Car Hire in Kefalonia

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Kefalonia, Greece
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Cheapest Car Hire Rates

Kefalonia Airport
Mini
Fiat 500 or comparable
Fiat 500
  • 4
  • 1
  • 3
  • A/C
  • Man.
Centauro
£ 2.16 / per day
Kefalonia Airport
Economy
Opel Corsa or comparable
Opel Corsa
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
£ 3.90 / per day
Kefalonia Airport
Compact
Peugeot 208 or comparable
Peugeot 208
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Idea Mobility
£ 5.63 / per day
Kefalonia Airport
Mini Elite
Skoda Citigo or comparable
Skoda Citigo
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
EXER
£ 5.95 / per day

Most Popular Car Hire Deals

Kefalonia Airport
Economy Elite
Volkswagen Polo or comparable
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Alma Car Hire
£ 8.95 / per day
Kefalonia Airport
Standard
Hyundai i30 or comparable
Hyundai i30
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Dirent a car Greece
£ 10.08 / per day
Kefalonia Xi Beach
Intermediate
Volkswagen T-Cross or comparable
Volkswagen T-Cross
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
WheeGo
£ 14.28 / per day
Kefalonia Airport
Intermediate Elite SUV
Volkswagen T-Cross or comparable
Volkswagen T-Cross
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
Yours Car Rental
£ 16.74 / per day
These prices are approximate and depend on the dates of the booking, hire length and type of car. This information was last updated at 07:47 on 2024-04-20.

Travel Information

Languages
Greek
Currency
EUR
Drive on
Right-hand side
Dialing code
+30
Average car hire price
£ 8 per day
Average car hire length
8 days
Speed limit within city centre
50 km/h or 31 mph
Speed limit out of city centre
90 - 130 km/h or 56 - 81 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%
Score
9.5 / 10
Average gasoline price
£ 1.76 per litre or £ 6.66 / 1 gallon
Lowest gasoline price
£ 1.47 per litre or £ 5.58 / 1 gallon
Highest gasoline price
£ 2.16 per litre or £ 8.16 / 1 gallon

Why hire a car in Kefalonia?

The largest of the Ionian islands west of the Greek mainland, Kefalonia is one of this region’s prime travel destinations. Best known for its idyllic beaches, it also harbours interesting inland areas and fascinating cultural heritage. 

Kefalonia

Top ways to enter Kefalonia

  • Kefalonia Airport: Also known as Kefalonia-Anna Palatou, the main international airport of the island is especially active during the summer months when it has flights by more than 20 different airlines. During the winter months, there are only flights to and from Athens, the national capital.
  • By ferry: Kefalonia can also be reached by ferry as there is a service linking it to the Greek mainland (via the village of Kyllini, near the city of Patras), other Ionian islands, and even nearby Italy. Do keep in mind that not all car hire companies permit taking a vehicle onboard a ferry, and even if they do, you should inform them in advance. If you’re coming to Kefalonia via Patras, often the more convenient way is to travel to the island by public transportation and then pick up a car after you arrive. Ferry service is much more frequent during the warmer months of the year, but tickets tend to sell out much quicker during this time, so it’s a good idea to book in advance. You’ll need to buy a separate ticket for your vehicle.

Top destinations and activities

  • Argostoli. Located on the island’s westernmost coast, Argostoli has been the capital of Kefalonia for the last 260 years. Attractions include a scenic waterfront and a number of historic buildings, as well as the Archaeological Museum which holds a number of artefacts from the Classical Greece period. Thanks to its good accommodation options, Argostoli is also where many visitors tend to stay during their trip and explore the rest of the island from there.
  • Fiskardo. Quite different in feel from the rest of the island, Fiskardo is the most upmarket part of Kefalonia. The development, as well as a number of earthquakes, have sadly damaged much of the original architecture, but the area’s newfound opulence means that some seriously impressive yachts can be spotted in it. Located in the north of the island, Fiskardo is about an hour’s drive from Argostoli.
  • Skala. Situated in the far south of Kefalonia, the village of Skala is known as the location of one of the most beautiful beaches in all of the Ionian Islands. The long, sandy coastline is bordered by pine growth and also has a number of beach restaurants and bars. It is worth waking up early to visit the beach as sunrises are spectacular.

