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Car Rental in Kos

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Kos Airport Car Rental
Mini
VW Up or similar
VW Up
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$9.18 / per day
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Kos Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autocandia
$10.00 / per day
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Kos Airport Car Rental
Economy
Hyundai i20 or similar
Hyundai i20
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$10.01 / per day
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Kos Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$10.77 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Kos Airport Car Rental
Economy
Citroen C3 or similar
Citroen C3
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autocandia
$11.26 / per day
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Kos Airport Car Rental
Mini
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Global Rent a Car
$11.36 / per day
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Kos Airport Car Rental
Mini
Nissan Pixo or similar
Nissan Pixo
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Avance Rent a Car
$11.86 / per day
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Kos Airport Car Rental
Mini
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 2x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Global Rent a Car
$11.92 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 17:20 on 2020-09-26. 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
3 days
Economy car rental price
$29.27 / 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
9.0

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 Car Rental

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).

Useful 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 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 the Ancient Greek medicine and science.
  • Ancient Agora. Built in the 4th century B.C. to replace an even earlier building that was destroyed by an earthquake, the marketplace of ancient Kos was one of the largest and most famous of 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 tips

  • 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 a day-trip

  • 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 rental types and 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.
  • 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

  • Large cars - from $63 per day
  • Medium cars - from $36 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $89 per day
  • Premium cars - from $153 per day
  • Small cars - from $25 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

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!

Top 20 Cities near Kos

  1. Athens Car Rentals from $20.17 per day
    330.8 km / 205.6 miles away
  2. Heraklion Car Rentals from $8.28 per day
    235.9 km / 146.6 miles away
  3. Corfu Car Rentals from $11.50 per day
    709.3 km / 440.7 miles away
  4. Rhodes Car Rentals from $10.63 per day
    108.4 km / 67.3 miles away
  5. Thessaloniki Car Rentals from $13.06 per day
    548.5 km / 340.8 miles away
  6. Chania Car Rentals from $9.29 per day
    310.4 km / 192.8 miles away
  7. Mykonos Car Rentals from $11.63 per day
    170.3 km / 105.8 miles away
  8. Santorini Car Rentals from $13.50 per day
    150.5 km / 93.5 miles away
  9. Zakynthos Car Rentals from $8.71 per day
    558.8 km / 347.2 miles away
  10. Naxos Car Rentals from $15.00 per day
    156.2 km / 97.1 miles away
  11. Kefalonia Car Rentals from $9.42 per day
    600.1 km / 372.9 miles away
  12. Kalamata Car Rentals from $12.57 per day
    451.3 km / 280.4 miles away
  13. Preveza Car Rentals from $8.75 per day
    606.0 km / 376.6 miles away
  14. Piraeus Car Rentals from $23.83 per day
    330.8 km / 205.5 miles away
  15. Paros Car Rentals from $13.50 per day
    176.3 km / 109.5 miles away
  16. Samos Car Rentals from $11.75 per day
    117.1 km / 72.7 miles away
  17. Skiathos Car Rentals from $9.39 per day
    411.1 km / 255.4 miles away
  18. Milos Car Rentals from $27.28 per day
    233.2 km / 144.9 miles away
  19. Faliraki Car Rentals from $62.02 per day
    108.8 km / 67.6 miles away
  20. Agios Nikolaos Car Rentals from $14.60 per day
    216.6 km / 134.6 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Kos

  1. Downtown Car Rentals from $25.01 per day
  2. Kos Port Car Rentals from $24.30 per day
    0.7 km / 0.4 miles away
  3. Kos Airport Car Rentals from $9.18 per day
    20.8 km / 12.9 miles away
  4. 47.6 km / 29.6 miles away
  5. Rhodes Airport Car Rentals from $8.20 per day
    90.4 km / 56.2 miles away
  6. Samos Airport Car Rentals from $10.39 per day
    93.7 km / 58.2 miles away
  7. 94.8 km / 58.9 miles away
  8. 95.3 km / 59.2 miles away
  9. Downtown Car Rentals from $10.63 per day
    98.2 km / 61.0 miles away
  10. 98.4 km / 61.2 miles away
  11. Rhodes Port Car Rentals from $30.27 per day
    98.7 km / 61.3 miles away
  12. Downtown Car Rentals from $33.64 per day
    98.8 km / 61.4 miles away
  13. Downtown Car Rentals from $62.02 per day
    100.1 km / 62.2 miles away
  14. 105.9 km / 65.8 miles away
  15. 106.9 km / 66.4 miles away
  16. 107.1 km / 66.5 miles away
  17. 112.3 km / 69.8 miles away
  18. 112.6 km / 70.0 miles away
  19. 112.7 km / 70.0 miles away
  20. 113.3 km / 70.4 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Kos 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 Kos
January
February
$12.79
March
$17.11
April
$66.70
May
$21.87
June
$70.15
July
$50.83
August
$31.91
September
$33.21
October
$67.58
November
$67.58
December
The best month to rent a car in Kos is March (when prices for an Economy class start from $12.79). This is 71% cheaper than the yearly average and 82% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $70.15 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Kos?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in March, travelers rent a car for an average of 8 days in October, the average rental period is 3 days.
Average Rental Length in Kos
6
January
5
February
8
March
5
April
4
May
4
June
5
July
4
August
4
September
3
October
5
November
7
December

