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Renting a car in Greece, everything you need to know

by Aswini Vadapalli

So we are going to tell you about car hire in Greece in 2020: where to rent a car, how much does it cost to rent it, what documents you need and what you should know about driving in the country.

In Greece, people tend to book cars in the following locations:

  • Crete (Heraklion, Chania and airports)
  • Athens and Athens airport
  • Thessaloniki + Thessaloniki airport
  • Rhodes
  • Halkidiki

The prices for car hire in Greece

The cost of renting a car in Greece depends on the type of transmission and the rental period.

So just for an example, let’s jump to comparing the prices of cheap car hire in Greece.

The list below shows the lowest prices for various types of cars in 2020.

Manual transmission, car rental in Crete (the most popular destination) for 10 days:

  • Small cars (Hyundai i10, Fiat Punto) – from 10 Euros per day
  • Medium-sized cars (VW Polo, Hyundai i30) – from 12-14 euros per day
  • SUVs (Suzuki Jimmy, Toyota Rav 4) – 25-50 euros per day

Renting cars of similar classes with an automatic transmission will cost 1.5-2 times more: about 17-20 euros per day for small and medium-sized vehicles, from 100 euros per day for an SUV.

The tips about driving in Greece

We came along with a few tips to help you when you are driving in Greece:

  • There are few signs on the roads – it is best to use a navigator.
  • Roads are very chaotic – an inconspicuous exit can be extremely important, and you have to look for a detour.
  • Many mountain roads have no barriers, so they should be driven carefully, calculating the trajectory of movement.
  • Rockfalls are not uncommon in the mountains – be careful so that you not damage your car
  • Local drivers drive quite calmly.
  • Carrying a car on a ferry in Greece is expensive – it is usually easier to rent a car on the desired island.

What documents are needed

To rent a car in Greece in 2020, you will need a passport and an international driving license.

Also, the following conditions must be met:

  • age starting from 23 years
  • driving experience – at least 1 year (you can find rare local companies where they will rent a car with less driving experience, you can find such companies at Myrentacar)
  • pay by credit card (many companies do not accept debit cards or cash)
  • deposit (the amount depends on the lease term and the company)

Why you actually want to rent a car in Greece?

Greece is one of the best destinations for independent travelers; it has picturesque landscapes, wild beaches, many cultural and historical attractions. Travelers often rent a car during their holidays on the Greek Isles, which gives them freedom of movement and saves them time, as well it allows visiting more tourist sites than with organized excursions.

And a quick note for those who rent a car

When you receive the car take a photo of everything and check if everything is okay, or better, film it from all sides, including the roof + insides of the car, record the fuel gauge readings. Be sure to report the damage to the distributor, and ask all the damage to be included in the car inspection card. Check the availability of the cigarette lighter if you are going to recharge your navigator or DVR.

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