Car Rental Chania

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Chania, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autocandia
$8.31 / per day
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Chania Airport Car Rental
Mini
Suzuki Celerio or similar
Suzuki Celerio
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Carwiz
$9.00 / per day
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Chania, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Citroen C3 or similar
Citroen C3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autocandia
$9.50 / per day
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Chania, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Citroen C3 or similar
Citroen C3
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autocandia
$9.50 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Chania, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Suzuki Baleno or similar
Suzuki Baleno
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Carwiz
$10.45 / per day
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Chania Airport Car Rental
Mini
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Global Rent a Car
$10.52 / per day
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Chania Airport Car Rental
Economy
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Carwiz
$10.58 / per day
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Chania Airport Car Rental
Mini
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Global Rent a Car
$10.76 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 13:20 on 2019-11-16. 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
2 days
Economy car rental price
$14.02 / 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
9.1

Why rent a car in Chania?

Chania is a great place to explore. Historic, picturesque, and less crowded than Crete’s other big city, Heraklion, it offers history, delicious cuisine, and a truly relaxed pace of life. Having your own ride will let you also travel to secluded beaches, natural areas, and mountain villages all across Crete.

Top ways to enter Chania

  • Chania Airport: Also known as Chania Airport Daskalogiannis after a Greek rebel who hailed from the area, Chania Airport serves more than 3 million travelers every year. 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 6 to 7-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.

Useful city facts

  • Enjoying a subtropical Mediterranean climate, Chania has some of the nicest weather in Europe. Summers are warm with an average temperature of 26.7°C  (80°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.

Traffic and parking tips

  • 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. 

Toll roads

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 a day-trip

  • 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.
  • 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 rental types and 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.

Further destinations

  • 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.

Car Rental Prices in Chania

  • Convertibles - from $42 per day
  • Station wagons - from $25 per day
  • Large cars - from $25 per day
  • Medium cars - from $22 per day
  • People Carriers / Vans - from $56 per day
  • Small cars - from $16 per day
  • SUVs - from $54 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

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 20 Cities near Chania

  1. Athens Car Rentals from $3.93 per day
    268.0 km / 166.5 miles away
  2. Heraklion Car Rentals from $7.09 per day
    95.8 km / 59.5 miles away
  3. Thessaloniki Car Rentals from $4.65 per day
    564.1 km / 350.5 miles away
  4. Corfu Car Rentals from $6.16 per day
    586.7 km / 364.5 miles away
  5. Rhodes Car Rentals from $7.86 per day
    367.3 km / 228.2 miles away
  6. Santorini Car Rentals from $7.21 per day
    153.7 km / 95.5 miles away
  7. Zakynthos Car Rentals from $5.06 per day
    381.8 km / 237.2 miles away
  8. Mykonos Car Rentals from $10.43 per day
    237.2 km / 147.4 miles away
  9. Kefalonia Car Rentals from $11.88 per day
    433.9 km / 269.6 miles away
  10. Samos Car Rentals from $10.62 per day
    344.0 km / 213.8 miles away
  11. Kalamata Car Rentals from $11.88 per day
    255.8 km / 158.9 miles away
  12. Preveza Car Rentals from $5.25 per day
    481.8 km / 299.4 miles away
  13. Kos Car Rentals from $11.88 per day
    299.0 km / 185.8 miles away
  14. Paros Car Rentals from $7.45 per day
    186.3 km / 115.8 miles away
  15. Skiathos Car Rentals from $11.88 per day
    409.3 km / 254.4 miles away
  16. Naxos Car Rentals from $15.45 per day
    203.9 km / 126.7 miles away
  17. Ioannina Car Rentals from $13.79 per day
    547.9 km / 340.5 miles away
  18. Chios Car Rentals from $11.88 per day
    359.2 km / 223.2 miles away
  19. Lesvos Car Rentals from $11.88 per day
    447.8 km / 278.2 miles away
  20. Kavala Car Rentals from $11.88 per day
    600.1 km / 372.9 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Chania

  1. Chania Airport Car Rentals from $9.00 per day
  2. Chania Old Port Car Rentals from $11.39 per day
  3. 95.8 km / 59.5 miles away
  4. Kythira Airport Car Rentals from $21.24 per day
    131.2 km / 81.6 miles away
  5. Milos Airport Car Rentals from $23.19 per day
    132.8 km / 82.5 miles away
  6. 153.7 km / 95.5 miles away
  7. 180.4 km / 112.1 miles away
  8. Paros Airport Car Rentals from $7.45 per day
    186.3 km / 115.8 miles away
  9. Naxos Airport Car Rentals from $15.45 per day
    203.9 km / 126.7 miles away
  10. Syros Airport Car Rentals from $21.24 per day
    222.1 km / 138.0 miles away
  11. Mykonos Airport Car Rentals from $10.43 per day
    237.2 km / 147.4 miles away
  12. Kalamata Airport Car Rentals from $11.88 per day
    255.8 km / 158.9 miles away
  13. Athens Airport Car Rentals from $3.93 per day
    268.0 km / 166.5 miles away
  14. 271.6 km / 168.8 miles away
  15. Kos Airport Car Rentals from $11.88 per day
    299.0 km / 185.8 miles away
  16. Samos Airport Car Rentals from $10.62 per day
    344.0 km / 213.8 miles away
  17. Chios Airport Car Rentals from $11.88 per day
    359.2 km / 223.2 miles away
  18. Rhodes Airport Car Rentals from $7.86 per day
    367.3 km / 228.2 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Chania 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 Chania
$9.95
January
$21.00
February
$21.19
March
$19.89
April
$30.92
May
$32.92
June
$57.12
July
$51.78
August
$37.57
September
$29.54
October
$49.53
November
$58.88
December
The best month to rent a car in Chania is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $9.95). This is 72% cheaper than the yearly average and 83% cheaper than renting in December (when rental prices start at $58.88 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Chania?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in November, travelers rent a car for an average of 8 days in June, the average rental period is 4 days.
Average Rental Length in Chania
6
January
7
February
5
March
6
April
5
May
4
June
4
July
4
August
4
September
4
October
8
November
6
December

