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Car Hire in Santorini (Thira)

Car Hire in Santorini

This information is correct as of April 2015

Hire a car in Santorini and explore the island on your own schedule. You don’t need to wait for buses, taxis, or the rest of an organised tour group. Just get behind the wheel and discover the island’s best beaches, most beautiful villages, and most exclusive wineries. With Skyscanner you can get the best deals on car hire and make your holiday truly special.

Where to hire a car in Santorini

There are three car hire companies to choose from at Santorini Airport, offering regular family cars as well as more luxurious brands like Audi and BMW. There are also car rental locations elsewhere on the island. VIP Car Rental Santorini specialises in convertibles and sports cars, and can be found to the north of the island in the town of Oia. There’s an Avis and a Budget as well as a few local car hire companies in the town of Fira, and an Axion in the town of Thera.

Driving in Santorini

The roads in Santorini are generally quiet, especially when you get out of the major tourist areas. In the resorts you’ll be sharing the road with inexperienced youngsters on motorbikes and quads. Keep an eye out for them coming up on your inside, and always check your blind spot before making a left turn.
Traffic in Greece drives on the right hand side of the road, and in Santorini it’s no different. If you’re not used to driving abroad, be extra vigilant: especially when approaching roundabouts or turning at a T-junction. Your rental car will probably be a left-hand-drive, and it might take you a little while to get used to your gear stick being on the other side.

Parking in Santorini

During July and August it can be difficult to find parking spaces in the main towns on the island. Generally the parking regulations are quite chilled out: as long as there are no signs saying “No Parking” and a few other cars parked on the road, it’s safe to leave your car. Parking is usually free, although if you enter a car park you might be expected to pay. Always check the signs to make sure.

Great day trips in Santorini

Agios Georgios Beach

This gorgeous beach on the south tip of the island is a great place to while away a sunny day. The beach has all the facilities you would expect, with sun loungers and other amenities, but doesn’t attract huge crowds. If you’re bored of lounging around on the sand you can try your hand at water-sports or pop into one of the atmospheric beach bars.

ArtSpace Winery

Santorini wine is among the best in Greece, thanks to the excellent climate and volcanic soil. There are lots of wineries on the island to visit. One of the most unique is ArtSpace: half winery, half art gallery. It’s the best of both worlds, as the driver has something to keep themselves occupied while everyone else gets tucked into the samples. You can buy bottles of wine here too (the Saint August comes recommend) which you can enjoy once the car is safely parked for the night.


The ‘Pompeii of the Aegean’, Akrotiri was a Minoan settlement destroyed during a volcanic eruption in 1627 BC. It’s said to have inspired Plato’s stories of Atlantis. The eruption managed to preserve lots of beautiful frescoes. You can take a guided tour around the excavation site, or just wander around independently. Entry costs €5 (about £3.70).

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