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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Heraklion, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Suzuki Celerio or similar
Suzuki Celerio
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Carwiz
$3.98 / per day
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Heraklion Airport Car Rental
Mini
Skoda Citigo or similar
Skoda Citigo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$5.39 / per day
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Heraklion, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Carwiz
$5.77 / per day
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Heraklion Airport Car Rental
Economy
Nissan Micra or similar
Nissan Micra
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$5.97 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Heraklion Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autocandia
$6.02 / per day
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Heraklion Port Car Rental
Economy
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Carwiz
$6.26 / per day
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Heraklion Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autocandia
$6.87 / per day
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Heraklion, Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Citroen C3 or similar
Citroen C3
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autocandia
$7.24 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 01:56 on 2020-03-30. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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    Travel Information

    Language
    Greek
    Currency
    EUR
    Country code
    30
    Average car rental length
    8 days
    Economy car rental price
    $13.85 / 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
    8.6

    Why rent a car in Heraklion?

    Heraklion is a great place for renting a car. The capital and largest city of Crete offers everything from fascinating historic sites to great beaches, fun nightlife, and extraordinary local cuisine. The city also serves as a great base for exploring the rest of the island, especially its central parts and the northeast.

    Heraklion Car Rental

    One-Way Car Rentals in Heraklion

    The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Heraklion and drop off in another city include:

    • From Heraklion to Chania - 351 offers from 15.55 USD per day
    • From Heraklion to Rethymno - 18 offers from 14.36 USD per day

    Top ways to enter Heraklion

    • Heraklion Nikos Kazantzakis Airport. Named after a Greek writer who hailed from the island, Heraklion Airport is the second busiest in Greece. In 2018, for the first time in its history it served more than eight million passengers. The most popular destinations from Heraklion are London, Paris, and Moscow, but the airport is served by more than 50 different airlines and offers flights to most European countries. Heraklion Airport is just 5 km (3.1 mi) east of the city center.
    • Chania Airport. Crete’s other international airport, serving its second city, is about 150 km (93 mi) west of Heraklion. The two hour drive takes you along the island’s northern coast, offering some amazing views along the way.
    • Santorini Airport. Serving the beautiful island of the same name, the small and cozy Santorini Airport is especially busy during the summer months. It is connected to Crete by a frequent ferry service.
    • By sea. Heraklion boasts one of the busiest ports in Greece and, indeed, the Mediterranean. There are ferry services to a lot of nearby Greek islands as well as to the mainland and the capital, Athens. If you’re arriving in Heraklion by ferry, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at Heraklion Port.

    Useful city facts

    • With a typical Mediterranean climate, Heraklion has enjoyable weather throughout the year. Summer temperatures rarely exceed 30 °C  (86 °F) which means that is rarely scorching hot in the city. Precipitation is nearly non-existent from June to August. Winters are mild and pleasant, but generally more humid.
    • With a population of about 173,000, Heraklion is the fifth largest city in Greece and the largest that’s not on the Greek mainland. Nearly every third inhabitant of Crete lives in the city or its near proximity.
    • There have been permanent human settlements near the present-day location of Heraklion for around 9000 years. In the 3rd and 2nd millennium BC, the area was home to the Minoan Civilization, considered by most historians to be the first human civilization in Europe.

    Top destinations and activities

    • Heraklion Archaeological Museum. A museum of archeology might not be the first thing on your mind when visiting a Mediterranean island, but this one will get you excited even if history is not your thing. With many fine examples of Minoan, Hellenic, and Roman art objects, weapons, and other artifacts like the Snake Goddess or the Bull-Leaping Fresco, this museum tells the fascinating and ancient story of the island. Come here first, then drive to the nearby Palace of Knossos where the capital of the Minoan civilization once stood. Its ruins are said to have once made up the mythical labyrinth that guarded the Minotaur.
    • Amoudara. Located just west of the city center, this blue flag beach that stretches for about 3 km (1.6 mi) is the most famous coastal area of Heraklion. Spend a fine and leisurely day in the golden sands, have a delicious meal at the beach taverna, or, if you’re up for something more exciting, go surfing or kitesurfing for which there are many opportunities. Should you ever grow tired of this hip and busy area, just jump in your rental car and drive up or down the coast and you’ll find many other, more private beaches near Heraklion.
    • Lychnostatis Open-Air Museum. While many other of the Heraklion museums deal with the more epic and belligerent chapters of the island’s history, in Lychnostatis you can experience what the rural, bucolic life of Crete was (and still is). See the wine and olive presses at work, take a look inside the folk art gallery, or even try your hand at a weaving workshop.

    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 during the 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 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 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 toll road 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 road system in place.

