Car Rental Kefalonia

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Kefalonia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Suzuki Alto or similar
Suzuki Alto
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
AddCar
$6.66 / per day
Kefalonia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Opel Corsa or similar
Opel Corsa
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
AddCar
$7.34 / per day
Kefalonia Airport Car Rental
Mini
VW Up or similar
VW Up
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$8.21 / per day
Kefalonia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Nissan Micra or similar
Nissan Micra
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$9.01 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Offers

Kefalonia Airport Car Rental
Mini
Citroen C1 or similar
Citroen C1
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Surprice
$10.01 / per day
Kefalonia Airport Car Rental
Economy
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4x
  • 1x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
Surprice
$10.34 / per day
Kefalonia Airport Car Rental
Compact
Opel Astra or similar
Opel Astra
  • 5x
  • 2x
  • 5x
  • Yes
  • Man.
AddCar
$11.09 / per day
Kefalonia Airport Car Rental
Economy
VW Polo or similar
VW Polo
  • 5x
  • 1x
  • 4x
  • Yes
  • Man.
GreenMotion
$11.33 / 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
5 days
Economy car rental price
$27.39 / 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 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.

Kefalonia Car Rental

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Toll roads

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.

Further destinations

  • 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

  1. Athens Car Rentals from $11.43 per day
    302.3 km / 187.9 miles away
  2. Heraklion Car Rentals from $8.57 per day
    519.0 km / 322.5 miles away
  3. Corfu Car Rentals from $9.33 per day
    172.5 km / 107.2 miles away
  4. Rhodes Car Rentals from $7.45 per day
    697.6 km / 433.5 miles away
  5. Thessaloniki Car Rentals from $9.97 per day
    341.1 km / 211.9 miles away
  6. Chania Car Rentals from $11.82 per day
    433.9 km / 269.6 miles away
  7. Mykonos Car Rentals from $10.19 per day
    432.7 km / 268.9 miles away
  8. Zakynthos Car Rentals from $5.89 per day
    53.1 km / 33.0 miles away
  9. Santorini Car Rentals from $22.59 per day
    480.3 km / 298.4 miles away
  10. Preveza Car Rentals from $6.61 per day
    92.5 km / 57.5 miles away
  11. Kos Car Rentals from $10.97 per day
    600.1 km / 372.9 miles away
  12. Naxos Car Rentals from $19.05 per day
    444.1 km / 275.9 miles away
  13. Samos Car Rentals from $10.31 per day
    564.4 km / 350.7 miles away
  14. Skiathos Car Rentals from $15.65 per day
    286.0 km / 177.7 miles away
  15. Kalamata Car Rentals from $9.00 per day
    178.1 km / 110.7 miles away
  16. Paros Car Rentals from $15.08 per day
    426.1 km / 264.7 miles away
  17. Lesvos Car Rentals from $22.08 per day
    540.0 km / 335.6 miles away
  18. Chios Car Rentals from $15.01 per day
    493.2 km / 306.4 miles away
  19. Kavala Car Rentals from $16.31 per day
    470.6 km / 292.4 miles away
  20. Milos Car Rentals from $19.65 per day
    385.3 km / 239.4 miles away

Top 20 Locations near Kefalonia

  1. 53.1 km / 33.0 miles away
  2. Patras Airport Car Rentals from $24.42 per day
    81.0 km / 50.3 miles away
  3. 92.5 km / 57.5 miles away
  4. Corfu Airport Car Rentals from $9.33 per day
    172.5 km / 107.2 miles away
  5. Ioannina Airport Car Rentals from $13.75 per day
    177.5 km / 110.3 miles away
  6. 178.1 km / 110.7 miles away
  7. Volos Airport Car Rentals from $17.25 per day
    233.7 km / 145.2 miles away
  8. Skiathos Airport Car Rentals from $15.65 per day
    286.0 km / 177.7 miles away
  9. Athens Airport Car Rentals from $11.43 per day
    302.3 km / 187.9 miles away
  10. 341.1 km / 211.9 miles away
  11. 359.0 km / 223.1 miles away
  12. Milos Airport Car Rentals from $19.65 per day
    385.3 km / 239.4 miles away
  13. Syros Airport Car Rentals from $24.12 per day
    398.7 km / 247.8 miles away
  14. Paros Airport Car Rentals from $15.08 per day
    426.1 km / 264.7 miles away
  15. Mykonos Airport Car Rentals from $10.19 per day
    432.7 km / 268.9 miles away
  16. Chania Airport Car Rentals from $11.82 per day
    433.9 km / 269.6 miles away
  17. Naxos Airport Car Rentals from $19.05 per day
    444.1 km / 275.9 miles away
  18. Kavala Airport Car Rentals from $16.31 per day
    470.6 km / 292.4 miles away
  19. 480.3 km / 298.4 miles away

