Car Hire Crete is a really good idea as it is a large island 60 km by 260 km. There is so much to explore.
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A few tips to help you on your way and ensure a smooth journey...
Credit Card. One must have a valid credit card with credit available to cover the deposit to pick up any rental vehicle for getting around in Crete.
Driver Licence. One must have a valid driver licence for the country you are visiting. For Crete they will recognise an International Drivers Permit issued by the motoring association in your country. Make sure this is up to date and that you take your passport for identification to the agency when picking up your vehicle.
Ensure you book in advance. During busy season, especially the months of July and August, things get really full in Crete, so a booking is essential. You cannot expect to walk out of the airport and find a car available. There are many online services available for getting around by car hire Crete.
Remember you will have luggage. Do not opt for the smallest and cheapest car unless you have packed only one suitcase. Especially for families or groups, remember you will have a number of bags, and then there is always the other 'stuff' that seems to appear out of nowhere. Go one size up and you will have a smoother trip.
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Need some engine power? Again, don’t just choose the smallest and cheapest vehicle if you will be exploring the island, you may want to climb mountains or small country roads and need some grunt, also if you have a few passengers you will notice the engine capacity when touring, it will make getting around in Crete that much easier.
Relaxed pick up and drop off. Sometimes it is a good idea to take a taxi to a hotel on your first night, and pick up the car in a relatively relaxed state the next morning. Most car rental companies will accommodate you at your hotel. Coming on a long plane flight or journey and then driving a car on a different side of the road isn't always a great start to your visit.
Opening Hours. Always check the opening hours of the car rental agency. These may not be the same as in your home country, and make sure you agree on the valid return time for the vehicle.
Extras. Again, book ahead for baby seats or roof racks, these can also be booked online.
Weather. Check our weather page for the 10 day forecast in Crete.
Kiddies in the car. Make sure the kids have some toys and distractions for the back seat. This will make getting around Crete much more pleasant for the family.
Unsure of your route? See our section about maps, but when in doubt...get out of the car and ask a local. Even if you don't speak much Greek, its amazing what you can achieve with sign language, and you may save yourself a lot of time and energy, even make a new friend! Getting around in Crete is an adventure!
Bring your own car. Cars can be brought into Crete for up to six months. You can journey to Crete on the car ferries departing both Gythion in Peloponnese and Pireaus in Athens. So you could just drive off the ferry onto the dockside and enjoy getting around in Crete!
Car Hire Crete will be easy and enjoyable if you take note of
these tips when booking your hire car and making your travel plans.
A map of Crete with airports and capital towns.
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