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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Kos Airport
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$22.31 / per day
Kos Airport
Economy
Mitsubishi Space Star or similar
Mitsubishi Space Star
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$28.33 / per day
Kos Airport
Compact
Toyota Auris or similar
Toyota Auris
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
EXER
$33.36 / per day
Kos Airport
Economy Elite
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
ABBYCAR
$37.87 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Kos Airport
Intermediate
Skoda Octavia or similar
Skoda Octavia
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autounion
$62.29 / per day
Kos Airport
Intermediate Elite SUV
Nissan Qashqai or similar
Nissan Qashqai
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Budget
$84.04 / per day
Kos Airport
Compact Elite
BMW 1 Series or similar
BMW 1 Series
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$84.85 / per day
Kos Airport
Mini Elite Convertible
Fiat 500 Cabrio or similar
Fiat 500 Cabrio
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avance
$86.60 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 05:28 on 2024-06-13. 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
$55 per day
Average car rental length
7 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
9.0 / 10
Average gasoline price
$2.38 per liter or $9.00 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
$1.96 per liter or $7.42 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
$2.52 per liter or $9.52 / 1 gallon

Why rent a car in Kos?

Kos is a great place to explore by car. It has a wealth of impressive architecture and ancient sites as well as beautiful beaches, quaint fishing villages, and many small restaurants that serve delicious local food. The island has no single center and many areas can only be accessed by car, so getting your own ride is the best way to see as much of it as you can.

Kos

Top ways to enter Kos

  • Kos Airport: Also known as Hippocrates Airport after the Ancient Greek “Father of Medicine” who was born on the island, Kos Airport served 2.6 million travelers in 2018. The airport is growing at a rapid pace, having recorded a 14% increase from the previous year. The airport is especially active during the summer months when it has flights by more than 30 different airlines. The airport is located in the central part of the island, not far from its southwestern coast. With a car, it can be reached from any other point on the island in 45 minutes at most. 
  • By ferry: It is also possible to fly to another international airport on one of the nearby Greek islands and then take a ferry to Kos. Some airports near Kos include Rhodes Airport, Samos Airport, Santorini Airport, Karpathos Airport, and Naxos Airport. It might be possible to pick up a rental car at the airport and then take it to Kos by ferry, but you should first ask your rental car provider if they permit it. A lot of them won’t, so a better idea might be to take a ferry as a passenger and to pick up a rental car at Kos Ferry Port. It’s also important to check the ferry schedule in advance - the services are much more frequent during the spring and summer months.
  • During the summer months, there is also a ferry service between Kos and Bodrum in Turkey. It is possible to reach Kos by flying to Bodrum International Airport and then taking a ship to Kos. However, be sure to check if you need a visa to enter either Turkey or Greece - the two countries have quite different immigration laws (for example, Greece is a member of the Schengen Area while Turkey is not).

City facts

  • Like the surrounding Greek islands, Kos enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. The average high temperature is 30°C  (86°F) in July and August, the warmest months, and 13°C  (56°F) in January, the coldest. Kos’ summers are extremely dry with practically no precipitation from June to August; on the other hand, it’s quite rainy from November to February.
  • Like many other places in Greece, Kos has had a turbulent and fascinating history. First inhabited by ancient Carian tribes, it was invaded by the Dorians and Persians; later, Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans, and Italians ruled it, all leaving their print on the island’s architecture, customs, and cuisine.
  • Although part of Greece, Kos is located very near mainland Turkey and has historically had a high Turkish population. Even though its proportion has slightly decreased over the last 100 years, there are still about 2,000 ethnic Turks living on Kos today. Gazi Hassan Pasha Mosque, their main historic place of worship, is one of the island’s landmarks. Kos is known in Turkish as İstanköy.

Top destinations and activities

  • Nerantzia Fortress. First built in the 14th century by the Knights Hospitaller, the fortress is one of the most impressive buildings on the island. If you arrive to Kos by ship, the fortress will be the first thing you will see upon entering the island’s main harbor. Open to visitors, the architectural complex is as interesting from the inside as it is from outside.
  • Tree of Hippocrates. “Only” 500 years old, the most famous tree on Kos is much too young to have seen Hippocrates. However, according to legend, it is a descendant of a similar tree under which the father of medicine indeed sat while teaching his students. According to another story, so did Apostle Paul at a slightly more recent date. Combine seeing the tree with visiting the nearby Hippocratic Museum where you can learn more about about Ancient Greek medicine and science.
  • Ancient Agora. Built in the 4th century B.C., it replaced an even earlier building that was destroyed by an earthquake, the marketplace of ancient Kos was one of the largest and most famous in the ancient world. Although nowadays only ruins remain of its former glory, it is still a fascinating place to visit. Located near Kos’ harbor, it’s also very accessible.

