Car Hire from Zante Airport
The idyllic island of Zante is the perfect place for sun worshippers. As well as big resorts, this Greek island has plenty of hidden gems to explore. With only a few bus services running across the island daily, a car is essential if you want to get out of the big towns and resorts and do some exploring. Skyscanner can help you find the perfect car hire from Zante Airport.
Where to hire a car at Zante Airport
Zante (or Zakynthos) is a small international airport with just one terminal. Car hire desks for Europcar and Hertz are found close to the main exit of the terminal building. Various other companies including Olympic, Auto Union and Argus provide a meet and greet service in the terminal, taking drivers to the car pick-up location.
Petrol Stations near Zante Airport
The closest petrol station to Zante Airport is located in the town of Zante Town, just eight minutes away. It’s a Shell garage on the coastal road.
Driving around Zante Airport
Zante is a small island and doesn’t usually suffer from traffic jams although the very centre of Zante Town can be a little chaotic. Roads are generally small, winding and scenic. When you are heading away from the main resorts and to some of the more rural destinations you should be aware of the changing road conditions which can become difficult to drive on.
Travelling out of the airport, road 35 takes you down to the south west of the island. The biggest road heading north comes off the 35 although there are also some routes north leading out from Zante Town.
Getting to your destination
There are lots of beautiful beaches and historic locations to visit in Zante. Many are inaccessible without hiring a car.
Zante Town, also known as Zakynthos, is the island’s capital. St Mark’s Square is the town’s hub, where a hustle and bustle of bars, restaurants and cafes can be found. Down along the seafront, visitors will find both expensive yachts and local fishing boats. Up at Bohali, a cliff that overlooks the harbour, there are a number of cafes and some spectacular views.
Zante Town is just 10 minutes from the airport, travelling north east on road 35. Parking spaces can be hard to come by when the shops are open in the mornings and late afternoons. However, there are often spaces along the seafront and there’s a carpark by the port.
Porto Limnionas is a popular spot with locals and tourists in Zante. It can get pretty busy during the middle of the day. However, paying a visit earlier or later on, the spectacular bay is at its best. The dramatic crystal clear waters of this rocky beach are surrounded by green clifftops. There’s a bar and restaurant and a few sun loungers but the main draw of this place is the impressive sunbathing and snorkelling opportunities.
Porto Limnionas is around 40 minutes’ drive from Zante Airport, heading south on road 35 and taking the main road up to the north west of the island. You’ll pass through the village of Agios Leon and then head down towards the sea, where there’s a square with parking spaces.
Volimes is a small village in the north of the island. It has a long history of honey and lace making and visitors will find various houses and shops selling both products. St. Denis Monastery can also be found here. St. Denis is the island’s patron saint and his monastery is a simple, 15th century building, furnished with a decorative altar screen, a gold statue of the Madonna and a portrait of the saint himself.
Volimes is 45 minutes away from Zante Airport, taking road 35 into Zante Town and then the northbound road out. The village is a quiet place, with plenty of places to park.