Crete

Car hire in Crete

Crete is a very large island and to know it in depth is essential to rent a car. With our advice you will find the best offer!
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Let’s face it: Crete is too big and too beautiful to be visited by public transport. Only with a rented car can you get to know this beautiful island in depth, discovering its countless wonders at your own pace.

Speed across the island on the new national road E45 or slow down to admire the breathtaking views along the old national road, with several stretches that run along the coast; take the back roads to explore Crete in depth, looking for the most authentic villages and the most remote beaches.

Following our advice you can rent a car in Crete in economy and safety and live a dream vacation!

Where to rent a car in Crete?

Crete is a perfect island to visit with a rental car

Are you wondering which is the best location to pick up your rental car? The options in Crete are many and where to rent a car depends a bit on the itinerary you have in mind. If you arrive at Heraklion Airport, the most important airport on the island of Crete and the second busiest in Greece after Athens, you can choose from several car rental companies, both local and international, such as Eurodollar, Avis, Autohellas and Travel Star.

The second most important airport on the island of Crete, the airport of Chania (or Hania) is well connected with low cost flights from the rest of Europe: once landed, pick up your car at the car rental offices in the arrivals terminal and while other tourists will be queuing for the bus or cab you will already be on your way to your hotel!

Heraklion Airport

To easily find the cheapest car rental we recommend using the following search form which compares the rates of all companies at theHeraklion Airport.

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The following are the most reliable car rental companies listed in Heraklion Airport. If you have preferences on a single company you can click on the respective logo to read the comments and reviews of other travelers who have rented a car at this airport

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Chania Airport

To easily find the cheapest car rental we recommend using the following search form which compares the rates of all companies at theChania Airport.

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The following are the most reliable car rental companies listed in Chania Airport. If you have preferences on a single company you can click on the respective logo to read the comments and reviews of other travelers who have rented a car at this airport

Local car rental agencies

Other car rental locations in Crete

It is possible to rent a car in all major tourist locations on the island of Crete including:

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Safety

Driving in Crete is quite easy because the Greek traffic rules are very similar to the European ones, but in order not to have worries during your vacation pay attention to the insurance policy included in the price of the car rental.

Is it a basic or kasko policy, with or without deductible reimbursement? Does it include theft, glass breakage and loss of keys? Is there a surcharge for a second driver? Consider these elements to choose the car rental offer that best suits your needs.

Savings

The easiest way to save money on car rental is to book before you leave to have a wider choice: this will allow you not only to choose the car you prefer, but also to find the best low cost car rental offers.

Credit Card

In order to rent a car, the car rental agencies usually require a credit card as guarantee, which must be in the name of the driver.

If you do not have it or you have a prepaid card that is not accepted, do not despair. In fact, there are companies that rent cars without a credit card: just be careful when booking and you too will be able to rent a car!

Car categories available in Crete

The following models are some examples of the cars that you can rent in Crete.

Mini
Car hire Mini in Crete
  • 2-4
  • 1
  • 0
  • Examples: Fiat Panda, Fiat 500, Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto
Budget
Car hire Budget in Crete
  • 4
  • 1
  • 1
  • Examples: Ford Fiesta, Opel Corsa, Seat Ibiza, Citroen C3
Standard
Car hire Standard in Crete
  • 5
  • 2
  • 1
  • Examples: Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Audi A3
Station Wagon
Car hire Station Wagon in Crete
  • 5
  • 3
  • 0
  • Examples: Opel Astra SW, Ford Focus SW, Golf SW
MPV
Car hire MPV in Crete
  • 5-9
  • 3
  • 1
  • Examples: Volkswagen Touran, Opel Zafira, Ford Galaxy
SUV
Car hire SUV in Crete
  • 5
  • 3
  • 0
  • Examples: Toyota RAV 4, Ford Escape, Jeep Renegade
Luxury
Car hire Luxury in Crete
  • 5
  • 2
  • 1
  • Examples: Mercedes Classe C, Mercedes Classe E, Audi A5
Convertible
Car hire Convertible in Crete
  • 4
  • 2
  • 0
  • Examples: Ford Mustang, Audi A3 cabrio, BMW serie 2

Frequently asked questions about car rental in Crete

Here are some quick answers to the most common doubts about car rental in Crete.

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 Crete were forced to reduce their car fleet to reduce operating costs.

When tourism in Crete 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 Crete a credit card or debit card is sufficient. However, when you go to collect the car, you will need:

  • a credit card in the name of the driver. Debit and ATM cards are not accepted;
  • copy of the reservation;
  • a driving license valid for at least 12 months;
  • an identity document.

The car rental companies in Crete 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 Crete always includes:

  • theft insurance;
  • limitation of liability for damage to the vehicle;
  • local, road and airport taxes.

Any extras or additional insurance coverage are separate.

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