Car Hire at Thessaloniki Airport
This information is correct as of May 2015
Get more out of your Greek holiday by hiring a car at Thessaloniki Airport. As well as having the freedom to explore the city on your own schedule, you can also get out and explore the beautiful beaches and pine woodlands of Halkidiki region.
Where to hire a car at Thessaloniki Airport
Sixt, Europcar, Kosmos, Avis, and Hertz all offer car rental from Thessaloniki Airport. Their reception desks are inside the terminal. Some car rental companies are based off airport but will deliver your rental car.
Petrol stations near Thessaloniki Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
If you’re driving from Thessaloniki and Halkidiki you will pass an Aegean service station on your way to the airport. There’s a BP petrol station near the airport, but it’s tricky to reach.
Driving around Thessaloniki Airport
As soon as you leave the airport you will find yourself on a busy dual carriageway which connects onto the region’s motorway. Make sure you’re comfortable with the controls in your rental car before joining traffic. Nobody needs stress on the first day of their holiday, so it might help to choose a car rental package that comes with a sat-nav system.
Getting to your destination
Lonely Planet rank Greece’s second city as one of the world’s best party destinations, but Thessaloniki has plenty of cultural and historic attractions too. We’ve written about some of them in our guide to the top ten things to do in Thessaloniki.
It takes about 25 minutes to drive to central Thessaloniki from the airport. There are plenty of free car parks on the outskirts of the city where you can leave your car for the day and take public transport. There are some large car parks in the city centre which you need to pay to use, and metered on-street parking too. Double parking is common. Don’t get stressed if someone blocks you into your space: chances are they’ve just nipped into a cafe. Honk your horn and they’ll come and move their vehicle.
Buzzing Kassandra is the liveliest branch of the Halkidiki Peninsula. Gorgeous beaches, big resorts, and proximity to Thessaloniki make it a favourite destination for holidaymakers.
Kassandra is about an hour’s drive from Thessaloniki Airport. There are lots of places to park both in and outside the resorts. Most hotels, restaurants, beaches and other attractions have their own car parks. Always check local signage to find out whether parking is free or whether you need to find a parking meter. It’s always a good idea to choose a hotel with a guest car park.
Peaceful Sithonia has arguably the best beaches in Halkidiki, and some excellent seafood restaurants too. It’s the perfect destination for a relaxing break.
Sithonia is about two hours away from Thessaloniki Airport. It’s quite a rural place, so there are very few parking regulations and plenty of places to park your car. Most of the hotels and camp sites in Sithonia will have guest car parking, and there are usually places to park safely by beaches, restaurants and other attractions.