Car Hire in Crete
You have many convenient options for car hires in Crete. Car rental in Crete offers a number of choices, including Cretan Travellers, Avis Rental Cars, Eurodollar, and Autohellas. Cars can be picked up in multiple locations around the island including Agia Galini, Chania, Heraklion, Plakias, Rethymno, and the airports. Vehicles for rent include cars, off-road vehicles, minibus, buses, vans, motorcycles, and motor scooters.
Car Hire at Crete Airports
Although Crete has four airports, most travellers arriving internationally use only two of them: Heraklion International Airport (HER) and Chania Airport (CHQ). You have multiple options to hire a car in Crete after flying into HER or CHQ.
Cretan Travellers offers car rental services in all Crete's airports and seaport stations. If you rent a vehicle from them, they offer the option for full insurance plus bonuses like a free second driver and free miles. They also make taxi services and guided tours available.
Car rentals in Crete aren't your only transportation option. If you think it would be fun to cruise along Crete's scenic coastline on a motorbike, Cretan Travellers offers many options for motor scooter and motorcycle rentals. If you're traveling in a sizable group, perhaps you'd prefer to rent a bus, minibus, or Jeep.
Avis offers car rental services from both HER and CHQ airports. After arriving in the airport terminal, you can make your choice from their office by taking the bus to the car park. Eurodollar, Autohellas, and Travel Star are also popular choices for car hire in Crete.
Driving in Crete
When driving a hire car in Crete, be sure to drive on the right-hand side of the road. You have the right of way as you enter traffic circles. Be sure to yield to other drivers once in a circle.
Crete is a mountainous island with a variety of road conditions. Greek National Road 90 stretches across the north coast of the island. There are access points near both major airports. This highway is generally reliable between Agios Nikolaos and Kastelli (Kissamos). The road narrows significantly between Agios Nikolaos and Sitia.
Crete offers numerous remote historic sites and attractions such as the mountainous ruins of ancient Polyrrinia. If you wish to rent a car in Crete to access any of these sites, choosing a Jeep is advisable. If planning a day trip to Polyrrinia, allow a minimum drive time of two and a half hours each way. It may take longer depending on road conditions.
Parking in Crete
Street parking is available in many locations in Crete. In some areas, you may need to visit a kiosk to purchase a parking card. Agia Galini offers visitors a spacious parking lot free of charge.
Where to Go and What to See in Crete
Once you rent a car in Crete, it's time to go sightseeing. The enticing resort town of Hersonissos is a quick 20-minute trip East. History buffs will want to peruse the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, which is about an 11-minute drive from Heraklion Airport. The Water City water park is a fun, family-friendly attraction. It's about a 14-minute eastbound drive from Heraklion Airport.