Car hire in Crete

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Car hire on Crete

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands. On this page you’ll find tips and advice on car hire on Crete, 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.

Our car rental offices on Crete

There are a number of car hire offices spread out on the northern coast of Crete. Below we’ve listed the easiest places to pick up or drop off your rental car.

  • Heraklion: There are plenty of excellent options for car hire in the largest city on Crete.  You’ll find a total of six car rental offices in Heraklion. Five of them are on Ikarou Avenue in the town centre. If you are arriving in Heraklion by ferry, there is also an office by the harbour.
  • Chania: If you want to rent a car in the second-largest city of Crete, the best option is to use the car rental office at the airport, which is slightly north of the city centre. You’ll find more information on car hire at Chania airport below. However, if you especially want to hire a car in central Chania, there is an office on Chaildon Street. You’ll also find an office west of Chania, in the village of Kato Stalos.
  • Rethymnon: Halfway between Heraklion and Chania is the city of Rethymnon. Here you’ll find three car rental offices: two on Sofokli Venizelou Street and one on Adelianos Campos. From these offices you can easily get to the E75 (the biggest road on Crete) and thereby to other parts of the island.
  • East Crete: On the eastern parts of Crete, there are mainly smaller villages. Car hire is available in some of these villages. For example, you’ll find offices in Aghios Nikolaos, Sarantaris, Sisi and Plaka.

Car hire at Crete airport

There are two airports on Crete: Heraklion Airport, which has a central location on north Crete, and Chania airport, which is on the northwest side.

Heraklion Airport (airport code: HER)
Heraklion Airport is also known as Kazantzakis Airport. It is the major airport for international flights on Crete, and the second-largest airport in all of Greece.

At this airport, there are a total of seven car rental offices directly adjacent to the Arrivals terminal. After this, a bus takes you to the car park where the rental cars are parked. Hiring a car at Heraklion Airport is very smooth and easy. Getting to and from the airport by car is also convenient.

Chania Airport (airport code: CHQ)
Crete’s second-largest international airport is located just outside Chania. This airport is sometimes referred to as Daskalogiannis Airport. It services mainly charter flights during the summer months.

Seven car rental companies have offices at Chania airport. You’ll find them all with no effort right by the Arrivals hall. Getting out from the airport area to the different parts of the island is very easy, and you’ll quickly be able to find lovely little spots along the way.

What to do on Crete

Driving around and exploring Crete is a truly amazing experience. Due to the size of the island, getting around the different parts is very easy and quick. With a hired car, you’ll also be able to make stops in small, cozy places that you otherwise would have missed. Below we’ll mention some of our favourite places on Crete.

Hersonissos
Hersonissos is a lovely city to visit, only a half-hour drive from Heraklion. Here you’ll find loads of fun activities and sights for the whole family. We recommend the Lychnostatis open-air museum, which will give you many fantastic experiences of Crete’s culture and history.

Knossos
Knossos is an definite must if you have an interest in history. This city was at its peak during the Bronze Age, and, today, it is one of the best preserved archaeological sites in Greece. Knossos is just outside Iraklion and is easy to get to by car. If you are interested in finding out more about the ancient city, we recommend a visit to the museum in Heraklion since many artefacts from Knossos are on display at the museum.

The Samariá Gorge
If you are looking for adventure in the beautiful landscape of Crete, you won’t want to miss a trip to the Samariá Gorge. The Gorge, which is about 25 miles south of Chania, is part of a National Park. You’ll really get some divine views here, but be prepared for a somewhat demanding hike. The Gorge is approximately 10 miles long, and exploring and enjoying it usually takes a full day.