Travel Guide: Car Hire - Rental in Crete, Greece

Here at Photos of Crete .com we always try and use our experiences and unbiased opinions on visiting Greece's largest island of in order to help you make the most of your time in Crete whatever the reason for your visit. Be it for holidays, business or maybe visiting family and whether you reach the island by plane or boat once you get there the onward journey and the rest of your time in Crete your modes of transport becomes your next dilemma.


Eastern approach to Nikos Kazantzakis Airport, Crete, Greece.
Heraklion Nikos Kazatzakis Airport Approach


Some use a taxi or bus from the airport to their lodgings and spend the rest of their holiday lapping up the warm Cretan sun and waters and never venture far from base and if that is your ideal break then car rental might not be worthwhile. However if you are planning on seeing some of the historical sites or venturing to a water park or checking out some of the island's other resorts or towns then a rental is a fantastic and cost effective option to make the best of your break.


Opposite the main terminal at Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport, Heraklion, Crete, Greece you can catch a public bus or rent a car.
Public Bus & Car Rental Nikos Kazatzakis Airport, Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Of course if you're going to hire a car the first consideration is if you can legally drive on the island. If you're home nation is part of the EU then all you are going to need is your driving license, passport and a credit / debit card and you are in business. Age will also be a consideration with some car hire companies so it's worth checking with your rental firm of choice that you are old enough to use the vehicle.

If you're not in the EU (The UK from early 2021) you may need an additional document such as an International driving permit to be able to legally drive in Greece and Crete.


Greek National Road 90 VOAK runs the length of the island of Crete., Greece along the northern coast linking the major towns of Heraklion, Sitia, Rethymno & Chania.
Greek National Road 90 VOAK near Heraklion, Crete, Greece

So once you've done your checks and you are legally good to drive in Crete what's it like to take to the roads on Greece's largest island?

We we've made a guide to help you decide whether or not driving in Crete is right for you and you can check it out: HERE