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Transportation

Car Hire at Athens Airport and City Centre locations

Athens, the capital of Greece – this isn’t just a city ripe with history and tradition; as a matter of fact, it’s one of the oldest cities in the entire world. Even though Greece is a very much a modernized country, it’s also a country where traditional values are preserved. As such, you’ll come across a vast offering in terms of monuments, archaeological sites and historic landmarks.
If you’re planning to visit Athens in the near future, this guide will positively come in handy. We’ll point out everything you need to know to make an informed decision while looking for a good car hire next to the Athens airport, as well as in other central locations of the Greek capital. Remember, you’ll often find a better deal if you rent your car in advance… not to mention you will run into fewer complications; as such, it’s a good idea planning your journey before hand, if you want to get the most enjoyment out of your vacations in Greece.
The Elefthérios Venizélos (Athens International Airport) is a large airport serving over 16 million passengers each year, so you will have no problem finding any services you might require; anything from assorted stores to Car Hire Athens Airport and the booking desks of several budget carriers offering low cost flights to Athens.

Car Hire at Athens Airport

The main hub in the Athens Airport is located about 20 miles away from the city limits, so you may want to book your car hire directly from the Airport. Some of the car hire agencies you’ll find inside the airport (or close by) include Big Value Greece, Auto Europe Greece, Any Car Hire, Alamo Greece, Honk Greece and Zoom Greece. Our personal favorite is Any Car Hire: a very efficient and reputable agency with competitive rates and impeccable service.
If you’re looking for a cheap car hire service, you should focus on Big Value Greece and Auto Europe Greece, where you’ll be surprised to find daily car rental charges of just 20-30 euros. If you’re looking for a high-end car hire service, you should contact Alamo Greece, Zoom Greece, where you’ll find anything from luxury and sports cars to convertibles (whose charges may cost upwards from 100 euros per day).
If you’re travelling with a big party that will require a van or mini-van, Honk Greece is probably the best option, since they specialize in larger types of vehicles. We recommend that you don’t wait until the very last minute to arrange a car rental, since that will likely be more expensive… not to mention there will be a higher chance you don’t get the type of vehicle you’re looking for.

City Central Car Hire Locations

In case you don’t require a rented car waiting at the airport so you can just fly in and drive away, you can just look for a car hire service when you reach Central Athens. This option is not as convenient (especially if you’re carrying too much luggage), but it may translate in lower expenses, most notably if you choose one of the local agencies. Since there’s a good network of public transportations connecting Athens Airport and Downtown Athens, you won’t have much trouble finding the city center once you’ve reached the Airport.
Some of the best known car hire agencies in downtown Athens include Alianthos Cars, Kosmos, Swift, Morphis. Most of the locals should be familiar with these brands, so you will usually be able to find the closest agency by word of mouth. All of these companies have various types of vehicles available, ranging from plain Renault Clio to full-featured Mercedes-Benz.
Vehicles are available for all budgets, but you’ll likely be most impressed if you’re looking for an inexpensive car rental service: you’ll find deals as low as 85 euros per week of car rental in Athens, which will allow you to enjoy full mobility without having to spend a lot of money. Most of these agencies also have cars with GPS device and other features you might be looking for, such as breakdown assistance and liability insurance; to find the best prices, we recommend looking for the local car rental companies, as opposed to international agencies.

Typical collection and return points

If you’re renting a car in Athens, these are some of the commonest collection and return points. These are widely known locales within the city, so you should have no problem reaching them by asking around for directions.
Athens – Downtown
Athens International Airport (el. Venizelos)
Athens spata International Airport
Athens: agia paraskevi
Athens: glyfada
Athens: syngrou avenue

Final thoughts on Athens Car Rental

If you’ve never drove a car in Greece, you should remember the local speed limits are measured in Kilometers (1,5Km is roughly 1 mile). As such, keep an eye on the speedometer in the car to make sure you don’t spoil your enjoyment by getting a speed ticket. Speed limits are 50km/h for urban roads, 80Km/h for rural roads, and 120 Km/h for major highways.

Addresses to Car Rental Booking Desks in Athens

Athens – Agia Paraskevi 379 Mesogeion Avenue, Agia Paraskevi, Athens
Athens – Airport Athens International Airport ‘El Venizelos’, Athens, Athens
Athens – Astir Palace Hotel Astir Palace Hotel, 40 Apollonos St., Vouliagmeni, Athens, 16671
Athens – Club Mediterranee Athenia Club Mediterranee Athenia (N. Makri), Athens
Athens – Downtown Hotel Collection / Delivery in Athens, Athens, Athens
Athens – Glyfada 29, Metaxa Str., Athens, Athens
Athens – Helmou & Spetson Helmou & Spetson Street, Ag. Stefanos – Anoixi, Athens, 145 65
Athens – Kifisia 263 Kifisias Avenue, Athens
Athens – Kifissia Kifissia, 286, Kifissias Avenue, Athens Ml, 000000000
Athens – Kifissia Avenue 94-96 Kifisou Avenue, Ag. I. Rentis, Athens
Athens – Kinetta 23 Kaillirois Str., Athens, Athens
Athens – Peania Peania, 2nd km, Peanias-Markopaulo, Athens
Athens – Peristeri 45-47 Botsari & Mela, Peristeri, Athens
Athens – Piraeus 67 Akti Miaouli & Ag. Nikolaou Str., Piraeus, Athens
Athens – Queen Amalias Avenue 48, Queen Amalias Avenue, Athens, 4268
Athens – Sofias Avenue 71 Vas Sofias Avenue, Athens
Athens – Sygrou Avenue 4 Ayngrou Avenue, Sygrou Avenue, Athens
Athens – Vassilissas Sofias 71, Vassilissas Sofias Avenue (opp. Hilton Hotel), Athens Ml, 000000000