Car Rental In Rhodes Greece

Car Rental In Rhodes Greece - Airport

There are literally hundreds of options when looking at car rental in Rhodes Greece. It is a common way to get around the island and is the first choice for millions of holiday makers every year.

Which one do you choose though? Many people are caught out by extra charges they were not ready for as well as other issues. Are you going to be one of them?

Here I will talk to you about renting a car in Rhodes and what to look out for during your visit.

First off, ‘Can I not bring my own car‘? I hear you cry 🙂 Well, you can, but to be honest it is not worth it and you will find it lot more of a headache (and more expensive) than simply rent one during your stay here.

Most of the car rental businesses here are eager to rent you a car and the prices can vary from company to company. You can make arrangements for the car to be ready for you and waiting at the airport for your arrival, or you can settle in first and have one delivered to your hotel (or wherever you are staying).

Car Rental In Rhodes Greece - Rodos Cars

Of course, you will find all the big names here when it comes to car rental. Avis, Hertz, Budget and Enterprise are all big players here but that is not to say you cannot find great deals in other places too. Rodos Cars is another great and reliable company and the service you get is also with that personal touch which you do not always receive with the big car rental agencies. George Rent A Car is also another reputable company which offers great service and prices.

To be honest the list goes on as there are hundreds of rent a car offices around the island. The only thing I want to make you aware of is the issues with insurance.


The problems people have with insurance is common when it comes to renting a car here. Some companies have promises they do not always keep and when it comes to you needing assistance and they do not always stand by you. Some standalone family businesses can be like this. The big company’s I mentioned above are actually sound when it comes to insurance, Rodos Cars being the best by far in my opinion!

The smaller companies can not be so secure though, and if something happens you can find yourself being asked to pay lots of money!


A lot of people decide to order their car on the internet before arrival at the airport or ferry port. This way the car and rental agent are waiting for them to make theCar Rental In Rhodes Greece - Airport delivery at the specified time of arrival. This is common for people who want to have the car for the full duration of their holiday as they can also return the car back to the same place at the end of their stay! It also alleviates the issues of getting around with all their bags once they get here and after a long journey.

Other people prefer to take the buses provided with their holiday package straight to their hotels as they may not want to drive straight away after coming off the aircraft or boat. This way, they get transferred to their hotel or place of residence and if they choose to rent a car later it can be delivered to them without a problem.

You will find that in most of the big hotels on the island there will be a rent a car desk and a representative from one of the car rental companies on the island. For example, if you are staying in an Atlantica hotel, you will be greeted by someone from Rodos Cars in the reception should you want information! Budget also have offices in different hotels as also do Hertz and Avis!

Your Choice!

When it comes to choosing a company to Rent A Car with, it comes down to your own approach and feelings on it. It is not for anyone to say one is better than the other in this case as even the best companies in the world can have an unsatisfied customer. Personally I have rented cars here on the island from Avis and Rodos Cars and the service was excellent, although I will admit Rodos Cars was better priced and all the insurance was included. With Avis, I had to pay extra!

I also have a lot of friends that work in the different Rent A Car companies here and to be honest I do not hear so many bad things when it comes to their service.

If you choose a bigger company with a name yes, you will pay a little more, but trust me it is worth it if anything happens. The smaller companies will not offer you the protection the bigger ones will! That is my opinion anyway!

What You Need

To rent a car in Rhodes you need to meet the following criteria. These vary from company to company but you can use these as a general guideline!

  • A Valid Driving Licence
  • An International Driving License if you are not an EU driving license holder!
  • You must be 21 years or older (25 for special cars such as cabriolet or jeeps)
  • You must have been driving more than 1 year!
  • A Valid Passport
  • A Valid Credit Card (some companies will take a cash deposit until your rental is finished)

It is important to note the age restrictions. There are a lot of younger people, for example 18 years old, that go around asking for the latest cabriolet sports cars or huge soft top jeeps. The companies here on the island simply will not do it for someone so young, especially when the cars are from the more expensive range. As I said above, the minimum age of the driver needs to be 25 and over for these categories!

Car Rental In Rhodes Greece - Jeep


One of the common problems here is the fact that some people lose their sense of responsibility due to them being on holiday. They will sometimes do things that they normally would not do if they were back home. Drinking and driving is one of them!

