With no regular public transportation connecting Kefalonia Airport to nearby towns, you may as well arrange to pick up your Kefalonia car hire as soon as you land. Big-name international brands, including Hertz and Europcar, have desks at the airport, though you may be able to wrangle a cheaper Kefalonia car rental from one of the regional agencies, such as Prima Motors or Kokolis Travel.
You will also find Kefalonia car hire agencies in Sami, while Karavomylos Rent a Car agency will arrange delivery to other island locations, for a fee.
The best way to hunt down the cheapest car hire in Kefalonia is to pre-book online before you depart. This will also save you time at the airport and allow you to hit the road straight away.
With Kefalonia’s attractions scattered across the four corners of the island, a car is a pretty much a must if you want to see them all. Among the most scenic drives is the road from the capital Argostoli up to the scenic harbour town of Fiskardo further north.
Stunning coastline panoramas, pine-carpeted hills and the romantic Venetian castle ruins of Assos can prove distracting to drivers, so be sure to pull over every now and then so you can properly appreciate the scenery around you.
You may also want to make a pit stop at Myrtos Beach, a strip of blinding sugar-white pebbles backed by limestone cliffs. Once you catch sight of it from the coast road above, it’s almost impossible not to stop! Just remember that the roads on this route can be narrow, dusty, steep and cliff-edged, and occasionally, a goat, sheep or even a stray cat may wander across your path, so take it nice and steady.
Kefalonia’s road system is fairly uncomplicated and well signposted (both in English and in Greek), so in theory it should be easy to navigate. Unfortunately, however, signs are occasionally obscured by overgrown bushes or are otherwise difficult to spot, so it could be worth paying extra for a satnav.
Before leaving Kefalonia by car ferry, don’t forget to confirm that your car hire insurance extends to other islands.
Many of Kefalonia’s roads, particularly in the centre and north of the island, are steep and so can prove extra slippery on those rare, rainy days. Exercise special caution in wet weather.
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 Kefalonia?
Generally, you can hire a car in Kefalonia if you’re 21 years old and have held a full driving licence for at least 12 months. If you’re under 25, you’ll be subject to a ‘young driver fee’. Car categories will also be restricted.
What do I need to hire a vehicle in Kefalonia?
You will need your driving licence, a credit card or debit card that is valid and in your name, and another form of ID – so bring your passport when you pick up your car. An International Driving Permit is not required if you hold a UK licence.
Do I need car hire excess insurance in Kefalonia?
It’s not necessary to have car hire excess insurance in Kefalonia, but it’s something you should seriously consider. If you don’t have it and you find yourself having to make a claim, you’ll have to pay the agreed amount of excess – and this can be very expensive. A standalone third-party policy is generally cheaper than those offered by car hire companies at the desk.
Can I rent a car with a debit card in Kefalonia?
Some car hire companies in Kefalonia do accept debit cards. Others will only take credit cards. When you search and compare deals online, you’ll be able to see what your options are, as well as what terms and conditions they come with.
Which rental companies are available at Kefalonia Airport?
The following car hire companies can be found in arrivals at Kefalonia Airport: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and Thrifty.
Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off site in Kefalonia?
Generally, if you factor in an ‘airport surcharge’, off-site is cheaper in Kefalonia. However, compare in advance online and you’ll find similarly priced deals for car hire at the airport and off-site.
Can you rent a car in one city in Kefalonia and drop it off in another?
Yes, one-way rentals are possible in Kefalonia. Be aware that the ability to pick up a hire car in one location on the island and drop it off in another does come with an additional cost.
Can you rent a car the same day in Kefalonia?
Yes, you can hire a car the same day in Kefalonia. It’s cheaper to do this online, as you can compare a range of deals. Pay on the day and you can expect walk-up rates.
Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Kefalonia?
Yes, if you’re 21, you can hire a car in Kefalonia. But as you’re classed as a young person (under 25), an extra fee will be added and you’ll be restricted to certain types of car. Also, your driving licence needs to have been valid for at least at least a year.