Traffic and parking

  • There are no highways on Kefalonia (nor on any other Greek islands).
  • 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 larger Kefalonian roads are in good shape, smaller roads might have poor surfacing and potholes. Be careful when driving on them, especially after dark.
  • Many petrol stations might be closed on the 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.
  • Proof of insurance and the car’s 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 no toll roads on Kefalonia, but 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 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 in cash at a toll gate, by credit card, or with coins at an automatic machine. For some roads, an electronic transponder in a car might be used to pay for using the road. Some rental cars might be equipped with such an electronic transponder. However, because of the aforementioned different systems that are in place, this payment method might work for some toll roads, but not others. Plan your route in advance and ask your car rental supplier 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 day trips

  • Drogarati and Melissani. The two impressive caves, located in the east of the island, are among the most popular attractions on Kefalonia. Characterized by their azure waters, underground currents, ancient ritual sites and even older stalactites, they are fascinating to visit on a boat trip. Drogarati is a 35-minute drive from Argostoli which, in turn, is just ten minutes from Melissani.
  • Ithaka. A small island that is only one seventh the size of Kefalonia, Ithaka is an idyllic place to visit. Located only 2-4 km (1.2-2.4 miles) to the west of its bigger neighbor, it is a scenic and slow-paced destination. Ithaka was also the legendary home of Odysseus and a number of sites on the island, including the cave in Polis Bay, are related to the hero of the Greek epic. Ithaka can be reached by ferry from Kefalonia, and while most companies don’t permit bringing a vehicle on board, you can park it at the port and pick it up upon your return.
  • The Castle of St. George. Built by the seafaring Venetian Empire which controlled Kefalonia for centuries, the Castle of St. George is one of the most impressive structures on the island. Located on a hilltop, the castle offers great views of the land below and the sea in the distance. The castle is just 5 km (3.1 miles) from the village of Leivathos where you’ll find the Byzantine Museum, dedicated to even earlier rulers of Kefalonia.

Most popular cars

The most popular car for hire in Kefalonia is Suzuki Alto, although many travelers also go for the Opel Corsa or VW Up. The most popular car types are mini, economy, and standard.

Car Hire Prices in Kefalonia

  • Convertibles - starting at £ 14 per day
  • Station wagons - starting at £ 43 per day
  • Large cars - starting at £ 10 per day
  • Medium cars - starting at £ 6 per day
  • People Carriers - starting at £ 33 per day
  • Small cars - starting at £ 2 per day
  • SUVs - starting at £ 7 per day

Money-saving tips

These are some good methods to save money on the car you’ll hire:

  • Compare the rates of different car hire suppliers
  • Book your vehicle 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 Kefalonia is the cheapest in March when prices for an Economy class start from € 25 per day. This is 43% cheaper than the yearly average and 64% cheaper than renting in December (when rental prices start at € 68.97 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.
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In which month is car hire in Kefalonia the most affordable?

According to our data, prices for hiring a car in Kefalonia fluctuate depending on the time of year. This graph displays the average hire prices in each month in order to help you find the best bargain.
Average price for hiring a car per day in Kefalonia
£ 11.84
January
£ 7.20
February
£ 13.44
March
£ 9.17
April
£ 16.34
May
£ 32.64
June
£ 48.63
July
£ 47.58
August
£ 22.90
September
£ 11.19
October
£ 8.51
November
£ 8.65
December
The best month to hire a car in Kefalonia is February (when the average price is £ 7.20 per day). This is 64% less than the yearly average and 85% less than hiring in July (when the average price is £ 48.63).

This information can help you determine the low season. But note that these prices are only averages. The cost of your hire is determined by the type of car you select, the length of time you hire it for and how much in advance you book. Simply type in your dates in the form at the top of the page in order to find out the exact prices.

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

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in March, the average renter keeps their car for 9 days, and in December, they keep their car for 5 days.
Average number of hire days in Kefalonia
7
January
6
February
9
March
8
April
9
May
8
June
8
July
8
August
8
September
7
October
6
November
5
December

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

Given the number of searches made by our customers, the most popular month for car hire in Kefalonia is August, and the least popular is January.
Popularity of Car Hire in Kefalonia by Monthly Searches
2%
January
2%
February
3%
March
18%
April
77%
May
237%
June
279%
July
310%
August
210%
September
57%
October
3%
November
2%
December

Car Hire Information

Car hire locations 12
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers Rent Car Kefalonia, Alma Car Hire, WheeGo, Avance, Dirent a car Greece
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, People Carriers
Lowest price £ 2 per day
Cheapest supplier Centauro

Most Popular Car Hire Models

Hire Agency Model Doors Luggage Type
Avance Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
WheeGo Renault Twingo 5 1 Small cars
Rent Car Kefalonia Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
Yours Car Rental Kia Picanto 5 1 Small cars
Centauro Fiat 500 3 1 Small cars
Dirent a car Greece Nissan Note 5 2 Medium cars
Alma Car Hire Fiat Panda 5 1 Small cars
Alamo Suzuki Celerio 5 1 Small cars
Alma Car Hire Nissan Micra 5 1 Small cars
Alma Car Hire Suzuki Celerio 5 1 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 car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