Yes I know, holidays are holidays, we all want to have a beer or a glass of wine with our meal or have a night out. A word of warning though, if you have an accident and you have been drinking the Greek Police will not tolerate it in any way!

Many accidents have occurred in the past and you really do not want to be one of these statistics. And let’s not forget, no matter how good you think your insurance is, it will not cover you if you have been drinking, so think ahead! If you are planning a night out, consider using the bus service or a taxi instead! Do not risk drinking alcohol and driving a car.

The Greek Driving

Car Rental In Rhodes Greece - George Rent A CarOne of the most common questions people ask before renting a car is with reference to the Greek drivers! Well what can I say? Good or Bad?

They can seem to drive a little on the fast side, and they do seem easily distracted! It is not uncommon to see them chatting away on their mobile phones oblivious to what is going on around them! The only thing I will say is, let them get on with it. You follow the rules, take your time and do not race.

You will never change the way people drive, not in Greece or anywhere else, so you just do your own thing and be safe! For sure there are no reasons here for it to scare you out of renting a car to see the island.

But On A Lighter Side

Renting a car really is the best way to see the island. You can move around in your own time, see what you want to see and when you want to see it. You are not tied to someone else’s timetable and you can come and go as you please. If you were to ask me the best way to get around Rhodes, this is definitely the way!

99% of the island is safe to drive around and the road signs are in both Greek and English. The island is easy to navigate and the coastal road runs all the way around. If you get lost (which you won’t) look for the sea and you are back on the coastal road! Easy!! 🙂 Only a small number of roads to the south of the island can become a problem inland as they lose the asphalt in places. Other than that you will be fine!

Overall if you rent a car during your stay here you will not be disappointed and you will open the door to see as much as possible!

This covers the car rental section, and you should be able to move forward knowing what to look out for.

If you have any questions about renting a car on the island feel free to let me know! I have a lot of friends in this business like I said, and if I do not know something, then I can find out for you with no trouble 🙂

Leave me a comment too if you have something to share! I always like hearing from you all!



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Chris Towers
Hi there, I am Chris and I live on The Island Of Rhodes In Greece. I am more than happy to assist you in anyway possible if you are looking for information or help on this amazing Greek Island.

Feel free to leave me a message if you have any questions or need advice!

Hey, maybe you have visited this beautiful place yourself and you have something you want to share?

I look forward to hearing from all of you.

28 comments on “Car Rental In Rhodes Greece

  1. Matt's Mom

    Greece has always been on my bucket list. Seems like a wonderful place to visit full of history and beauty.

    I am just curious how you get an international drivers license? I am not familiar with that at all. So, it is best to go with a more well known rental car company and get the insurance? I also forgot this because my own covers it, opposite of what the agent will tell you.

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey there and thanks for your questions 🙂

      Rhodes is indeed a wonderful place and it is a location everyone should see in their life 🙂 You will not regret it if you come!

      With regards to the international drivers license I am aware that your holiday agent can offer information with respect to this. I am sure the rules are different depending on the country, but I do not think it is something that needs to be a struggle.

      There are also driving license agencies which are responsible for all the documents, for example the UK has the DVLA!, Maybe there is something similar in other countries?

      With regards to the insurance, choosing a car rental company is important yes. Always with the bigger companies though there are hidden extras. It is just the way it is. They like to call it ‘small print’ 🙂

      Although you have your own insurance, (a lot of people do actually with their credit cards), be aware that the car rental company will still charge you any liable funds. Then you need to go back home and start the process of claiming the money back from your own insurance!

      Sometimes it is better just to pay the extra insurance here to avoid all the paper chase later on!

      There are companies here though which offer the FULL insurance with zero liability. This is the best option for sure!

      Thanks and if you have anything more, just let me know 🙂


  2. StephenPayne

    Hi Chris,

    The timing of your article couldn’t be better! I’m planning on a family holiday to Europe and, in particular, the Balkan region.

    I’m always on the lookout for good value and so when I read what you wrote about Rodos Cars, I was really impressed.

    You clearly put a lot of thought and research into this article, which translates well to the reader.

    Thanks again –


    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hi Steve and thanks or your comment and of course your visit to me 🙂

      Well if you are planning a holiday to the region I really recommend you see Rhodes. It would be truly worth it for you. You will certainly find it good value and there is a lot to see. Also you will find it the perfect place to relax 🙂

      Don’t forget too that the rent a car is only one way to get around Rhodes and other transport services can be enjoyed too. If you make your way onto the island be sure to let me know. 🙂

      Thanks again Steve and hope to see you here soon 🙂

      When are you planning your vacation out of interest?


