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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$3.99 / per day
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Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
$4.18 / per day
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Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Mini
Skoda Citigo or similar
Skoda Citigo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$4.30 / per day
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Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Mini
VW Up or similar
VW Up
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$4.43 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Rhodium
$4.68 / per day
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Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Economy
Nissan Micra or similar
Nissan Micra
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$4.76 / per day
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Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$5.05 / per day
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Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Mini
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Global Rent a Car
$6.43 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 02:50 on 2020-04-01. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.
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    Travel Information

    Language
    Greek
    Currency
    EUR
    Country code
    30
    Average car rental length
    4 days
    Economy car rental price
    $14.98 / 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
    9.3

    Why rent a car in Thessaloniki?

    Thessaloniki is a great place to explore by car. A city with a history that dates back more than 2000 years and the largest metropolis in the sometimes underappreciated, but fascinating Northern Greece,  it offers everything from impressive architecture to stunning beaches and unique cuisine. Thessaloniki is also within a four hour drive off four different countries: Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey.

    Thessaloniki Car Rental

    One-Way Car Rentals in Thessaloniki

    The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Thessaloniki and drop off in another city include:

    • From Thessaloniki to Athens - 256 offers from 6.24 USD per day
    • From Thessaloniki to Alexandroupoli - 141 offers from 32.24 USD per day
    • From Thessaloniki to Patras - 68 offers from 30.60 USD per day

    Top ways to enter Thessaloniki

    • Thessaloniki Airport. The third busiest airport in Greece, also known as Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia, is located just southeast of Thessaloniki’s city center. It serves more than six million passengers every year.
    • Kavala Airport. About a two hour drive east of Thessaloniki, Kavala Airport hosts both 
    • domestic routes and flights to more than ten different European countries. Like many other airports in Greece, Kavala Airport is especially active during the summer months.
    • Skopje Airport. Serving the capital of neighboring North Macedonia, Skopje Airport is just a two-and-a-half hour drive north of Thessaloniki. If you plan to come from North Macedonia to Greece by a rental car, first ask your car rental provider if they permit it. Also, make sure your EU entry documentation is in order.
    • Athens Airport. By far the largest in Greece and among the 30 busiest in Europe, Athens Airport is a great regional air hub. It might be a five hour drive south of Thessaloniki, but there are many interesting stops you can make on the way.

    Useful city facts

    Thessaloniki enjoys a humid subtropical climate. The average temperature in July is 27 °C  (80 °F) and it’s not unusual for temperatures to creep higher. Winters are generally mild, although Thessaloniki is one of the few beach cities in Greece where snowfall can occur in January and February. Unlike in the more southern areas of Greece, summers in Thessaloniki are not significantly drier than winters.

    Thessaloniki is the second most populous city of Greece. Although only 325 thousand people live inside the city proper, there are more than 1 million inhabitants in the greaterThessaloniki metropolitan area.

    Top destinations and activities

    • Rotunda. Arguably the most famous landmark of Thessaloniki,  the Rotunda and its neighboring Arch of Galerius have been in their places for more than 1600 years. It was first built as a temple during the Roman times, then turned into a Paleochristian church, then a mosque, and finally a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Though the Rotunda has suffered many  earthquakes, it has always been rebuilt to retain the beauty of its early days.
    • Saint Demetrios Church. Also known as Hagios Demetrios, this ancient church honours Saint Demetrius, the patron saint of Thessaloniki whose resting place is under the basilica. Once one of the largest churches of the Byzantine Empire, it is still an important religious and historic monument.
    • The White Tower. Another very important symbol of the city, the White Tower of Thessaloniki is both a monument and a museum dedicated to the city’s long and diverse history. Exploring its many collections is just as interesting as climbing its labyrinthine staircases or appreciating the view of the rest of the city from the tower top.