Traffic and parking

  • There are no highways on Kos (nor on any other Greek island).
  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 90km/h (56 mph) on roads outside populated areas and 50km/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 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 no toll roads on Kos. 

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, 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 day trips

  • Beaches. Kos is a great beach destination, its long and beautiful shoreline being the number one reason why tourists visit the island. Lakkos Beach is tranquil and relaxed, Agios Fokas Beach has impressive black sands, and Psilos Gremos Beach, only comfortably accessed by car, has a truly remote and private atmosphere.
  • Asclepieion. In the 4th century B.C., Asklepieion was both a healing center where physicians practiced and a sanctuary where local people celebrated important festivals and worshipped Asclepius, an Ancient Greek hero and god of medicine. The ruins of the Asclepieion are in the inland part of the island, but at the same time are near enough to the coast to provide great views of the sea.
  • Water Sports. If you’re looking for something more exciting than just lying on the beach and enjoying the sun, there are many water sports you can try. Kos is one of the Mediterranean hotspots for yachting, so it’s a perfect place to try your hand at sailing (or even just enjoy the view of spectacular yachts at Kos’ marina). There are also great surfing opportunities at Mastichari Beach while Marmari Beach is the island’s top kitesurfing spot.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Kos is the Opel Corsa, although many travelers also go for the Fiat Panda and the Toyota Aygo. The most popular rental car types are economy, mini, and compact.

Further destinations

  • Rhodes. Larger and busier than Kos, the famous Rhodes attracts visitors with its fortresses and castles, impressive historic sites and dramatic natural beauty. The town of Rhodes, the island’s largest settlement, will feel like a large city after coming from Kos but is just the tip of what this beautiful place has to offer.
  • Patmos. The opposite of Rhodes, Patmos is the perfect place to go to if you’re looking for even more calm and quiet than Kos has. Made up of picturesque tiny villages where locals make and sell delicious food in small restaurants and tavernas, serene beaches, as well as old Christian sites like the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of the Apocalypse, Patmos is best enjoyed at a slow pace.
  • Kalymnos. The neighboring island of Kalymnos is smaller and also gets relatively fewer tourists - but its beaches are arguably just as attractive. On top of that, Kalymnos is also known for its coastal cliffs, which attract plenty of climbers, as well as the Monastery of Saint Sava near the island’s southeastern coast.
  • Bodrum. Located just across the Gulf of Gökova from Kos, Bodrum is a name not only for the ancient port city, but for the larger Bodrum Peninsula that surrounds it. The beaches here are just as stunning as on the Greek Islands, but what sets Bodrum apart is its special atmosphere you can best enjoy at its old religious sites, hammams (or Turkish bathhouses), and the many fishing villages that dot the shoreline. Just make sure that you don’t need a visa to enter Turkey (unlike Greece, it is not a part of the Schengen Area).

 

Note: While it is possible to go from Kos to Rhodes, Patmos, and other places in Greece by ferry, most rental car providers will not permit bringing a car on one, even if you would later return the car in Kos. A better idea is to go as a passenger and to pick up a new rental car after arriving at your destination.

Most rental car providers won’t permit bringing a rental car on the ferry to Bodrum as it is in Turkey. You can pick up a new rental car after arriving in Bodrum or just go on a day-trip without a car and later return to Kos.

Car Rental Prices in Kos

  • Convertibles - from $87 per day
  • Station wagons - from $65 per day
  • Large cars - from $33 per day
  • Medium cars - from $33 per day
  • Vans - from $96 per day
  • Premium cars - from $160 per day
  • Small cars - from $22 per day
  • SUVs - from $47 per day

Money-saving tips

Follow this advice to get a great rental car in Kos:

  • 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 Kos is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 73% cheaper than the yearly average and a whole 82% than renting a car in July. Come visit the Dodecanese islands in early spring!
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Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Kos 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 Kos
$15.69
January
$10.63
February
$13.87
March
$15.60
April
$22.93
May
$30.47
June
$43.29
July
$44.58
August
$31.80
September
$19.81
October
$13.76
November
$11.38
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Kos is February (when prices average $10.63 per day). This is 53% cheaper than the yearly average and 76% cheaper than renting in August (when prices average $44.58).

