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The center of Athens is easy to get around by public transport, but there are a couple of reasons why it is equally advisable to rent a car.
Firstly, the capital’s transportation is not very reliable and it is not uncommon to be stranded due to a strike or to waste time waiting for a late bus or metro.
Renting a car in Athens also allows you to take day trips outside of the capital or plan an on-the-road vacation in mainland Greece. If you want to spend your vacation on a small, non-touristy island, find out before you leave if there is a local car rental company, otherwise you’ll have to rent a car in Athens and take it to the island by ferry.
Hire a car at Athens Airport is the preferred solution for many tourists and is actually the most convenient. It allows you to leave immediately for your destination as soon as you get off the plane, without wasting time.
Other advantages of booking your rental car directly at the airport are the opening hours of the offices, which are usually longer than the offices located in the city, and the certainty of finding English-speaking staff.
Renting a car at the port of Athens is the recommended solution for those who, after a couple of days of visiting Athens, want a car in tow to take to a small island with no car rental companies. Booking at the port is usually a little cheaper than renting at the airport.
Driving in the center of Athens may scare those who are not used to the traffic of big cities, but do not discard the idea of renting a car when you are already in the center of the capital. It’s a suitable solution for those who want to use the car only for a portion of the vacation, for example for one or two day trips.
For rules, limits and advice on driving a car in Athens, see the Driving in Greece page.
All international car rental agencies present within the airport of Athens maintain schedules in line with flight arrivals, every day from Monday to Sunday. However some low cost car rental or local agencies around airport of Athens may observe different times
To be on the safe side, we recommend that you check with your car rental agency.
The following models are some examples of the cars that you can rent at airport of Athens.
Here are some quick answers to the most common doubts about car rental in Athens.
More and more people are choosing to rent a car to reduce contacts and increase social distancing, avoiding the often crowded public transport.
Car rental companies are committed to higher hygiene standards to minimize the risk of transmitting the virus.
All the safety measures we are accustomed to are taken at the rental desks and the cars are disinfected after each rental, especially the areas most at risk, such as seats, gearboxes, handles and steering wheel.
Undoubtedly yes. During the pandemic, almost all car rental companies in Athens were forced to reduce their car fleet to reduce operating costs.
When tourism in Athens has restarted, due to the crisis in raw materials and electronic components, they have not managed to buy back enough cars.
The consequence is that today every company has far fewer cars than in 2019 and cannot cope with the high demand. This leads to higher prices and less availability, especially during the high season.
The advice we give you is therefore to book the car well in advance, both to get the best prices but above all to be sure of having a rental car.
To reserve a car in Athens a credit card or debit card is sufficient. However, when you go to collect the car, you will need:
The car rental companies in Athens allow to rent a car to all those who are between 21 and 70 years old. However, there is an additional cost for under 25 and for those over 70.
A car rental in Athens always includes:
Any extras or additional insurance coverage are separate.