Car Rental in Santorini

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Santorini Airport Car Rental
Economy
Peugeot 208 or similar
Peugeot 208
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
$42.40 per day
Santorini Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
EXER
$44.31 per day
Santorini Airport Car Rental
Mini
Suzuki Celerio or similar
Suzuki Celerio
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
EXER
$44.36 per day
Santorini Airport Car Rental
Mini Elite
Skoda Citigo or similar
Skoda Citigo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
EXER
$44.39 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Santorini Airport Car Rental
Economy
Peugeot 208 or similar
Peugeot 208
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
$45.21 / per day
Santorini Airport Car Rental
Economy
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
EXER
$47.41 / per day
Santorini Airport Car Rental
Mini
Peugeot 108 or similar
Peugeot 108
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
WheeGo
$48.87 / per day
Santorini Airport Car Rental
Economy
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alamo
$51.32 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 05:47 on 2022-10-02. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Greek
Currency
EUR
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Country code
30
Economy car rental price
$85.08 / per day
Average car rental length
1 days
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Speed limit out of town
90 km/h
56 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Rating
9.1
Average gasoline price
$2.07 / 1 liter
Highest gasoline price
$2.07 / 1 liter
Lowest gasoline price
$1.89 / 1 liter

Why rent a car in Santorini?

Santorini is a great place to visit. Small, but incredibly picturesque, the volcanic island has a wealth of coastal and mountainous scenery to explore and enjoy. Its main town, Fira (or Thira), is arguably the most beautiful island city of Greece, but getting a rental car will let you travel even further and explore historic sites and nature areas that cannot be reached by the public transportation.

Santorini Car Rental

Top ways to enter Santorini

  • Santorini Airport: Also known as Santorini-Thira, it is the only international airport on the island. One of the fastest-growing airports in Greece, it served 2.2 million travelers in 2018, a 17% increase from the previous year. Located 5km (3 miles) southeast of Fira, the airport can be reached in about eight minutes.
  • 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 Santorini. Some airports near Santorini include Paros Airport, Naxos Airport, Milos Airport, Mykonos Airport, and Heraklion Airport. It might be possible to pick up a rental car at the airport and then take it to Santorini by ferry, but you should first ask your rental car provider if they permit it. A better idea might be to take a ferry as a passenger and to pick up a rental car at Santorini Ferry Port.  It’s also important to look up the ferry schedule in advance - the services are much more frequent during the spring and summer months.

City facts

  • Santorini has a semi-arid climate with continental influences. The average high temperature is 29 °C  (84 °F) in July and August, the warmest months, and 14 °C  (57 °F) in January and February. Precipitation is relatively high in December and January, but there’s virtually no rain from June to August.
  • Santorini was home to the Minoan civilization which is considered to be the oldest civilization of Europe. The reasons for its eventual demise are unclear, but one of the factors that might have contributed to its final end on Santorini was the Minoan volcanic eruption that occurred about 3,600 years ago. Often considered one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions in the history of the planet, it significantly changed the face of Santorini and its surrounding islands; its effects were recorded not only by Greeks, but also Ancient Egyptians on the other side of the Mediterranean. After a while, Santorini became populated again, first by Phoenicians and Dorian Greeks, and later by rulers like Romans, Ottomans, and Venetians.
  • Santorini is a culinary destination, famous for its varied and delicious cuisine. Some of the local specialties include brantada, a cod fillet mixed with flour, salt, and garlic salad; koskosela, chopped and fried tomatoes with olive oil and eggs; and meltinia cookies made of local cheese and yogurt. Santorini also produces delicious wine, especially that made of the local assyrtiko white wine grapes.

Top destinations and activities

  • Beaches. Although historic and cultured, Santorini is, first and foremost, a beach destination. There’s plenty to choose from, too - from the hip and busy Kamari Beach to picturesque Akrotiri Red Beach that’s great for snorkeling, relaxed Baxedes Beach, and the White Beach that can only be accessed by boat. Jump in your rental car and simply drive up or down the coast - you’ll soon find a picturesque shore that will feel perfect for you.
  • Fira. It’s sometimes also written as Thira or even Thera, and there’s no argument that the main settlement of Santorini is also one of the island’s main tourist attractions. Its architecture is a splendid mixture of Cycladic and Venetian influences, and you can learn about the island’s past in the Museum of Prehistoric Thera. If you’re up for something more active, climb the nearby cliffs to enjoy the view of Santorini’s volcanic caldera and the surrounding sea. Much of the island’s busy nightlife — the main reason to visit for many travelers — also takes place in and around Fira.
  • Ia. Also known as of Oia, this small village might only have a population of about 1,500, but it also boasts a reputation of providing the most beautiful sunset views in Greece. Even if you’re visiting earlier in the day, its white churches with blue domes and cozy little tavernas are not to be missed.