    Traffic and parking tips

    • 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 licence ban. Exceeding the limit of 0.08% is a criminal offence and can lead to up to two years of imprisonment.
    • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
    • If you’re the driver, 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 toll 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. Determine out 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 a day-trip

    • Thassos Island. With its golden coastline, calm waters, and relaxed atmosphere, Thassos is arguably the number one coastal destination in the area. Aliki Beach and Limenaria Beach are fun and busy, while the Scala Maries Beach has a quieter feel. While you’re here, make sure to also see the old harbour and visit the ancient mountain village of Potamia. Park your car in Thessaloniki and take an enjoyable three hour ferry ride to Thassos.
    • Kavala. While it may not be as popular with foreign tourists, the Greeks themselves consider Kavala one of the most beautiful places their country, and in a place like Greece, that is some claim. Come here for beautiful castles from different eras, stunning natural beauty, and delicious cuisine. Kavala is about 160 km (100 mi) east of Thessaloniki.
    • Prespa lakes. The Great Prespa Lake and the Small Prespa Lake are two beautiful lakes about three hours north of Thessaloniki that border both Albania and North Macedonia. A relaxing destination to be  enjoyed at a slow place, the Prespas are home to many unique animal, bird, and fish species that you can observe from its coasts.

    Most popular rental types and cars

    The most popular rental car in Thessaloniki is the Renault Clio, closely followed by the Volkswagen Up and the Skoda Citigo. The most popular rental car types are economy, mini, and compact. 

    Further destinations

    • North Macedonia. Greece’s smaller neighbor to the north is an underappreciated travel destination with a truly wild feel. The beautiful Lake Ohrid and the vast nature areas that surround it is a highlight, but make sure to also drive to little mountain villages, appreciate ancient historical sites, and pay a visit to the fun and busy capital city Skopje. If you’d like to pick up your rental car in Greece and drop it off in North Macedonia, first ask your car rental provider if they permit it. Also, make sure your entry documentation for North Macedonia is in order (Greece is a member of the EU, while North Macedonia is not).
    • Albania. Similarly to North Macedonia, Albania is another up-and-coming travel destination with an untamed atmosphere, but it also boasts a long and beautiful Adriatic sea coast. Beach resorts like Sarande in the south and Durres in the north are obvious highlights. However, do also travel inland as Albania’s mountain scenery is among the most dramatic you’re bound to find anywhere in Europe. If you’d like to pick up your rental car in Greece and drop it off in Albania, first ask your car rental provider if they permit it. Also, make sure your entry documentation for Albania is in order (Greece is a member of the EU, while Albania is not).
    • Athens. It might be a long six hour drive from Thessaloniki to the capital, but once you’ve come to Greece, it would be a shame not to visit it. Home to countless ancient sites, stunning museums, diverse neighborhoods, and gastronomic influences from all over the country, Athens truly is a destination like no other.

    Car Rental Prices {{in-location}}

    • Station wagons - from $22 per day
    • Large cars - from $32 per day
    • Medium cars - from $20 per day
    • People Carriers/Vans - from $52 per day
    • Small cars - from $15 per day
    • SUVs - from $50 per day

    How can I save money on my rental car?

    There are a number of things you can do to get a good rental car deal in Thessaloniki:\

    • Compare 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 Thessaloniki is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 69% cheaper than the yearly average and an unbelievable 86% cheaper than renting a car in June. Come visit Thessaloniki in early spring!

