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Crete's second-largest city is a stunner, with a lovely waterfront and a backdrop of mountains. It's also the gateway to the west of the island, so hire a car from Chania Airport and discover some of Crete's quieter resorts and hidden beaches – as well as the stunning Samaria Gorge.

Language: Greek | Currency: Euros (€) | Avg. Flight time: 3hrs 45mins

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

The minimum age you need to be to hire a car in Chania is 21, though this is limited to certain car types. For other categories of car – for example, bigger and premium vehicles – the minimum age is typically 25 and over. To find out what your options are, use an online search and comparison tool.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Chania?

To hire a car in Chania, you will need a valid driving licence, your passport and a credit card. Some firms will accept a debit card, but this will be subject to certain terms and conditions. Check with your provider if anything else is required.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Chania?

No, but for peace of mind, you really should. When you hire a car in Chania, the cost of your rental does come with cover, but it’s not comprehensive. It means that, without this insurance, you run the risk of paying out a huge sum of money – the excess – if anything happens to the hire car. The best deals for car hire excess insurance can generally be found from a standalone provider.

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

A small number of car hire firms will let you hire a car with a debit card, but many only accept credit cards. Generally speaking, whether you’re booking in advance online or on the day in person, it’s best to use a credit card.

Which rental companies are available at Chania International Airport?

There are a number of car hire companies at Chania International Airport. They include Avance, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Kydon Rent a Car, Sixt, Thrifty and Trust Rent a Car. All can be found in arrivals.

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

If you book online in advance, you can get a good deal on a hire car both at the airport and off-site in Chania. Generally, off-site is cheaper, as airports often add a ‘location-based fee’.

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

Yes. However, you may find that drop-off locations are limited because it depends on whether your preferred car hire company has offices based at your desired drop-off location. Use a comparison tool to find out.

Can you rent a car the same day in Chania?

Yes, you can find same-day rentals in Chania. However, to guarantee your hire car of choice and to get the best deal possible, it’s recommended you book in advance.

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

Yes, you can hire a car in Chania if you are 21 years old, as it’s generally the minimum age set by many providers in Crete. You will need to show that you’ve held your driving licence for at least 12 months. Do note that some car categories will be reserved to older drivers – typically 25 and over – and that you will likely have to pay a ‘young driver surcharge’. This is standard practice.

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