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Recent reviews

Average rating: 8.6 / 10
Number of reviews in Heraklion: 43
“No hidden surprise or tricks just good…”

“No hidden surprise or tricks just good old fashion service. Pleasant staff, clean new car close to airport terminal.”

10-12-2019 10:29
“The little extra luxury didn't happen...”

“Rented a car through this site October 2019. The car was to be an Opel Corsa or similar and the supplier Alamo shown on the website as "Best supplier on the list" and "a little extra luxury". When I arrived I found out that Alamo does not have its own desk or cars at Heraklion Airport so I was directed to the Enterprise desk who supplied me with an old model Nissan Micro with 60,000K plus Kms and I was just too tired to argue. I just think if you advertise a supplier as "best on the list" and "a little extra luxury" then they should at the very least have their own desk and nearly new vehicles.”

11-11-2019 14:40
“Reliable and competitive”

“Has always seemed to come up with competitive prices from established companies. Good response to refund when Europecar pretended my credit card didn't work in Kefalonia (I'm fairly sure they just didn't have the automatic car they said they would supply -not fault).”

29-07-2018 20:40

Heraklion Guide

Car hire Heraklion
Car hire Heraklion

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The town of Heraklion is the administrative capital of the Greek holiday island of Crete, as well as its historic heart. It lies close to the island’s most famous sight, the ruined city of Knossos. Founded over a millennium ago, Heraklion is a mecca for visitors with its glorious weather, Venetian architecture, beaches, quaint old town and plethora of hotels, restaurants, bars, nightlife and shops. Getting away from the summer crowds to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the interior, or exploring the island’s dramatic coastline, is easy with a hired car.

Who to Book With
As a result of Crete’s long popularity as a tourist destination, car hire here is easily arranged with a choice of international firms. At Heraklion’s International Airport and in the town itself, you’ll find Sixt, Avis, Hertz, Budget and Europcar, with booking well in advance online the best way to ensure your preferred model at the best price.

Best Time to Go
Although Crete’s Mediterranean climate makes the island a year-round visitor destination, most tourists arrive during the hot, dry and sunny summer months. Spring on Crete is simply beautiful, with the countryside displaying a mass of wildflowers and bird life. If a winter break is being planned, expect mild weather with little rain.

Need to Know Essentials
The following documents must be presented at the pick-up point:

- A valid UK photo driving license, EU license or an International Driving Permit
- A second photo ID, such as a passport
- The credit card used for the initial online booking
- A printed confirmation of the rental agreement if possible

More information is found on our FAQ's page.

Heraklion’s winding streets aren’t made for cars, but touring the rest of the island can be both pleasant and rewarding. Roads vary from the modern through to ancient cart tracks, although the winding and mountainous roads do boast spectacular views. Greece drives on the right of the road, and often in the centre, as encounters with local farm animals or goats come as standard. Signage is bilingual and parking is permitted in Heraklion, but spaces are tricky to find, especially in the summer months. Most petrol stations close around 19:00, and rural versions may not accept card payments. Seat belts must be worn, and drink-driving is treated seriously and incurs heavy fines.

See our guide to Greece for more information on driving on the island.


Heraklion International Airport, close by the town, is the island’s main air arrivals hub. There is also Chania Airport, a budget airline alternative, and ferries running from Athens and Thessaloniki in spring, summer and autumn. Public transportation on the island and around Heraklion is by bus or taxi. There are no train services on Crete.

To avoid excess charges, travellers taking taxis need to agree a fare with the driver before the journey commences. Around-town trips should cost between €2 and €5, the journey from the airport to town costs around €10 and longer trips, such as Heraklion to Chania, are an expensive €150. Taxis can be booked in advance by phone or online via websites such as CreteTaxis.

Local buses buzz around the town at frequent intervals, and longer-distance coaches run all over the island, with services provided by KTEL. No specific routes or timetables are used, and buses can be hailed on the street. The average fare is around €1.30, with Bus Station A serving long-distance travel and Bus Station B offering local routes.


Crete’s mountainous topography and rugged coastlines make for scenic drives wherever you’re heading, even if it’s just to another beach resort. Heading inland takes you on a journey through foothills and lush agricultural valleys to the winding roads of the high mountains, with their monasteries and cliffside villages.

Recommended Drives

Knossos - This ancient palace is located a short drive to the south of Heraklion, and was the heart of the mysterious Minoan civilisation over 3,000 years ago, and discovered by British explorer Sir Arthur Evans in the late 19th century. The true purpose of the complex has never been revealed, although the Frescoes Room shows restored paintings of Minoans offering gifts to the ruler of Ancient Egypt.

Paleochora - Perhaps one of Europe’s most stunning scenic drives is the route that begins in Chania and leads to the beachside location of Paleochora. The road runs through the breathtaking Samaria Gorge and over the craggy mountains of Kandanos, with their tiny hillside villages and Byzantine churches. It’s a challenging but inspiring drive, taking around four hours from Chania.

Amari Valley - Heading west from Heraklion, then south to the Amari Valley, you’ll find peaceful vistas of olive groves, cherry orchards and vineyards overlooked by Crete’s soaring Psiloritis mountain range. The pretty towns of Amari and Yerakari are typically Cretan, and hold quaint tavernas offering delicious local dishes, perfect for a lunch before the return trip.

Frequently asked questions

Is the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by at this location
  • Abbycar
  • Alamo Rent a Car
  • Auto Europe
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Centauro
  • Drive Hellas
  • Enterprise
  • Europcar
  • FireFly Car Rental
  • GLOBAL Rent-a-Car
  • Goldcar
  • Green Motion
  • Hertz
  • National Car Rental
  • Payless Car Rental
  • SurPrice car rentals
  • Thrifty


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