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

Car rental prices in Kefalonia 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 Kefalonia
$40.38
January
February
$28.04
March
$50.76
April
$30.96
May
$31.72
June
$53.54
July
$46.40
August
$46.87
September
$50.67
October
$68.45
November
$58.67
December
The best month to rent a car in Kefalonia is March (when prices for an Economy class start from $28.04). This is 39% cheaper than the yearly average and 59% cheaper than renting in November (when rental prices start at $68.45 for a Compact class). Knowing this can help you find the best price.

What’s the usual rental length in Kefalonia?

Travel lengths vary from month to month: in October, travelers rent a car for an average of 14 days in April, the average rental period is 6 days.
Average Rental Length in Kefalonia
9
January
7
February
7
March
6
April
6
May
13
June
6
July
6
August
9
September
14
October
8
November
8
December

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

While travelers visit Kefalonia year-round, the most popular month for renting a car is July, and the least popular is June.
Kefalonia Car Rental Popularity by Monthly Searches
85%
January
82%
February
110%
March
149%
April
200%
May
June
205%
July
164%
August
88%
September
71%
October
21%
November
26%
December

Our Customers Reviews

July 7, 2019
Been exploring Kefelonia now for 20 years and you need a car to find the "out of the way places to go". Even found the secluded beach to swim with the turtles. Best advice is to mind the fallen rocks in the road around the next bend.
June 28, 2019
Kefalonia is very mountainous in parts. Although,in general the roads are very good, the Fiat Panda we hired struggled at times.May want to consider car with larger engine or 4 wheel drive. Ask about use of roundabouts as rules differ from uk.
June 26, 2019
Great place to visit, car is a must if you want to explore this beautoful island
June 19, 2019
Kefalonia is a beautiful island and lots to see and do so go explore as that's part of the fun.
May 31, 2019
Lovely island with some stunning coastal roads and amazing scenery.
May 30, 2019
Revisited many times as we like Kefalonia.
May 29, 2019
In Kefalonia the cost was only slightly above hiring a taxi to and from any destination. Definitely worth doing - but DON'T unless you are a confident driver not fazed by LH drive vehicles. Roads on the island are tortuous and rarely straight!
October 18, 2018
Car hire is essential in Kefalonia, and fun! The island is small but with varied and spectacular terrain. The coastal drives are amazing! The roads are well surfaced and though largely devoid of road markings easy to navigate. Also it is a missed opertunity if you only visit and stay in one location...
October 12, 2018
Peaceful underpopulated island which is very relaxing
October 9, 2018
Kefalonia is a beautiful island with so many lovely beaches and things to do there, all made so much more accessible with a car. Myrtos Beach is a must!
October 1, 2018
The mountain views to the right of argostoli are amazing.
September 29, 2018
A beautiful island to explore by car. Some roads are lacking safety barriers were needed, but you just have to drive with care.
September 28, 2018
Beautiful island with good roads ( in the main ), friendly people, good food, fabulous clear clean sea for swimming, great weather.
September 25, 2018
Definitely hire a car many beautiful places on the island that you wouldn’t otherwise see
September 11, 2018
A much bigger island than expected and very beautiful, definitely need a car to discover all of island.
September 2, 2018
I would certainly encourage anybody visiting the island to rent a car from Rent Car Kefalonia so that they can explore this fantastic and beautiful island.
August 23, 2018
If you will se more of this beutiful island you need a car.
August 20, 2018
The whole island was beautiful. On collection we were shown a large map of the island with some good descriptions and recommendations of places to visit. We did most and were not disappointed. Some were touristic places but also some nice quiet locations and beaches. We could only scratch the surface and would love to come back again
August 11, 2018
Beautiful island, it's worth seeing the Melissani cave, Myrtos beach and the fish taverna at Agia kyriaki
August 10, 2018
Kefalonia was a really lovely place to see by hire car, without it I think you would struggle to get around but I haven't looked into public transport options.
August 1, 2018
A perfect island for vacation. Don't miss Mirtos beach and Assos.
