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Car Rental in Greece

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Stalis Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Royal Rentals
$6.46 / per day
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Heraklion Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$6.50 / per day
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Athens Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
$6.79 / per day
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Thessaloniki Airport Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$6.82 / 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
$6.89 / per day
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Athens Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
$7.17 / per day
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Stalis Downtown Car Rental
Economy
Nissan Micra or similar
Nissan Micra
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Royal Rentals
$7.51 / per day
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Athens Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat 500 or similar
Fiat 500
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
$7.53 / per day
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The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 09:44 on 2020-12-02. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Language
Greek
Currency
EUR
Country code
30
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 Greece?

Greece is a great country to visit by car. From historical landmarks and beautiful cities to endless beaches and untamed nature areas, it is a special place with a lot to offer. Having your own car is the best way to experience all of it.

If you want to know more about renting a car in Greece, don't miss our complete guide.

 

 

Greece Car Rental

Top ways to enter Greece

  • Athens Airport: Greece’s largest airport hosts flights to and from most European countries, as well as destinations in Asia and the Greater Middle East.
  • Heraklion Airport: Mostly active during summer, Crete’s largest airport is served by about 60 airlines.
  • Thessaloniki Airport: The airport in Greece’s second city is the best way to access the country’s north.
  • By land: If your rental car provider permits it, it is possible to rent a car in a neighboring country and then drive to Greece. Do keep in mind, however, that different visa requirements may be in place for citizens of different countries. Some large international airports near Greece are Sofia Airport in Bulgaria, Tirana Airport in Albania, and Istanbul Airport in Turkey.
  • Hotels: It is also worth noting that rental cars can be picked up at various hotels across Greece. This is a convenient option if you plan to stay at the resort most of the time but would like to make a day trip or two at some point. Examples locations where this is available are the Atlantica Princess Hotel on Rhodes, the Lindian Village Hotel also on Rhodes, and the Grecotel Olympia Oasis Hotel in the Peloponnese.
  • Small Airports and Ferry Terminals: As many rental car providers may not allow you to take your rental car on ferries, rental cars a widely available at ferry terminals. In addition, many small airports on the islands also have rental cars available if you chose to fly rather than sail. Mytilene International Airport on Lesbos is a good example. 

Top cities and places to visit

  • Athens: Birthplace of Classical Greece, Athens is home to ancient landmarks like the Acropolis, the Ruins of the Temple of Zeus, and the Ancient Agora. The top of Lykavittos Hill is the place to get the view of the whole city.
  • Crete: Greece’s largest island and once the home of the Minoan Civilization, Crete is historic and fun in equal parts.
  • Thessaloniki: Not only an interesting destination in its own right, but Thessaloniki is also less than three hours from Mount Athos and Meteora.
  • Aegean Islands: Though there are too many to name, the Greek islands of the Aegean Sea have many of the best beaches in Europe.
  • Ionian Islands: Influenced by nearby Italy and once part of the Venetian Empire, the Ionian Islands have a unique culture and atmosphere. Corfu is the largest and most fun, while Zakynthos (also known as Zante) is often claimed to be the most beautiful.

Most popular rental car

The most popular rental car in Greece is the VW Polo, but travelers also love the Volkswagen Up and the Fiat Panda.

Driver license requirements

The minimum age at which one can rent a car in Greece is 19 (from Centauro, for example). As in most other countries, drivers are required to have held a license for at least one year. Also, drivers under a certain age are charged a young driver fee. This fee is included in the price in the search results when you indicate your age. 

One thing that is somewhat unique to Greece, is the requirement of an International Driving Permit. All renters from outside the European Union are required to show an International Driving Permit. Not having one can lead to the rental company refusing to provide you a car and the loss of any payment made. 

Crossing Borders

Greece is bordered by Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Turkey. Greece is a member of the Schengen Area, but none of its neighbors are (even though Bulgaria is a member of the European Union, it is not a member of the Schengen Area).

Each of Greece’s neighboring countries has its own visa policy. Depending on your citizenship, you may or may not need a visa to enter them. We advise getting in touch with your Ministry of Foreign Affairs to find out about the visa requirements in each country that you’d like to visit.

