Corfu (or Kerkyra) is known as an "emerald green" island for its wonderful olive gardens. Travelling on the island by a hire car you'll see beautiful harbours with golden sand beaches and white rocks, sheltered bays with taverns that offer traditional Greek cuisine. Explore the Keri Caves and visit Water Village, one of the biggest waterparks in Greece.
The capital is famous for the Saint Spyridon Church, which houses the relics of Saint Spyridon, the patron of the island. Mount Pantokrator is the highest mountain on the island. At 917 metres, you can see fantastic views of central and northern parts of the island.
Corfu will delight you.
Disadvantages of public transport
It is not comfortable! The renowned “green buses” depart at 09:00 from the capital’s bus terminal, so you need to get there first. To buy a ticket from a vending machine, you need to be either fluent in Greek or very savvy.
Buses have a terrible habit of running past bus stops and stopping at random places.
In Corfu, public transport is a constant stress for travellers who are afraid of being late, getting the timetable wrong, missing the bus or buying a wrong ticket.
A rental car will never cause these troubles.
Expensive and cheap car hire
You can rent a car right at the airport from one of large car rental companies. It is convenient and safe but in no way cheap. Specifically, it is not the rental service itself that is expensive, but rather the “comprehensive” insurance and deposit (in case of damage, you risk up to €2,000).
You can hire a vehicle on better conditions at local rental counters. They offer rental prices lower by 15-20% with a deposit of just €200-400.
Optional services are also cheaper with some services being offered free of charge. On the downside, not all rental agencies can provide an extensive fleet or technical support during the rental period. You can find such agencies by your friends' recommendation or by reading signs, such as "Ενοικίαση αυτοκινήτων" or "Rent a car", and even by Googling — many agencies have a website, but mostly in Greek.
Which car to choose in Corfu
The island has many serpentine mountain roads with a medium-quality surface. If you rent a vehicle with a low-power engine and automatic transmission (AT), your hire car can stall when you drive uphill on a rough road. If you drive well with a manual transmission, opt for it. Or choose a higher performance engine. However, keep in mind that petrol is expensive in Corfu.
Which insurance to choose
Stones on the roads can cause damages to suspension and undercarriage of your rental car. Therefore we recommend that you choose the most comprehensive type of insurance.