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Car Hire in Athens

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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Athens Airport
Mini
Citroen C1 or comparable
Citroen C1
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
£ 2.37 per day
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Athens Airport
Economy
Peugeot 208 or comparable
Peugeot 208
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
£ 2.38 per day
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Athens Airport
Economy
Peugeot 208 or comparable
Peugeot 208
  • 4
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
£ 2.59 per day
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Athens Airport
Economy
Fiat 500 or comparable
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Goldcar
£ 2.68 per day
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Most Popular Car Hire Offers

Athens Airport
Mini
Peugeot 108 or comparable
Peugeot 108
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Optimo Rent
£ 6.06 / per day
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Athens Airport
Economy
Fiat Panda or comparable
Fiat Panda
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Optimo Rent
£ 6.36 / per day
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Athens Airport
Mini
VW Up or comparable
VW Up
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
GreenMotion
£ 6.50 / per day
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Athens Airport
Economy
Fiat Punto or comparable
Fiat Punto
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • A/C
  • Man.
Optimo Rent
£ 6.67 / per day
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These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 02:47 on 2021-12-06.

Travel Information

Language
Greek
Currency
EUR
Dialing code
30
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of city centre
90 km/h
56 mi/h
Speed limit within city centre
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why hire a car in Athens?

Athens is a fascinating city to explore. Both ancient and modern, this sprawling metropolis has countless landmarks, distinct neighborhoods, and beautiful nature areas. Many interesting places, such as Hellenic monuments and small, charming villages are also located nearby. 

Athens

One-way Car Hire in Athens

The most popular one-way car hire options for pick up in Athens and drop off in another city include:

  • From Athens to Thessaloniki - 340 offers from £ 6.09 per day
  • From Athens to Preveza - 67 offers from £ 24.01 per day
  • From Athens to Corfu - 135 offers from £ 21.55 per day
  • From Athens to Kalamata - 152 offers from £ 18.87 per day
  • From Athens to Zakynthos - 143 offers from £ 27.79 per day

Top ways to enter Athens

  • Athens Airport: By far the largest in Greece and among the 30 busiest in Europe, flying to Athens Airport is the best way to reach the Greek capital. The airport is about 30 km (18 mi) from the city center.
  • Volos Airport: Only open during the summer months, and served by a few low-cost carriers, Volos Central Greece Airport is about a three hour ride north of Athens.
  • Kalamata Airport: Like many others in Greece, this airport serving the large southern Peloponnese city is mainly active during the summer months. It is about three hours west of Athens.
  • Thessaloniki Airport: The third busiest airport of Greece ,serving its second city, is about a five hour ride north of Athens. Arriving in one and leaving the other will give you a big opportunity to see a lot of mainland Greece.

Useful city facts

  • Athens enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. Summers are dry and extremely hot, with temperatures often reaching 35 °C  (95 °F). Remaining properly hydrated is very important. Winters are more humid, but mild, with the average temperature around 10 °C  (50 °F) in January and February.
  • The birthplace of democracy and the leading city of politics and culture during early classical antiquity, Athens was inhabited long before. With a history of human settlement going back for 7000 years, Athens is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. 
  • Although the population of Athens Municipality is only 660,000, nearly 4 million people, or more than every third inhabitant of Greece, live in its wider metropolitan area. It is one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the European Union (EU). 

