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Renting a car is the best way to explore the island of Kos with maximum freedom, going at your own pace, stopping when and where you want, leaving at the time you want.
Do not waste time waiting for infrequent and slow buses, maybe under a hot sun: start the engine, roll down the windows and go, to discover the most beautiful beaches of the island, considered the best of the Dodecanese, and the picturesque villages of the hinterland.
Sandy and rocky beaches, the ancient ruins of the castle of Akslepieion, the fifteenth-century Castle of the Knights, viewpoints on top of the mountains, beautiful sea views, natural open-air spas: everything will be easily accessible if you have a car at your disposal!
Follow our car rental tips to save money and drive safely, so that you can zero worries and fully enjoy your vacation in Kos.
Being a very touristic island, there are several car rental companies in Kos, so you can choose to rent your car already at the airport or at another location, both with international and local companies.
Regardless of where you pick up the car, it is always advisable to book before leaving, especially if you travel in summer: in the months of greatest tourist influx, the availability of vehicles is limited and therefore you may find yourself having to rent a high category car, spending much more than you had budgeted.
Booking well in advance allows you to find out the best low cost car rental offers and to be able to calmly evaluate the conditions offered by each agency, comparing not only the prices but also the insurance and the available services, for example the rental without credit card.
If you are arriving directly at Kos airport, consider renting your car upon arrival: you won’t have to stress about finding a bus or a cab to reach your hotel or apartment, saving time and money.
The car rental agencies present at Kos airport are: Avance, Avis Budget, Hertz Thrifty, Sixt, Surprice, Enterprise and Goldcar.
Arriving by ferry instead of plane? Don’t worry, you too can get off the ship and leave immediately to explore the island with a rental car: in fact, there are car rental companies with offices at the port of Kos.
Another possibility is to rent a car in the main centers of the island like Kos Town.
For the rules, limits and advice on driving a car in Kos, see the Driving in Greece page.
All international car rental agencies present within the airport of Kos 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 Kos 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 Kos.
Here are some quick answers to the most common doubts about car rental in Kos.
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 Kos were forced to reduce their car fleet to reduce operating costs.
When tourism in Kos 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 Kos a credit card or debit card is sufficient. However, when you go to collect the car, you will need:
The car rental companies in Kos 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 Kos always includes:
Any extras or additional insurance coverage are separate.