Where to Hire a Car in Crete
Explore Greece's largest island at your own pace with car hire in Crete. Get more out of your holiday and discover scenic countryside, private beaches and buzzing towns like Heraklion, Chania and Rethymno. Whether you need car hire for a fortnight's holiday in Crete, or are looking for Crete car hire for a short day trip, we make it easy to find the best prices.
Car hire companies in Crete
Crete is a big island, and there are car hire companies based in most of the major towns and resorts. Double-check which airport you're flying into – the last thing you want to do is book car hire at Crete Heraklion Airport when you need car hire at Crete Chania Airport. There are lots of options for car hire in Crete Agios Nikolaos, including Thrifty, Enterprise, Sixt and Budget. Car hire in Malia is also widely available, with options around the Bay of Malia such as Justrentals, Hertz and Sixt. Car rental companies in Crete towns are ideal if you just need to hire a car for a day or two, rather than your whole holiday.
Tips for Driving in Crete
Narrow winding roads and laid back island attitude can make driving in Crete a bit of an adventure. If you're looking for car hire in Crete with no excess, be especially careful. Moped drivers often undertake, people (and animals) can be spotted wandering along the side of the road, and if the car behind you starts flashing their lights it's best to pull into the hard shoulder to let them overtake.
Traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road in Crete, and cars coming from the right at a junction have right of way – yep, even on a roundabout. Thankfully the speed limits in Crete are quite low, at 50km per hour in built-up areas and 90km per hour on the motorways.
Just take it easy, and you'll find driving in Crete a piece of cake.
4 Easy Day Trips on Crete
Best for history buffs: Knossos Europe's oldest city is the island's largest archaeological site. The Bronze Age complex was once the hub of the Minoan empire, and a buzzing city for nearly two thousand years. Hard to believe when you're strolling through the ruins. Aim to arrive before 8:30am to really feel the city in all of its deserted splendour.
Best for nature lovers: Samaria Gorge Located in a biosphere reserve, this 16km long gorge is a must-hike for nature lovers. You can either attempt the full length, or take a shorter hike through the dramatic landscape. Look out for the wild goats (kri-kri) and golden eagles.
Best for families: Aquaworld Aquarium This privately owned aquarium is one part natural history museum, and one part animal rescue. It's home to lots of exotic sea creatures and reptiles, many of which were injured or living as pets. It's a great opportunity to grab a selfie with a snake.
Best for beach lovers: Vai beach Home to Europe's largest natural palm forest, this beach is perfect for nailing those tropical vibes for Instagram. This little taste of paradise has starred in adverts for Bounty chocolate bars. Pose by a date palm before dipping your toes in the crystal clear water. Bliss.