  3. Hi Chris, thank you for the well written and thorough article.

    I find myself in Northern Italy frequently for business trips but have not made the trip South and East to Greece. This article would certainly give me the confidence to rent in Greece (something I probably would not have done before given the reputation of driving there).

    Can you tell me specifically, what is the (refundable) down payment required for someone from the U.S.? This varies so much for different places in Europe it is good to know ahead of time… In Germany it’s $0, in Italy it’s over $500; any idea of what it is in Rhodes?



    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hi Andy thanks for your query!

      If you do find yourself here in Greece in the future then you will love it for sure.

      Renting a car is the best way and most convenient to see the island and with regards to your question it depends on the company you use.

      The bigger names such as Avis, Budget and Hertz etc do have a down payment and they will block the amount from your credit card. They will not take the money, but just reserve it! When you finish they will then release the block and the money will be available to you again in 3 or 4 days!

      Personally I do not agree with this and it is difficult for people to have all this money blocked when they are on holiday. It can be a lot of money like you say. From 500 to 1000 Euros depending on the car you choose!

      I know for sure that Rodos Cars and George rental cars do not do this. The down payment is zero, but this of course changes if you take the expensive sports cars and cabriolets.

      Hope this helps, let me know if you need something more!


  4. What a beautiful website and great information, Chris!

    I always wanted to explore all European countries, and Greece is on my to-do list as well.

    Anyway, with regards to the topic of car rentals – I have a few questions:

    1) You said that we need a drivers license (common sense) but then you added “an international drivers license”. I’m a Canadian resident and I have only a Canadian drivers license. Is an international license a second one I would have to acquire besides my Canadian one? (Maybe like special programs or something for driving in European countries…)

    2) Is it worth renting a car? How much more expensive would taking a taxi be if I don’t choose to rent a car?

    3) I remember when I was in France for my French program and we wanted to rent a car (maybe to Spain, I don’t remember exactly) – I remember that we couldn’t do because all Saint-Etienne cars were manual! So, my question is whether there are automatic cars in Rhodes available 🙂

    Looking forward to hearing your questions soon!


    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey Zarina and great questions. Ones that I am happy to answer 🙂

      Before i do though, make sure Greece stays on your list of places to visit. Athens is very beautiful, but to be honest the island of sun is far much more exhilarating 🙂 You will love it here!

      Being from Canada, ideally you need an international drivers license yes. I know some companies will overlook it but if you have problems with the police it is better for you to be holding it! If you ask at your countries Driving License Agency they should be able to inform you of how to go about acquiring one!

      For sure it is worth renting a car for the value. If you look at my page here with information on the use of taxis you can compare the both. In my opinion renting a car is far cheaper and more enjoyable.

      Also there are many car rental companies here that offer a wide array of models including automatic transmission cars. For the automatic cars sometimes you pay a little more (for some reason) but it is great for those people who cannot drive a manual/shift car.

      I hope this answers your questions but if you need more, I am here 🙂



  5. June Danks

    Oh I wish that I had this review when booking our holiday to Rhodes last year, but to be honest we were not disappointed,

    We booked a last minute break during Easter and it was one of the best holidays, we found that car hire is great, getting around is incredibly easy, our small villa was comfortable with a private pool, the locals were all so friendly wherever we visited.

    We were not in a tourist area but all the villages and restaurants treated us like family, the sun is always shining and the food is to just too delicious for words, all those Greek Salads 🙂

    We found that picking up our car from the airport was so smooth and professional, we did go with one of the big names but we heard no complaints about others. We were travelling from the UK and found that all speak English better than us to be honest 🙂

    I am looking to booking again for myself and family and will most definitely be looking at your suggestions 🙂

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hi June and thanks so much for your nice comment. It is great to know you have visited this wonderful island and that you had a great time too!

      The last minute breaks are very common here especially approaching the Easter period. This year things are getting started earlier, and around the Easter time and before, we are expecting a massive influx of people for their holidays!

      Where did you stay? Sometimes it is nice to be away from the tourist path and it can lead you to see the island in its true form. Some of these small Greek Villas are perfect for this, and I can understand it too, not everyone likes the thought of staying in a huge 5 star hotel.

