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Considered the most romantic island of Greece, Santorini is a small island. For this reason you can visit it far and wide thanks to arental car, by far the best choice to appreciate it to the fullest.
This will allow you to move in total freedom without time limitations. Having your own car will give you the opportunity to visit places that you would not otherwise be able to see relying only on public transportation.
The island of Santorini offers beautiful views in its most hidden corners, villages and unique beaches away from major centers, and so less busy and more authentic. With a rental car you can discover it all!
Upon your arrival at Santorini airport, pick up your car at the car rental agencies and drive to your hotel, your vacation home or your rented apartment.
Remember that in July and August many tourists are in Santorini and the availability of rental cars ends weeks in advance. Book your car in time and when you arrive at the airport, all you have to do is pick up the keys.
Renting acar in Santorini is very easy, as the major rental agencies can be found at the airport and in the most important centers. During the summer, given the amount of tourists who flock to the island, it is very difficult to find a car available in Santorini; therefore, it is recommended to book online in advance, to be sure to find the car you want. In this case you will have the opportunity to choose the car you prefer at the lowest price.
Among the most famous international companies we can mention Hertz, Budget, National, Thrifty, Europcar, Alamo and Avis. However, in Santorini there are also very good local car rental agencies, such as Santorini easy car rental, Vazeos car, Spiridakos or Dimitris. The latter on average provide lower prices, sometimes at the expense of customer service. But turning a blind eye to improvised offices or creatively managed emergency situations remains a great way to save money on vacation.
Driving in Greece follows similar rules to the rest of Europe and a national driving license is sufficient. Very often the rental companies also ask for a credit card, which must be in the name of the driver or one of the participants in the trip.
It is advisable to get advice from the rental company on the state of the roads for which your car is suitable: many of the dirt roads in the interior of the island seem good at first and then get worse and worse, with large potholes and sometimes no room to back up.
Along the roads you will find plenty of fuel stations and refueling will not be a problem, so don’t worry if your car rental agency applies the full/full fuel policy. Usually the full/empty policy charges a much higher fuel cost than the one adopted by the gas stations, so it is better to avoid it whenever possible.
The road signs in Santorini are in Greek and English, while parking on the island is free; the areas concerned are marked with the classic white P with blue background. There are also some private parking lots for a fee and this makes car rental in Santorini even easier.
For rules, limits and advice on driving a car in Santorini, check out the Driving in Greece page.
All international car rental agencies present within the airport of Santorini 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 Santorini 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 Santorini.
Here are some quick answers to the most common doubts about car rental in Santorini.
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 Santorini were forced to reduce their car fleet to reduce operating costs.
When tourism in Santorini 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 Santorini a credit card or debit card is sufficient. However, when you go to collect the car, you will need:
The car rental companies in Santorini 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 Santorini always includes:
Any extras or additional insurance coverage are separate.