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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Kalamata Airport
Economy
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Carwiz
$16.90 per day
Kalamata Airport
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
CarQ
$18.49 per day
Kalamata Airport
Mini Elite
Skoda Citigo or similar
Skoda Citigo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
EXER
$23.23 per day
Kalamata Airport
Compact
Peugeot 208 or similar
Peugeot 208
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Idea Mobility
$29.45 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Kalamata Airport
Economy Elite
Hyundai i20 or similar
Hyundai i20
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alma Car Hire
$34.24 per day
Kalamata Airport
Intermediate
Peugeot 301 or similar
Peugeot 301
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Yours Car Rental
$35.56 per day
Kalamata Airport
Standard SUV
Nissan Qashqai or similar
Nissan Qashqai
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autounion
$93.76 per day
Kalamata Airport
Compact Elite
Mercedes Benz A Class or similar
Mercedes Benz A Class
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Hertz
$99.64 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 05:23 on 2024-07-13. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Greek
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+30
Average car rental price
$44 per day
Average car rental length
9 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
90 - 130 km/h or 56 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.5 / 10
Average gas price
$2.10 per liter or $7.96 per gallon
Lowest gas price
$1.99 per liter or $7.55 per gallon
Highest gas price
$2.30 per liter or $8.70 per gallon

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.

Kalamata

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 $34.76 per day
  • From Kalamata to Athens - 91 offers from $24.09 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. 

City facts

  • 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 sights 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.

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 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.

Further destinations

  • 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

  • Convertibles - from $95 per day
  • Station wagons - from $84 per day
  • Large cars - from $32 per day
  • Medium cars - from $29 per day
  • Vans - from $71 per day
  • Premium cars - from $173 per day
  • Small cars - from $17 per day
  • SUVs - from $41 per day

Money-saving tips

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.
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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Kalamata?

Car rental prices in Kalamata vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Kalamata
$12.88
January
$21.32
February
$19.76
March
$19.53
April
$21.95
May
$27.89
June
$41.78
July
$51.89
August
$28.39
September
$16.82
October
$14.51
November
$18.97
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Kalamata is January (when prices average $12.88 per day). This is 48% cheaper than the yearly average and 75% cheaper than renting in August (when prices average $51.89).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Kalamata?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 10 days, and in January, they keep their car for 4 days.
Average number of rental days in Kalamata
4
January
5
February
6
March
8
April
9
May
9
June
10
July
10
August
10
September
9
October
6
November
7
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Kalamata is August, and the least popular is December.
Monthly searches in Kalamata by pick-up date relative to the average
24%
January
19%
February
28%
March
68%
April
105%
May
198%
June
206%
July
238%
August
203%
September
83%
October
17%
November
10%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 6
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Avance, Alma Car Hire, CarQ, Autounion, Yours Car Rental
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans
Lowest price $17 per day
Cheapest supplier Carwiz

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Avance Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
Carwiz Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
Avance Citroen C3 5 1 Small cars
Yours Car Rental Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
CarQ Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
EXER Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
Alma Car Hire Suzuki Celerio 5 1 Small cars
Yours Car Rental Peugeot 208 5 2 Medium cars
Alamo Suzuki Celerio 5 1 Small cars
Autounion Citroen C1 4 1 Small cars

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic.

Netherlands
Kia Picanto
February 11, 2024
Kalamata is a beautiful city. The sea is amazing, the nature inspiring, and the food is delicious. I hope everyone has the chance to visit at least once in their lifetime.
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Slovenia
Opel Corsa Hatchback
July 22, 2022
waterfalls, vodokilia, gorge rodimo, beaches overall, kalamata city center
United Kingdom
Citroen C1
August 15, 2020
Fantastic place to visit
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
September 17, 2019
We would use Keddy again and would Keddy to others.
United Kingdom
Citroen C1
September 16, 2019
Kalamata is an amazing city and beautiful area. Friendly people good food. The best of greece,
United Kingdom
Nissan Pixo
August 1, 2019
A very beautiful and unspoiled part of Greece. Lovely mountains so close to the sea. Lovely old and historic buildings and no high rise hotels!!
United Kingdom
Seat ibiza
May 6, 2019
Great place to visit. Really nice villages to travel to for a day out. The best part of the region for day visits are Kardamyli, Avios Nikolai’s, The caves of Doris and nearby villages. I definitely recommend these interesting and pleasant spots!!!
Switzerland
VW Polo
August 8, 2018
Beautiful area and great hospitality!
United States of America (USA)
Seat Mii
July 26, 2018
Beautiful place and easy to drive around. Definitely recommend getting a car so you can easily explore all the little towns nearby and their delicious restaurants.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
CarQ
9.3 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
GreenMotion
7.1 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
28
Total rental companies
27
Average daily price
$43.91
Lowest daily price
$16.90
Total cars available
537

Top 27 suppliers in Kalamata in 2024

CarQ
CarQ
Exceptional 9.3 / 28 reviews
1 location
$18 - $102
Autocandia
Autocandia
Exceptional 9.1 / 20 reviews
1 location
Avance
Avance
Exceptional 9 / 60 reviews
2 locations
$34 - $81
Surprice
Surprice
Exceptional 9 / 33 reviews
6 locations
$60 - $147
SKG Rent A Car
SKG Rent A Car
Exceptional 9 / 15 reviews
1 location
$50 - $171
Alma Car Hire
Alma Car Hire
Very good 8.9 / 160 reviews
1 location
$31 - $174
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.9 / 38 reviews
1 location
$30 - $69
Autounion
Autounion
Very good 8.8 / 80 reviews
1 location
$28 - $359
EXER
EXER
Very good 8.5 / 24 reviews
1 location
$23 - $76
Yours Car Rental
Yours Car Rental
Very good 8.5 / 14 reviews
1 location
$27 - $56
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.4 / 16 reviews
1 location
$31 - $80
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.4 / 7 reviews
1 location
$39 - $137
Cargini
Cargini
Very good 8.4
1 location
$20 - $104
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.2 / 6 reviews
1 location
$33 - $225
DRIVE S.A.
DRIVE S.A.
Very good 8.2 / 4 reviews
1 location
$43 - $276
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.2 / 4 reviews
3 locations
$48 - $159
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.2
2 locations
$43 - $167
Carwiz
Carwiz
Very good 8.1 / 8 reviews
1 location
$17 - $81
Europcar
Europcar
Good 7.9 / 7 reviews
1 location
$33 - $87
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.9 / 1 review
2 locations
$55 - $237
National
National
Good 7.9 / 1 review
1 location
$36 - $246
Idea Mobility
Idea Mobility
Good 7.8 / 6 reviews
1 location
$27 - $29
Avis
Avis
Good 7.7
2 locations
$48 - $290
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Good 7.6
1 location
Finalrentals
Finalrentals
Good 7.4
1 location
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Good 7.1 / 21 reviews
3 locations
$30 - $72
ACARENT
ACARENT
Good 7.1 / 3 reviews
1 location
$38 - $42
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