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Athens car hires from £7/day

This price is the cheapest per day rate found by a KAYAK user in the last 72 hours by searching for a car hire in Athens with a pick-up date of 7/9 and drop-off date of 15/9. Fares are subject to change and may not be available at all agencies or on all dates of hire. Click the price to replicate the search for this deal.
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Cheap car hire in Athens

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Suzuki Swift car
Suzuki Swift
or similar SMALL
2
2
4-5
M
£8/day
Class Compact Car car
Class Compact Car
or similar SMALL
4
2
4-5
M
£9/day
Toyota Aygo car
Toyota Aygo
or similar SMALL
2
2
2-3
M
£7/day
Opel Combo car
Opel Combo
or similar VAN
5
2
4-5
M
£37/day
Class Special Car car
Class Special Car
or similar Category
5
5
2/4
M
£8/day
Kia Stonic car
Kia Stonic
or similar SUV
4
2
4-5
M
£12/day
Volkswagen T-Cross car
Volkswagen T-Cross
or similar SUV
5
3
4-5
M
£17/day
Best prices found by KAYAK users in the past 48 hours.

KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Athens

  • Athens is a beautiful and historic city with a lot to offer, and an Athens car hire may offer the best way to experience it all. With a car, you have the flexibility to explore the city and its surroundings at your own pace, without having to rely on public transport or taxis. Not only does this give you the freedom to explore lesser-known areas of Athens, but it also saves you time and money. In addition, Athens can be a challenging city to navigate by foot or public transport, with crowded streets and confusing routes. By hiring a car, you can avoid the stress and hassle of getting lost or missing important attractions.
  • While cheap car hire in Athens can be very convenient, finding parking can be challenging. The city has several parking restrictions, and some areas are designated for residents only. To avoid fines or towing, park in designated areas. There are many parking lots and garages in the city, which can be a good option for longer stays. When parking on the street, make sure to check for signs and pay any required fees.
  • Athens is a great starting point for a road trip in Greece. Consider taking a drive along the beautiful coastline of the Attica peninsula or explore the Peloponnese region. With cheap car hire in Athens, you can visit popular destinations such as Delphi, Epidaurus, and Mycenae. The freedom and flexibility of having a car means you can discover hidden gems that might not be accessible via public transport.
  • Need to pick up a hire car after landing in Athens? Fortunately for visitors, the hire car counters are right within the main terminal building. Simply follow the signs to the hire car center located on the arrivals level of the main terminal, after baggage claim.
  • Drivers in Athens should be careful of pedestrians crossing the street at random times, as jaywalking is extremely common in the city, especially on the smaller streets in the downtown area.
  • Rush hour in any major city can be an inconvenience and, unfortunately, Athens is no exception. Morning rush hour typically lasts from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., while the afternoon rush hour lasts from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. However, on a positive note, traffic is not much of a problem outside of Athens’ downtown core. So, if you plan on checking out the nearby sites, then you shouldn’t have too much of a problem as long as you avoid the tourist buses.
  • Looking forward to exploring Athens? Well, renting a car is definitely one of the best ways to get around. For instance, if you want to go from the Acropolis and Parthenon to a seaside stroll by the Bay of Zea, you could spend an hour on public transport, or you could drive there in twenty minutes. If you plan on visiting the countryside, there simply is no better way than at your own pace in your own vehicle.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Athens for £21 or less
  • Book your car hire in Athens at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Compact hire cars in Athens are around 72% cheaper than other car types, on average