    Top 20 Cities near Thessaloniki

    1. Athens Car Rentals from $2.38 per day
      299.2 km / 185.9 miles away
    2. Heraklion Car Rentals from $3.94 per day
      607.7 km / 377.6 miles away
    3. Santorini Car Rentals from $7.53 per day
      507.5 km / 315.4 miles away
    4. Rhodes Car Rentals from $4.59 per day
      638.2 km / 396.6 miles away
    5. Corfu Car Rentals from $5.24 per day
      279.6 km / 173.8 miles away
    6. Chania Car Rentals from $3.94 per day
      564.1 km / 350.5 miles away
    7. Mykonos Car Rentals from $7.26 per day
      399.8 km / 248.4 miles away
    8. Kefalonia Car Rentals from $7.39 per day
      341.1 km / 211.9 miles away
    9. Naxos Car Rentals from $7.53 per day
      435.1 km / 270.4 miles away
    10. Zakynthos Car Rentals from $4.73 per day
      356.6 km / 221.6 miles away
    11. Samos Car Rentals from $7.53 per day
      463.2 km / 287.8 miles away
    12. Kos Car Rentals from $7.53 per day
      547.3 km / 340.1 miles away
    13. Preveza Car Rentals from $5.68 per day
      258.8 km / 160.8 miles away
    14. Paros Car Rentals from $6.09 per day
      432.7 km / 268.9 miles away
    15. Kalamata Car Rentals from $7.52 per day
      392.4 km / 243.8 miles away
    16. Chios Car Rentals from $7.53 per day
      364.2 km / 226.3 miles away
    17. Skiathos Car Rentals from $7.26 per day
      156.1 km / 97.0 miles away
    18. Milos Car Rentals from $14.25 per day
      444.8 km / 276.4 miles away
    19. Karpathos Car Rentals from $7.53 per day
      674.6 km / 419.2 miles away
    20. Volos Car Rentals from $7.53 per day
      145.3 km / 90.3 miles away

    Top 20 Locations near Thessaloniki

    1. Volos Airport Car Rentals from $7.53 per day
      145.3 km / 90.3 miles away
    2. Kavala Airport Car Rentals from $7.53 per day
      145.8 km / 90.6 miles away
    3. 156.1 km / 97.0 miles away
    4. 204.4 km / 127.0 miles away
    5. 215.9 km / 134.2 miles away
    6. 254.5 km / 158.1 miles away
    7. 258.8 km / 160.8 miles away
    8. Corfu Airport Car Rentals from $5.24 per day
      279.6 km / 173.8 miles away
    9. Patras Airport Car Rentals from $9.01 per day
      295.0 km / 183.3 miles away
    10. Athens Airport Car Rentals from $2.38 per day
      299.2 km / 185.9 miles away
    11. 341.1 km / 211.9 miles away
    12. 350.0 km / 217.5 miles away
    13. 356.6 km / 221.6 miles away
    14. Chios Airport Car Rentals from $7.53 per day
      364.2 km / 226.3 miles away
    15. Syros Airport Car Rentals from $16.39 per day
      384.5 km / 238.9 miles away
    16. 392.4 km / 243.8 miles away
    17. 399.8 km / 248.4 miles away
    18. Paros Airport Car Rentals from $6.09 per day
      432.7 km / 268.9 miles away

    Map of Car Rental Locations

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

    Car rental prices in Thessaloniki 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 Thessaloniki
    $15.80
    January
    $30.87
    February
    $13.78
    March
    $24.26
    April
    $35.91
    May
    $96.30
    June
    $52.38
    July
    $43.28
    August
    $39.71
    September
    $28.93
    October
    $69.85
    November
    $63.51
    December
    The best month to rent a car in Thessaloniki is March (when prices for an Economy class start from $13.78). This is 68% cheaper than the yearly average and 86% cheaper than renting in June (when rental prices start at $96.30 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

    What’s the usual rental length in Thessaloniki?

    Travel lengths vary from month to month: in February, travelers rent a car for an average of 10 days in December, the average rental period is 3 days.
    Average Rental Length in Thessaloniki
    9
    January
    10
    February
    7
    March
    5
    April
    6
    May
    5
    June
    4
    July
    4
    August
    4
    September
    8
    October
    5
    November
    3
    December

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

    While travelers visit Thessaloniki year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is March, and the least popular is April.
    Popularity of Car Rental in Thessaloniki by Monthly Searches
    87%
    January
    446%
    February
    493%
    March
    5%
    April
    76%
    May
    6%
    June
    8%
    July
    9%
    August
    5%
    September
    6%
    October
    25%
    November
    34%
    December

    Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

    Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
    Centauro Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
    Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
    Centauro Ford Focus 5 3 Medium cars
    Surprice Hyundai I20 5 2 Medium cars
    Centauro Fiat Panda 4 2 Small cars
    GreenMotion Skoda Citigo 4 1 Small cars
    Surprice Toyota Aygo 3 2 Small cars
    Autounion Citroen C1 4 1 Small cars
    Surprice Seat ibiza 3 1 Medium cars
    Surprice Hyundai i20 5 2 Medium cars

    Our Customers Reviews

    Cyprus
    VW Polo
    July 3, 2019
    Halkidiki is beautiful
    Ukraine
    Skoda Citigo 3d
    August 15, 2018
    There are many rental facilities and so it's easy to rent a car at Thessaloniki airport. If you fly in from a large European city like we did, it's easy to navigate Thessaloniki. Beware the many toll booths on roads and even the motorways have potholes. So mind your speed as well.
    Canada
    Fiat Tipo
    August 8, 2018
    Salonica is a very beautiful city at night very difficult to driving Spend majority of trip traveling to different parts of northern Greece amazing trip Overall very satisfied with the professionalism of the rental company

    Top 15 Suppliers in Thessaloniki in 2020

    National
    National
    Exceptional 9.2
    +18443708286
    2 Airport Cir, Rockford, IL 61109
    Enterprise
    Enterprise
    Excellent 8.8
    +18159654466 / +18449341088
    2 Airport Cir, Rockford, IL 61109
    Alamo
    Alamo
    Excellent 8.8
    8443708287
    2 AIRPORT CIR,
    Working hours
    Mon:08:00-18:00
    Tue:09:00-18:00
    Wed:08:00-17:00
    Thu:09:00-18:00
    Fri:08:00-18:00
    Sat:09:00-14:00
    Sun:09:00-15:00
    SIXT
    SIXT
    Excellent 8.7
    +302310476508
    Makedonia AP,Mikras Thessalon.
    Keddy
    Keddy
    Excellent 8.6
    +302109735000
    Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia Central Building, Thessaloniki 551 03
    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
    Europcar
    Europcar
    Excellent 8.6
    +302109735000
    Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia Central Building, Thessaloniki 551 03
    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
    Autounion
    Autounion
    Excellent 8.5
    +302310241241
    15 km Thessaloniki-Perea, Airport Area, Thermi 570 01, Greece
    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
    Avis
    Avis
    Excellent 8.5
    +18159628447
    2 Airport Circle Greater Rockford Airport
    Working hours
    Mon:07:30-18:00
    Tue:07:30-18:00
    Wed:07:30-18:00
    Thu:07:30-18:00
    Fri:07:30-18:00
    Sat:08:00-12:00
    Sun:08:00-12:00
    Centauro
    Centauro
    Excellent 8.3
    +302311181134
    16th kilometer Thessalonikis neas mihanionas, Thermi 570 01
    GreenMotion
    GreenMotion
    Very good 7.7
    +302310473135 / +306951815532
    14 km Thessaloniki - Pereas, Thessaloniki, 570 01
    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
    Global Rent a Car
    Global Rent a Car
    Very good 7.7
    +302111875521
    Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia Central Building, Thessaloniki 551 03
    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 7.5
    +34965233425 / +342314027365
    14th km Thessalonikis-Pereas national road, Thermi 570 01
    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
    Rhodium
    Rhodium
    Very good 7.4
    +302314027365
    14km, Thessalonikis - Peraias, Thessaloniki 570 01
    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
    Goldcar
    Goldcar
    Very good 7.3
    +302314027365
    14th km Thessalonikis Peraias
    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
    Surprice
    Surprice
    Very good 7
    +302310456644 / +306932199911
    Thessalonikis - Peraias 16, Thermi 570 01
    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

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