Car hire in Athens
On this page you’ll find tips and advice on car rental in Athens, the capital of Greece, and the cheapest rental cars at guaranteed lowest cost. If this is your first time renting a car in Greece, please read our general tips on car hire in the country via the link below.
Car hire at Athens Airport
Athens International Airport, officially called Athens Elefthérios Venizélos Airport, is about 19 miles from central Athens. Due to the slightly hilly terrain around both the airport and Athens, it takes about 40 minuts to get from the airport into the city.
Five major well-known car rental companies have offices at Athens Airport. They are all gathered in a building called “Main Terminal Building”, directly adjacent to the Arrivals hall. You won’t have any trouble finding this building or the offices inside it.
There are also plenty of good opportunities to hire a car in central Athens and the surrounding areas, if this suits you better.
What to do around Athens
Athens is the capital and the largest city of Greece. If you want to get a break from the heat and noise of the metropole, renting a car and going on excursions or small road trips is a perfect option. Around Athens, you’ll find cozy little villages, beautiful landscape and, of course, a lot of history. Below we’ll mention some of our favourite spots.
The picturesque town of Nafplio is a one-and-a-half-hour drive east of Athens. Nafplio is known as one of the most beautiful cities in Greece. Here you’ll get both gorgeous sea views and a sense of history. A visit to the Palamidi castle also gives you a great overview of the city. Furthermore, you’ll find two beautiful beaches!
Mystras is a very exciting and interesting fortified city, just a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Athens. Gorgeous landscape surrounds the city, and you’ll be able to visit many historic buildings in the old part of the town. Amongst others, you’ll find a palace, several monasteries and many 14th century frescoes.
Chalcis is the largest town on the island of Euboea. It is apprximately 460 miles north of Athens. The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge that can be crossed by car. Chalcis has a long, rich and interesting history which definitely has left its mark on the town. You’ll see many old buildings among the modern architecture. There are also some nice beaches in Chalcis, as well as a nice promenade by the water.