Traffic and parking

  • There are no highways on Santorini (nor on any other Greek island).
  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 90km/h (55.9 mph) on roads outside populated areas and 50km/h (31 mph) in populated and built-up areas.
  • While the larger roads are in good shape, the smaller 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 high 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 in Santorini. There are, however, a number of tolled 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 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 the toll gates, 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 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.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Archeological Site of Akrotiri. An important historical site, it is one of the best-preserved ancient settlements in Greece. The excavation is still in progress, but wall frescoes, golden ritual objects, and vases made by the original Minoan inhabitants have been found there and can be observed by visitors. The opening times change quite frequently, however, so it’s a good idea to check them in advance on the official website. Located in the southwestern part of the island, Akrotiri is just 10km (6 miles) west of Fira and can be reached in about 15 minutes. After seeing the excavation, go to see the modern Akrotiri, a small, but lively settlement nearby.
  • Pyrgos Kallistis. The inland village has the highest point in Santorini with an old monastery set on top of it. The last part of the way cannot be done by car, so you’ll have to climb, but the views at the end of the path are worth it. Pyrgos also has the ruins of an impressive Venetian castle. Just 5km (3 miles) southeast of Fira, Pyrgos can be reached in ten minutes.
  • Vothonas. A small village that’s something of a hidden gem, Vothonas is best known for the fact that many of its buildings are carved into the local cliffs. Few travelers make it this far, but if you do, make sure to catch the morning market where you can buy fresh fish and other seafood from local fishermen. Despite its seeming isolation, Vothonas is just 4km (2 miles) from Fira and takes less than 10 minutes to reach up the narrow and rocky road.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental car in Santorini is the Toyota Aygo, although many travelers also go for the Hyundai i10 and the Toyota Yaris 5d. The most popular rental car types are mini, economy, and compact.

Further destinations

  • Naxos. The largest of Cycladic islands, Naxos is home to historical sites like Apollon’s Gate and the Temple of Sangri. There are also great opportunities for water sports like surfing and snorkeling. Most visitors visit Naxos’ northern and central part, but with a rental car, you can also drive to see its less explored, sparsely populated south.
  • Paros. Another nearby island that can be reached by ferry, Paros is great for either exploring its nightlife or enjoying the tranquility on one of its less busy beaches. On top of that, it is also a water sports hub and one of the best places in all of Greece for kitesurfing and windsurfing. Do keep in mind that, as with Naxos and other islands, the ferries tend to sell out very quickly during the high season, so booking tickets well in advance is a wise choice.
  • Crete. By far the largest Greek island, Crete is famous for its Minoan, Byzantine, Ottoman and Venetian heritage that can still be felt in the island’s architecture and cuisine. But even if history is not your thing, there’s plenty to enjoy from countless beautiful beaches to impressive nature areas like Gorge of Samaria. Heraklion, the island’s largest city and capital, is the best place to arrive via if you’re coming from Santorini.
  • Athens. Athens was the home of Classical Greece, and its Acropolis still has plenty of world-famous sites from Theater of Dionysus to Ancient Agora and Plato’s Academy. But there’s much more to Athens than just history, and its many public gardens, contemporary art centers, and various restaurants are a joy to explore. After visiting Athens, you can travel to see to the rest of Continental Greece, from the Peloponnese in the southwest to Thessaloniki in the north.

Note: While it is possible to go from Santorini to Naxos, Athens, 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 Santorini. A better idea is to go as a passenger and to pick up a new rental car after arriving at your destination.

Car Rental Prices in Santorini

  • Large cars - from $102 per day
  • Medium cars - from $102 per day
  • Vans - from $145 per day
  • Premium cars - from $102 per day
  • Small cars - from $75 per day

Money-saving tips

There are things you can do to land a great rental car in Santorini:

  • 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 the island is the cheapest in June when renting a car is about 38% cheaper than the yearly average. Come visit Santorini in the early summertime!