      The small family run businesses can offer you that personal touch too. What do you think?

      It is a common thing for people to choose the big names when it comes to car rental. I think for the peace of mind that they have protection in a foreign country is important to a lot of people. On saying that there are some really great reputable companies on the island too, so while the big names are good, it is worth knowing there are other good value options too.

      Well, of course I hope you get back here again soon and if you need any information before you come, let me know 🙂



  6. I’ve never been to Greece, I loved the virtual tour too 🙂

    I also love the images at the bottom of your pages, I would love to incorporate that into my website. I’m a huge history buff, so having the history with the travel, HOW GREAT!! I would have never thought to do that. Defiantly book marking your site.

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hi Erin thanks so much for book marking my site.

      It means a lot to know people read what i am doing and more so, liking it 🙂 If you are a lover of history then Rhodes is sure a place to visit. And yes, there are various ways of getting around so you will have no trouble with seeing the sites 🙂

      You have your own website too? That’s great. What are you doing there exactly? I would love to know. If you want get in touch with me from the contact form and I will have a look. Maybe I can offer you some pointers when it comes to the imaging. Would be my pleasure to help you out!

      Thanks Erin, hope to speak to you soon!


  7. Emrah Yalpur

    Thank you so much for the great informative article!

    I’m looking to visit Turkey soon and then I want to travel to Greece and Rhodes, it is definitely one of the places I want to visit!

    Forgive my ignorance, but do Greeks drive with the steering wheel on the left or right? If it’s on the left would I be able to pick it up very quickly as I’ve been driving with the wheel on the right all my life 😀

    Thanks again for your very informative site.


    • Chris Towers Post author

      Emrah, thanks so much for reading and for your question.

      Greece has the standard European rules on the road and yes, the driving controls are on the left side of the car. Opposite to the UK 🙂 Are you from the UK?

      I know for a fact that people do visit here from countries with a different setup. I myself am from the UK originally and I learned to drive on the left side of the road with the controls on the right side of the car.

      When I first took charge of a car abroad, I was actually OK with it, but I know some are not. Once you get used to it, then you will have no problems at all. It is more of a comfort thing to be honest.

      You reminded me actually of when I went back to the UK 3 or 4 years ago for a visit. I rented a car from Manchester Airport, and that was the first time I had driven in the UK for many years 🙂 It was not the best experience lol.

      I am so used to the European Rules now, that i find it difficult to change back, even though I learned that way 🙂

      Great question though!



  8. Good information.

    It’s good to know the options you have for car rentals.

    I am a little travel challenged but if I were to ever travel to Greece I do have a question.

    I love to ride motorcycles. I was wondering if there were any companies that do motorcycle rentals? I think it would be a great way see all of what Rhodes has to offer.

    The coastal roads you mention seem like they would be especially nice to ride.

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey Dennis, you are in luck sir 🙂

      There are indeed options for motorcycle and scooter hire and you will find a lot of information on it on my motorcycle hire in Rhodes page.

      There are many options for getting around. You can even choose to take a car for a day or two, then change to a motorcycle if you prefer.

      There are also plenty of taxis and buses to aid you to get you where you want to go.

      The Getting Around page gives you more information on all of these too 🙂

      If you need more just let me know!



  9. Jose Luis

    Hi Chris,
    I am planning a vacation in Greece next September and found your article very useful, as my intention is to rent a car. 

    Getting some experienced tips on which rental to use is very useful. I liked your approach for the article as you do not know the value of your insurance until you need it. 

    So thanks for sharing your view. Good call on taking responsibility while driving even when on vacation. 

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey Jose, you are welcome, and happy you found the information here useful.

      Insurance is always important when renting a car, and often things can be overlooked. As the saying goes – always read the small print 🙂

      All companies are different to be honest, and while some of the bigger companies follow the international rules (Avis, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise etc) some of the local companies in Rhodes are very good too.

      Where in Greece will you be visiting? Let me know and if you need some information ahead of your visit I will be happy to help you out!

      Thanks Jose


  10. DianaDM

    Hi Chris

    I just visited your site and I like the idea about car rental…its a great one since everyone cannot afford to take their’s, but at least you offered them an alternative.

    IAnytime I come visiting I now have an idea of where to get a rental car.

