We compare a huge range of one-way and return car hire deals from over 20 leading rental companies
Corfu’s comparatively large size means it contains plenty of secret hideaways, not to mention glorious mountain views and uncrowded coves. The best way to find them? Hiring a car and having the freedom of your own wheels!
For the least hassle, pick up your car hire directly at Corfu International Airport (CFU). Well-known operators include Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt, and these are supported by various local operations. All car rental desks are located in the arrivals hall.
Car rental companies located at Corfu airport include:
Avis (Tel: +30 26610 42007)
Enterprise (Tel: +30 26610 49400)
Hertz (Tel: +30 26610 33547)
Sixt (Tel: +30 26610 80710)
From the airport, you’ll be in Sidari (north of the island) in under an hour, Kavos (south) in just over an hour, and Corfu Town in under ten minutes
The streets opposite Corfu Town’s ferry port are also full of car hire offices, while some resorts have rental desks for travellers who prefer to rest first and drive later.
The streets opposite Corfu Town’s ferry port also throb with car hire offices, while some resorts have rental desks for travellers who prefer to slumber first and drive later – and thereby save a few euros.
Some of Corfu’s shores are unexpectedly quiet – most commonly along the north-western or south-western shorelines, where either the cliffs are sheerer or hotels fewer. Gaining access is challenging without a car, and thus those renting a vehicle have a distinct advantage.
The northern coast is arguably Corfu’s most heavenly spot, speckled with cutesy harbour villages like Kouloura. Travel further west to find glorious sunset perches and picturesque sea cliffs at Paleokastritsa. Visit at the optimum time – late afternoon – for photographs of both. Watching the dying of the light beside the castle at Angelokastro takes some beating.
Hiring a car allows easy access to Greece’s National Gallery Annexe in the village of Kato Korakiana, close to Corfu Town. This Venetian-era villa hosts works by distinguished Greek artists while its parent collection is in Athens.
Corfu’s mountains are littered with switchbacking roads: wonderful driving routes where the only problem is ignoring every photo opportunity. Atop the 906-metre (2,973 feet) summit of Mount Pantokrator, the island’s highest point, fabulous views are accompanied by a diminutive, stone-built monastery – and lots of radio masts.
In the south you’ll find glorious countryside: it’s worth driving here with no real plan and simply pootling around between orange groves and salt pans. Every so often you’ll come across a small, snoozy town, and generally a classic taverna. This, most certainly, is the life.
One of the interior’s chief attractions is the Aqualand Water Park in Agios Ioannis, west from Corfu Town – it’s a cinch to reach if you have a rental car.
Taking 90 minutes, passenger hydrofoils to Paxos depart from Corfu Town and Lefkimmi – hiring a car allows you to be on board for an early departure, and have ample time to explore the next Ionian Island down.
1. Most secondary roads are very narrow and perennially rutted, while access tracks down to beaches can be steep. As such, choose your rental car carefully: a powerful but reasonably slim 4WD is best if you plan to really be intrepid.
2. Mountain roads can easily become foggy – check weather conditions before setting off.
3. There are limited 24-hour petrol stations on the island, so always refill the tank before going on a late-night trip.
All rental deals compared on TravelSupermarket include mandatory fees (for example, one-way and young driver surcharges) in your rental quote at the time of booking, meaning you’ll know the full price of your car hire upfront.
What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Corfu?
You can hire a car from the age of 21 in Corfu, so long as you’ve been driving for at least a year. In other words, you need to have held a full driving licence for a minimum of 12 months. Restrictions and fees apply for drivers under the age of 25.
What do I need to hire a vehicle in Corfu?
You will need your driving licence – held for at least a year – a passport and a credit or debit card in your name. An International Driving Permit is not required if you hold a UK licence.
Do I need car hire excess insurance in Corfu?
It’s not mandatory for you to take out car hire excess insurance in Corfu. However, it’s a very good idea to have it in place. In short, with car hire excess insurance in place, the excess owed in the event of an accident is either reduced or covered entirely. Without it, you’re facing a huge bill. Avoid paying for the insurance at a rental desk on the day. Instead, book it in advance from a third party provider.
Can I rent a car with a debit card in Corfu?
It’s possible to hire a car in Corfu with a debit card, but you’ll find your options are limited or restricted. Many firms only accept credit cards, and most car hire companies generally prefer them.
Which rental companies are available at Corfu International Airport?
Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Green Motion, Hertz, Sixt and Thrifty can be found at Corfu International Airport. Desks are located in arrivals.
Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Corfu?
As a ‘location-based fee’ will be added to the cost of your rental, it’s generally cheaper to rent a car off-site in Corfu. Still, good deals can be found at the airport, especially if you book in advance.
Can you rent a car in one city in Corfu and drop it off in another?
Yes, but it seems to be extremely limited in Corfu. To find out what your options are, it’s best to use an online comparison tool in advance – type in your drop-off destination to see if it’s covered.
Can you rent a car the same day in Corfu?
Absolutely. Many car hire firms offer on the day rentals, so if you’ve forgotten to book in advance or suddenly need a car when you’re in Corfu, there are options.
Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Corfu?
Yes. If you’re 21 and need to hire a car to get around in Corfu, you’ll find many rental firms to be accommodating. As you’re under 25, you’re classed as a young driver and will have to pay a ‘young driver surcharge’.