July 30, 2018
Great island, peaceful, great food & people. Roads poor, but quiet
July 20, 2018
Kefalonia is a beautiful island with breath taking sights around every corner. Driving isn't really difficult although the streets in the towns can be congested and you have to concentrate on some of the mountain roads which can be narrow and have hairpin bends to negotiate. The ferry from Argostoli to Lixouri is cheap, very easy to negotiate (at both ends of the journey), has friendly staff and is an extremely useful short cut to that part of the island. Recommended beaches - Atheras (quiet and outstandingly pretty - by far the best in my opinion); Xi (don't miss a mud bath); Myrtos; Lassi - Kalamia (very friendly beach bar man). Antisamos was busy and lively if you like that sort of thing. Other places - Fiskardo and Assos (both are attractive villages with lots of atmosphere); Argostoli - both during the day and at night; Melissani Cave (outstanding experience and the boat men are fantastic guides); Fanari - the iconic light house, the strange phenomenon of seeing the sea flow inland(!) and the desperately sad story at the Italian War Memorial. A few other considerations - 1) don't miss the sea turtles in Argostoli; 2) the resort food stores are very expensive so, if you are self catering, get your fruit, veg, meat and fish from the market in Argostoli and stock up on everything else at one of the supermarkets in the town or on the dual carriageway heading out towards Pesada; 3) take a boat trip if you are able; 4) everywhere is very relaxed and laid back - a guy can walk around without wearing a shirt and get service pretty much everywhere (in and out of town), however, if you do this, remember the sunscreen!
July 20, 2018
over the duration of 8 days i drove a total of 450 miles across the island, 11 beaches visited and a dozen villages explored, My second time visiting and second time hiring a car, highly recommended to reach the hidden gems of Kefalonia. very happy thank you.
July 16, 2018
Kephalonia is a great island not sullied by the night clubs noise and rubbish that we have seen on other islands. It has retained the great character and simplicity of a Greek island that hasn’t succumbed to the endless British pub culture that can be seen in resorts on other islands.
July 16, 2018
Beautiful island with very friendly local people
July 14, 2018
Take photos of every single scratch or ding on car. Kefalonia was exquisite but be aware the roads are over mountains with lots of switchbacks. The basic economy model is stick shift, which I knew how to drive, but if you don't drive stick, be sure you get an automatic. Also, the walk from the airport to green motion is uphill. Also, be sure you have an international driving permit before your trip if you are from states.
July 14, 2018
Kefalonia is a mountainous island so if there’s more than 2 people in the car I would recommend a high engine car!
July 13, 2018
A lot of places to visit, absolutely amazing island, impossible without car!!
June 28, 2018
Beautiful scenery just a lovely island
June 20, 2018
we have visited Kefalonia for 22 years it ticks allour boxes no need to long haul to Mauritius or such places, if you can drive carefully get a car and explore be sensible on the roads!
June 20, 2018
Beautiful island will visit again
June 19, 2018
Outstanding beaches , villages and scenery. Great food and very cheap local wine

Top 10 Suppliers for Kefalonia in 2019

Global Rent a Car
Global Rent a Car
Exceptional 9.2
0030 2 111 875 536
Kefalonia Airport main road, Kefalonia 281 00, Greece
Enterprise
Enterprise
Exceptional 9
0030 2 671 440 060
Kefalonia International Airport "Anna Pollatou" Cephalonia 281 00
Alamo
Alamo
Excellent 8.9
0030 2 671 440 060
Kefalonia International Airport Anna Pollatou Cephalonia 281 00
AddCar
AddCar
Excellent 8.9
0030 267 104 1008 / 0030 6 993 339 444
International Airport EFL, Kefalonia
SIXT
SIXT
Excellent 8.9
+30-2671093940
Agios Spyridonas
Avis
Avis
Excellent 8.5
0030 2 671 041 665
Cephalonia 281 00
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Very good 7.5
0030 2 671 041 019
Kefalonia Airport main road, Kefalonia 281 00
Goldcar
Goldcar
Very good 7.3
0034 965 233 425; 6937369384
On-Airport. Kefalonia International Airport
Surprice
Surprice
Very good 7.1
0030 267 1 041 008 / 0030 6 993 339 444
Kefalonia International Airport Anna Pollatou, Cephalonia 281 00
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 7
0030 2 671 042 030
Kefalonia Airport, Kefalonia 281 00

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