    I also referred my friends to your site hopefully they will find it handy

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hi their Diana

      To be honest Car Rental is a popular way to see the island. It is not the only way of course. Their are buses and taxi’s as well as other options. You can see more on Getting Around Rhodes here.

      I will be honest with you and say, that it is not practical to bring your own car here for vacations, especially if you are travelling from a long distance. 

      It can be very expensive, tiring and it needs a lot of planning – not to mention the paperwork and the insurance.

      I have not known anyone come here by car, unless they are more local. For example from Athens you can bring your car across by boat and a lot of the Greek people do this, but it is not so much a common thing with summer tourists.

      It far more economical to Rent A Car here. The prices are very competitive and you would find it much easier.

      Thanks Diana, I appreciate your comment and point of view 🙂


  11. I’m from Greece although I’ve never been to Rhodes before. The truth is that renting a car is way cheaper than bringing your own if money is a concern for you of course.

    However, Greeks do not just drive on the faster side of things but our driving habits are far worse than that. Beware of the Greeks!

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey John, great to hear from you. Where in Greece are you from? You should arrange a visit to Rhodes, you are really missing out if you don’t 🙂

      Yes, the Greek drivers can be sometimes erratic and a lot of them do not seem to concentrate on the road too much. You see a lot of them driving while using their cellphones and generally doing everything apart from watching where they are going.

      This, mixed with people here on holiday that are not always familiar with the area, can lead to accidents. This is why I always advise people to go slowly and take their time. It is worth it in the end.

      On saying that, I am from the UK originally, and there are a lot of bad drivers there too 🙂

      Thanks John, and get over here. Will buy you a beer!


  12. Tabsmark

    Hi, I liked your review. 

    It does seem that renting a car is the better option. I like the idea of being free to come and go. 

    Lots of great tips on what to look out for. I guess forewarned and being prepared is always an advantage. 

    Looks like a great place too. You must have a great life there!

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hello there and thanks for your comment and thoughts.

      To be honest, I will never say one choice of transport is better than the other, but naturally people look for the best price.

      In my opinion, for the price, a rental car would be the best way to see the island with minimum stress.

      Other people will see it differently. I know a lot of people prefer to travel by bus or taxi as they do not want the stress of driving. The only problem there, is you can pay quite a lot for a taxi, and the buses can take a long time to get you to your destination.

      Like you say, with a car, you can make your own plans with your own time schedule. 

      Rhodes is a great place to live, and I love it here. It is also a wonderful place to visit and see. Let’s hope the information here helps a lot of people with their decision making when it comes to getting around the island.

      Thanks 🙂


  13. Matt's Mom

    Hi Chris, I am back to reading this article again as I am really trying to plan my trip to Greece FINALLY. 

    I needed to see which cars were more reliable as far as getting the insurance and being covered. I think I will stick with your recommendation on the Rodos rental cars. 

    Getting an international drivers license was actually much simpler than I thought. 

    Thanks for all the great information!

    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hey there, great to learn you sorted out the international drivers license. It is not as complicated as some people think is it? Great to know its sorted.

      All you need to do now is get here 🙂

      As for the choice of rental car companies, Rodos Cars is pretty solid yes. A lot of people prefer brand and known names such as Avis, Herts, Enterprise etc, but I will be honest and say Rodos Cars are well up there, and they compete with these big names quite easily on the island.

      They have a great choice of cars, most of them brand new, full insurance, road assistance, personal injury and third party insurance, free kilometers all included in the price 🙂

      The choice is still yours though of course 🙂 But I am here to help with this too if you need!



  14. Dear Chris

    Hahaha…. it’s great to be back phonetically. 

    I have visited your site several times and and I really do enjoy it.

    Now,the issue of cars here. I would also crave to bring mine along but from your advice I would rather go by it.

    The island of Rhodes remains the best place to be.


    • Chris Towers Post author

      Hello Diana, and welcome back to Rhodes (phonetically)  🙂

      I will admit, a lot of people do consider bringing their own car to the island for their vacations. Trust me though, it is not worth it.

      The expenses that you would incur would be way too much, and a lot more than what you would pay if you simply rented one for a few days.

      The services here for rental cars are pretty good to be honest and most of them offer good insurance terms too. It is like everything else though, just shop around to get the best deal. A lot of people do it online to be honest before they get here.

      Let’s hope you get to Rhodes soon Diana – Non Phonetically 🙂

      Nice to see you again, have a great day!


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