Top destinations and activities

  • Acropolis. Once a fortified town of what was then Athens and dating back as early as the Bronze Age, the Acropolis is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the main symbols of the city. Visit landmarks such as the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, and Theater of Dionysus. Then check out the Acropolis Museum or take a walk to the nearby Hill of the Muses and Hill of the Nymphs, two other ancient landmarks.
  • Mount Lycabettus. According to a legend, the most important summit of Athens was created by the goddess Athena when she dropped a limestone that she was carrying. Nowadays you can ascend the mountain via a funicular. The view from the top reveals not only the rest of Athens, but also, on a clear day, the Peloponnese peninsula. 
  • Odeon of Herodes Atticus. This ancient outdoor theater, built by a Greek magnate and sophist that gave it his name, has been hosting plays for nearly 2,000 years and continues to do so to this day. Even if you’re not visiting on a day when there’s a performance, you can still appreciate the magnitude of the stone theater, have a nice walk around it, and appreciate the local flora and fauna that includes tortoises.
  • National Archaeological Museum. Covering thousands of years from prehistory until late antiquity, this is one of the most comprehensive and interesting history museums in Europe. The museum has an impressive collection of Cycladic and Mycenaean art, as well as the art of cultures from the wider Mediterranean Basin which includes Egypt and the Middle East. The museum is located in central Athens and can be easily accessed from anywhere in the city. Visit the official website to learn more about the collection and admission.

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 high 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.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Parnitha National Park. About one hour’s drive from downtown Athens, this green area has many gorges, caves, springs, and dense forests that you can explore along its hiking paths. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some of the red deer that live in the park’s territory.
  • Epidaurus. Once a ritual site for the worship of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine, this place southwest of Athens is famous among locals both for its alleged healing properties and the incredible acoustics of its old theater. The theater is about a two-hour drive from the capital, with the road mostly hugging the Megara Gulf.
  • Thebes. Mentioned both in Greek myths and written records of the  many empires that ruled the area, Thebes is another world-famous historical location. Walk through the ruins of Cadmea Fortress or pay a visit to the stunning Archaeological Museum of Thebes. From Athens, it’s only a tad more than one hour’s drive north. 
  • Eleusis. Nowadays a small northwestern suburb of Athens, during the prehistoric period, Eleusis was the center of the Eleusinian Mystery religion. A cult of fertility goddesses Demeter and Persephone, it was largely secret, so not much information about it has survived until the present day, but fascinating bits and pieces can be found in the Eleusis Archaeological Museum. The city is also home to the ancient Christian church of Agios Zacharias and the factory of Kronos, a highly original industrial building that has been turned into an ecomuseum. Situated on the northern bank of the Gulf of Elefsina, the trip from Athens takes about 25 minutes by car.

Most popular hire types and cars

The most hired cars in Athens are the Renault Clio, the Fiat 500, and the Opel Corsa. The most popular car type is an economy, closely followed by mini and intermediate.

Further destinations

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

  • Thessaloniki. The second city of Greece is a fascinating place to explore thanks to its impressive architecture, long crescent-like beaches, and unique traditions. It also serves as a great base for the exploration of the rest of Northern Greece with its mountains and many wildlife areas.
  • Nafplio. A small, but very interesting town, Nafplio is a mix of Hellenic, Byzantine, and Ottoman influences that you notice in its architecture and cuisine. After the hustle and bustle of the capital, from which it is about 140 km (85 mi) southwest, Nafplio is a great place to relax and explore.
  • Peloponnese. Traditional, hospitable, and fiercely proud, the people of the Peloponnese peninsula make it a unique destination to explore. As characterized by the olive trees of Kalamata as it is by the sites of Sparta and Olympia, the region is also known for its untamed natural beauty. Ancient Corinth, itself one of the main attractions of the Peloponnese, is only an hour’s drive west of Athens; you can explore the rest from there.
  • Crete. The largest of Greece’s countless islands, Crete has something for everyone. Many travelers tend to stick around Heraklion and Chania, its two largest cities, but do get in a car and go to see the rest of the island - its real beauty is in its rugged beaches outside tourist resorts, small mountain villages, and pristine wilderness. Keep in mind that while you can take a car on a ferry from Athens to Crete, ask your car rental provider first if they permit it. Alternatively, you can drop off your car in Athens and pick up another in Heraklion or Chania.

Car Hire Prices in Athens

  • Convertibles - starting at £ 50 per day
  • Station wagons - starting at £ 27 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 31 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 22 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 59 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 17 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 51 per day

How can I save money on my hire car?

