Car Rental in Kalamata
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Why rent a car in Kalamata?
Kalamata is a great city to visit. One of the centers of the Peloponnese Peninsula, it has a wealth of attractions. From historic sites dating back to antiquity and interesting museums to long beautiful beaches and traditional restaurants, it is the perfect place to enjoy a long, leisurely holiday. After seeing the city itself, you can travel in your rental car to explore the rest of the peninsula - and perhaps even go all the way to Athens or the Ionian Islands.
One-Way Car Rentals in Kalamata
The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Kalamata and drop off in another city include:
- From Kalamata to Thessaloniki - 81 offers from $34.79 per day
- From Kalamata to Athens - 91 offers from $24.12 per day
Top ways to enter Kalamata
- Kalamata Airport: Also known as Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos Airport, it handled about 300,000 travelers in 2018. The airport is especially active during the summer months when it is served by around 15 different airlines including low-cost carriers Ryanair, easyJet, and Transavia. Located 13 km (8 miles) west of the city center, the airport can be reached in about 15 minutes.
- Athens Airport: By far the busiest in the country, Athens Airport handled over 24 million travelers in 2018. In addition to countless European connections, the airport also hosts flights to and from the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, and the Americas. Located 270 km (168 miles) northeast of Kalamata, Athens Airport can be reached in 2 hours and 40 minutes.
- Patras Airport: Serving the largest city of the Peloponnese Region, Patras Araxos Airport is closed during the winter. For the rest of the year, however, it has flights by 13 different airlines, providing connections with Russia, Germany, Austria, Latvia, and other European countries. Located 187 km (116 miles) northwest of Kalamata, Patras Airport can be reached in about 2 hours and 30 minutes.
- Preveza Airport: Another small international airport, Preveza-Aktion handled nearly 600,000 travelers in 2018. During summers, the airport has flights by more than 20 different airlines, including low-cost companies like Volotea, Vueling, and Norwegian Air. Located 420 km (260 miles) north of Kalamata, the trip to Preveza Airport can be done in about 4 hours and 30 minutes.
- By sea: If you’re arriving in Kalamata by ferry, you can conveniently pick up your rental car at the Kalamata Port. There is a ferry service to Kythira, Crete, and other Greek islands. It is important to check the schedule in advance as the service is much more active during the summer months. Check if the ferry company permits taking a rental car onboard (some do, others don’t). Even if it is permitted, ask your rental car provider if they’re okay with you taking a car on a ferry.
- Like much of the rest of Southern Greece, Kalamata has a Mediterranean climate with very hot summers and mild winters. The average high temperature is 32°C (90°F) in July, the warmest month, and 15°C (60°F) in January, the coolest. There is almost no precipitation from June to August, but it gets quite rainy from November to mid-February.
- Kalamata has been long known for its olives - even in a country like Greece, they are considered among the most excellent ones. An important part of the local economy for centuries, they are so famous that similar varieties grown outside Greece are also called Kalamata. There are many restaurants in the city where you can try them, as well as traditional Greek dishes like gyros, souvlaki, and excellent local seafood.
Top destinations and activities
- Archeological Museum of Messenia. Located in a nice 18th-century building, the museum was opened in 2009. It features many artifacts and exhibits related to the different cultures that have inhabited Kalamata and the rest of the Peloponnese, from different groups of Ancient Greeks to Byzantines and Ottomans. One of the most interesting museums in the regions, it is a must-visit place in Kalamata.
- Cathedral of Ypapanti. Built on the site of a 14th-century castle, the largest cathedral in Kalamata was built in the 1860s. Although the church suffered great damage in an earthquake in 1986, it has since been restored to its former glory. Although the church continues to fulfil its function for the local Greek Orthodox Church, it is also open for visitors.
- Historical and Folkloric Museum. Greece is home to many fascinating ancient sites, but its more recent history can be just as interesting. This little museum shows what the life of the inhabitants of Kalamata and the surrounding regions has been like for the last 200 years through different agricultural objects, relics from the 1821 Greek Revolution, and examples of folk art.
- Castle of Kalamata. Built during the 13th century when the area was ruled by the Franks, the towering castle is another architectural gem of Kalamata. The castle stands in the place of the former 6th-century church which is said to have given the name to the city itself (dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the church was known as ‘kalomata’, meaning ‘beautiful eyes’).
