8 miles away
  11. Kalamata Car Rentals from $11.83 per day
    194.9 km / 121.1 miles away
  12. Preveza Car Rentals from $5.23 per day
    297.9 km / 185.1 miles away
  13. Kos Car Rentals from $11.83 per day
    305.8 km / 190.0 miles away
  14. Paros Car Rentals from $7.42 per day
    146.7 km / 91.1 miles away
  15. Naxos Car Rentals from $15.39 per day
    157.6 km / 97.9 miles away
  16. Skiathos Car Rentals from $11.83 per day
    143.2 km / 89.0 miles away
  17. Lesvos Car Rentals from $11.83 per day
    262.4 km / 163.0 miles away
  18. Volos Car Rentals from $23.09 per day
    174.2 km / 108.3 miles away
  19. Ioannina Car Rentals from $13.74 per day
    333.8 km / 207.4 miles away
  20. Chios Car Rentals from $11.83 per day
    197.3 km / 122.6 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Athens

  1. Athens Airport Car Rentals from $3.92 per day
  2. Athens, Downtown Car Rentals from $11.83 per day
  3. Syros Airport Car Rentals from $21.15 per day
    105.4 km / 65.5 miles away
  4. 123.8 km / 76.9 miles away
  5. Mykonos Airport Car Rentals from $10.39 per day
    135.5 km / 84.2 miles away
  6. Skiathos Airport Car Rentals from $11.83 per day
    143.2 km / 89.0 miles away
  7. Milos Airport Car Rentals from $23.09 per day
    145.7 km / 90.6 miles away
  8. Paros Airport Car Rentals from $7.42 per day
    146.7 km / 91.1 miles away
  9. Naxos Airport Car Rentals from $15.39 per day
    157.6 km / 97.9 miles away
  10. Volos Airport Car Rentals from $23.09 per day
    174.2 km / 108.3 miles away
  11. Kalamata Airport Car Rentals from $11.83 per day
    194.9 km / 121.1 miles away
  12. Chios Airport Car Rentals from $11.83 per day
    197.3 km / 122.6 miles away
  13. Kythira Airport Car Rentals from $21.15 per day
    202.3 km / 125.7 miles away
  14. 218.4 km / 135.7 miles away
  15. Patras Airport Car Rentals from $11.63 per day
    221.9 km / 137.9 miles away
  16. Samos Airport Car Rentals from $10.58 per day
    262.1 km / 162.8 miles away
  17. 262.4 km / 163.0 miles away
  18. Chania Airport Car Rentals from $8.96 per day
    268.0 km / 166.5 miles away
  19. 269.5 km / 167.5 miles away
  20. 297.9 km / 185.1 miles away

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

Car rental prices in Athens vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Athens
$16.82
January
$35.11
February
$28.02
March
$27.31
April
$48.68
May
$38.84
June
$64.61
July
$88.22
August
$40.25
September
$22.16
October
$25.38
November
$18.67
December
The best month to rent a car in Athens is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $16.82). This is 56% cheaper than the yearly average and 81% cheaper than renting in August (when rental prices start at $88.22 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Athens?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in September, travelers rent a car for an average of 12 days in July, the average rental period is 6 days.
Average Rental Length in Athens
7
January
8
February
9
March
9
April
10
May
8
June
6
July
6
August
12
September
6
October
6
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Athens?

While travelers visit Athens year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is July, and the least popular is December.
Athens Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
83%
January
82%
February
96%
March
62%
April
154%
May
130%
June
159%
July
124%
August
71%
September
115%
October
75%
November
50%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agent Make / Model Doors Luggage Type
Surprice Toyota Aygo 3 2 Small cars
Centauro Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Surprice Hyundai i20 5 2 Medium cars
Surprice Citroen C1 5 1 Small cars
Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Surprice Peugeot 308 5 3 Large cars
Surprice Hyundai I20 5 2 Medium cars
Surprice Seat ibiza 3 1 Medium cars
Global Rent a Car Hyundai i20 2 2 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Ford Focus 5d 5 2 Medium cars