These are some of the things to keep in mind when booking a car in Athens:

  • Compare rates of different car hire companies
  • Book your car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Athens is the cheapest in January when hiring a car is about 58% cheaper than the yearly average and a whopping 80% cheaper than hiringa car in August. 

Top 14 Cities near Athens

  1. Heraklion starting at £ 6.89 per day
    318.1 km / 197.7 miles away
  2. Thessaloniki starting at £ 9.17 per day
    293.5 km / 182.4 miles away
  3. Chania starting at £ 9.23 per day
    277.3 km / 172.3 miles away
  4. Corfu starting at £ 10.85 per day
    385.6 km / 239.6 miles away
  5. Rhodes starting at £ 9.28 per day
    428.3 km / 266.2 miles away
  6. Kos starting at £ 8.48 per day
    324.4 km / 201.6 miles away
  7. Santorini starting at £ 39.41 per day
    232.1 km / 144.2 miles away
  8. Mykonos starting at £ 15.69 per day
    151.9 km / 94.4 miles away
  9. Zakynthos starting at £ 32.99 per day
    249.4 km / 154.9 miles away
  10. Preveza starting at £ 8.88 per day
    279.3 km / 173.5 miles away
  11. Koropi starting at £ 9.56 per day
    15.9 km / 9.9 miles away
  12. Skiathos starting at £ 12.60 per day
    136.0 km / 84.5 miles away
  13. Kefalonia starting at £ 11.10 per day
    283.3 km / 176.0 miles away
  14. Kalamata starting at £ 10.46 per day
    180.5 km / 112.2 miles away

Top 10 Destinations around Athens

  1. Agios Panteleimonas starting at £ 15.14 per day
    3.6 km / 2.2 miles away
  2. Athens Port starting at £ 12.87 per day
    8.9 km / 5.6 miles away
  3. Athens Airport starting at £ 2.22 per day
    19.1 km / 11.9 miles away
  4. Kea Port starting at £ 43.78 per day
    61.4 km / 38.2 miles away
  5. Gavrio Hotel Delivery starting at £ 31.41 per day
    88.7 km / 55.1 miles away
  6. Skiathos Port starting at £ 13.83 per day
    134.7 km / 83.7 miles away
  7. Skiathos Hotel delivery starting at £ 8.44 per day
    134.7 km / 83.7 miles away
  8. Mykonos Port starting at £ 15.69 per day
    151.9 km / 94.4 miles away
  9. Mykonos Airport starting at £ 15.69 per day
    154.2 km / 95.8 miles away
  10. Milos Airport starting at £ 23.88 per day
    156.0 km / 96.9 miles away

Map of Car Hire Destinations

During which month is it most affordable to hire a car in Athens?

Our data show how prices for hiring a car in Athensfluctuate depending on the time of the year. This graph can assist you in finding the best bargain.
Average Price for Hiring a Car in Athens
£ 13.04
January
£ 27.23
February
£ 21.73
March
£ 21.17
April
£ 37.75
May
£ 30.12
June
£ 53.14
July
£ 68.41
August
£ 31.21
September
£ 17.18
October
£ 19.68
November
£ 14.47
December
The cheapest month to hire a car in Athens is January with prices starting at £ 13.04 for an Economy class cars. The most expensive month in which to hire a car is August with prices for for a Compact class) starting at £ 68.41. The average cost over the course of the entire year is £ 30. You can use this to plan your trip at the time of year when it would be most economical to hire a car. Note that these prices are only averages. The amount of time you hire a car for and the time at which you book will influence the prices.

What is the usual period for which people keep their hire cars, on average, in Athens?

Hirers picking up a car in Athens keep them for an average of 14 days during in September, while those picking up their cars in July keep them for an average of 6.
Average Hire Length in Athens
7
January
8
February
9
March
8
April
10
May
8
June
6
July
6
August
14
September
6
October
6
November
7
December

What month is the most favoured for hiring a car in Athens?