Traffic and parking
- Greece drives on the right-hand side of the road.
- 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 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.
- Proof of insurance and the car’s documentation need to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
- When driving, 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 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 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. Plan 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.
Ideas for day trips
- The beaches. Although Kalamata is not as famous of a beach destination as many Greek resort towns and islands, there’s still plenty of beautiful coastline to enjoy. Kalamata Central Beach, located right next to the city center, is pretty and accessible, but with a rental car, you can travel to even nicer spots like Archontiko (10 km (6.2 miles) to the southeast), Bouka (16 km (9.9 miles) to the west), Kyparissia (70 km (43 miles) northwest), or any of the other beaches east and west of the city.
- Pylos. Located near the picturesque Voidokilia Bay, Pylos is one of the most picturesque cities of the Peloponnese. Attractions include the Old Venetian Castle and the New Turkish Castle, Nestor’s Cave mentioned in the Odyssey, the impressive Glossa Beach, and Gialova lagoon, a protected nature area. Located 51 km (32 miles) southwest of Kalamata, Pylos can be reached in about one hour.
- Sparta. The site of the legendary Ancient Greek city-state, nowadays Sparta is a sleepy little town with about 25,000 inhabitants. Nonetheless, traces of its glorious history can still be found in the Archaeological Museum, the Acropolis of Sparta, and a number of smaller sites. Other attractions include the interesting Museum of the Olive and the Greek Olive Oil. Located 58 km (36 miles) west of Kalamata, Sparta can be reached in about 1 hour and 20 minutes. However, it’s worth considering taking the slower route through the mountains; road 82 offers stunning views and passes through the gorgeous Langada-Taygetos Pass.
- Laconia. The region surrounding Sparta, Laconia is one of the nicest areas of the Peloponnese. The region is known for its narrow peninsulas, wild beaches, fishing villages, and rural charms. On top of that, there are also some notable peaks in Laconia, and the region is known as one of the hiking hubs of continental Greece.
Most popular cars
The most popular rental car in Kalamata is the Hyundai i30, although many travelers also go for the Citroen C1 and the Suzuki Alto. The most popular rental car types are economy, compact, and mini.
- Zakynthos. Famed for its stunning shipwreck beach with perfect blue waters, this island is known to be a party hotspot (in the south) during the peak summer months. In the shoulder season, it’s an idyllic escape, even offering you the chance to see loggerhead sea turtles close to shore. Located in the Ionian Sea just west of the mainland, it is home to dramatic steep cliffs, quaint beach towns, and many sites for scuba diving and other water sports. Just 200 km (125 miles) northwest of Kalamata, Zakynthos is easy to reach, although you need to take a ferry, so it’s important to check the schedule in advance (the service is much more active during the warmer months of the year). Most, but not all, ferry companies permit bringing a car on deck; you should also ask your rental car provider in advance to find out if they permit it.
- Corinth. Nea Corinthos, or the modern day Corinth, is built right next to the ancient Corinth, a city of once-great cultural and political importance. Many impressive sites have survived to this day, including the Peirene Fountain, the Temple of Apollo, and the Roman Odeon; you can also learn more about the history at the Ancient Corinth Archaeological Museum. Located 160 km (105 miles) northwest of Kalamata, Corinth can be reached in about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
- Athens. The capital and by far the largest city of Greece, Athens is home to many wonders of the ancient world like the Acropolis, the Theatre of Dionysus, and the Agora. But there are more contemporary delights to be found as well, including a bustling modern art scene, unique neighborhoods, fun performance venues, and great restaurants. Try to experience the best of both - you’re not to be disappointed. Located 240 km (150 miles) northwest of Kalamata, the capital can be reached in just under three hours.
Car Rental Prices in Kalamata
- Station wagons - from $32 per day
- Large cars - from $20 per day
- Medium cars - from $10 per day
- Vans - from $10 per day
- Premium cars - from $60 per day
- Small cars - from $9 per day
- SUVs - from $14 per day
Try these tips to land a great rental car in Kalamata:
- 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 Kalamata is the cheapest in April when renting a car is about 66% cheaper than the yearly average and 75% cheaper than renting a vehicle in September.
