Car hire, scooter hire or car rental in Santorini is probably the best way to explore this beautiful Greek island. There are plenty of good car rental companies in Santorini and hire car agencies offering everything from small scooters to large 4x4 land cruisers.
Car hire and scooter hire in Santorini is relatively inexpensive and driving is normally a pleasure with good roads free from heavy traffic.
You can pick up your hire car directly at Santorini airport, Santorini port or Fira or arrange pick up in the resorts of Perivolos, Perissa, Kamari and Oia. You can even arrange to have your hire car delivered to your hotel or apartment by your chosen car rental company.
Companies offering car rental in Santorini locally often seem to offer better rates than the multi-nationals.
It’s a good idea to book your hire car in advance from a car hire company. During the height of the season in July and August when demand is at its peak booking is essential. There are many online services available for getting around in Santorini by hire car or scooter hire.
Don’t forget to pack your Drivers Licence.
You must have a valid drivers licence for driving a hire car in Santorini, Greece. Ensure your drivers licence is up to date and remember you’ll need to show your passport for identification to the car rental agency when picking up your vehicle.
The minimum age normally accepted by Santorini hire car companies or scooter hire agencies are 23 for car rental and 18 for scooter hire.
Renting a scooter on Santorini is almost compulsory for freedom lovers but despite what you may see others doing – and getting away with it – it is against the law to ride a scooter without a crash helmet!
You’ll need a credit card to cover the refundable deposit when hiring a rental car for getting around on Santorini.
It’s wise to pre-book your car rental in Santorini particularly at the very busy and popular periods of June, July and August. Many Santorini car rental companies have a limited number of vehicles for hire so pre booking is essential.
See our Driving in Santorini guide for hints and tips of how to get the most from driving around this fabulous island.
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