In many European countries, it is almost a given that you can travel from one country to another with a rental car. In Greece, though, this is not the case. Only a few rental companies allow cars rented in Greece to leave the country. Enterprise and Alamo are two of these companies, though they only allow their cars to be taken to countries in the European Union (i.e., only Bulgaria from Greece’s immediate neighbors). For this, they also charge 90 euros for a green card and 10 euros per day. 

Hertz, Avis, and Carwiz also allow their cars to be taken out of the country, though you must arrange this at least five days prior to the start of your rental period. 

Most other rental companies in Greece explicitly state that they do not allow their cars to be taken outside of the country and that doing such will lead to hefty fines and/or void any insurance coverage. 

Another popular question is whether it is possible to take a rental car on a ferry. This is asked time and time again on online travel forums often with no clear answer. Rental companies often respond to the question by stating that renters can take their cars on ferries but that the renter is fully responsible for any damage to the car which occurs boarding, on, or disembarking the ferry. 

Enterprise, Alamo, Sixt, Hertz, Autounion, Carwiz, and Greenmotion all explicitly allow their cars to be taken on ferries. However, all require both advance notice and charge an extra fee (that is either per ferry trip or for the enter rental period). If you absolutely plan on taking your rental car on a ferry, then it is best to rent from one of these companies. Be aware, that, in most cases, you must return to the location where you picked up the car. Even if you were able to take the car to an island (or another island) and drop it off there, you would be charged not only a one-way rental fee but also the ferry fare for the car’s return trip (as the company will have to relocate it). 

Most popular types of rental car

The most popular type of rental car in Greece is a mini, closely followed by economy and compact.

Top driving routes

Thessaloniki - Athens (501 km / 311 mi) The road between Greece’s two biggest cities will take you through nearly all of the mainland eastern Greece.

Heraklion - Chania (157 km / 95 mi) The route between the two largest cities on the island of Crete can be done in about three hours, but don’t be in a rush as there is plenty to explore on the way in terms of beaches, villages, and historic landmarks.

Athens - Kalamata (238 km / 148 mi) Starting in Athens and traveling southwest, you’ll soon reach the traditional region of Peloponnese, and its capital, Kalamata.

Car Rental Prices

  • Convertibles - from $69 per day
  • Station wagons - from $57 per day
  • Large cars - from $50 per day
  • Medium cars - from $35 per day
  • People Carriers/Vans - from $86 per day
  • Premium cars - from $117 per day
  • Small cars - from $26 per day
  • SUVs - from $75 per day

How can I save money on my rental car?

You can do a number of things to get a good car rental deal in Greece:

  • 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 Greece is the cheapest in January when renting a car is about 65% cheaper than the yearly average.

Top 20 Most Popular Cities in Greece

  1. Car Rental in Athens from $6.79 per day
  2. Car Rental in Heraklion from $6.39 per day
  3. Car Rental in Corfu from $10.41 per day
  4. Car Rental in Chania from $9.84 per day
  5. Car Rental in Rhodes from $8.64 per day
  6. Car Rental in Thessaloniki from $6.79 per day
  7. Car Rental in Mykonos from $12.93 per day
  8. Car Rental in Santorini from $12.23 per day
  9. Car Rental in Zakynthos from $9.64 per day
  10. Car Rental in Kefalonia from $12.92 per day
  11. Car Rental in Kos from $10.14 per day
  12. Car Rental in Samos from $10.27 per day
  13. Car Rental in Preveza from $6.85 per day
  14. Car Rental in Kalamata from $10.94 per day
  15. Car Rental in Piraeus from $17.90 per day
  16. Car Rental in Paros from $5.21 per day
  17. Car Rental in Skiathos from $12.23 per day

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

The cost of renting a car in Greece depends on the time of year. This graph compares price changes from month to month in order to find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Greece
$31.38
January
$26.32
February
$26.31
March
$27.94
April
$38.33
May
$47.94
June
$70.26
July
$72.56
August
$45.49
September
$41.45
October
$62.08
November
$64.09
December
The cheapest month of the year to rent a car in Greece is March — prices start from $26.31 for an Economy class vehicle. This is 43% cheaper than the yearly average and 64% cheaper than renting a car in the month of August (when prices start at $72.56 for a Compact class). This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. The exact price for your trip will depend on the length of your rental and the number of days until your rental period begins. Just enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see exact prices and offers.

