Car Hire in Heraklion

If you decided to spend your vacations in Heraklion, you'd definitely need a hire car. And if you arrive at the island by air, we recommend renting a car at Heraklion International Airport "Nikos Kazantzakis" without spending your money for a local taxi.

The capital city of Crete is famous for its archaeological museum, and its neighbourhoods are home to two-thirds of all places of interest on the island. You can see here three out of four famous Minoan Palaces: Palace of Knossos, Palace of Malia, Palace of Phaistos, Palace of Hagia Triada, Roman settlement Gortyn, and ancient Greek settlement Amnisos. Apart from the beaches. It is not very convenient to explore all those places by bus, while a rental car will make your journey unique.

Local car rental


You can rent a car at a local rental counter in Heraklion at:

  • Heraklion Airport
  • One of car hire companies in the city
  • Your hotel.

This is an excellent way to hire a car because you see what you choose. You can inspect your rental vehicle for potential defects. When hiring a car at a local rental counter, you can — and should — negotiate the price because you can get a discount up to 20% after "speaking" to the rental agent.

On the downside:

  • It can be hard on your wallet. Especially, if you rent a car at Heraklion Airport or at your hotel
  • You have to choose from what is left after other have booked their vehicles, and no cars at all can be available in high season
  • To compare the prices, one has to visit several companies, which will take a lot of time and effort.

Car rental online


Most tourists prefer hiring a car online because it’s more convenient and reliable. Early booking has many advantages:

  • When you pre-book a car, you can choose a more cost-effective option.
  • You can carefully read all the terms of booking before signing the documents.
  • You don’t spend your vacation time for car rental — arrive, get your vehicle, and start your holiday.