Updated: May 17, 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
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 means 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?
It definitely makes getting around the island 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. Often up the hilly roads south of Mykonos Town and from there you’ll need to walk a few minutes back into town.
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 cabs can be hard to find in Mykonos.
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.
Hotels meeting arrivals at the Mykonos airport.
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.
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.
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.
If you do decide to rent an ATV they’re easy to find and no need to book in advance.
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.)
The bus station in Mykonos Town. From June to September buses can be packed and standing room only. But it’s sorta fun too.
The bus schedules from the smaller beaches are infrequent and hard to have a lot of faith in.
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.
The twisty road to Elia Beach. Another Mykonos beach that has infrequent bus service and is much easier to visit with a rental car.
The Mykonos countryside. It’s hard to explore if you don’t have a rental car.
Another great site in the island’s interior that is hard to get to if you don’t rent a car.
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.
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.