What’s the average rental length in Greece?

The average length differs from month to month. The longest rental periods are in January — an average of 8 days. The shortest are in June — an average of 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Greece
8
January
7
February
6
March
6
April
6
May
5
June
5
July
5
August
5
September
6
October
6
November
6
December

What’s the most popular time for renting a car in Greece?

Discover Cars users search for cars in a lot of locations daily. We gathered this information in order to analyze car rental popularity in Greece. The most popular month is March, while the least popular is November.
Popularity of Car Rental in Greece by Monthly Searches
85%
January
307%
February
363%
March
46%
April
66%
May
59%
June
74%
July
64%
August
61%
September
24%
October
22%
November
27%
December

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
AddCar Opel Corsa 5 2 Small cars
AddCar Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
Carwiz Suzuki Celerio 5 1 Small cars
Surprice Toyota Aygo 3 1 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Hyundai i10 4 1 Small cars
Surprice Hyundai i20 5 2 Medium cars
Autounion Citroen C1 4 1 Small cars
GreenMotion VW Up 5 1 Small cars
Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Surprice Citroen C1 5 1 Small cars

Our Customers Reviews

United Kingdom
Hyundai i10
October 23, 2020
Driving in Greece was absolutely fine despite what some comments online suggested. Just be aware that a lot of Greek people don't indicate when changing lanes but if you are vigilant (as you should be when driving) that shouldn't be a problem.
Switzerland
Peugeot 208
October 21, 2020
Thessaloniki is a great place to visit. A rental car is definitely worth it to get a round
United Kingdom
Suzuki Celerio
October 17, 2020
We loved Rhodes. Having a car was essential for us as we like to explore where we visit. Parking was easy and drivers were generally respectful. The roads were normally good and driving was easy. We stayed in the old town and parked with ease just outside in free parking with no problem. We loved Lindos and discovered many small beaches and bays with tavernas serving great food.
United Kingdom
Nissan Micra
October 3, 2020
easy to get around the island
Poland
Fiat Panda
September 27, 2020
There are many interesting places close to the Preveza, but a visit to the Acheon River is definitely not to be missed!
Slovenia
Citroen C1
September 23, 2020
Pretty much just listen to the ladies or the gents at the office - they have a good understanding on what's worth visiting :)
Germany
Fiat Grande Punto
September 22, 2020
Corfu is a very nice island and a car rental had totally made the experience fuller and nicer.
Ireland
Toyota Aygo
September 21, 2020
Make sure you get a car that can handle the steep hairpins. We were provided with a little Suzuki Celerio hatchback, and it dealt with the conditions perfectly. Engine never gave in.
United Kingdom
Kia Picanto
September 21, 2020
We drove around the island up to Fiskado along to Sami, down to Katelios and Argostoli. The roads are fairly good and wide but can be very twisty - just drive carefully. The Greeks aren't mad drivers and do allow for rental cars but don't drive too fast. We also took the car over to Ithaca.
United Kingdom
VW Up
September 18, 2020
Very nice place beautiful beaches amazing views friendly Greek people and very delicious food
United Kingdom
Toyota Aygo
September 8, 2020
Lovely location
Belgium
Ford Focus
September 3, 2020
Amazing place ... dreamy vacations!
United Kingdom
Nissan Pixo
August 31, 2020
Get full insurance and a small car... roads narrow and bendy!
United Kingdom
Citroen C3
August 18, 2020
Beautiful island and good to have a car to visit other areas. Roads are very windy and poor quality so driving anywhere takes time.
United Kingdom
Suzuki Celerio
August 6, 2020
Renting a car in Kefalonia is the best way to see the island.
United Kingdom
Opel Corsa
August 1, 2020
Get the smallest car that will suit your needs, but a reasonably powerful engine helps - the roads are very hilly in places.
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
June 15, 2020
Much better deals to be had with off terminal rental companies. Just video all round the car and inside to save any conflict when you return the car. I had some conflict with another firm (was damage to the car that I did not notice on collection) and so went to Centauro this time. No problems, will definitely use them again.
Netherlands
Hyundai I20
January 20, 2020
Aggressive (too practical) driving.
Germany
Ford Focus
October 13, 2019
In my opinion und after my research Autounion offered the best prices. I wish, I would have found them many years earlier. We received a very nice and clean car and the stuff in the rental station was more friendly and more service oriented as I ever experienced before when renting a car.
United Kingdom
Citroen C1
October 9, 2019
Kythira is a beautiful unspoilt island. Very relaxed and friendly. Driving around the island is easy and straight forward.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
September 27, 2019
Beautiful, unspoilt, quiet island, you need a car to explore the stunning scenery.
Canada
Hyundai i30
September 22, 2019
Did not spend much time in athens but driving the peloplonees is a must. Such beautiful scenery around every corner. The convenience of having a car was so we could spend more time in the places we enjoyed most. Thank you
United Kingdom
Peugeot 308
September 16, 2019
Very friendly Island & excellent value for money.
United States of America (USA)
Ford Fiesta
September 16, 2019
Consider a diesel if you’re planning on traveling beyond Athens and throughout the country.
Hungary
Citroen C1
August 26, 2019
It is easily go through the whole Lefkada Peninsula and visit many places. Waterfall, Lighthouse, beautiful beaches.
United Kingdom
Hyundai i20
June 29, 2019
Very easy driving during daylight but not so good in the dark road markings a bit dodgy. Google maps brilliant for finding way round.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
June 25, 2019
Excellent place to visit and rent a car
Ireland
Citroen C1
June 14, 2019
Greece is fantastic, beautiful country worth to visit
Singapore
VW Polo Aut.
March 23, 2019
Car rental is definite necessary if you want to visit all the beautiful places.

