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Location information for Crete

Crete, the biggest of Greece's numerous islands and the fifth-biggest of all of the Mediterranean Sea's islands, is often said to resemble a small nation in its own right. Crete's own Minoan civilisation gave Europe its first palaces and predates the ancient Greek empire on the mainland to Crete's north. All four of Crete's unique prefectures are easily explored with car hire in Crete.

Transport

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Most foreign tourists enter Crete by boat or through Heraklion International Airport, by far the largest of Crete's three airports. Passengers can compare car hire online before arriving to secure the lowest rates at all three of Crete's airports. Buses and ferries are Crete's two main public transportation choices.

Car Hire Crete

Heraklion International Airport, only five kilometres from Iraklio, boasts one of the island's widest selections of vehicles for rent. Car rental in Crete is often the only way to access the island's more intimate resorts and isolated attractions. Jeeps are the safest vehicles for exploring many of southern Crete's unpaved roads, and are stocked by most rental firms.

Driving

Crete's most important thoroughfare is its National Highway, which travels along the island's northern coast between Kissamos and Agios Nikolaos. There is an average of 45kms between fuel stations in most parts of Crete, and many fuel stations only accept cash payments and close around dark. Much of Crete's rugged, mountainous and undeveloped south coast is accessible only by boat or unpaved roads.

Things To See and Do

Crete is most famous for its Minoan, Byzantine and Venetian ruins as well as its beautiful beaches. However, this is also an island of dramatic contrasts where visitors can encounter myriad different landscapes and communities while driving around the island. Visitors can also trek across one of Europe's most stunning gorges at Samaria National Park, sunbathe in Europe's southernmost city of Ierapetra or party the night away at Hersonissos or Malia.

Best Time To Visit

Even by Greek island standards, Crete enjoys warmer than average weather with more sunny days than any other Mediterranean island other than Cyprus. Rain is virtually non-existent during Crete's hottest and busiest months of July and August, when average 30°C daytime temperatures are frequently cooled by Meltemi breezes. However, visitors who prefer Crete's less crowded spring and autumn seasons can comfortably swim on the island's south shore nearly any time between April and November.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Euro
  • Driving direction
    Right
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    90 km/h
  • Language
    Greek (modern)
  • Popular car category
    economy
  • Popular rental companies
    Abbycar

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Is 121CarHire.com 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 121CarHire.com? at this location
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