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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Athens, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Toyota Aygo or similar
Toyota Aygo
  • 4x
  • 2x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Surprice
$11.42 / per day
Athens, Downtown Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Surprice
$11.80 / per day
Athens Airport Car Rental
Mini
Fiat Panda or similar
Fiat Panda
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Carwiz
$11.92 / per day
Athens Airport Car Rental
Economy
Suzuki Alto or similar
Suzuki Alto
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 3x
  • No
  • Man.
Surprice
$11.97 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Athens Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • No
  • Man.
Surprice
$12.09 / per day
Athens Airport Car Rental
Mini
Skoda Citigo or similar
Skoda Citigo
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$12.32 / per day
Athens Airport Car Rental
Economy
Hyundai i10 or similar
Hyundai i10
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Surprice
$12.35 / per day
Athens Airport Car Rental
Economy
Suzuki Swift or similar
Suzuki Swift
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • No
  • Man.
Carwiz
$12.46 / per day
The above prices are approximate only. They are based on bookings made during the last 48 hours and depend on booking dates, length of rental and car class.

Travel information

Language
Greek
Currency
EUR
Country code
30
Average car rental length
11 days
Economy car rental price
$26.82 / per day
Traffic direction
Right-hand
Speed limit out of town
90 km/h
56 mi/h
Speed limit within town
50 km/h
31 mi/h
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.05%

Why rent a car in Athens?

Athens is a fascinating city to explore. Both ancient and modern, this sprawling city has countless landmarks, distinct neighborhoods, and beautiful nature areas. Many interesting places, from Hellenic monuments to small, charming villages, are also located nearby. Getting a rental car is the best way to see as much as you can.

Athens Car Rental

Top ways to enter Athens

  • Athens Airport: By far the largest in Greece and among the 30 busiest in Europe, flying to Athens Airport is the best way to reach the Greek capital. The airport is about 30 km (18 mi) from the city center.
  • Volos Airport: Only open during the summer months, and served by a few low-cost carriers, Volos Central Greece Airport is about a three hour ride north of Athens.
  • Kalamata Airport: Like many others in Greece, this airport serving the large southern Peloponnese city is mainly active during the summer months. It is about three hours west of Athens.
  • Thessaloniki Airport: The third busiest airport of Greece ,serving its second city, is about a five hour ride north of Athens. Arriving in one and leaving the other will give you a big opportunity to see a lot of mainland Greece.

Useful city facts

Athens enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate. Summers are dry and extremely hot, with temperatures often reaching 35 °C  (95 °F). Remaining properly hydrated is very important. Winters are more humid, but mild, with the average temperature around 10 °C  (50 °F) in January and February.

The birthplace of democracy and the leading city of politics and culture during early classical antiquity, Athens was inhabited long before. With a history of human settlement going back for 7000 years, Athens is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. 

Although the population of Athens Municipality is only 660,000, nearly 4 million people, or more than every third inhabitant of Greece, live in its wider metropolitan area. It is one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the European Union (EU). 

Top destinations and activities

  • Acropolis. Once a fortified town of what was then Athens and dating back as early as the Bronze Age, the Acropolis is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the main symbols of the city. Visit landmarks such as the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike, and Theater of Dionysus. Then check out the Acropolis Museum or take a walk to the nearby Hill of the Muses and Hill of the Nymphs, two other ancient landmarks.
  • Mount Lycabettus. According to a legend, the most important summit of Athens was created by the goddess Athena when she dropped a limestone that she was carrying. Nowadays you can ascend the mountain via a funicular. The view from the top reveals not only the rest of Athens, but also, on a clear day, the Peloponnese peninsula. 
  • Odeon of Herodes Atticus. This ancient outdoor theater, built by a Greek magnate and sophist that gave it his name, has been hosting plays for nearly 2,000 years and continues to do so to this day. Even if you’re not visiting on a day when there’s a performance, you can still appreciate the magnitude of the stone theater, have a nice walk around it, and appreciate the local flora and fauna that includes tortoises.

Traffic and parking tips

  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 90 km/h (55.9 mph) on roads outside populated areas and 50 km/h (31 mph) in populated and built-up areas.
  • While the larger roads are in good shape, some of the smaller, rural roads might have poor surfacing and potholes. Be careful when driving on them, especially after dark.
  • Many gas stations might be closed during weekends and public holidays. 
  • It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.02% for novice drivers. Exceeding these limits can lead to high fines and a licence ban. Exceeding the limit of 0.08% is a criminal offence and can lead to up to two years of imprisonment.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The general emergency number, like elsewhere in the EU, is 112. The police number is 100, the ambulance number is 166, and the fire brigade number is 199. 

Toll roads

There are a number of toll roads, tunnels, and bridges on mainland Greece. Many travelers find them very hard to navigate and some choose to avoid using the toll roads altogether because of the very complex toll system that is in place. Different toll roads are administered by different private companies and so there is not a single, nationwide (or even region-wide) system in place.