Athens car hire experiences: the best tips from KAYAK users

Insights shared by verified travellers who hired a car in Athens 
Verified travelerJul 2024
Smaller is better. Easier to park. If you don’t have credit card coverage get insurance
Verified travelerJul 2024
Think small and tight parking spaces.
Verified travelerMar 2024
Parking in Athens is not easy, driving is ok.
Verified travelerOct 2023
Small cars are best. Don't drive during peak hours! 😉 Do drive defensively. Outside greater Athens driving is a breeze. Ensure compatibility with Android Auto (or Apple Carplay) for GPS and maps. Also ask for an English menu on the radio display if possible.
MicheleSept 2023
Picked up at the airport and headed out. Would not have attempted to drive inside Athens. Toll roads were in beautiful driving condition.
RyanNov 2023
Driving in Athens was pretty awful but having the car to explore the beautiful country was totally worth it
Verified travelerSept 2023
Make SURE the company is at our CLOSE to the airport and double check the shuttle process ahead of time if you have to take one.
Verified travelerSept 2023
The traffic is a little crazy, if you are not used to driving in over populated cities it could be hard on you.
Verified travelerSept 2023
Drive carefully and don't get too excited about the Greek drivers' impatience.
TedSept 2023
Obey highway left lane. Move over after passing
MainakSept 2023
Airport is a long way from city centre, metro can be infrequent. Bus is likely the most consistent and cheapest way to get there. Had to wait 25 minutes for a metro which was super crowded, bus frequency is typically 20 mins.
betsyrodmanJun 2023
We did not drive in Athens - headed straight out of town. However we found the driving in Greece to be very easy - roads are in much better condition than they are in our home state of New York and the signage is great. I’m so glad we rented a car - it was very easy to get around and find our way.
Verified travelerJun 2023
Used GPS (waze). no poblems at all.
Verified travelerJul 2023
Parking in the city is challenging and you need to be able to parallel park in small spaces or have someone to help guide you (the cars don’t have backup cameras).
EdwardJul 2023
The ad STOP at the crossline and rand about means STOP, people here is very demanding about this rule
Verified travelerJul 2023
Understand parking is very, very tight, and be patient, other than that no big deal.
Verified travelerAug 2023
We did not drive much in Athens
Verified travelerJun 2023
Look at the reviews when renting cars and avoid local reviews because those can just be friends of the businesses! Don't save pennies to end up spending dollars. Avoid Green Motion and other scammy companies that treat their customers like trash.

FAQs about car hire in Athens

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Athens?

    Due to the mostly narrow, winding streets in Athens, smaller vehicles are highly recommended. Small cars are the norm in Greece anyway, so even outside of Athens it is highly recommended that you stick to a compact car.

  • What’s the speed limit in Athens?

    Speed limits, unless otherwise specified, are 50 km/h (31 mph) on residential roads and in cities, 90 km/h (56 mph) on country roads, and 110 - 130 km/h (68 - 81 mph) on highways.

  • Where are the best places to park in Athens?

    Finding an ideal streetside parking spot in Athens is a bit of a Sisyphean task. Double parking is the norm and the roads are cramped and full of cars duking it out for any available space. So save yourself the hassle and stick to parking garages. They are by far the best option because you can simply park and then hop on public transport to get to your final destination. Parking garages are particularly recommended for those who plan on visiting the city center, as traffic jams are the norm.

  • How much does it cost to hire a car in Athens?

    On average a car hire in Athens costs £29 per day.

  • What is the cheapest car hire company in Athens?

    In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at CarWiz (£7/day), Lets Drive (£8/day) and SURPRICE CAR RENTAL (£8/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at CarWiz Shuttle Bus Service From Arrival Hall To Europcar Office 190 19 (12 miles from the city centre).

  • What is the best car hire company in Athens?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire in Athens is Sixt (8.2, 75 reviews).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Athens?

    The average price of fuel in Athens is £6.03 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £72 and £96, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Athens?

    Compact (Kia Cee'd SW or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Athens.

  • Which car hire agencies are at Eleftherios V. airport (ATH)?

    Car hire companies onsite at Eleftherios V. airport include Centauro, GREEN MOTION, Right Cars, Europcar, CarWiz, SURPRICE CAR RENTAL, Budget, Sixt, Yours Car Rental and CarQ.

  • Which car hire companies will pick you up at Eleftherios V. airport (ATH)?

    Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Eleftherios V. airport to off-airport locations include Goldcar Rental SP, GREEN MOTION, Europcar, Budget, Sixt, Alamo, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Avis, Hertz and Autounion Car Rental.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Athens?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does a Compact car hire cost in Athens?

    A Compact car hire in Athens costs £12 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Athens?

    An Economy car hire in Athens costs £15 per day, on average.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Athens?

    A Mini car hire in Athens costs £15 per day, on average.

  • What is the most popular car hire location in Athens?

    In Athens, cars are most frequently hired at SURPRICE CAR RENTAL Athens Airport - Off Airport (Transfer) (12 miles from city centre).

  • How much does a car hire in Athens cost for a week?

    On average a car hire in Athens costs £215 per week (£31 per day).

  • How much does a car hire in Athens cost for a month?

    On average a car hire in Athens costs £922 per month (£31 per day).

  • Should I get insurance when hiring a car in Athens?

    Most car hire providers in Athens offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car hire in Athens, check out KAYAK's car hire insurance guide.

  • What are specific road rules that drivers need to be aware of when driving in Athens?

    Drivers in Athens must carry their driver's licence, vehicle registration papers, and insurance documents at all times. It's important to be aware of the city's traffic regulations, including the use of seat belts, the prohibition of mobile phone use while driving, and the requirement to stop at red lights and stop signs. Finally, Athens has some pedestrian-only areas, and it is important to be aware of these and avoid driving in them.

  • How do I return a hire car to Athens International Airport (ATH)?