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

While travelers visit Kos year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is March, and the least popular is November.
Popularity of Car Rental in Kos by Monthly Searches
62%
January
263%
February
293%
March
36%
April
69%
May
49%
June
74%
July
83%
August
134%
September
39%
October
7%
November
90%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
GreenMotion VW Up 5 1 Small cars
RightCars Hyundai i10 3 1 Small cars
RightCars Vauxhall Corsa 5 2 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Hyundai i10 4 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Hyundai i30 5 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion VW Polo 4 1 Small cars
GreenMotion Nissan Micra 5 1 Small cars
Alamo Opel Corsa 4 1 Small cars
Alamo Suzuki Celerio 4 2 Small cars
Enterprise Suzuki Celerio 4 2 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Kia Picanto
October 11, 2019
Although we didn't travel very far with our hire car, having it made shopping and getting to and from the airport easy and cost effective. Kos is a straightforward place to drive with uncomplicated roads.
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.

Top 18 Suppliers in Kos in 2020

Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Exceptional 9.2
+302111875545
Kos Airport, Kos 853 02
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-21:00
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+302242030445
Island International Airport, Kos 853 02
RightCars
RightCars
Exceptional 9.1
+302111985384
Kos Airport (KGS), Kos 853 02
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9
+302242030445
Kos Intl Airport Hippocrates, Kos 853 02
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.9
+302242051915
Arrival Hall
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.9
2242030445
Kos Intl Airport Hippocrates, Kos 853 02
AddCar
AddCar
Excellent 8.9
+302242092508 / +306937327323
Kos National Airport Kos Island, Greece
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.9
+302242030145
119 ETHELODON PALEON POLEMISTON STR
Working hours
Mon:08:00-13:00; 17:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-13:00; 17:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-13:00; 17:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-13:00; 17:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-13:00; 17:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-13:00; 17:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-13:00; 17:00-21:00
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+302242051885
Iraklidis 853 02, Greece
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
2242030445
Kos Intl Airport Hippocrates
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-21:00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+302242440116
Airport Arrivals Hall
Working hours
Mon:00:00-23:59
Tue:00:00-23:59
Wed:00:00-23:59
Thu:00:00-23:59
Fri:00:00-23:59
Sat:00:00-23:59
Sun:00:00-23:59
Centauro
Centauro
Excellent 8.3
+39966360360
Kos Airport,Antimachia 853 02
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:00
Tue:07:00-23:00
Wed:07:00-23:00
Thu:07:00-23:00
Fri:07:00-23:00
Sat:07:00-23:00
Sun:07:00-23:00
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.7
+302242051110 / +34965233425
Kos Airport , Kos Island, 853 02 Antimachia, Kos, Greece
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-21:00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
+302242051649
Epar. Od.Ko-Kefalou, Kos Island International Airport, Antimacha 853 02
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-21:00
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
+302242051110
Off-Airport. Kos Antimachia
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-21:00
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7.1
+306944677204
Kos Airport
Working hours
Mon:07:00-22:00
Tue:07:00-22:00
Wed:07:00-22:00
Thu:07:00-22:00
Fri:07:00-22:00
Sat:07:00-22:00
Sun:07:00-22:00
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.1
+302242051110
Goldcar, Antimachia, Kos 853 02
Working hours
Mon:08:00-21:00
Tue:08:00-21:00
Wed:08:00-21:00
Thu:08:00-21:00
Fri:08:00-21:00
Sat:08:00-21:00
Sun:08:00-21:00
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 7
+302242051649 / +302109735000
Kos Airport,Antimachia 853 02
Working hours
Mon:07:30-21:00
Tue:07:30-21:00
Wed:07:30-21:00
Thu:07:30-21:00
Fri:07:30-21:00
Sat:07:30-21:00
Sun:07:30-21:00
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