For most toll roads, payment can be either made with cash at a toll gate, by a credit card, or with coins at an automatic toll machine. For some roads, an electronic transponder might be used to pay for using the toll road. Some rental cars may be equipped with such an electronic transponder. However, because of the aforementioned different toll systems that are in place, this payment method might work for some toll roads, but not for others. Determine out your route in advance and ask your car rental provider about the best way to pay for all the toll roads that you plan to use.

Ideas for a day-trip

  • Parnitha National Park. About one hour’s drive from downtown Athens, this green area has many gorges, caves, springs, and dense forests that you can explore along its hiking paths. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some of the red deer that live in the park’s territory.
  • Epidaurus. Once a ritual site for the worship of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine, this place southwest of Athens is famous among locals both for its alleged healing properties and the incredible acoustics of its old theater. The theater is about a two-hour drive from the capital, with the road mostly hugging the Megara Gulf.
  • Thebes. Mentioned both in Greek myths and written records of the  many empires that ruled the area, Thebes is another world-famous historical location. Walk through the ruins of Cadmea Fortress or pay a visit to the stunning Archaeological Museum of Thebes. From Athens, it’s only a tad more than one hour’s drive north. 

Most popular rental types and cars

The most popular rental cars in Athens are the Renault Clio, the Fiat 500, and the Opel Corsa. The most popular rental car type is an economy, closely followed by mini and intermediate.

Further destinations

  • Thessaloniki. The second city of Greece is a fascinating place to explore thanks to its impressive architecture, long crescent-like beaches, and unique traditions. It also serves as a great base for the exploration of the rest of Northern Greece with its mountains and many wildlife areas.
  • Nafplio. A small, but very interesting town, Nafplio is a mix of Hellenic, Byzantine, and Ottoman influences that you notice in its architecture and cuisine. After the hustle and bustle of the capital, from which it is about 140 km (85 mi) southwest, Nafplio is a great place to relax and then go on exploring the rest of the Peloponnese.
  • Crete. The largest of Greece’s countless islands, Crete has something for everyone. Many travelers tend to stick around Heraklion and Chania, its two largest cities, but do get in a car and go to see the rest of the island - its real beauty is in its rugged beaches outside tourist resorts, small mountain villages, and pristine wilderness. Keep in mind that while you can take a car on a ferry from Athens to Crete, ask your car rental provider first if they permit it. Alternatively, you can drop off your car in Athens and pick up another in Heraklion or Chania.

How can I save money on my rental car?

These are some of the things to keep in mind when booking a rental car in Athens:

  • Compare rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Athens is the cheapest in January when renting a car is about 58% cheaper than the yearly average and a whopping 80% cheaper than renting a car in August. Come visit in winter time when the city is just as fascinating, but far less crowded!

Top 20 Cities near Athens

Heraklion Car Rentals from $8.56 per day
309.1 km / 192.0 miles away
Corfu Car Rentals from $9.32 per day
395.6 km / 245.8 miles away
Thessaloniki Car Rentals from $9.96 per day
299.2 km / 185.9 miles away
Chania Car Rentals from $11.81 per day
268.0 km / 166.5 miles away
Rhodes Car Rentals from $7.44 per day
404.5 km / 251.3 miles away
Kefalonia Car Rentals from $6.66 per day
302.3 km / 187.9 miles away
Zakynthos Car Rentals from $5.88 per day
269.5 km / 167.5 miles away
Santorini Car Rentals from $22.57 per day
218.4 km / 135.7 miles away
Mykonos Car Rentals from $10.18 per day
135.5 km / 84.2 miles away
Kos Car Rentals from $10.96 per day
305.8 km / 190.0 miles away
Preveza Car Rentals from $6.60 per day
297.9 km / 185.1 miles away
Kalamata Car Rentals from $8.99 per day
194.9 km / 121.1 miles away
Naxos Car Rentals from $19.03 per day
157.6 km / 97.9 miles away
Skiathos Car Rentals from $15.63 per day
143.2 km / 89.0 miles away
Samos Car Rentals from $10.30 per day
262.1 km / 162.8 miles away
Paros Car Rentals from $15.06 per day
146.7 km / 91.1 miles away
Chios Car Rentals from $14.99 per day
197.3 km / 122.6 miles away
Kavala Car Rentals from $16.29 per day
336.3 km / 209.0 miles away
Milos Car Rentals from $19.63 per day
145.7 km / 90.6 miles away
Karpathos Car Rentals from $15.71 per day
399.6 km / 248.3 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Athens

