Car Rental Kefalonia
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Why rent a car in Kefalonia?
The 6th largest island in Greece, Kefalonia (also sometimes written as Cephalonia, Kefallinia, and Kephallenia) is a fascinating place to explore. Travel around it in your rental car, and you’ll soon discover that there’s a lot more to this place than its world-class beaches, with stunning inland nature areas, ancient cult sites, and idyllic olive farms being just some of its attractions.
Top ways to enter Kefalonia
- Kefalonia Airport: Located near the island’s largest city, Argostoli, Kefalonia hosts flights by more than 20 different airlines and served nearly 800,000 travelers annually.
- Zakynthos Airport: Located on nearby Zakynthos island, this airports sees more than twice as much annual air traffic as Kefalonia Airport.
- Patras Airport: Located in the nearby Peloponnese Region on mainland Greece, this airport serves the city of Patras which is connected to many Ionian islands, including Kefalonia, by a frequent ferry service.
- Preveza Airport: Also located on the Greek mainland, Preveza Airport (sometimes also known as Aktion Airport) is mainly active during the summer months when it hosts flights by more than 15 different airlines.
Useful city facts
- Like many other Greek islands, Kefalonia enjoys a hot Mediterranean climate. The temperature quite often exceeds 30 °C (86 °F) from June to September. Winters are mild, and the days are rarely colder than 10 °C (50 °F), although there is a significant increase in rainfall.
- Although the question is still hotly debated, some researchers assume that the Greek mythical hero Odysseus was supposed to be from Kefalonia. According to one version, he hailed from the island’s northwestern peninsula Paliki.
- Kefalonia is famous not only for its olives, but also for very good dry white wines. Do try them on a day when you’re not driving!
Top destinations and activities
- Argostoli. The island’s main town might not be as spectacular as some other Greek cities, but it’s a great place for first impressions. Learn more about Kefalonia’s unique history in the Archaeological Museum and the Folk Museum, visit some of the best restaurants on the island, and use Argostoli as a base for visiting many nearby beaches and nature areas.
- Melissani Cave. There are a number of famous and beautiful caves in Kefalonia, but Melissani is perhaps the standout one among them thanks to its azure water that fills the cave from and underground spring, the impressive stalactites, and its historic religious importance as a worshipping place for the Ancient Greek god Pan and different water nymphs. Melissani is located near the town of Sami, about 40 minutes drive east of Argostoli.
- Fanari Road. More an experience than a single destination, driving along the picturesque and coastal Fanari Road is one of the best ways to get to know Kefalonia, whether you choose to visit the Lighthouse of Saint Theodoroi or to make for a relaxing stop at one of the secluded beaches along the road.
Traffic and parking tips
- There are no highways in Kefalonia (nor on any other Greek islands).
- 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 Kefalonia roads are in good shape, the smaller roads might have poor surfacing and potholes. Be careful when driving on them, especially after dark.
- Many gas stations might be closed during the 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.
There are no toll roads in Corfu. 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 road 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) toll road system in place.
For most toll roads, the payment can be either made by cash at a toll gate, by a credit card, or by coins at an automatic toll slot machine. For some roads, an electronic transponder that’s in a car might be used to pay for using the toll road. Some rental cars might be equipped with such an electronic transponder. However, because of the aforementioned different toll road systems that are in place, this payment method might work for some toll roads, but not for others. Set 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.
Find out more about toll roads in Greece on the European toll road website.
Ideas for a day-trip
- Beaches. Kefalonia is nothing without its beautiful sea coast. Myrtos Beach is the most famous one, often frequently mentioned as one of the best beaches in the world thanks to its spectacular location between two high mountains. Should you ever find it too busy, the picturesque Petanoi Beach and the calm Dafnoudi Beach are just a short drive away.
- Assos. Located just north of the Myrtos Beach, the village of Assos is a perfect place to spend a relaxing day or two. Visit one of its local taverns or, if you’re up for something more challenging, go on the steep climb to the beautiful Venetian castle that’s located here.
- Mount Ainos. The tallest mountain in Kefalonia and sometimes also called Monte Nero or Black Mountain in Italian, Mount Ainos stands 1,628 meters (3,541 ft) high. You can drive for a part of the distance towards the summit, then make the last steps on foot through a forest of firs. The view from the top will be more than rewarding.
Most popular rental types and cars
The most popular rental cars in Kefalonia are the VW Polo, the Suzuki Celerio, and the Opel Corsa. The most popular rental car types are economy, mini, and compact.
