How To Rent a Car in Mykonos

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: May 29, 2018

  • Renting a car is a great way to see the whole island as not everywhere is well served by bus and there are very few taxis in Mykonos.
  • Book rental cars in advance for visits from June to September.
  • RentalCars.com is the best site for reserving cars in Mykonos.
  • Most rental cars in Mykonos have a manual transmission. If you only drive automatic then definitely reserve in advance.
  • If arriving by plane pickup your rental car at the airport to avoid the long lines for a taxi.
  • If arriving by ferry take a taxi or bus from the port into Mykonos Town and then pickup your rental car.
  • Take pictures of the vehicle (inside and out) before driving away from the rental company.

Renting a Car in Mykonos

Hired Car in Mykonos, Greece

A typical rental car in Mykonos. They’re usually a good quality newish car.

RentalCars.com searches all the big car companies and finds the best price. They have everything from cheap budget rentals to large mini-vans and SUVs to luxury rental cars. The most common pickup points are Mykonos Town and the Mykonos airport. Under Pickup Location select either Mykonos Airport or All Locations (which will usually be Mykonos Town).

I prefer renting from one of the international car companies that you find online but there are also local rental offices all over the island that will rent a car, scooter, or ATV to you. (The local companies are the only option for scooters and ATVs.)

Car Rental At The Mykonos Airport

For airport pickup you can reserve through Rentalcars.com and pickup from one of the kiosks at the airport. The airport is very small and it’s super easy to get your car. From the airport, it’s an easy 10-minute drive to Mykonos Town. About 15 minutes to the beaches of Platys Gialos, Ornos, Psarou, Agios Ioannis, and Elia.

Car Rental At The Mykonos Ferry Port

The ferry port in Mykonos is chaotic when a ferry arrives. I would not advise doing a rental car pickup at the port – it’s very busy and meeting your car company will not be straightforward. Take a bus or taxi into Mykonos Town and pickup late in the day or maybe even the next day.

Should I Rent A Car In Mykonos?

Renting a car makes getting around Mykonos much easier and there are areas of the island you’ll explore in a car that you wouldn’t if you were solely reliant on the bus. Mykonos Town is the hub of the bus system on Mykonos and there are direct buses from there to pretty much every corner of the island. But if you’re staying at one of the beaches, then you need to take a bus to Mykonos Town and then another bus to Ano Mera or other spots around the island. Mykonos Town parking can be difficult but you’ll always be able to find something. Parking is often found up the hilly roads south of Mykonos Town and from there you’ll need to walk a few minutes back into town.

Car rental companies in Mykonos.

If you’re visiting in June, July, August, or September it’s usually best to reserve a car rental in advance. Also, most cars are standard. If you need an automatic transmission then it’s best to book in advance.

Taxi vs Rental Car in Mykonos

Taxi cabs can be hard to find in Mykonos.

Taxi and Car Pickup at Mykonos Airport

The taxi stand at the Mykonos airport just outside of arrivals. There is a supreme shortage of taxis on Mykonos and they can be hard to get when a plane (or multiple planes) arrive. Also, very hard to find to or from Mykonos Town. And hard to find from the beaches too.

Car Pickup at Mykonos Airport

Hotels meeting arrivals at the Mykonos airport.

Car pickup at Mykonos ferry port.

The new ferry port in Mykonos. There’s little here in the way of shops and businesses, and yet can be busy and chaotic when a ferry arrives. I recommend not doing a car pickup at the port. Instead, take a bus or taxi into Mykonos Town and then do your car pickup there.

You don't need a rental car if staying in Mykonos Town.

If you arrive at the old port in Mykonos Town it’s an easy walk (assuming you don’t have too much luggage) into town and the hotels located right in the Chora (Mykonos Town). To get to the beach towns you’ll need a bus, taxi, or rental car.

ATV and bike rental in Mykonos.

An ATV can be an appealing way to get around Mykonos and see the quiet spots of the island. My main hesitation is that I’ve seen and heard about so many ATV and motorbike accidents over the years. It’s the top way to get admitted to hospital while traveling. If you’re not an experienced rider then stick to a rental car.

Quad ATV rental in Mykonos.

If you do decide to rent an ATV they’re easy to find and no need to book in advance.

Mykonos airport shuttle.

Many top hotels have a airport shuttle but they can be very busy and difficult to rely on. If arriving by plane it’s best to do a car rental pickup from the airport and then return it to the airport when leaving the island. (You can also pickup and return from different locations but usually just Mykonos Town and the airport.)

Bus station in Mykonos Town

The bus station in Mykonos Town. From June to September buses can be packed and standing room only. But it’s sorta fun too.

Bus schedule for Mykonos Beaches

The bus schedules from the smaller beaches are infrequent and hard to have a lot of faith in.

Car rental for Mykonos Beaches.

This is Psarou Beach. You can bus here from Mykonos Town then walk from here to Paradise Beach along the coast and bus back to Mykonos Town from there. It’s a beautiful walk and worth doing and obviously, there is no need to have a rental car.

Getting around Mykonos with rental car.

The twisty road to Elia Beach. Another Mykonos beach that has infrequent bus service and is much easier to visit with a rental car.

Getting around Mykonos with rented car.

The Mykonos countryside. It’s hard to explore if you don’t have a rental car.

Mykonos sightseeing with hired car.

Another great site in the island’s interior that is hard to get to if you don’t rent a car.

Rent a car in Mykonos to get to less touristy spots.

Ftelia beach is quiet and a little isolated. There’s a wonderful taverna near the beach. There is a bus but much easier to get here if you rent a car.

Day Trip on Mykonos

Rhenia island near Mykonos makes a great day trip. Most tours include hotel pickup and dropoff and you definitely don’t need a rental car to do any of the boat tours.

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6 Questions and Comments

  1. How Old To Rent a Car in Mykonos

    I am 19 year old and have a driving license only from 10 months. Can I rent a car in Mykonos?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel & Travel Expert

      No, sorry. Most places require you to be 25. Some 21.

  2. Rental Car at Mykonos Beach

    Staying at Elia Beach (Myconian Utopia Resort) and want to know if we can rent a car from the hotel or area? We already have transfers from the airport. Arriving on Saturday.

    By the way, did not see this hotel listed for Elia beach hotels. What is your opinion of this hotel?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel & Travel Expert

      Your hotel will be able to arrange a car for you. You might not get the car you want (e.g. automatic) but they’ll be able to get something. Myconian Utopia has great views and hip vibe but long way from Mykonos Town and need shuttle for Elia Beach.

  3. Mykonos Luxury Car Rental

    What is the best way to rent a luxury car in Mykonos? Preferably with airport pickup and dropoff as friends have said that is much easier than getting from one of the towns.
    Thanks,
    Jerry

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel & Travel Expert

      RentalCars.com has the best selection of luxury vehicles in Mykonos.

      Yes, airport pickup/dropoff is the easiest way to go. You will end up paying for all your days in Mykonos and perhaps you could rent for fewer days if you did pickup or dropoff in town. But rental cars are pretty cheap in Mykonos (even the luxury ones). And for the hassle it saves probably worth it for most people.

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