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Few places pair ancient history and modern tourism as well as Greece. Hire a car to discover the cosmopolitan streets of Athens, the ruins of Delphi, the party resorts of Corfu, the sunny beaches of Kefalonia, the heights of the Olympus Mountains, the fabulous food of the Peloponnese, and much more.

Language: Greek | Currency: Euros (€) | Avg. Flight time: 3.30 hrs

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What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Greece?

You have to be at least 21 years old to hire a car in Greece. It’s worth noting that if you fall into the age bracket of 21–24, you will be classed as a ‘young driver’, so expect a surcharge and restrictions on what cars you’re eligible to drive.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Greece?

You will be required to have a full driving licence, a credit or debit card, and another form of accepted ID – usually your passport. You may also be asked to present proof of insurance so have this document on you at all times. Greece doesn’t require UK licence holders to have an International Driving Permit.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Greece?

You do not need to have car hire excess insurance when you hire a car in Greece, as it’s not legally required. However, it’s a good idea to take out this additional cover for added financial security and peace of mind, as it means that you won’t have to pay the excess if you have to make a claim. Opt for a standalone policy – it’s often cheaper than paying at the desk.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Greece?

The short answer is yes, you can use a debit card to hire a car in Greece, whether you’re booking in advance online or at a rental desk on the day. However, some companies have strict rules with debit card usage, while others only accept credit cards.

Which rental companies are available at Athens International Airport?

The following car hire companies have desks at Athens International Airport: Avance, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and Sixt. You will find them in arrivals – just follow the car hire signs.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Greece?

Generally, it’s cheaper to rent a car off-site in Greece than at the airport. It might, however, be more convenient for you to pick up a rental at the airport. If so, book ahead – walk-up rates can be expensive.

Can you rent a car in one Greek city and drop it off in another?

Yes, you can rent a car in one Greek city and drop it off in another city – very convenient if you’re not heading back to your previous destination. Keep in mind that a one-way rental will typically cost you a little bit more.

Can you rent a car the same day in Greece?

You can rent a car on the same day you arrive in Greece, either at the airport or off site – which is useful if you need flexibility. If you can pre-book, make sure you do. You’ll find that it’s a lot cheaper.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Greece?

Yes. If you’re 21, you can hire a car in Greece. Do be aware that as you’re classed as a young driver – which applies to anyone under 25 – you’ll also be charged a ‘young driver fee’. Some car categories will be off limits, too, and you’ll need to have to have held a driving licence for at least 12 months.

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