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Known for its pretty white washed buildings, traditional seaside tavernas and clear blue waters, the island of Santorini is a haven for holidaymakers after a true slice of Greek culture. Hire a car in 2022 and discover the charms of this spectacular island for yourself.

Language: Greek | Currency: Euros (€) | Avg. Flight time: 3.5 hrs

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

The minimum age set by most car hire companies operating in Santorini is 21. Anyone under 25 is classed as a ‘young driver’. If that’s you, expect vehicle category restrictions and a ‘young driver surcharge’.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Santorini?

To hire a car in Santorini, you’ll need a valid driving licence, a passport or alternative of ID, and a current 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 Santorini?

You are not required by law to have car hire excess insurance in Santorini. That said, it’s one add-on that is highly recommended. With car hire excess insurance, you’re better protected if you have to make a claim – any excess you’re liable to pay is either covered or reduced, for example. A policy offered by a standalone provider is usually cheaper than what you’d pay at a car hire desk.

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

You can certainly hire a car in Santorini with a debit card. However, many car hire companies prefer payments by credit card. As payments policies vary from one car hire provider to the next, it’s worth reading the terms and conditions ahead of making a booking.

Which rental companies are available at Santorini Airport?

The following car hire companies can be found within arrivals at Santorini Airport: Avance, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Sixt, Suntime and Thrifty. Pre-book to get the best deal and save valuable time.

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

Generally, it’s cheaper to hire a car off site than at the airport, as a ‘premium location fee’ will be added to your bill at the latter. Still, you can get a good deal at an airport, especially if you pre-book.

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

As some car hire firms have multiple branches in Santorini, it’s possible. To be sure, check with your provider in advance. However, the most convenient option is to pick up and drop off your hire car at the airport.

Can you rent a car the same day in Santorini?

It’s possible to rent a car the same day in Santorini, but you might find that your options are extremely limited. You’ll also pay more – walk-up rates are typically more expensive. Ideally, search and compare deals in advance online, and then pre-book your hire car.

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

If you are 21 years of age, you can indeed hire a car in Santorini – so long as you’ve held your driving licence for at least a year. Some terms and conditions will apply, so expect a ‘young driver fee’ and restrictions on the type of car you can hire.

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