    For most toll roads, the payment can be either made with cash at a toll gate, 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. Determine 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

    • Rethymno. This cute little town about 80 km (50 mi) from Heraklion has some of the best architectural examples of the times when the island was ruled by Venetians. In addition to history (and a good number of interesting museums), it also has beautiful stony beaches and a lighthouse.
    • Psychro. The village of Psychro that’s about 1 hour’s drive inland from Heraklion might be a sleepy and idyllic place, but its main attraction, the Psychro Cave or Dikteon Cave, has often been mentioned as the birthplace of Zeus, the king of the ancient Greek gods. Even if you don’t believe this amazing legend, the cave is worth visiting thanks to its otherworldly stalagmite structures. Do keep in mind that although the Latishi plateau where the cave is located is close to the coast, the elevation rises quite rapidly as you drive inland and the cave is at a height of more than 1,000 meters (3,280 ft).
    • Agios Nikolaos. A calm and relaxed town about an hour’s drive east of Heraklion, Agios Nikolaos is in many ways a serene alternative to the busyness of the big city. From here, you can also go on a boat trip to Spinalonga Island that at different times in history has been a Venetian fortress and a leper colony.

    Most popular rental types and cars

    The most popular rental in Heraklion is the Citroen C3, although travelers also love the Fiat Panda, and the Citroen C1. The most popular rental car types are economy, mini, and compact. The larger and more central streets of Heraklion are wide and in good shape, but streets in some neighborhoods, as well as in many nearby towns and villages, can be quite narrow, so getting a smaller rental car can be a good idea.

    Further destinations

    Note: While you can bring a vehicle on some ferries, be sure to ask your car rental provider, in advance, if they permit it and whether you can later drop off the car in another location or if you need to return to Crete. Alternatively, you could always travel to another destination and rent another car there. 

    • Chania. Mixing the Greek, Italian, and Turkish influences of its past, Crete’s second largest city is a charming and atmospheric place to visit. Visit Chania’s Municipal Agora, its main historic market and its beautiful ancient churches. Also, don’t miss out on Samariá National Park and its many impressive gorges that’s just south of the city.
    • Santorini. With its white Cycladic buildings, the black pebble beach of Kamari, scuba diving opportunities, and many traditional wineries and restaurants, Santorini is perhaps even more idyllic than all other small Greek islands. There is a frequent ferry service between Heraklion in Santorini. 
    • Athens. The birthplace of modern democracy, home to many important Hellenic sites, and also a modern, vibrant metropolis, the Greek capital is as diverse and interesting as you’d expect it to be. There are frequent ferry service between Heraklion and Athens as well as daily flights. 

    Car Rental Prices in Heraklion

    • Convertibles - from $32 per day
    • Station wagons - from $107 per day
    • Large cars - from $71 per day
    • Medium cars - from $39 per day
    • People Carriers/Vans - from $71 per day
    • Small cars - from $24 per day
    • SUVs - from $47 per day

    How can I save money on my rental car?

    These are the tricks that can help you land a good car rental deal in Heraklion:

    • 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 Heraklion is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 62% cheaper than the yearly average and an entire 80% cheaper than renting a car in August.

    Top 20 Cities near Heraklion

    1. Athens Car Rentals from $2.41 per day
      309.1 km / 192.0 miles away
    2. Thessaloniki Car Rentals from $4.03 per day
      607.7 km / 377.6 miles away
    3. Santorini Car Rentals from $7.61 per day
      120.8 km / 75.1 miles away
    4. Rhodes Car Rentals from $4.63 per day
      287.4 km / 178.6 miles away
    5. Corfu Car Rentals from $5.29 per day
      663.7 km / 412.4 miles away
    6. Chania Car Rentals from $3.98 per day
      95.8 km / 59.5 miles away
    7. Mykonos Car Rentals from $7.33 per day
      233.5 km / 145.1 miles away
    8. Naxos Car Rentals from $7.61 per day
      194.3 km / 120.7 miles away
    9. Kefalonia Car Rentals from $7.46 per day
      519.0 km / 322.5 miles away
    10. Zakynthos Car Rentals from $4.78 per day
      468.1 km / 290.8 miles away
    11. Samos Car Rentals from $7.61 per day
      303.7 km / 188.7 miles away
    12. Kos Car Rentals from $7.61 per day
      235.9 km / 146.6 miles away
    13. Kalamata Car Rentals from $7.60 per day
      342.1 km / 212.6 miles away
    14. Preveza Car Rentals from $5.74 per day
      558.6 km / 347.1 miles away
    15. Chios Car Rentals from $7.61 per day
      344.7 km / 214.2 miles away
    16. Paros Car Rentals from $6.15 per day
      185.8 km / 115.5 miles away
    17. Skiathos Car Rentals from $7.33 per day
      451.7 km / 280.7 miles away
    18. Milos Car Rentals from $14.39 per day
      163.5 km / 101.6 miles away
    19. Karpathos Car Rentals from $7.61 per day
      178.4 km / 110.9 miles away
    20. Lesvos Car Rentals from $7.61 per day
      432.0 km / 268.4 miles away

