Car Hire at Araxos Airport
This information is correct as of October 2015
With car hire at Araxos Airport you can get out and explore the Western Peloponnese on your own schedule. Public transport in rural Greece can be infrequent, so having your own car gives you the opportunity to see ancient sites like Olympia and natural wonders like the Corinth Canal.
Where to hire a car at Araxos Airport
Avis and Hertz both offer car hire from Araxos Airport.
Petrol stations near Araxos Airport
If you select a 'full to full' car rental agreement you will need to hand your car back with a full tank.
If you're approaching the airport from the east, there's an EKO service station just off the EO Patras Pirgou road. It's just a few minutes before the turn-off towards the airport. If you're coming from the west the nearest petrol station is a Revoil, although there are also BP and Shell garages on the road.
Driving around Araxos Airport
Traffic in Greece drives on the right, which can take a bit of getting used to if you haven't driven abroad before. The roads in the Western Peloponnese are quiet. If you go off the beaten track and into the countryside, the roads are quite narrow. Local drivers can be quite aggressive, and may expect you to pull over to let them pass. Don't be intimidated: drive normally until it is safe to let them pass. Although most signs are written in our alphabet as well as the Greek one, it's still a good idea to choose a car rental package with a sat-nav included.
Getting to your destination
If you decide to rent a car at Araxos Airport, we recommend choosing accommodation with guest parking. This makes life easier and also gives your hire car a bit of extra security.
A buzzing university city, Patras is home to the region's most diverse restaurant scene and varied nightlife. It's not a tourist destination per se, and most people visit en route to somewhere else. Still, it's a good place to enjoy a bit of local culture.
It takes just under 50 minutes to drive to Patras from Araxos Airport.
This bustling port town has plenty to recommend it, from a great beach to an array of trendy restaurants and bars.
It takes just over an hour to drive to Nafpaktos from Araxos Airport. You need to drive over the Rio Andiro bridge to reach it, and you will have to pay a toll.
The site of the first Olympic games, this ancient destination is a must-visit for history buffs. The area surrounding it is dotted with agroturismos, and if you head for the coast you'll find plenty of fab little beach resorts.
It takes about an hour and 15 minutes to drive to Olympia from Araxos Airport.
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