Although the island’s territory is rather small, you’ll find decent mountains in Kefalonia. If you’re eager to explore them (as you should be), getting a more powerful rental car might be a good idea.
- Corfu. Not the largest, but perhaps the best known of the Ionian Islands, Corfu is a great holiday spot thanks to its Ancient Greek history, unique cuisine, and beautiful monasteries. It’s possible to take a rental car on a ferry, but first get in touch with your rental car provider to make sure if they permit it.
- Zakynthos. With even older roots of civilization than Kefalonia or Corfu, Zakynthos combines interesting history with spectacular nature. Many Greeks consider it to be the most beautiful place in all of the country. It’s possible to take a rental car on a ferry, but first get in touch with your rental car provider to make sure if they permit it.
- Patras. Famous for its varied architecture, flamboyant carnival, and nearby Mount Panichaiko, Patras is an excellent travel destination in its own right, but also serves as an entry point for the traditional Peloponnese Region.
How can I save money on my rental car?
Here are some of the things you can do to land a non-pricey rental car in Kefalonia:
- 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 on the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Kefalonia is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 35% cheaper than the yearly average.
Top 20 Cities near Kefalonia
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Athens Car Rentals from $11.34 per day302.3 km / 187.9 miles away
Corfu Car Rentals from $9.26 per day172.5 km / 107.2 miles away
Chania Car Rentals from $11.73 per day433.9 km / 269.6 miles away
Rhodes Car Rentals from $7.39 per day697.6 km / 433.5 miles away
Thessaloniki Car Rentals from $9.89 per day341.1 km / 211.9 miles away
Zakynthos Car Rentals from $5.84 per day53.1 km / 33.0 miles away
Santorini Car Rentals from $22.42 per day480.3 km / 298.4 miles away
Mykonos Car Rentals from $10.11 per day432.7 km / 268.9 miles away
Kos Car Rentals from $10.88 per day600.1 km / 372.9 miles away
Preveza Car Rentals from $6.56 per day92.5 km / 57.5 miles away
Paros Car Rentals from $14.96 per day426.1 km / 264.7 miles away
Naxos Car Rentals from $18.90 per day444.1 km / 275.9 miles away
Samos Car Rentals from $10.23 per day564.4 km / 350.7 miles away
Kalamata Car Rentals from $8.93 per day178.1 km / 110.7 miles away
Skiathos Car Rentals from $15.53 per day286.0 km / 177.7 miles away
Lesvos Car Rentals from $21.90 per day540.0 km / 335.6 miles away
Chios Car Rentals from $14.89 per day493.2 km / 306.4 miles away
Kavala Car Rentals from $16.18 per day470.6 km / 292.4 miles away
Milos Car Rentals from $19.50 per day385.3 km / 239.4 miles away
Top 20 Locations near Kefalonia
Kefalonia Airport Car Rentals from $6.61 per day
Zakynthos Airport Car Rentals from $5.84 per day53.1 km / 33.0 miles away
Patras Airport Car Rentals from $24.23 per day81.0 km / 50.3 miles away
Preveza Airport Car Rentals from $6.56 per day92.5 km / 57.5 miles away
Corfu Airport Car Rentals from $9.26 per day172.5 km / 107.2 miles away
Ioannina Airport Car Rentals from $13.64 per day177.5 km / 110.3 miles away
Kalamata Airport Car Rentals from $8.93 per day178.1 km / 110.7 miles away
Volos Airport Car Rentals from $17.12 per day233.7 km / 145.2 miles away
Skiathos Airport Car Rentals from $15.53 per day286.0 km / 177.7 miles away
Athens Airport Car Rentals from $11.34 per day302.3 km / 187.9 miles away
Thessaloniki Airport Car Rentals from $9.89 per day341.1 km / 211.9 miles away
Skyros Island National Airport Car Rentals from $24.35 per day359.0 km / 223.1 miles away
Milos Airport Car Rentals from $19.50 per day385.3 km / 239.4 miles away
Syros Airport Car Rentals from $23.93 per day398.7 km / 247.8 miles away
Paros Airport Car Rentals from $14.96 per day426.1 km / 264.7 miles away
Mykonos Airport Car Rentals from $10.11 per day432.7 km / 268.9 miles away
Chania Airport Car Rentals from $11.73 per day433.9 km / 269.6 miles away
Naxos Airport Car Rentals from $18.90 per day444.1 km / 275.9 miles away
Kavala Airport Car Rentals from $16.18 per day470.6 km / 292.4 miles away
Santorini Airport Car Rentals from $22.42 per day480.3 km / 298.4 miles away
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