    Returning a hire car to Athens International Airport (ATH) is a straightforward process. When returning your vehicle, make sure to follow the signs for "Car Rental Return" and "Rent a Car". These signs will guide you to the dedicated car rental return area, where you can drop off your vehicle. Once you arrive at the return area, park your car in the designated spot for your company. Make sure to remove all personal belongings from the car, check that you haven't left anything behind, and take a final look to ensure that you have left the car in good condition.

Athens car hire reviews and directory

Sixt

8.2

Very Good

61 reviews
Best rated

Cleanliness

8.3

Comfort

8.2

Pick-up/Drop-off

8.0

Value for money

7.8

3 locations in Athens

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Locations in Athens

El. Venizelos

+30 21 0353 0556

Monday00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 23:59
Thursday00:00 - 23:59
Friday00:00 - 23:59
Saturday00:00 - 23:59
Sunday00:00 - 23:59

Kifissou Ave. 138-140

+30 210 577 0006

Monday08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday08:30 - 16:30
Thursday08:30 - 16:30
Friday08:30 - 16:30

Syngrou Avenue 11/Lempesi

+30 21 0922 0171

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
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10.0 Wonderful

Nov 2023

KAYAK
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10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Everything was super smooth. No queues, quick pick up and drop off. Brand new car that was perfect for driving around Athens

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Good! No issues

2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
Improve customer service

10.0 Wonderful

Oct 2022

KAYAK
IT will be better to know, that a price is without insurance, which costs more than rental

2.0 Poor

Oct 2022

KAYAK
I had nothing but electrical problems with vehicle. Sixt asked me to take car to mechanics. Key Fob would not work and we were locked out of our car and had to take a taxi home. Next day road side assistance could not get into the car because doors were locked so locksmith had to be called and I had to pay for taxi and locksmith. Called sixt many many times in 3 days, was told would be getting a significant refund and they only paid for 3 days rental. Worst experience ever. Customer Service was the worst, made promises they didn’t keep and we even upgraded to a bigger vehicle and paid in total $3500 Canadian dollars for 6 weeks and had nothing but issues. I would rate them a negative 20.

1 out of 13

GREEN MOTION

4.6

Mediocre

43 reviews

Cleanliness

5.7

Comfort

5.5

Pick-up/Drop-off

4.5

Value for money

5.1

4 locations in Athens

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Locations in Athens

114 Leoforos Varis Koropiou Avenue, Athens, -

+30 210 602 2300

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
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29, Leoforos Andrea Syngrou Avenue

+30 210 924 8000

Monday08:00 - 21:00
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Leof. Andrea Siggrou 29

Opening times not available

Leof. Varis Koropiou 114, Koropi

+30 21 0602 2300

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
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2.0 Poor

Jun 2024

KAYAK
As I reached out earlier this trip the initial rental car I rented did not have properly working A/C, I was not angry or rude and the agency did eventually meet me in Elefsina to exchange the car. As I continued my trip we went to Kynthos were I ended up getting a flat tire on 6/12.. I immediately call green motion to report the incident. They became irate with me and kept stating I should not have taken the car to the island, which I was not aware of(which I will take responsibility if it was in the contract and I missed it). When I returned from the island I took the car To the shop and had a new tire put on the car. When I returned the car I turned in the keys and loaded my families stuff in the shuttle. A gentleman checked the car and I was issued a refund for the deposit. We started down the road in the shuttle when the driver got a call and did a u turn in the road with no explanation. I then asked are we going back and he said yes “the lady needs to talk to you.” At this point it would be considered in the United States that my family and I were being kidnapped as I was being taken against my will. ( I’m not sure The law in Greece) I was then asked to come back in the office where the lady told me the tire is “broken” I said no it’s not it is replaced. She said I had to replace two tires since I got a flat on one. I said I read the policy and did not see that anywhere just that I needed to replace the damaged tire. She then started filling out a claim which I did not understand. At this point I got my father-in-law on the phone( who speaks Greek). The employees became very angry and it became apparent I was not going to be able to leave. I asked them can I please be taken to the airport in which they replied no. I said charge me for the tire and let me go they said I could not leave and I had to wait for a mechanic. I then asked them directly am I being held against my will to which I received no reply. I asked a 2nd time am I being held against my will or can I take my luggage and leave. An employee then told me yes leave and take your luggage. I then had to remove my 3 kids, wife, 3 checked bags, 5 book bags, two car seats, and a carry on out of the shuttle by myself and start walking down the sidewalk to get to the airport. It is very apparent to me know that they were trying to coerce my into doing what they want because they knew I needed the shuttle to the airport. I would recommend kayak looking into this before allowing them to be used on your site. At no point should I have been forced to walked down the road with my 3 young kids and all my luggage.