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

While travelers visit Chania year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is May, and the least popular is June.
Chania Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
159%
January
146%
February
184%
March
272%
April
333%
May
June
July
August
September
3%
October
45%
November
57%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agent Make / Model Doors Luggage Type
Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Surprice Toyota Aygo 3 2 Small cars
Centauro Ford Focus 5 3 Medium cars
Surprice Peugeot 308 5 3 Large cars
Surprice Hyundai i20 5 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion VW Up 5 1 Small cars
Centauro Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Suzuki Celerio 4 1 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Ford Focus 5d 5 2 Medium cars
Global Rent a Car Hyundai i10 3 1 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
October 2, 2019
Chania airport is about 30 minutes outside of the city. Although there are buses, renting a car made it very easy to move around the island. Traffic was low and no problems with navigation, parking, and safety. Unlike Athens...
United Kingdom
Peugeot 208
August 17, 2019
It is very good service, special clean car, very friendly and efficient representative. I thoroughly recommend it.
United Kingdom
Citroen C1
July 22, 2019
Definitely recommend getting a car if you plan to stay outside the main city. The landscape is beautiful and the beaches are gorgeous. It can sometimes be a bit of a hairy ride up single tracks in the mountains but all worth it in the end.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
June 14, 2019
Crete is an Ideal Island for your road trip it's all fantastic and easy to get around.
United Kingdom
Fiat Tipo
October 31, 2018
Pay slightly more for onsite car rental it will be worth it. Lovely people and food excellent
United Kingdom
Hyundai i20
September 30, 2018
Falasarna great beach and place to stay
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
September 25, 2018
Chania town is tricky to negotiate as it is very busy. But the rest of the area is beautiful.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
September 19, 2018
I found that villages in the Chania area are traditional Cretan villages.
United States of America (USA)
Opel Adam
August 27, 2018
Renting a car is THE WAY to see Crete. While so many were limited to bus schedules to see beaches and such, we drove to nearly every corner of the island and even hopped on a ferry from Heraklion to see different islands and all the sites we wanted to on our own time.
Luxembourg
Opel Adam
August 20, 2018
EXCELLENT DESTINATION,IDEAL FOR TRIPS AROUND CRETE.
United States of America (USA)
Peugeot Expert
July 25, 2018
We stayed near Kissamoss. Vehicle is practically a must to be able to visit all the great beaches in the area.
Greece
Fiat 500 2 doors
July 15, 2018
The whole region of Chania is interesting with beautiful beaches and very good Mediterranean food. We should suggest old port, Platanias and Paleochora.

Top 18 Suppliers for Chania in 2019

SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.6
+302821020905
Arrival Hall
Carwiz
Carwiz
Exceptional 9.3
+302821020929
National Road, EO Aerodromiou Soudas, Chania 731 00
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.8
+302821038185
Chanion-Aerodromiou, Pazinos 731 00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.6
+302821063160
CHANIA AIRPORT
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Excellent 8.5
Autounion
Autounion
Excellent 8.5
+302815302310
National Road Aerodromiou-Soudas, Chania 731 00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+302821063080
National Road, EO Aerodromiou Soudas, Chania 731 00
Centauro
Centauro
Excellent 8.3
+302821888085
Pazinos Akrotiriou, Akrotiriou, Souda 731 00
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 7.9
+302821038185
Chanion-Aerodromiou, Pazinos 731 00
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7.7
+306984631835
Arrival Hall
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Very good 7.7
+302111875546
Chania International Airport, Chania 731 00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.6
+302821065767
National Road Aerodromiou-Soudas, Chania 731 00
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
+302821066466 / +18778223872
EO Aerodromiou Soudas 108, Pazinos 731 00
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.4
+34965233425 / +34965233425
10th km Chania-Airport Av. Opposite NATO Shooting Field Pazinos area
RightCars
RightCars
Very good 7.3
+306938880710
Meet & Greet
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
+34965233425 / +34965233425
10th km Chania-Airport Av. Opposite NATO Shooting Field Pazinos area
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.2
+34965233425 / +34965233425
10th km Chania-Airport Av. Opposite NATO Shooting Field Pazinos area
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 7
+302821068950
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