While travellers visit Athens year-round, the most popular month for hiring a car is March, and the least popular is April.
Popularity of Car Hire in Athens by Monthly Searches
57%
January
249%
February
325%
March
42%
April
52%
May
44%
June
54%
July
42%
August
73%
September
59%
October
118%
November
86%
December

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Goldcar Citroen C1 3 1 Small cars
Centauro Peugeot 208 4 1 Small cars
Global Rent a Car Hyundai i10 4 1 Small cars
Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Goldcar Peugeot 208 4 1 Small cars
Carwiz Suzuki Celerio 5 1 Small cars
Alamo Suzuki Celerio 4 2 Small cars
ABBYCAR Ford Fiesta 4 2 Small cars
Autounion Citroen C1 4 1 Small cars
Centauro Peugeot 308 4 2 Medium cars

Top 22 Hire Companies in Athens in 2021

Carwiz
Carwiz
Remarkable 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
Remarkable 9.2
+302111875502
Leof. Andrea Siggrou 22, Athina 117 42
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
Remarkable 9.2
+302103533325
Athens International Airport, Attiki Odos, Spata 190 04
RightCars
RightCars
Remarkable 9.1
+302111985457
40-42 Syggrou Ave.
Enterprise
Enterprise
Remarkable 9
+302103499030
11855, Sidirokastrou 9, Athens
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Remarkable 9
+302102010066
Attiki Odos, Spata Artemida 190 04
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
SIXT
SIXT
Outstanding 8.9
+302107290024
Vassilissis Sofias Avenue 46
Keddy
Keddy
Outstanding 8.9
+302109211444
49 Sygrou Avenue
Working hours
Mon:08:30-21:00
Tue:08:30-21:00
Wed:08:30-21:00
Thu:08:30-21:00
Fri:08:30-21:00
Sat:08:30-21:00
Sun:08:30-21:00
AddCar
AddCar
Outstanding 8.9
+302109624514 / +306932284915
Ermou 6 Syntagma Square Athens
Working hours
Mon:09:00-20:00
Tue:09:00-20:00
Wed:09:00-20:00
Thu:09:00-20:00
Fri:09:00-20:00
Sat:09:00-18:00
Sun:09:00-18:00
Alamo
Alamo
Outstanding 8.9
+302103533325
Athens International Airport, Attiki Odos, Spata 19004
Avis
Avis
Outstanding 8.5
+3021032249517
23, Syngrou Avenue
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
Budget
Budget
Outstanding 8.5
+302109214771
Athens Center 23, Syngrou Avenue
Working hours
Mon:08:00-20:45
Tue:08:00-20:45
Wed:08:00-20:45
Thu:08:00-20:45
Fri:08:00-20:45
Sat:08:00-20:45
Sun:08:00-20:45
Autounion
Autounion
Outstanding 8.5
+302109221192
Domokou 168, Athina 104 44
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
Outstanding 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
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Outstanding 8.5
+302114111400
Leof. Markopoulou, 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
Centauro
Centauro
Outstanding 8.3
+302111984799
Athens Airport Area, Leof. Markopoulou, Markopoulo Mesogeas 190 03
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Great 7.6
+306936907786
3RD KM AVE PEANIAS-MARKOPOULOU
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Great 7.5
+302109248000
Leof. Andrea Siggrou 29, Athina 117 43
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
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Great 7.5
+306941550033
Athens International Airport, Athina 190 04
Working hours
Mon:07:30-22:00
Tue:07:30-22:00
Wed:07:30-22:00
Thu:07:30-22:00
Fri:07:30-22:00
Sat:07:30-22:00
Sun:07:30-22:00
Goldcar
Goldcar
Great 7.2
+302114114461
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
Great 7.1
+302106640662 / +306932426333
Paianias-Markopoulou Avenue Paiania, 19002
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
Europcar
Europcar
Great 7
+302109211444
49 SYGROU AVENUE
Working hours
Mon:08:30-21:00
Tue:08:30-21:00
Wed:08:30-21:00
Thu:08:30-21:00
Fri:08:30-21:00
Sat:08:30-21:00
Sun:08:30-21:00
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