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Skoda Citigo
22 October 2023
Kefalonia was wonderful, so glad we had the car as we were able to visit
United Kingdom
Suzuki Swift
16 October 2023
Drove to several towns/villages/beaches. We stayed in Argostoli as our base and drove to Fiskardo, Antisamos Beach, Myrtos Beach, the caves and more.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
28 September 2023
We stayed in the mountains near Skala and on two occasions drove to Petani Beach --- a quite memorable location
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
27 September 2023
Kefalonia is lovely.- explore all parts..,
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
25 September 2023
Drive to Fiskardo Ferry to Lixouri Robola winery -excellent Shopping and restaurants in Argostoli
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
24 September 2023
Kefalonia is our happy place,so many favourite spots and a car makes them all easy accessible
United Kingdom
Ford Focus
1 September 2023
Stunning beaches all around the island, great weather and food, relaxed and friendly people. Limited mass tourism.
United Kingdom
Peugeot 208
30 August 2023
It was a short trip but we covered most of the island taking in the main sights and beaches
United Kingdom
Renault Twingo
29 August 2023
We were able to take our little panda all over the island and it meant we got to see a lot of places like Myrtos Beach
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United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
10 August 2023
Fabulous island!
United Kingdom
Volkswagen Polo
30 June 2023
We travel to Kefalonia often and to see the many beautiful parts of the island hiring a car is recommended
customer photo
United Kingdom
Fiat 500 Cabrio
25 May 2023
Loved hiring a boat at Sami and eating at Assos
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
20 May 2023
We have been to Kefalonia for 10 years running now, and whilst able to do so, we will continue to make this island our holiday destination.
United Kingdom
Opel Astra
15 May 2023
Had a nice week in lixouri sailing, used the care to look around the island
United Kingdom
Suzuki Celerio
23 October 2022
First time to Kefalonia - drove over most of island.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
20 October 2022
Did around 400 kilometres saw some great places, etc. Always leave plenty of space in front & behind you while driving, take time, don’t rush, enjoy….
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
12 October 2022
Kefalonia is a beautiful and diverse Island, with many different places to visit. Spectacular landscapes, views and beaches are waiting for anyone who wants to venture further afield than their resort. Mt Ainos Summit, Assos, Fiskardo, St George Castle, just to mention a few more obvious ones.
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United Kingdom
VW Caddy
3 October 2022
This was the 10th visit to kefalonia so you are obviously doing something right for us!
United Kingdom
Seat Mii
1 October 2022
Kefalonia is a beautiful unspoilt place the beautiful turtles in Argostoli Harbour to the amazing beaches
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
23 September 2022
kefalonia is great island to vist, lots of beautiful spots to see and eat
United Kingdom
Fiat 500
23 September 2022
Beautiful island, sun, sea & so much natural colour. Outstanding places to visit
United Kingdom
Skoda Citigo
21 September 2022
Kefalonia is amazing if you have a car to get around.
United Kingdom
Seat Ibiza
2 September 2022
Driving in Kefalonia is not for the faint-hearted. The roads are high, windy and in places in very poor condition. Stick to the main routes and think about limiting how much driving you do when it is dark (it gets very very dark!).
United Kingdom
VW Caddy
25 August 2022
Return visitor....all places were familiar and well liked.
United Kingdom
Peugeot 108
2 August 2022
Drive to Myrtos beach from Lixouri, hair raising and exhilarating. Drive up Mt Ainos. Great views. Queen Bee Boat trip. Eating at Lakodolla in Damoulianata and watching sunset.
United Kingdom
Jeep Renegade
25 July 2022
I hired a jeep because I knew some of the cross-island roads were not great. that was a good choice
customer photo
United Kingdom
Toyota Aygo
13 July 2022
Get a sat nav the road signs are not great
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Opel Astra
23 June 2022
We used the rental car for getting to and from our villa, shopping and touring around the island. The mountain roads, harbours and beaches were interesting to see and the roads were quiet, a bit more busy in Argostoli.
United Kingdom
VW Polo
11 June 2022
Kefalonia was stunning
United Kingdom
Seat Mii
2 June 2022
Great car at a good competitive price
United Kingdom
Fiat Doblo
28 May 2022
We drove all over the island, and up the mountain! It is all lovely.
United Kingdom
Suzuki Alto
23 May 2022
Always take photos and record the condition of the car before you set off, take your time on the roads of Kefalonia the views are amazing, don't be tempted to speed up if a driver comes up behind, let them go past when they can do so, they are probably local and know the road better than you.
United Kingdom
Fiat Panda
21 May 2022
Just explore the Island Its larger than you think.
United Kingdom
Kia Picanto
20 May 2022
Kefalonia is a lovely island to travel around. Beware though, its very hilly and lots of s-bends, take caution and your speed down.
United Kingdom
Skoda Citigo
13 May 2022
Lovely island. Friendly people.
United Kingdom
VW Up
15 October 2021
Beautiful island with reasonably well made roads, both coastal and through mountains, everything easy to locate with Google satnav.
United Kingdom
Nissan Micra
4 October 2021
Overall excellent service
United Kingdom
Nissan Note
28 September 2021
Fiskardo was stunning, as was the drive to and fro. Assos, Myrtle beach were all beautiful. Sami was spectacular and the beach had fantastic snorkelling, but the best beaches and snorkelling were in Lassi in my opinion
United Kingdom
Hyundai i30
27 September 2021
A car is a must to get around. I would recommend driving slowly if you're unfamiliar
United Kingdom
Suzuki Alto
24 September 2021
SUPER HELPFUL, AND SPOKE GREAT ENGLISH. GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY.. WOULD DEFINITELY GO BACK TO THEM.
United Kingdom
Toyota Yaris
4 September 2021
Antisamos beach beautiful as is avithos beach but do not drive down ramp at avithos Park by top taverna.
United Kingdom
Jeep Renegade
31 August 2021
Very good!
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Car Hire Statistics