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 Kos?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in February, the average renter keeps their car for 10 days, and in January, they keep their car for 3 days.
Average number of rental days in Kos
3
January
10
February
6
March
7
April
7
May
7
June
7
July
7
August
7
September
7
October
7
November
10
December

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

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Kos is July, and the least popular is January.
Monthly searches in Kos by pick-up date relative to the average
3%
January
3%
February
10%
March
45%
April
85%
May
227%
June
286%
July
255%
August
192%
September
85%
October
4%
November
4%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 3
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Avance, Alma Car Hire, ABBYCAR, EXER, Thrifty
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans
Lowest price $22 per day
Cheapest supplier Surprice

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
Avance Skoda Citigo 2 1 Small cars
Alma Car Hire Suzuki Celerio 5 1 Small cars
Avance Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
EXER Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
Alma Car Hire Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
Avance Citroen C3 5 1 Small cars
ABBYCAR Suzuki Celerio 5 1 Small cars
Alma Car Hire Nissan Micra 5 1 Small cars
Thrifty Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
Avance Toyota Auris 5 2 Medium cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an 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, verified, and trustworthy.

Brazil
Toyota Auris
October 21, 2023
I had to go to another company to spend more money because the Store have no car to vive to me
Belgium
Fiat Panda
April 25, 2023
Kos island has everything: culture, nature, shops, .... The best way to explore is to drive around. After almost 20 years we still discover hidden places 💙
United Kingdom
Kia Picanto
October 12, 2018
Very hilly so car is good idea.
Germany
Nissan Pixo
July 2, 2018
Renting a car lets you explore the island and visit many of the nice beaches. Some of the beaches are inaccessible without a car.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
June 23, 2018
A beautiful island. Kefelos is so very peaceful. The beaches on the west of the island are quiet with lovely sand. Food is reasonably cheap. Petrol is very expensive. Will be going back there.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Autocandia
9 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
GreenMotion
6.8 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
45
Total rental companies
24
Average daily price
$54.96
Lowest daily price
$22.31
Total cars available
438

Top 24 Suppliers in Kos in 2024

Autocandia
Autocandia
Exceptional 9 / 91 reviews
1 location
$37 - $38
Alma Car Hire
Alma Car Hire
Very good 8.9 / 266 reviews
2 locations
$75 - $179
Avance
Avance
Very good 8.8 / 248 reviews
2 locations
$60 - $173
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.6 / 19 reviews
2 locations
$33 - $52
EXER
EXER
Very good 8.4 / 170 reviews
1 location
$33 - $34
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 8.4 / 79 reviews
2 locations
$22 - $33
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.4 / 24 reviews
2 locations
$36 - $111
Autounion
Autounion
Very good 8.4 / 18 reviews
3 locations
$41 - $153
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.3 / 27 reviews
2 locations
$36 - $60
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.3 / 6 reviews
2 locations
$38 - $84
DRIVE S.A.
DRIVE S.A.
Very good 8.2 / 9 reviews
1 location
$31 - $69
Keddy
Keddy
Very good 8.1 / 4 reviews
1 location
$25 - $71
Centauro
Centauro
Very good 8.1
1 location
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8 / 1 review
2 locations
$36 - $58
National
National
Good 7.9 / 1 review
2 locations
$40 - $66
ABBYCAR
ABBYCAR
Good 7.8 / 161 reviews
1 location
$34 - $104
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.8 / 4 reviews
2 locations
$39 - $160
Avis
Avis
Good 7.7 / 1 review
3 locations
$40 - $118
RightCars
RightCars
Good 7.6 / 13 reviews
1 location
Firefly
Firefly
Good 7.6 / 1 review
1 location
Drive Rent A Car
Drive Rent A Car
Good 7.6
1 location
Goldcar
Goldcar
Good 7.5 / 5 reviews
1 location
Finalrentals
Finalrentals
Good 7.4
1 location
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Satisfactory 6.8 / 33 reviews
1 location
$67 - $98
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