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Zakynthos is the third largest of the Ionian Islands, it covers an area of over 400 square kilometers and its coastline is about 123 km long. Being so wide, it is natural that the many travelers who reach it from its international airport or by sea, want to explore it to the fullest by taking advantage of the few days of vacation available.
In cases like these, the best thing to do is to rent a car. Renting a car will allow you to take advantage of this convenience even for just one day, maybe for departure or return or to reach a specific location. Traveling with a car gives more freedom, public transportation in Zakynthos is erratic, uncomfortable and overcrowded, and for evening outings it is often lacking.
For car rental at Zakynthos airport you can turn to Europcar, Avis, Sixt, Budget, Hertz and some local car rental companies: each of them has an office at the arrivals area of the airport and a branch office at the port.
A rental car in Zakynthos gives the possibility to reach less known areas and to travel instead of just touring. In order not to have bad surprises, however, it is necessary to study well the stipulation agreements: as far as the payment phase is concerned, the credit card must be in the name of the driver or of one of the travelers. The same goes for the insurance, which generally can be with or without deductible. In the latter case, any accident will have a certain percentage of overdraft, and will have to be paid out of your own pocket until the deductible is evened out.
It is only a matter of understanding how to make a good deal by comparing the various offers proposed by the car rental companies, and establishing a good contract well before departure, because often you can get a discount. Rental cars are often brand new with the latest safety features and gadgets that are often missing from even our car.
They can also have lower fuel consumption as well, being of the latest generation, a great selling point considering that the cost of fuel in Greece is not as cheap as in other summer destinations.
Finally, the last tip is to consider in the price of car rental in Zakynthos also the fuel policy. You can choose between full/full, to receive the car with a full tank of gasoline and return it with the tank at the same level, or full/empty, in which you must totally exhaust the gasoline because it will not be refunded.
For rules, limits and tips for driving a car in Zakynthos, see our Driving in Greece section.
All international car rental agencies present within the airport of Zakynthos 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 Zakynthos 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 Zakynthos.
Here are some quick answers to the most common doubts about car rental in Zakynthos.
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 Zakynthos were forced to reduce their car fleet to reduce operating costs.
When tourism in Zakynthos 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 Zakynthos a credit card or debit card is sufficient. However, when you go to collect the car, you will need:
The car rental companies in Zakynthos 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 Zakynthos always includes:
Any extras or additional insurance coverage are separate.