Our Customers Reviews

Israel
Nissan Note
October 14, 2019
If you plan a long trip having a disel saves you a lot of money
United Kingdom
Ford Fiesta
October 1, 2019
Excellent place to see and visit
Canada
Suzuki Baleno
July 28, 2019
I Visited Corinth Loutraki old Corinth the isthmus of Corinth it was great experience.!
Canada
Citroen C1
July 27, 2019
Athens is a hectic city, but if you can stomach that or if you are travelling else where in Greece, renting is s good idea.
United Kingdom
Suzuki Baleno
July 22, 2019
Not for staying in Athens but travelling from Athens. Athens as a location was veery interesting and not just for the 'sites'. We found the culture of the place great too. We went on a free walking tour and tghis was a great introductiuon.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
July 14, 2019
Picking up the car was easy with a minibus to the office. The staff were friendly and very helpful. I didnt stay in Athens very long and drove to stay with in Evia which was simpler to drive as the roads are quieter. Athens is a crazy city to drive but then so are most cities. The car was perfect, it was small but just right for our needs.
Canada
Toyota Aygo
June 2, 2019
Driving in Athens is not for the faint of heart. The streets are narrow and convoluted. Driving in Athens is a “GPS is mandatory” environment. Further, native drivers tend to see traffic rules as guidelines rather than law. Motor cycles dodge and weave through tight spaces and car drivers are aggressive and impatient. Most importantly finding parking is extremely difficult in the city. Space is at a premium. Places like The Acropolis offer very limited parking. I only recommend driving a car in this city if your accommodations include parking and even then be prepared to make use of public transportation. Once on their highway system be ready for toll booths. However they are very modern and efficient and not overly expensive. The highways are new modern and in good condition. If you are a skilled driver who does not get rattled easily, Athenian driving can even be fun. But don’t take your new found habits home with you.
Austria
Suzuki Swift
May 10, 2019
Go for it if public transport doesn't cover you and you're used to how locals drive.
United Arab Emirates
Toyota Aygo
March 13, 2019
Roads are busy during rush-hour and motorbikes dodge between cars. No damage this time but I'd take full insurance next time as fair chance that something may happen to the car that's totally out of your control. Good roads and signage.
South Africa
Citroen C1
October 24, 2018
Take to the mountains surrounding Loutraki and visit remote places that tourists seldom see. Easy drive to lake Vouliagmeni, Corinth, Athens. Be careful when driving into city of Athens, roads are very narrow and heavy traffic.
United Kingdom
Toyota Aygo
October 21, 2018
it was a very good trip and renting a car made access to many places, possible, any time of the day.i definitely recommend it.though you have to be extra careful with the way they drive.
United Kingdom
VW Golf
September 27, 2018
Do visit the ancient sites including ancient Corinth! Ancient Delphi if you can visit is amazing!
Israel
Nissan Evalia
September 2, 2018
We have been 2 weeks in peloponesus with a car and it was grait
United States of America (USA)
Hyundai i10
August 10, 2018
Thanks for everything . Will use the company again in summer of 2019 and on !!
United States of America (USA)
Nissan Note
July 21, 2018
If you're going to vacation on a Greek island, as we do, consider using Discover and renting from Avance or another car rental company for pickup at the airport. Yes, it costs extra to take the car on the ferry boat to your island or islands, but you'll save over the often higher rental charges from rental companies on the islands.
Thailand
Nissan Primastar
July 14, 2018
Driving in downtown athens was a little tricky as the some roads were quite narrow. But would definitely recommend driving up north to Meteora instead of taking the train.
Australia
Nissan Note
July 11, 2018
Athens was beautiful and the best way to see it is via car. The beautiful coast and city is all nearby and day time activities can be done with the ease of renting a car.
United States of America (USA)
Citroen C3
July 2, 2018
If you know the Greeks’ mentality of driving , then could you adapt in the flow of traffic.
Canada
Skoda Citigo
June 13, 2018
Try to avoid driving in Athens. Be prepared for narrow, rough, steep roads but always take the time to visit the remote spots, they are definitely worth it.

Top 19 Suppliers for Athens in 2019

Carwiz
Carwiz
Exceptional 9.3
+302106022213
Leof. Koropiou Markopoulou 167-173, Koropi 194 00
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
2103533325
ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT,
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Exceptional 9.2
+302111875501
Leof. Markopoulou, Koropi 194 00
RightCars
RightCars
Exceptional 9.1
302111983343
Athens International Airport \"El. Venizelos\"
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9
+302103533325
Attiki Odos, Spata Artemida 190 04
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.9
+302103533325
Athens International Airport, Attiki Odos, Spata 19004
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.9
+302103530556
El. Venizelos
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.9
+302109211444
25 SYGROU AVENUE
Autounion
Autounion
Excellent 8.5
+302106020162
7 KM Paianias Markopoulou 19400
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+302103530578
Airport 5th Klm Spaton-loutsas Av.
Centauro
Centauro
Excellent 8.3
+302111984799
Athens Airport Area, Leof. Markopoulou, Markopoulo Mesogeas 190 03
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.7
+34965233425 / +342114114461
Agion Anargiron Street 82
NuCarrentals
NuCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+306936907786
3RD KM AVE PEANIAS-MARKOPOULOU
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
+302114114461 / +18778223872
Ag. Anargiron 82, Athens 194 00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
+302106022300
Varis, 114 Varis Koropiou Avenue, Athens 1185
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
+34965233425 / +342114114461
Agion Anargiron Street 82
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7.1
+302106640662 / +306932426333
3rd km Paianias-Markopoulou Avenue, Paiania
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.1
+34965233425 / +342114114461
Agion Anargiron Street 82
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 7
+302109211444
Athens El. Venizelos Apt

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