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Car Hire from Volos Airport

Car Hire from Volos Airport

Volos Airport sits on the eastern coast of Greece. It offers easy access to the spectacular scenery and seafronts of the Pelion Peninsula and to bigger cities inland. Hiring a car from Volos Airport is a great way to explore the beautiful scenery and traditional culture found in this corner of Greece.

Where to hire a car at Volos Airport

There are a number of car hire companies at Volos Airport; Hertz, Thrifty, Europcar and Avis. Hertz, Thrifty and Europcar have car hire desks in the small terminal building. Avis offer a meet and greet service and wait for you with a sign outside arrivals.

Petrol Stations near Volos Airport

Cars are typically hired on a full to full fuel policy which will require you to refuel before returning to avoid any charges.

The nearest petrol station to Volos Airport is a BP garage on route 30, in the direction of Volos city centre. It’s a 15 minute drive from the airport.

Driving around Volos Airport

Volos Airport is close to a number of motorway routes. The roads around the airport are a little small and winding. However, it doesn’t take long to reach the E75 which runs north towards Thessaloniki and south to Lamia and Athens. There’s also route 30 which travels east towards Volos and west towards Karditsa.

Driving in Greece, which has a well-maintained road network, is straightforward as long as you drive by the rules. It’s wise to take care on mountainous roads, use your horn sparingly and fill up with petrol whenever you can (petrol stations are often closed at evenings and on Sundays).

Getting to your destination

Volos Airport is well-placed for reaching the city of Volos and the attractions of the Pelion Peninsula. Here are just a few destinations that are easily accessed by car.


Volos is an old industrial port city that lies at the heart of many Greek myths. Jason and the Argonauts set sail from here and the Centaurs were born here. There are numerous walking and cycling routes in the city and lots of grand architecture to admire. Visitors can head to the Archaeological Museum and a handful of archaeological sites to learn more about the history of Volos or take a stroll along the atmospheric seafront.

It takes around 30 minutes to get from Volos Airport to Volos city, taking route 30 east and north. As Greece’s fifth largest city you may experience some congestion at rush hours. The city is relatively easy to navigate as the majority of its road network is laid out in a grid system. There are a number of big car parks around the city but free parking is scarce.

Mount Pelion

Pelion sits on a peninsula between the Aegean Sea and the Pagasitic Gulf. It’s a place of spectacular scenery with ski resorts and lots of forest trails for walking, cycling or horse riding. There are also a number of mountain villages which have preserved their ancient architecture and culture.

Volos Airport to Pelion is a 1 hour, 40 minute, 60km drive. Drivers should take route 30 towards Volos and then pick up the 34A. The views are spectacular but winding mountain roads can make for slow progress when driving. It’s best to take your time and go slowly.

Kala Nera

Kala Nera is a highlight of the Pelion peninsula. It’s a small seaside fishing village and home to a pretty beach backed by lush green landscape. There are lots of beautiful walking routes, traditional tavernas and old cobbled streets to explore. Visitors can climb aboard an old steam train to get to neighbouring towns or while away their time on the family friendly beachfront.

Volos Airport to Kala Nera is a 1 hour, 43km drive taking route 30 east and then route 34 out of Volos city. The route takes you along the coastline of the peninsula and provides some beautiful vistas. The village itself is very small and easy to navigate.

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