6.0 Okay

Mar 2024

KAYAK
Everything was as agreed

2.0 Poor

Oct 2023

KAYAK
Return experience was very poor. They demanded photos for existing damages. Damages they should have documented before renting it out.

10.0 Wonderful

Sept 2023

KAYAK
Fast service, friendly staff.

2.0 Poor

Sept 2023

KAYAK
First the pickup location was 15 min away from the airport which was not clear when making the reservation. It was also not made clear that the shuttle would be dependent on our pickup time so we sat at the shuttle pickup for an hour before calling Green Motion and then waited another 30 min for the shuttle and then took almost 20 min to reach their location. We ended up being switched to an earlier flight so we were an hour an a half early for our 7pm pickup. They were willing to move the pickup up an hour but made us sit there and wait 17 min literally watching the clock in order to pickup the car that was sitting right outside. They said if we wanted it early we would have to pay an additional amount that was 2.5x what we had already paid even though our rental was only for 19 hours to begin with they wanted to charge us for 2 additional days, for 17 min. The man who checked us in was pretty unfriendly and uncommunicative. They were nicer when we returned the car and the shuttle drivers were nice but this also ate up an extra hour of our day because of the distance from the airport. All in all we spent an extra 3.5-4 hours to save $20 vs picking a car up from a company at or closer to the airport. If we knew that we never would have chosen this company.

2.0 Poor

Jun 2023

KAYAK
Had to take a taxi to the remote location (25 euros) where we found customer service agents shouting at customers. Opted to NOT follow through with renting from them after taking with another distressed customer in-person. Filmed a bit of what was happening and then my partner and I walk to the nearest (sketchy) bus stop. Soon after the manger (I can only assume because he wasn't wearing any official outfit) confronted us and threaten to call the cops because "filming us is illegal." Being in a foreign country and having this happening is extraordinarily stressful and incredibly unprofessional. So much so that just writing this and remembering what happened is stressing me out because it was legitimately traumatizing. I recorded this interaction on my phone in its entirety and will be posting it to warn others. We felt SO unsafe that we quickly ran across the 4-lane highway and flagged down a another taxi (30 additional euros) to get back to the airport... where we were worried for our lives because we didn't know if Green Motion's Manager was going to call a hit on us or bribe local police or something. Kayak customer service, if you're reading this, please contact me for additional details as this business shouldn't even be on your website.

1 out of 12

Hertz

9.7

Wonderful

2 reviews

Cleanliness

9.2

Comfort

10.0

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.2

Value for money

9.2

12 locations in Athens

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Locations in Athens

12 Syngrou Ave

+30 21 0922 0102

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
Saturday08:00 - 21:00
Sunday08:00 - 21:00

25 Str. Syngrou Avenue

+30 21 1108 4400

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
Saturday08:00 - 21:00
Sunday08:00 - 21:00

286 Kifisias Avenue

Monday09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday09:00 - 20:00
Thursday09:00 - 20:00
Friday09:00 - 20:00
Saturday09:00 - 20:00

2nd Km Paiania-markopoulou

+30 21 0664 6021

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
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31 Viltanioti Street

+30 21 0800 3900

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
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31 Viltanioti Street

+30 21 0626 4444

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
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414 Messoghion Ave

+30 21 0651 2423

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
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Thursday08:00 - 21:00
Friday08:00 - 21:00
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46,vasilissis Sofias, Avenue

+30 21 0723 3161

Monday09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday09:00 - 20:00
Thursday09:00 - 20:00
Friday09:00 - 20:00
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71 Vasilissis Sofias Avenue

+30 21 0724 7071

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
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Thursday08:00 - 21:00
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Athinon Avenue 161-165

+30 21 0341 5113

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00
Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
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Eleftherios Venizelos

+30 21 0353 4900

Monday00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday00:00 - 23:59
Wednesday00:00 - 23:59
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Vouliagmenis Ave & Karaiskaki

+30 21 0998 2941

Monday08:00 - 21:00
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Wednesday08:00 - 21:00
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6.4 Okay

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

The staff at both pickup and drop of location are very good. The problem we have is that the air conditioning is not working and we have spend long time to drive it back to get the car replaced.

1 out of 0

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

9.4

Wonderful

20 reviews

Cleanliness

9.5

Comfort

9.4

Pick-up/Drop-off

9.7

Value for money

9.2

4 locations in Athens

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19 Andrea Syggrou Avenue

+30 21 6002 4343

Monday09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday09:00 - 20:00
Thursday09:00 - 20:00
Friday09:00 - 20:00
Saturday09:00 - 20:00
Sunday09:00 - 20:00

2 Strimonos Str &

+30 21 0349 9030

Monday08:00 - 21:00
Tuesday08:00 - 21:00