    Top 20 Locations near Heraklion

    1. Heraklion Port Car Rentals from $3.98 per day
    2. 84.7 km / 52.6 miles away
    3. Chania Airport Car Rentals from $3.98 per day
      95.8 km / 59.5 miles away
    4. 120.8 km / 75.1 miles away
    5. Milos Airport Car Rentals from $14.39 per day
      163.5 km / 101.6 miles away
    6. 178.4 km / 110.9 miles away
    7. Paros Airport Car Rentals from $6.15 per day
      185.8 km / 115.5 miles away
    8. Naxos Airport Car Rentals from $7.61 per day
      194.3 km / 120.7 miles away
    9. Kythira Airport Car Rentals from $16.55 per day
      221.0 km / 137.3 miles away
    10. Syros Airport Car Rentals from $16.55 per day
      232.5 km / 144.5 miles away
    11. 233.5 km / 145.1 miles away
    12. Kos Airport Car Rentals from $7.61 per day
      235.9 km / 146.6 miles away
    13. Rhodes Airport Car Rentals from $4.63 per day
      287.4 km / 178.6 miles away
    14. Samos Airport Car Rentals from $7.61 per day
      303.7 km / 188.7 miles away
    15. Athens Airport Car Rentals from $2.41 per day
      309.1 km / 192.0 miles away
    16. 342.1 km / 212.6 miles away
    17. Chios Airport Car Rentals from $7.61 per day
      344.7 km / 214.2 miles away
    18. 407.9 km / 253.4 miles away

    Map of Car Rental Locations

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

    Car rental prices in Heraklion 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 Heraklion
    $14.48
    January
    $20.60
    February
    $40.40
    March
    $22.69
    April
    $27.70
    May
    $30.24
    June
    $31.46
    July
    $48.63
    August
    $38.25
    September
    $25.75
    October
    $36.55
    November
    $35.33
    December
    The best month to rent a car in Heraklion is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $14.48). This is 53% cheaper than the yearly average and 70% cheaper than renting in August (when rental prices start at $48.63 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

    What’s the usual rental length in Heraklion?

    Travel lengths vary from month to month: in June, travelers rent a car for an average of 10 days in March, the average rental period is 4 days.
    Average Rental Length in Heraklion
    6
    January
    5
    February
    4
    March
    6
    April
    6
    May
    10
    June
    4
    July
    4
    August
    4
    September
    5
    October
    10
    November
    4
    December

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

    While travelers visit Heraklion year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is March, and the least popular is September.
    Popularity of Car Rental in Heraklion by Monthly Searches
    75%
    January
    338%
    February
    389%
    March
    57%
    April
    84%
    May
    7%
    June
    11%
    July
    14%
    August
    5%
    September
    47%
    October
    21%
    November
    151%
    December

    Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

    Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
    Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
    RightCars Vauxhall Corsa 5 2 Small cars
    Surprice Hyundai i20 5 2 Medium cars
    Surprice Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
    RightCars Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
    Surprice Toyota Aygo 3 2 Small cars
    Surprice Citroen C1 5 1 Small cars
    Surprice Peugeot 308 5 3 Large cars
    Centauro Ford Focus 5 3 Medium cars
    Centauro Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars

