Car Hire from Samos Airport
Samos is one the greener East Aegean islands. It is famed as the birthplace of the Greek goddess Hera and of the mathematician Pythagoras. Both famous former residents have monuments dedicated to them around the island. There is lots of history to explore along with beautiful green landscapes and idyllic beaches. When you hire a car from Samos Airport, you can escape the tourist crowds and head off the beaten track.
Where to hire a car at Samos Airport
Budget, Avis, Hertz, Sixt, Thrifty and Enterprise all have car hire desks at Samos Airport. Auto Union and Progress Car Rental offer a meet and greet service and wait for drivers in the arrivals hall.
Petrol Stations near Samos Airport
The nearest petrol station to Samos Airport is a Silk Oil garage located in the town of Chora, around 10 minutes’ drive away. It can be found just off the Vathiou-Karlovasou road.
Driving around Samos Airport
The island of Samos is connected by a network of small roads. There are no big highways across the island and roads aren’t always well-maintained so you have to go slowly and take your time. However, the island is compact so and you can get around most of it by car in a day or two.
You can drive with your standard UK driving license in Greece but need to remember to drive on the right hand side of the road.
Getting to your destination
When you hire a car from Samos Airport, there are lots of incredible destinations within easy reach. Here are just a few of them:
The town of Samos is the island’s main port and is also known as Vathi. Visitors can enjoy a scenic walk around the old town, fantastic seafood restaurants along the coast and a lively central square of bars and cafes. From the town centre, it’s a short walk to Gagkou Beach, a pebble beach surrounded by great hiking routes.
Samos Airport to Samos (Vathi) is a 25 minute, 14km drive taking the coastal road towards Potami and then heading north. Drivers would do well to avoid the narrow streets of the old town and park on the outskirts of the town, which is very easily traversed on foot.
Psili Ammos is a beautiful sandy beach on Samos’ southern coast. It has warm, shallow waters, perfect for families, and a number of traditional Greek tavernas along its western side. Also to the west of the beach, visitors will find a salt marsh that provides a home for many bird species including flamingos.
Driving from Samos Airport to Psili Ammos will take approximately 26 minutes and 13km. Drivers should take the coastal road away from the airport and head east towards Pythagoreio and then Mesokompos. Parking at the beach is easy, particularly if you arrive before or after the busy afternoon period.
Kokkari sits on Samos’ northern coast. It is a traditional seaside village surrounded by pine trees and vineyards. The village itself is picturesque with turquoise waters lapping the shore. Visitors will find a wind surfing school and a number of bars and cafes along the beach. Despite its small size, the village enjoys a lively nightlife and some excellent restaurants.
Kokkari is 30 minutes’ drive from Samos Airport, taking the road north towards Chora and Kedro before turning left along the coastal road. There is street parking available throughout the village and, if you’re staying the night, many hotels have their own car parks.