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Stretching to 160 miles long and 38 miles wide, Crete feels more like an entire country than an island. Two and a half times the size of Majorca, it’s a whopper.

While public buses might be great for short-haul pootles, you’ll need to opt for car hire in Crete if you’re hoping to cover some serious ground.

A twisty maze of mountains, vineyards, gorges, forests, beaches and remote rocky headlands, driving in Crete is an extraordinary experience in itself. The journey is just as important as the destination, so hop in a hire car and hit the open road. You won’t regret it.

Language: Greek | Currency: Euros (€) | Avg. Flight time: 4.00 hrs

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

The minimum age to rent a car in Crete is 21, though some companies set their minimum age requirements to either 23 or 25. To see what choices you have, search and compare deals online, remembering to input your age where requested.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Crete?

The essentials, which include a full, valid driving licence, a passport or valid ID card, and a current credit 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 Crete?

You are not legally required to have car hire excess insurance in Crete, as your rental comes with a level of cover that allows you to pick up the keys and hit the road straight away. However, should you find yourself in an accident and making a claim, the excess you’re liable for can be pretty significant. With car hire excess insurance, it’s either drastically reduced or covered entirely. A standalone policy is often cheaper than walk-up rates.

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

Yes. However, debit cards are not accepted by all rental firms. And those that do accept them, usually have conditions and restrictions in place. Major credit cards from the likes of American Express, MasterCard and Visa are more widely accepted.

Which rental companies are available at Heraklion International Airport?

You can hire a car from one of the following rental companies based at Heraklion International Airport: Avis, Budget, Eurodollar, Holiday Auto, Hertz, Tourent, National and Sixt.

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

If you pick up a hire car at the airport, you’ll find included in the cost a ‘location-based surcharge’. This is standard practice. On that basis, it’s cheaper to hire a car off site. Convenience may be a deciding factor.

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

As rental firms have offices spread throughout the entire island, you can indeed pick up a hire car in one part of Crete and drop it off in another. A one-way rental fee will apply.

Can you rent a car the same day in Crete?

Yes, you can pick up a same-day rental in Crete. However, if you’re after the best deal possible, book in advance – after all, you’ll have the opportunity to compare a range of offers.

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

Yes, you certainly can, as the minimum age set by a number of car hire firms in Crete is 21. Others have minimum ages of 23 or 25. In all cases, you will need to have held your driving licence for at least 12 months.

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