How To Rent a Car in Mykonos

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Updated: May 26, 2020

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Renting a Car in Mykonos

Hired Car in Mykonos, Greece

A typical rental car in Mykonos. Mykonos rental cars are usually good-quality and newish.

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 (only 30) on Mykonos. You do not need a car to get to most beaches, however, or to do any of the best Mykonos tours.

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).

We recommend 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.)

Mykonos Car Rentals: Tips & Advice

  • Book rental cars in advance for visits from June to September.
  • Drivers from the US and Canada are required to have an International Driver’s Permit, as well as a valid driver’s license to drive in Greece.
  • 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, pick up rental cars at the Mykyonos Airport – it’s much easier than town pick up and you avoid the long taxi lines at the airport.
  • If arriving by ferry, take a bus, taxi, or Welcome Pickups car service from the port into Mykonos Town to pick up your rental car. Better yet: take a taxi, bus, or Welcome Pickups to the airport and pick up there. It takes a little more effort to get to the airport but you’ll have a wider choice and an easier environment in which to get your car.
  • Take pictures of the vehicle (inside and out) before driving away from the rental company.

Car Rental At The Mykonos Ferry Port

The ferry port in Mykonos is chaotic when a ferry arrives. We don’t 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, taxi, or Welcome Pickups into Mykonos Town or to the airport and pick up your rental car there. If picking up in Mykonos Town you’ll want to select the “Mykonos Old Port” on the Rentalcars.com website (which is different than the New Port where most ferries arrive).

Car Rental At The Mykonos Airport

For airport car pick up you can reserve through Rentalcars.com and pick up 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 a short 10-minute drive to Mykonos Town. About 15 minutes to the beaches of Platys Gialos, Ornos, Psarou, Agios Ioannis, and Elia.

Rental car companies at the Mykonos Airport:
BudgetHertzSixtThriftyAlamoNationalAvisEnterprise

Should I Rent A Car In Mykonos?

Renting a car makes getting around Mykonos much easier and allows you to explore areas of the island that you couldn’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 most of Mykonos’ best beaches. But if you’re staying at one of the beaches, then you’ll need to first 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; 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 car rental in advance. Also, most cars on Mykonos have standard transmission. If you need an automatic transmission then it’s always best to book in advance.

Taxi vs Rental Car in Mykonos

Taxi cabs can be hard to find in Mykonos, as there are only 30 that serve the whole island.

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 the beaches.

Car Pickup at Mykonos Airport

Hotels meeting arrivals at the Mykonos airport.

Car pickup at Mykonos ferry port.

The new ferry port in Tourlos, Mykonos. There’s little here in the way of shops and businesses here, and yet it can be busy and chaotic when a ferry arrives. We do not recommend doing a car pickup at the port. Instead, take a bus or taxi into Mykonos Town or to the airport and 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 to the central Mykonos Town Hotels. To get to the beach town hotels 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, but we don’t generally recommend them. We’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, stick to a rental car.

Quad ATV rental in Mykonos.

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

Mykonos airport shuttle.

Many top hotels have an 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. (There are other car rental locations, but the easiest are Mykonos Town and the airport for pick up and return.)

Bus station in Mykonos Town

The bus station in Mykonos Town. From June to September, buses can be packed and standing room only, but also sort of fun.

Bus schedule for Mykonos Beaches

Bus schedules to and 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. The walk along the Mykonos beaches is beautiful.

Getting around Mykonos with rental car.

The twisty road to Elia Beach: another great 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: 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 bus access, but it’s 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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  1. Day Trip from Mykonos to Santorini

    We are going to be in Mykonos from the 16th August to 19th August. We would like to visit Santorini by ferry on Sunday the 19th just for a day trip. Is this possible? If so, how often and how reliable it is? We have a flight flying to Athens on the 19th at 23:35. Thank you in advance for your advice.

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Day trips from Mykonos to Santorini are difficult/impossible and even when possible I don’t recommend doing them. In your case the best ferry times will give you 2.5 hours on Santorini with 6+ hours of ferry time. With bus travel from the Santorini port to Fira you would have about an hour to explore the town before returning to the ferry.

  2. Rent Car from Mykonos Airport or Mykonos Town

    Hello. I will be flying into Mykonos from Athens in September and staying for 5 days in Platis Gialos. Then will leave by ferry to Santorini. Would it be easier to rent a car in Mykonos town vs the Airport since I will be continuing my trip to Santorini? Please advise. Thank you.
    Jaime

    1. Santorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      It’s usually easier to rent from the airport than Mykonos Town. More choice, easier to find the car companies, car is closer to kiosk. But you can pickup from Mykonos Airport and return to town. Within the Rentalcars.com website select “Mykonos All Areas” for dropoff and then choose cars that have an Mykonos Old Port dropoff point. That said, if your ferry is leaving from the New Port and not the Old Port (which is likely) then dropping off at the airport then taxiing to the New Port is probably easiest.

  3. 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 Dave The Hotel Expert

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

  4. 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 Dave The Hotel 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.

  5. 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 Dave The Hotel 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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