    Our Customers Reviews

    United Kingdom
    Fiat Panda
    October 8, 2019
    Car adds great benefit to a holiday in Crete (its a big island) and Heraklion Airport has many car hire companies conveniently on site
    United Kingdom
    Toyota Aygo
    September 28, 2019
    Really enjoyed our stay, good food and we found some nice beaches. The people are very friendly as the Greeks usually are.
    Israel
    Ford Focus
    September 4, 2019
    crete is a lovely place with many sea shores and small bays, it is a waste to stay ther whole time in one place
    United Kingdom
    Peugeot 308
    September 3, 2019
    very tight village streets and in the mountains as you go to restaurents there are many 'roads' with no tarmc and no street lights to navigate down steep windy hills... not for the faint hearted but the restarents are fabulous if you go for it... google maps essential but even that lost the plot in a fw valleys....
    France
    Suzuki Baleno
    July 30, 2019
    Belle ville , quiétude et café agréable . Le musée archéologique est magnifique
    Ireland
    Peugeot 308
    July 19, 2019
    Rethymno was superb and has great restaurants. We enjoyed a day trip to Chania and spent a week in Aghios Nikolaos which we really liked. If you are reasonably fit, a day trip/hike through the Gorge of Samaria is a fantastic experience, despite the 6am start and a challenging walk in the heat of mid-summer
    United Kingdom
    Opel Corsa
    November 9, 2018
    Definitely needs to rent a car to visit Crete, it it the best way to enjoy this beautiful and amazing island !
    United Kingdom
    Renault Clio
    November 2, 2018
    Drive defensively, check country specific signage
    Israel
    VW Polo
    October 16, 2018
    You'll need a car to access the gorgeous Cretan countryside.
    Australia
    Fiat Punto
    October 14, 2018
    The freedom of having a car is great on an island with many sights to see.
    Romania
    Peugeot 108
    August 17, 2018
    Crete is an amazing island...however plans need to be laid out carefully as the distances are quite large. Despite this slight inconvenience a few towns and beaches are compulsory: Chania, Rethymno, Agios Nikolaos, Malia & the beaches: Elafonissi, Prevelli, Istro, Matala, Balos etc. Have fun and keep your eyes on the road!
    Canada
    Peugeot Traveller Maxi
    August 17, 2018
    Easy to rent a car at airport and drop it at the port to take a ship to other island!
    United Kingdom
    Skoda Citigo
    August 2, 2018
    Crete is amazing for exploring and walking, especially the remote beaches and Gorges / Canyons such as Richti and Sarakinada. You definitely need a car to get the most out of your holiday.
    Israel
    Hyundai Tucson 4WD
    July 7, 2018
    The car was as promised, in good condition. However, it broke down late one evening and I was told that it could only be serviced or replaced the next morning at 9 am. As we had an early afternoon flight about 1.5 hours from our location I requested they arrive as early as possible. In the end they came a bit earlier than originally promised, and when they found out that the car could not be serviced immediately replaced it. All in all very satisfactory service.
    United States of America (USA)
    Kia Ceed
    June 25, 2018
    If you are not an experienced driver, do not rent a car in Heraklion. It is very difficult to drive in the city and hard to park. If you are driving to other cities on the highway, then renting a car is highly recommended. The highway driving was very easy.

    Top 19 Suppliers in Heraklion in 2020

    Carwiz
    Carwiz
    Exceptional 9.3
    +306972263348
    Heraklion Airport N. Kazantzakis 716 01, Herkalion
    National
    National
    Exceptional 9.2
    +302810226002
    Heraklion International Airport, Nea Alikarnassos 716 01
    Optimo Rent
    Optimo Rent
    Exceptional 9
    +306944024738
    Nea Alikarnassos - Airport Nikos Kazantzakis
    Enterprise
    Enterprise
    Excellent 8.8
    +302810226002
    HERAKLION NIKOS KAZANTZAKIS, AIRPORT
    SIXT
    SIXT
    Excellent 8.7
    +302810280915
    Kazantzakis Airport
    Europcar
    Europcar
    Excellent 8.6
    +302810225150
    Crete - Heraklion Airport
    Keddy
    Keddy
    Excellent 8.6
    +302810225150
    MEETING POINT
    Economy rent a car
    Economy rent a car
    Excellent 8.5
    Autounion
    Autounion
    Excellent 8.5
    +302815302310
    Heraklion Airport N. Kazantzakis, Iraklio 716 01
    Avis
    Avis
    Excellent 8.5
    +302810390373
    Heraklion 716 01
    Centauro
    Centauro
    Excellent 8.3
    +306936112203 / +34966360360
    Leof. Ikarou 87 N, Nea Alikarnassos 716 01
    Alamo
    Alamo
    Very good 7.9
    +302810226002
    Heraklion Airport, Nea Alikarnassos 71601, Heraklion
    GreenMotion
    GreenMotion
    Very good 7.7
    +302810344279
    Kazantzakis Airport, Iraklio 715 00
    Ace Rent a car
    Ace Rent a car
    Very good 7.5
    +302811810265 / +18778223872
    89 Ikarou Avenue 71601 Nea Allikarnassos, Heraclión
    Goldcar
    Goldcar
    Very good 7.4
    +34965233425 / +34965233425
    89 Ikarou Avenue 71601 Nea Allikarnassos, Heraclión, Nea Allikarnassos 716 01, Greece
    Rhodium
    Rhodium
    Very good 7.4
    +302811810265
    89 Ikarou Avenue 71601 Nea Allikarnassos, Heraclión, Nea Allikarnassos 716 01
    RightCars
    RightCars
    Very good 7.3
    +302112340244 / +302813015014
    Heraklion Airport"Kazantzakis" Nea Alikarnassos, Iraklio 716 01
    Goldcar
    Goldcar
    Very good 7.3
    +302811810265
    89 Ikarou Avenue 71601 Nea Allikarnassos, Heraclión, Nea Allikarnassos 716 01
    Surprice
    Surprice
    Very good 7
    +306984631835
    Heraklion International Airport N. Kazantzakis 71601 Heraklion Crete

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