Athens Airport Car Rental
My recommendation: If you need a rental car for your time in the Athens area then reserve a vehicle in advance at the Athens airport. If your plan is to see the historical highlights of Athens and then ferry or fly to a Greek island, then you probably don’t need a rental car.
Athens – Rental Car Pick Up
- Athens Airport Car Rental
Easy and convenient place to pick up a rental car. Great selection and good prices. Car rental makes exploring the Peloponnese, the Athens Riviera, Cape Sounion, Delphi, and the Meteora much easier.
- Piraeus Ferry Port Car Rental
Well-connected by public transit with central Athens and the airport. Taxis are plentiful. Car rental is not necessary for most tourists.
- Central Athens Car Rental
Car rental is not necessary for most tourists staying in central Athens. But renting a car can be a great way to visit Nafplio, the Peloponnese, Delphi, and the Meteora. The best located rental car offices in central Athens are Budget, Avis, Hertz, and Enterprise. These rental offices are located on Sygrou Avenue (busy but not crazy busy) just a two minute walk from the Akropoli metro station and a three minute walk from the Acropolis Museum and the Plaka neighborhood. The excellent Niche Hotel is steps from the above car rental agencies.
Athens Rental Cars – Online Booking
RentalCars.com gives several options for car pick up and drop off in Athens. Select “Athens Airport” for Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (there is only one airport in Athens). Select “Athens – Syngrou Avenue” if you’re staying in the Plaka, Syntagma, Acropolis area. And select “Athens – Piraeus Downtown” if you need a location close to the main Athens ferry port.
Rental Car Hire at Athens Airport
- RentalCars.com is the best website for booking rental cars in advance for the Athens Airport.
- If you plan to see the sights of central Athens and then take a ferry to the Greek islands there is no need to rent a car for your time in Athens.
- Don’t take a rental car on a Greek ferry (more info below).
- Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel is the only hotel located at the Athens Airport. Steps from both the terminal and the rental car parking lot.
Where should I pick my rental car up in Athens?
It’s quicker and easier to pick up a rental car at the Athens Airport than in the busy and chaotic city center. Cars rented at the airport do not need to be returned to the airport; you can pick up at the airport then drop off in central Athens or at the Piraeus ferry port.
There are several car rental companies operating out of the Athens airport including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Alamo, National, Enterprise, and Sixt. Available cars range from small economy cars to full-size SUVs and mini-vans for groups or families. Rental kiosks are located in the arrivals terminal, between doors 3 and 4. The rental car parking is a short walk from the terminal.
Hotel at Airport: Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel
Should I rent a car in Athens?
Central Athens is compact and walkable. Public transportation within the central core and between downtown Athens and the airport and ferry port is excellent. For tourists visiting the top attractions in Athens and then traveling to the Greek islands, a rental car is not recommended. For tourists wanting to explore mainland Greece and the Peloponnese, the Athens Riviera, Cape Sounion, Delphi, and the Meteora, a rental car makes getting around much more efficient and pleasant.
Is it hard to find parking in Athens?
If your hotel does not provide parking, we recommend taking the train, a taxi, or a private car service from the airport to the hotel. Most of the main attractions of Athens are walkable from most central Athens hotels; other attractions, like the National Archaeological Museum, require just a short taxi, metro ride, or 45-minute walk. Renting a car for sightseeing in central Athens is not recommended.
Can I take a rental car from Athens to the Greek Islands?
In theory, you can take a rental car on a ferry but in practice it’s a big expensive hassle. Car passage on a ferry is expensive. It’s much easier to rent a different car on each island you visit. For example, take the ferry to Santorini as a foot passenger and then rent a car in Santorini.
Athens Airport Car Rental
RentalCars.com – the best way to rent a car at the Athens International Airport. Car pick up and drop off is steps from the airport terminal. If you’re going to rent a car for Delphi, the Peloponnese, or mainland Greece it’s much easier to get the car at the airport than in the city center.
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