Highest rated company
Rent Car Kefalonia
9.4 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
GreenMotion
6.5 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
150
Total rental companies
31
Average daily price
£ 8.46
Lowest daily price
£ 2.16
Total cars available
725

Top 31 Suppliers in Kefalonia in 2024

Rent Car Kefalonia
Rent Car Kefalonia
Exceptional 9.4 / 619 reviews
1 location
£ 9 - £ 17
Dirent a car Greece
Dirent a car Greece
Exceptional 9.2 / 201 reviews
1 location
£ 7 - £ 39
Thrifty
Thrifty
Exceptional 9.1 / 18 reviews
2 locations
£ 13 - £ 62
Alamo
Alamo
Very good 8.9 / 28 reviews
1 location
£ 8 - £ 29
Yours Car Rental
Yours Car Rental
Very good 8.8 / 55 reviews
1 location
£ 8 - £ 31
Centauro
Centauro
Very good 8.8 / 26 reviews
1 location
£ 2 - £ 83
AddCar
AddCar
Very good 8.7 / 333 reviews
1 location
£ 2 - £ 57
WheeGo
WheeGo
Very good 8.7 / 108 reviews
7 locations
£ 14 - £ 395
Carwiz
Carwiz
Very good 8.7 / 20 reviews
1 location
£ 30 - £ 71
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 8.6 / 47 reviews
2 locations
£ 22 - £ 62
Alma Car Hire
Alma Car Hire
Very good 8.5 / 194 reviews
1 location
£ 6 - £ 177
Budget
Budget
Very good 8.5 / 6 reviews
1 location
£ 11 - £ 34
Avance
Avance
Very good 8.3 / 175 reviews
1 location
£ 5 - £ 33
Autounion
Autounion
Very good 8.3 / 32 reviews
5 locations
£ 13 - £ 140
Selecta rent a car
Selecta rent a car
Very good 8.3 / 1 review
6 locations
£ 15 - £ 90
Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.2 / 4 reviews
1 location
£ 9 - £ 32
DRIVE S.A.
DRIVE S.A.
Very good 8.2 / 1 review
1 location
£ 7 - £ 62
Autocandia
Autocandia
Very good 8.2
1 location
£ 7 - £ 23
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.1 / 9 reviews
1 location
£ 11 - £ 28
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8 / 3 reviews
1 location
£ 8 - £ 24
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.9 / 10 reviews
2 locations
£ 14 - £ 80
Keddy
Keddy
Good 7.9 / 7 reviews
1 location
£ 8 - £ 25
National
National
Good 7.9 / 1 review
1 location
£ 11 - £ 33
Idea Mobility
Idea Mobility
Good 7.7
1 location
£ 5 - £ 6
Avis
Avis
Good 7.6 / 1 review
2 locations
£ 15 - £ 41
Firefly
Firefly
Good 7.6
1 location
Finalrentals
Finalrentals
Good 7.4
1 location
£ 28 - £ 106
EXER
EXER
Good 7.2 / 46 reviews
1 location
£ 6 - £ 65
Goldcar
Goldcar
Good 7.2 / 5 reviews
1 location
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Good 7.1
1 location
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Satisfactory 6.5 / 57 reviews
7 locations
£ 5 - £ 18
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