It is impossible to mention everything you need to see in Crete. This island is full of wonders. Among them are the Knossos Palace, the Koules Fortress, the Minotaur's Labyrinth, beautiful sandy beaches of Elafonisi, ancient sunken city of Olous, the Samaria Gorge, Psychro Cave and many more.
Car hire in Crete is the most popular and convenient way of travelling on the island.
There's even a joke in Greece that the number of hire cars equals the number of tourists. And it's not surprising because you can travel to the most exciting places on the island only by car.
Documents and insurance in Crete
To rent a car in Crete, you will need:
- Foreign passport
- Driving license
The driver must be over 25 years old and have driving experience of at least 3 years.
Car hire is impossible without insurance in Greece, just like anywhere else. In Crete, you’ll be offered Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) that does not cover damages to windows, tyres, and undercarriage or Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) that covers all of those damages. Optionally, you can buy Theft Protection (TP) and Personal Accident Insurance (PAI). Some vehicles are offered with a deposit and others without. You should read car rental terms and conditions and rental agreement carefully.
It is very easy to choose suitable insurance for your rental car. If you are a careful and confident driver, opt for the coverage included in the total order price; if you want to have extended coverage, buy SCDW.
In large cities, such as Heraklion, Rethymno, and Chania, parking spaces are paid (€0.5 to €1.0 per hour) and divided into zones.
Paid parking lots can be found even in small towns if they are popular tourist destinations. But you can always park your hire car free of charge within a hundred metres.
Fuel stations close at 19:00, so you should find a 24/7 petrol station (there’s always one) in your prefecture well in advance.
We recommend that you monitor the fuel dispenser readings because there have been cases of fraud when a filling station attendant placed the fuel nozzle into the vehicle's filling inlet but did not pull the lever so that the driver left without petrol. This fraud scheme is used only for tourists.
Traffic rules and fines
When driving a hire car in Crete, you had better not exceed speed limits. You can encounter such obstacles as fallen rocks, goats, sheep, and native people ignoring the traffic rules.
Traffic police know their business. Guys with Lidars can wait for “racers” under bridges and at long stretches of road.
Mobile service in Crete
If you need mobile data, opt for a SIM card from Cosmote, Vodafone or Wind.
You can buy a prepaid card (kartokinito) at one of many telecom retail stores on the island. The sales assistant will activate and set it up for you.