Car Hire from Chios Airport
The island of Chios sits in the beautiful blue waters of the Aegean Sea. It’s famous for its local produce which includes mastic, olives, figs and wine. Around the island you can enjoy beautiful beaches, scuba diving adventures, traditional tavernas and beautiful countryside. Hiring a car from Chios Airport is a great way to get around the island and away from the tourist crowds.
Where to hire a car at Chios Airport
There is a good selection of car hire companies operating at Chios Airport. Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and Thrifty all have desks in the airport’s small terminal building. Avis also provide a meet and greet service, waiting for drivers at the arrivals gate and taking them to their nearest car hire centre.
Petrol Stations near Chios Airport
If you have hired a car from Chios Airport with a “full to full” fuel policy you will need to refuel it close to the airport to avoid any additional charges.
The closest petrol station to Chios Airport is a BP garage just five minutes’ drive away. It’s located on route 75 on the way to Neochori.
Driving around Chios Airport
From Chios Airport, it’s easy to get to route 75 which provides routes up to Chios and down to Kallimasia. Roads around the island are generally small and winding. However, they are all well-maintained and well-signposted and tend to be very scenic. With poor public transport links around the island, hiring a car is the best way of exploring its hidden gems.
Petrol stations on the island are few and far between so be sure to fill up before you’re running on empty.
Getting to your destination
Chios Airport is a great starting point for your Chios island adventure. Here are just some of the destinations it’s easy to get to when you have your own hire car:
The town of Chios (also known as Chora) is the largest town on Chios Island. Along the pretty coastal promenade, you’ll find a selection of authentic cafés, tavernas and restaurants whilst in the town centre, there’s the Ottoman mosque which houses the Chios Byzantine Museum, a pretty town park and a castle dating back to the 10th century.
The town of Chios is just 10 minutes’ drive from Chios Airport. There is no ring road around the city so traffic can be slow moving and congested at rush hours. To avoid getting stuck in a jam, you can leave your car at one of a number of car parks on the outskirts of town.
Glaroi Beach is a popular destination on Chios’ eastern coast. It’s a beautiful sandy bay, sheltered by rocky outcrops. The water is a vivid green colour and made a little cooler than normal by the stream of spring water flowing into it close by. The beach provides a range of facilities including beach loungers and parasols as well as a lively beach bar, which often hosts live music events throughout the summer.
Glaroi Beach is just 25 minutes’ drive from Chios Airport taking route 75 north, through Chios and out the other side. There’s a car park at the beach and the road leading to it is well-maintained.
Nea Moni is an 11th century monastery and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A number of buildings make up the monastery complex and reveal what life was like for the monks living there. However, the monastery is perhaps most famous for its beautiful mid-Byzantine period mosaics.
Nea Moni is a 30 minute drive from Chios Airport, taking route 75 towards Chios before cutting inland. Roads are narrow and winding once you leave the 75 so it may take longer than you expect to reach the monastery. Once you’ve arrived, you’ll find plenty of spaces in which to leave your car.