Top 20 Cities near Kalamata
Kyllini Car Rentals from $24.67 per day123.9 km / 77.0 miles away
Kythira Car Rentals from $20.23 per day125.0 km / 77.7 miles away
Zakynthos Car Rentals from $9.88 per day126.2 km / 78.4 miles away
Patras Car Rentals from $10.21 per day131.5 km / 81.7 miles away
Piraeus Car Rentals from $13.45 per day172.8 km / 107.4 miles away
Kefalonia Car Rentals from $6.72 per day178.1 km / 110.7 miles away
Ithaca Car Rentals from $37.62 per day184.3 km / 114.5 miles away
Athens Car Rentals from $3.22 per day194.9 km / 121.1 miles away
Kea Car Rentals from $72.69 per day212.5 km / 132.0 miles away
Milos Car Rentals from $13.72 per day218.6 km / 135.8 miles away
Lefkada Car Rentals from $13.66 per day227.7 km / 141.5 miles away
Preveza Car Rentals from $4.93 per day234.2 km / 145.5 miles away
Souda Car Rentals from $8.04 per day254.1 km / 157.9 miles away
Syros Car Rentals from $15.70 per day260.8 km / 162.1 miles away
Volos Car Rentals from $13.45 per day267.1 km / 166.0 miles away
Skiathos Car Rentals from $14.39 per day267.8 km / 166.4 miles away
Skopelos Car Rentals from $15.11 per day272.6 km / 169.4 miles away
Paros Car Rentals from $8.77 per day277.1 km / 172.2 miles away
Alonissos Car Rentals from $15.11 per day281.4 km / 174.9 miles away
Parga Car Rentals from $18.09 per day284.5 km / 176.8 miles away
Top 20 Locations near Kalamata
Kalamata Airport Car Rentals from $8.65 per day
Zakynthos Airport Car Rentals from $9.88 per day126.2 km / 78.4 miles away
Kefalonia Pessada Port Car Rentals from $12.55 per day171.3 km / 106.4 miles away
Athens Port Car Rentals from $39.83 per day171.7 km / 106.7 miles away
Piraeus Port Car Rentals from $14.75 per day172.7 km / 107.3 miles away
Kefalonia Airport Car Rentals from $6.72 per day178.1 km / 110.7 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $8.47 per day180.5 km / 112.2 miles away
Athens Train Station Car Rentals from $25.61 per day181.4 km / 112.7 miles away
Kefalonia Argostoli Port Car Rentals from $20.31 per day183.9 km / 114.3 miles away
Athens Airport Car Rentals from $3.22 per day194.9 km / 121.1 miles away
Kefalonia Fiskardo Port Car Rentals from $11.58 per day200.6 km / 124.6 miles away
Milos Airport Car Rentals from $13.72 per day222.0 km / 137.9 miles away
Downtown Car Rentals from $13.66 per day227.7 km / 141.5 miles away
Preveza Airport Car Rentals from $4.93 per day234.2 km / 145.5 miles away
Volos Airport Car Rentals from $15.11 per day248.5 km / 154.4 miles away
Syros Airport Car Rentals from $15.70 per day261.9 km / 162.7 miles away
Skiathos Port Car Rentals from $14.39 per day265.9 km / 165.2 miles away
Skiathos Airport Car Rentals from $14.39 per day267.8 km / 166.4 miles away
Paros Airport Car Rentals from $8.77 per day275.4 km / 171.1 miles away
Paros Port Car Rentals from $8.77 per day277.1 km / 172.2 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
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Car Rental Information
|Car rental locations||6|
|Popular suppliers||Alma Car Hire, Avance, EXER, Autounion, Yours Car Rental|
|Popular car categories||Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans|
|Lowest price||$9 per day|
Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Avance||Fiat Panda||5||1||Small cars|
|Yours Car Rental||Fiat Panda||5||1||Small cars|
|Avance||Citroen C3||5||1||Small cars|
|Alma Car Hire||Fiat Panda||5||1||Small cars|
|Alamo||Fiat Panda||4||2||Small cars|
|Alma Car Hire||Suzuki Celerio||5||1||Small cars|
|EXER||Toyota Aygo||3||1||Small cars|
|Alma Car Hire||Skoda Fabia||5||2||Medium cars|
|Alma Car Hire||Hyundai i30||5||2||Medium cars|
|CarQ||Fiat Panda||4||2||Small cars|
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