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Car Rental in Thessaloniki

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Mini
VW Up or similar
VW Up
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$6.83 / per day
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Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Mini
Skoda Citigo or similar
Skoda Citigo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$6.84 / per day
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Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$6.96 / per day
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Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$7.05 / per day
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Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Mini
Suzuki Celerio or similar
Suzuki Celerio
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Carwiz
$7.46 / per day
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Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Economy
Hyundai i20 or similar
Hyundai i20
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$7.50 / per day
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Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Suzuki Alto or similar
Suzuki Alto
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$7.59 / per day
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Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$7.68 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 06:02 on 2020-10-19. 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
4 days
Economy car rental price
$10.22 / 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 US$ 6.66 per day
  • From Thessaloniki to Patras - 68 offers from US$ 32.66 per day
  • From Thessaloniki to Alexandroupoli - 141 offers from US$ 34.41 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

For more about traveling around Greece with a rental car, check out our complete guide.

  • 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 Thessaloniki

  • Station wagons - from $42 per day
  • Large cars - from $34 per day
  • Medium cars - from $25 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $64 per day
  • Small cars - from $19 per day
  • SUVs - from $67 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 $16.37 per day
    295.1 km / 183.4 miles away
  2. Heraklion Car Rentals from $6.02 per day
    609.7 km / 378.8 miles away
  3. Rhodes Car Rentals from $6.92 per day
    644.7 km / 400.6 miles away
  4. Corfu Car Rentals from $19.37 per day
    278.2 km / 172.8 miles away
  5. Chania Car Rentals from $6.00 per day
    566.4 km / 352.0 miles away
  6. Santorini Car Rentals from $13.56 per day
    509.3 km / 316.5 miles away
  7. Kos Car Rentals from $6.92 per day
    548.5 km / 340.8 miles away
  8. Mykonos Car Rentals from $12.21 per day
    401.3 km / 249.4 miles away
  9. Zakynthos Car Rentals from $8.78 per day
    355.5 km / 220.9 miles away
  10. Naxos Car Rentals from $18.89 per day
    436.8 km / 271.4 miles away
  11. Piraeus Car Rentals from $23.02 per day
    294.2 km / 182.8 miles away
  12. Paros Car Rentals from $10.78 per day
    434.5 km / 270.0 miles away
  13. Kefalonia Car Rentals from $8.24 per day
    343.8 km / 213.6 miles away
  14. Samos Car Rentals from $19.25 per day
    441.6 km / 274.4 miles away
  15. Kalamata Car Rentals from $10.59 per day
    395.2 km / 245.5 miles away
  16. Preveza Car Rentals from $5.32 per day
    259.3 km / 161.1 miles away
  17. Milos Car Rentals from $27.48 per day
    446.9 km / 277.7 miles away
  18. Faliraki Car Rentals from $60.45 per day
    648.3 km / 402.8 miles away
  19. Skiathos Car Rentals from $8.26 per day
    159.4 km / 99.0 miles away
  20. Volos Car Rentals from $10.87 per day
    131.5 km / 81.7 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Thessaloniki

  1. Downtown Car Rentals from $6.92 per day
  2. 2.8 km / 1.7 miles away
  3. 50.4 km / 31.3 miles away
  4. 65.2 km / 40.5 miles away
  5. Downtown Car Rentals from $11.34 per day
    128.0 km / 79.5 miles away
  6. 128.1 km / 79.6 miles away
  7. Downtown Car Rentals from $10.87 per day
    131.5 km / 81.7 miles away
  8. Kavala Airport Car Rentals from $10.45 per day
    144.0 km / 89.5 miles away
  9. Volos Airport Car Rentals from $10.87 per day
    148.0 km / 92.0 miles away
  10. 158.2 km / 98.3 miles away
  11. 159.3 km / 99.0 miles away
  12. Skiathos Port Car Rentals from $8.26 per day
    159.3 km / 99.0 miles away
  13. Downtown Car Rentals from $8.26 per day
    159.4 km / 99.0 miles away
  14. Downtown Car Rentals from $17.89 per day
    170.7 km / 106.1 miles away
  15. 191.1 km / 118.7 miles away
  16. 206.5 km / 128.3 miles away
  17. Downtown Car Rentals from $57.06 per day
    213.3 km / 132.5 miles away
  18. 217.3 km / 135.0 miles away
  19. 252.9 km / 157.2 miles away
  20. Downtown Car Rentals from $5.32 per day
    259.3 km / 161.1 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
$16.86
January
$32.95
February
$14.71
March
$25.89
April
$23.54
May
$102.79
June
$55.90
July
$46.19
August
$42.38
September
$21.28
October
$74.55
November
$67.79
December
The best month to rent a car in Thessaloniki is March (when prices for an Economy class start from $14.71). This is 66% cheaper than the yearly average and 86% cheaper than renting in June (when rental prices start at $102.79 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
5
May
5
June
4
July
4
August
4
September
6
October
4
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
57%
January
511%
February
565%
March
April
May
June
July
August
10%
September
10%
October
6%
November
40%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Global Rent a Car Hyundai i10 4 1 Small cars
Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Centauro Ford Fiesta 4 3 Small cars
Centauro Ford Focus 5 3 Medium cars
Surprice Hyundai I20 5 2 Medium cars
Carwiz Suzuki Celerio 5 1 Small cars
Goldcar Citroen C1 3 1 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Citroen C3 4 3 Medium cars
Surprice Hyundai i20 5 2 Medium cars
GreenMotion Skoda Citigo 4 1 Small 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 18 Suppliers in Thessaloniki in 2020

Carwiz
Carwiz
Exceptional 9.3
+302310475391 / +302821089065
14th Km Thessaloniki-Perea Avenue, 570 19, Thessaloniki
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
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Exceptional 9.2
+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
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+302310541081
Leof. Georgikis Scholis 132, Pilea Chortiatis 570 01
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9
+302310541081
Leof. Georgikis Scholis 122, Pilea Chortiatis 55535
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.9
+302310427888
7th km Thessalonikis-Moudanion
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.9
+302312204444
14th THESSALONIKIS
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
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.9
+302310541081
Leof. Georgikis Scholis 122, Pilea Chortiatis 55535
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
+302310888100
Town, 5 G.Papandreou Str.
Working hours
Mon:09:00-17:00
Tue:09:00-17:00
Wed:09:00-17:00
Thu:09:00-17:00
Fri:09:00-17:00
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
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.5
+302310541081
Skg Airport Leoforos G Scholis
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
302310473858
International Airport In Terminal, Bus To Car Park
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
+302311181134
16th kilometer Thessalonikis neas mihanionas, Thermi 570 01
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
302310473135
14th Km Thessalonikis - Peraias Avenue, Thessaloniki, -
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
+302122135226 /
14Km Thessalonikis, 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
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.2
+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 7.1
+302310456644
Leof Eth Antistaseos 83, Kalamaria 551 34
Working hours
Mon:07:00-21:59
Tue:07:00-21:59
Wed:07:00-21:59
Thu:07:00-21:59
Fri:07:00-21:59
Sat:07:00-21:59
Sun:07:00-21:59
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.1
+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
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 7
+302109735000
Thessalonikis - Peraias, Thermi 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
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