Car Hire Crete

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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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When you book with our car rental partners - Rental Centre Crete - you are supporting a local company with excellent service and an easy online booking procedure. We are sure you will be well looked after by Harry and his team.


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Explore the Regions of Crete

Chania Car Rental - see the atmospheric old town of Chania and the beaches, villages and high mountains of western Crete.

Rethymnon Car Rental - see the Venetian port town of Rethymnon and plenty of history, beaches and country lanes as you explore in your car...

Heraklion Car Rental - see the ancient sites of central Crete in this historic itinerary for self-drive exploration of central Crete...




Tips for Car Hire Crete

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.


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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.

Kourtaliotis Gorge, Rethymnon, CreteKourtaliotis Gorge, Rethymnon, Crete

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.

 

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2 Day Self-Drive Itinerary

A Two Day Itinerary by Car...

This question and answer for one of our website visitors for their holiday in Crete covers arrival in Heraklion, a backroads drive through Rethymnon and departure via Chania...

Road to Frangokastello, CreteRoad to Frangokastello, on the south coast of Rethymnon, Crete


Road to Chora Sfakion, on the south coast of CreteRoad to Chora Sfakion, on the south coast of Crete


On the Map...

A map of Crete with airports and capital towns...

Maps of Crete...


Trip Ideas Guide for Crete

Trip Ideas Guide - you may wish to purchase our e-books which give alternative routes in the west and east of the island. Designed for self-driving by car or motorbike, independent travellers can of course amend these routes to suit their own timetable.



Crete Travel Guide
Travel to the Greek Islands
Travel to Athens




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Five Days in the West of Crete e-book

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Five Days in the East of Crete e-book

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