Will never use Avis againPros: The car itselfCons: Had to return car early due to family emergency while in Greece. I was told that my daily rate doubled. Tried to resolve through Avis customer service while in Greece and after retiring to US, but was brushed off by multiple reps.
The big benefit of choosing a car hire in Skiathos as your way of exploring one of the fabled Greek islands is the freedom to move around as you please. Beaches will likely be your first port of call on holiday, and to escape the crowds, head for Mandraki where you’ll have a choice of three beaches with private spaces. In the old part of the island is Evangelistria Monastery, housing the loom on which the first Greek flag was woven. To really get off the beaten track, visit the 14th-century castle on the Kastro promontory.
The island is served by Skiathos International Airport. You can pre-book a Skiathos car hire and collect your vehicle here. Budget, Hertz, Avis and Thrifty are the most popular choices. The airport isn’t that large, so they are easy to find in the Arrivals hall. It’s a very short walk to the small airport parking lot where your hire car will be waiting for you.
The experience of driving in Skiathos can vary from one extreme to another. In August it can get very congested, both with cars and pedestrian holiday-makers in the town centre. During most of the rest of the year it’s very easy to get around the town – just remember that the main road through the town (and indeed the island) is a pedestrianised zone where it runs through the town centre and down to the beachfront, Papadiamantis Street.
You won’t experience much of a discernible rush hour in Skiathos. Earlier in the day you can encounter some mild congestion around the beaches, and at meal times in the smaller roads around the restaurants on Papadiamantis Street. August is the exception, as it’s the peak time for holiday-makers. At this time of year you can expect Skiathos to feel a bit crowded, so it’s advisable to head away from the busy tourist areas like the beachfronts.
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Compact car hires in Skiathos are around 48% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about car rentals in Skiathos
Some car hire companies in Skiathos which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Europcar, Alamo and Budget
On average a hire car in Skiathos costs £29 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Alma Car Hire (£25/day), Exer Rent a Car (£25/day) and Europcar (£26/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Europcar Meet & Greet 370 02 (1 miles from the city centre).
The average price of fuel in Skiathos is £5.27 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £63 and £84, depending on the car size.
Economy (Opel Corsa or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Skiathos.
A Economy car hire in Skiathos costs £22 per day, on average.
A Mini car hire in Skiathos costs £24 per day, on average.
A Compact car hire in Skiathos costs £33 per day, on average.
In Skiathos, cars are most frequently hired at diRENT Airport (1 miles from city centre).
On average hiring a car in Skiathos costs £200 per week (£29 per day).
On average a car hire in Skiathos costs £858 per month (£29 per day).
The most common advice you’ll hear from virtually everyone who has visited the island is to hire a jeep or a 4x4. It’s not that the roads are bad; it’s that there are so few of them, which means that you may face some quite rough terrain on your way to many of the island’s tourist attractions. The Kastro castle is a good example. To reach this historic point on the island you’ll need to make your way up a rough dirt road to the top of the promontory, park and walk the rest of the way up. Make this your choice of car hire in Skiathos, as it will give you complete freedom to fully appreciate everything the island has to offer.
The speed limit in the built-up areas of Skiathos is 50km/h (approx. 31mph), although in central areas watch for signs indicating a change to 30km/h (about 19mph). You can theoretically drive up to 90km/h (around 56mph) elsewhere. However you won’t find yourself driving that fast much, unless you’re on the single main road. The moment you get off it on your way to one of the island’s tourist spots your speed will be determined by the terrain and the size of the road. As a result expect to travel at between 40mph and 50mph in general.
The average price of petrol in Skiathos is around €1.9 (£1.64). However the island is small, taking no more than 30min or so to traverse, so you’re not likely to spend a lot on fuel. You’ll find Elin and BP petrol stations on Epar.Od. Skopelou-Loutrakiou and a BP on Neo Klima.
Parking in Skiathos is very seasonal. The parking lots can get very busy during August. Otherwise good parking spots pretty easy to find, but it can be a bit costly at around €80 (£70) for a day ticket. The best option is to park at what locals call the Acropolis and take a short walk into town. Free parking is available at Parkplatz.