Athens Airport Car Rentals from $11.42 per day
Athens, Downtown Car Rentals from $11.42 per day
Syros Airport Car Rentals from $24.09 per day
105.4 km / 65.5 miles away
123.8 km / 76.9 miles away
Mykonos Airport Car Rentals from $10.18 per day
135.5 km / 84.2 miles away
Skiathos Airport Car Rentals from $15.63 per day
143.2 km / 89.0 miles away
Milos Airport Car Rentals from $19.63 per day
145.7 km / 90.6 miles away
Paros Airport Car Rentals from $15.06 per day
146.7 km / 91.1 miles away
Naxos Airport Car Rentals from $19.03 per day
157.6 km / 97.9 miles away
Volos Airport Car Rentals from $17.24 per day
174.2 km / 108.3 miles away
194.9 km / 121.1 miles away
Chios Airport Car Rentals from $14.99 per day
197.3 km / 122.6 miles away
218.4 km / 135.7 miles away
Patras Airport Car Rentals from $24.40 per day
221.9 km / 137.9 miles away
Samos Airport Car Rentals from $10.30 per day
262.1 km / 162.8 miles away
262.4 km / 163.0 miles away
Chania Airport Car Rentals from $11.81 per day
268.0 km / 166.5 miles away
269.5 km / 167.5 miles away
297.9 km / 185.1 miles away
299.2 km / 185.9 miles away

Which is the cheapest month to rent a car in Athens?

Car rental prices in Athens vary a lot according to the time of year. This graph compares month-to-month price changes to help you find the best offer.
Average Rental Price in Athens
$17.12
January
$35.75
February
$28.53
March
$27.80
April
$49.57
May
$39.55
June
$61.78
July
$89.82
August
September
October
November
$19.01
December
The best month to rent a car in Athens is January (when prices for an Economy class start from $17.12). This is 58% cheaper than the yearly average and 81% cheaper than renting in August (when rental prices start at $89.82 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Athens?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in September, travelers rent a car for an average of 12 days in July, the average rental period is 5 days.
Average Rental Length in Athens
6
January
8
February
9
March
8
April
10
May
7
June
5
July
6
August
12
September
8
October
6
November
6
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Athens?

While travelers visit Athens year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is July, and the least popular is November.
Athens Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
88%
January
86%
February
102%
March
130%
April
127%
May
138%
June
168%
July
131%
August
67%
September
56%
October
53%
November
53%
December

Our Customers Reviews

March 13, 2019
Roads are busy during rush-hour and motorbikes dodge between cars. No damage this time but I'd take full insurance next time as fair chance that something may happen to the car that's totally out of your control. Good roads and signage.
October 24, 2018
Take to the mountains surrounding Loutraki and visit remote places that tourists seldom see. Easy drive to lake Vouliagmeni, Corinth, Athens. Be careful when driving into city of Athens, roads are very narrow and heavy traffic.
October 21, 2018
it was a very good trip and renting a car made access to many places, possible, any time of the day.i definitely recommend it.though you have to be extra careful with the way they drive.
September 27, 2018
Do visit the ancient sites including ancient Corinth! Ancient Delphi if you can visit is amazing!
September 2, 2018
We have been 2 weeks in peloponesus with a car and it was grait
August 10, 2018
Thanks for everything . Will use the company again in summer of 2019 and on !!
July 21, 2018
If you're going to vacation on a Greek island, as we do, consider using Discover and renting from Avance or another car rental company for pickup at the airport. Yes, it costs extra to take the car on the ferry boat to your island or islands, but you'll save over the often higher rental charges from rental companies on the islands.
July 14, 2018
Driving in downtown athens was a little tricky as the some roads were quite narrow. But would definitely recommend driving up north to Meteora instead of taking the train.
July 11, 2018
Athens was beautiful and the best way to see it is via car. The beautiful coast and city is all nearby and day time activities can be done with the ease of renting a car.
July 2, 2018
If you know the Greeks’ mentality of driving , then could you adapt in the flow of traffic.
June 13, 2018
Try to avoid driving in Athens. Be prepared for narrow, rough, steep roads but always take the time to visit the remote spots, they are definitely worth it.

Top 16 Suppliers for Athens in 2019

National
National
Exceptional 9.2
2103533325
ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT,
Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Exceptional 9.2
0030 2 111 875 500
Leof. Markopoulou, Koropi 194 00
RightCars
RightCars
Exceptional 9.1
302111983343
Athens International Airport \"El. Venizelos\"
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9
0030 210 353 3325
Attiki Odos, Spata Artemida 190 04
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.9
0030 210 353 3325
Athens International Airport, Attiki Odos, Spata 19004
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.9
+30-2103530556
El. Venizelos
Keddy
Keddy
Excellent 8.9
+302109211444
25 SYGROU AVENUE
Centauro
Centauro
Excellent 8.3
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.7
0034 965 233 425; +34 965 233 425
Agion Anargiron Street 82
NuCarrentals
NuCarrentals
Very good 7.6
00306 9369 07786
3RD KM AVE PEANIAS-MARKOPOULOU
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Very good 7.5
0030 211 411 4461 / 001 877 822 3872
Ag. Anargiron 82, Athens 194 00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
0030 2 106 022 300
Varis, 114 Varis Koropiou Avenue, Athens 1185
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
0034 965 233 425; +34 965 233 425
Agion Anargiron Street 82
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7.1
00302106640662 / 00306932426333
3rd km Paianias-Markopoulou Avenue, Paiania
Rhodium
Rhodium
Very good 7.1
0034 965 233 425; +34 965 233 425
Agion Anargiron Street 82
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 7
+302109211444
Athens El. Venizelos Apt

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