Top 23 Suppliers in Greece in 2020

Carwiz
Carwiz
Exceptional 9.3
+302106022213
Leof. Koropiou Markopoulou 167-173, Koropi 194 00, Athens
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
+302111875566
Alexandroupoli Airport, Alexandroupoli 681 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
National
National
Exceptional 9.2
+302551081290
Alexandroupoli Airport "Democritus", Alexandroupoli 681 00
RightCars
RightCars
Exceptional 9.1
302111983343
Athens International Airport "El. Venizelos"
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9
+302551081290
DEMOKRITOS AIRPORT,
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Exceptional 9
+306944024738 / +302897034020
Gouves Park Holiday Resort Kato Gouves 700
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.9
+302551045499
Alexandroupoli Airport
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.9
+302551081290
ALEXANDROUPOLIS AIRPORT
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 8.9
2551081290
Demokritos Airport, Ethniki Odos 2, Alexandroupoli 681 00, Greece
AddCar
AddCar
Excellent 8.9
+302106624372 / +306937422016
Agion Anargyron 74, (on Koropi exit to Athens Airport), Koropi 194 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
Excellent 8.5
+302109200100
Alexandroupoli 681 00, 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
+302103530578
Airport 5th Klm Spaton-loutsas Av.
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
2103533325
Athens International Airport
Working hours
Mon:07:00-23:45
Tue:07:00-23:45
Wed:07:00-23:45
Thu:07:00-23:45
Fri:07:00-23:45
Sat:07:00-23:45
Sun:07:00-23:45
Budget
Budget
Excellent 8.5
+302103530553
Airport Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport
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
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Excellent 8.5
Centauro
Centauro
Excellent 8.3
+302111984799
Athens Airport Area, Leof. Markopoulou, Markopoulo Mesogeas 190 03
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Very good 7.6
+306936907786
3RD KM AVE PEANIAS-MARKOPOULOU
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
+302114114461 / +18778223872
Ag. Anargiron 82, Athens 194 00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
+302106022300
Varis, 114 Varis Koropiou Avenue, Athens 1185
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
+342114114461
Agion Anargiron Street 82
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
+302109210252 / +302109210253
3rd km Paianias-Markopoulou Avenue, Paiania
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
+342114114461
Agion Anargiron Street 82
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
+302551081290
Alexandroupolis National Airport,Alexandroupoli 681 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
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