Top 20 Cities near Santorini

  1. 233.3 km / 145.0 miles away
  2. Heraklion Car Rentals from $43.11 per day
    121.4 km / 75.4 miles away
  3. Rhodes Car Rentals from $55.10 per day
    239.5 km / 148.8 miles away
  4. 512.3 km / 318.3 miles away
  5. Chania Car Rentals from $50.53 per day
    169.7 km / 105.4 miles away
  6. Corfu Car Rentals from $87.63 per day
    614.2 km / 381.6 miles away
  7. Kos Car Rentals from $25.32 per day
    150.5 km / 93.5 miles away
  8. Mykonos Car Rentals from $53.83 per day
    115.8 km / 71.9 miles away
  9. Zakynthos Car Rentals from $23.15 per day
    434.5 km / 270.0 miles away
  10. 76.0 km / 47.2 miles away
  11. Kefalonia Car Rentals from $117.68 per day
    483.6 km / 300.5 miles away
  12. Preveza Car Rentals from $72.63 per day
    501.0 km / 311.3 miles away
  13. Rethymno Car Rentals from $75.62 per day
    146.2 km / 90.8 miles away
  14. Agios Nikolaos Car Rentals from $16.12 per day
    129.6 km / 80.5 miles away
  15. Paros Car Rentals from $69.52 per day
    74.8 km / 46.5 miles away
  16. Koropi Car Rentals from $28.05 per day
    217.9 km / 135.4 miles away
  17. Piraeus Car Rentals from $81.99 per day
    236.9 km / 147.2 miles away
  18. 389.3 km / 241.9 miles away
  19. Lefkada Car Rentals from $85.06 per day
    504.3 km / 313.4 miles away
  20. Samos Car Rentals from $16.09 per day
    188.4 km / 117.1 miles away

Top 19 Locations near Santorini

  1. 3.0 km / 1.8 miles away
  2. Santorini Port Car Rentals from $68.35 per day
    3.3 km / 2.1 miles away
  3. 4.5 km / 2.8 miles away
  4. Mylopota Car Rentals from $74.89 per day
    35.2 km / 21.9 miles away
  5. Paros Airport Car Rentals from $69.52 per day
    71.3 km / 44.3 miles away
  6. Naxos Airport Car Rentals from $85.51 per day
    73.9 km / 45.9 miles away
  7. Naxos Chora Car Rentals from $95.52 per day
    76.4 km / 47.5 miles away
  8. Paros Port Car Rentals from $101.25 per day
    78.5 km / 48.8 miles away
  9. Milos Airport Car Rentals from $54.66 per day
    90.9 km / 56.5 miles away
  10. 94.4 km / 58.6 miles away
  11. Mykonos Airport Car Rentals from $53.83 per day
    113.4 km / 70.4 miles away
  12. Mykonos Port Car Rentals from $82.24 per day
    115.1 km / 71.5 miles away
  13. Mykonos Old Port Car Rentals from $107.00 per day
    115.2 km / 71.6 miles away
  14. 116.6 km / 72.4 miles away
  15. Syros Airport Car Rentals from $207.49 per day
    119.7 km / 74.4 miles away
  16. 120.6 km / 75.0 miles away
  17. 121.8 km / 75.7 miles away
  18. 122.1 km / 75.8 miles away
  19. Heraklion Port Car Rentals from $43.11 per day
    122.5 km / 76.1 miles away

Map of Car Rental Locations

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

Car rental prices in Santorini 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 Santorini
January
$30.37
February
$68.43
March
$34.94
April
$45.42
May
$29.86
June
$78.59
July
$76.50
August
$48.06
September
$56.13
October
$32.84
November
$32.84
December
The best month to rent a car in Santorini is June (when prices for an Economy class start from $29.86). This is 38% cheaper than the yearly average and 62% cheaper than renting in July (when rental prices start at $78.59 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Santorini?

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

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

The most popular month for renting a car in Santorini is September, and the least popular is June.
Popularity of Car Rental in Santorini by Monthly Searches
154%
January
155%
February
184%
March
112%
April
70%
May
27%
June
36%
July
65%
August
198%
September
124%
October
38%
November
36%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
CarQ Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
Autounion Citroen C1 4 1 Small cars
Alma Car Hire Toyota Aygo 5 2 Small cars
Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
CarQ Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
Avance Rent a Car Nissan Micra 4 1 Small cars
AddCar Suzuki Alto 4 1 Small cars
Centauro Peugeot 208 4 1 Small cars
AddCar Opel Corsa 5 2 Small cars
SIXT VW Up! 5 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 an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Spain
Fiat 500
September 18, 2021
Rent a car is must in Santorini. A 500s will take you everywhere although there are some roads that you really need to be really carefull like red/black beach access.
United Kingdom
Nissan Pixo
August 23, 2020
Get a car and get around.

Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
CarQ
9.45 / 10
Lowest rated company
Goldcar
7.64 / 10
Total number of reviews
7
Total rental companies
24
Average daily price
$85.08
Lowest daily price
$8.20
Total cars available
186

Top 24 Suppliers in Santorini in 2022

CarQ
CarQ
Exceptional 9.4 / 38 reviews
+302811216153
Monolithos,Airport Area ,847 00
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
Avance Rent a Car
Avance Rent a Car
Exceptional 9.4 / 96 reviews
+302286033808 / +302109011300
Santorini Aiport, Thira 847 00
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
Autounion
Autounion
Exceptional 9.2 / 82 reviews
+302286033600
Santorini National Airport, Thira 847 00
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
SIXT
SIXT
Exceptional 9.1 / 33 reviews
+302286440064
Road Messaria, Ancient, Santorini 847 00
Alamo
Alamo
Exceptional 9.1 / 10 reviews
+302286037000 / +302286036160
Santorini Airport, Thera 847 00
AddCar
AddCar
Exceptional 9 / 53 reviews
+306932284915
Santorini airport 847 00, 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
Surprice
Surprice
Excellent 8.8 / 41 reviews
+302286023490 / +306936106189
Santorini Port
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
Thrifty
Thrifty
Excellent 8.7
+302286110995
Santorini Aiport JTR, Thira 847 00
EXER
EXER
Excellent 8.7
+302286071492
Santorini Airport
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
WheeGo
WheeGo
Excellent 8.7 / 1 reviews
+302286030865 / +306936590278
Santorini Airport, Thira 847 00, 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
Centauro
Centauro
Excellent 8.7 / 82 reviews
+302111985310
Mesaria 847 00
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
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Excellent 8.6 / 29 reviews
+302111875554
Santorini Aiport, Thira 847 00
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
SKG Rent A Car
SKG Rent A Car
Excellent 8.6 / 1 reviews
+302310471004
Athinios Port, 847 00, Santorini
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
Enterprise
Enterprise
Excellent 8.6
+302286037000
Louria Region, 481 00 Santorini Airport, 481 00, Thira 481 00
National
National
Excellent 8.6
+302286036160 / +302286037000
Santorini Aiport, Thira 847 00
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.6 / 3 reviews
302286033887
Airport
Working hours
Mon:07:30-23:30
Tue:07:30-23:30
Wed:07:30-23:30
Thu:07:30-23:30
Fri:07:30-23:30
Sat:07:30-23:30
Sun:07:30-23:30
Cargini
Cargini
Excellent 8.5
+302811216153
Cargini, Santorini airport, Thira 847 00
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
Hertz
Hertz
Excellent 8.5
+302286033670
Santorini Aiport JTR, Thira 847 00
Europcar
Europcar
Excellent 8.4 / 6 reviews
+302286030865
Santorini aiport area, Thira 847 00, 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
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.3 / 3 reviews
+302286028393
Firon-Airport Str., Mirmigkia
Working hours
Mon:08:00-16:00
Tue:08:00-16:00
Wed:08:00-16:00
Thu:08:00-16:00
Fri:08:00-16:00
Sat:08:00-16:00
Sun:08:00-16:00
ABBYCAR
ABBYCAR
Excellent 8.3
+302122135282210
Santorini Airport, Thira 847 00
Working hours
Mon:08:00-22:00
Tue:08:00-22:00
Wed:08:00-22:00
Thu:08:00-22:00
Fri:08:00-22:00
Sat:08:00-22:00
Sun:08:00-22:00
Alma Car Hire
Alma Car Hire
Excellent 8.3 / 37 reviews
+302286030501 / +306983365960
Airport, Thira 847 00, Santorini
Working hours
Mon:08:01-21:00
Tue:08:01-21:00
Wed:08:01-21:00
Thu:07:31-21:30
Fri:08:01-21:00
Sat:08:01-21:00
Sun:08:01-21:00
Interrent
Interrent
Very good 7.9
+302286030501 / 6984242483
Santorini Airport
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 7.6 / 5 reviews
+306937369387 / +306937369384
Santorini Aiport (JTR), Thira 847 00
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