Car Hire in Santorini
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Buses in Santorini, officially known as Thira, can be unreliable and crowded. Renting a car is the best way to avoid these little inconveniences, including less than friendly bus drivers. A rental car is all you'll need for independent travel, to be free from timetables that are rarely followed. You alone can decide on where to go, which route to take, and what time to leave. Car rental ensures your transportation for the whole duration of your trip, so all you'll have to worry about is where to go next!
Where to hire a car in Santorini
There are several car rental companies operating in Santorini, Greece. This includes Odysseys Car Rentals on Epar.Od.Firon-Ias, santorini cyclades 847 00, open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Other companies are Europcar, Sixt, VIP Cars, Halaris Rent A Car, Budget Rent a Car, Santorini Holiday Cars and Santorini Car Hire by Damigos Rent a Car. Most of the car rental offices are located at the airport, as well as the central business district.
What to expect when hiring a car from Santorini
Most car rental companies will rent out cars even to people without international driving permit, but acquiring one his still highly recommended. In case of an accident, insurance problems may arise if you do not have an international driving permit. Keep in mind that many of the people in Santorini are tourists as well, and are therefore not very used to the driving conditions and roads either.
Getting to your destination
Fira is the modern capital of Santorini. It features white-washed houses, and two of its main attractions are the Archaeological Museum of Thera and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera. It also has a few bars and clubs, wineries, and craft studios.
Fira is can be accessed via Επαρ.Οδ. Μεσαριάς-Αρχαίας Θήρας and Επαρ.Οδ. Φηρών-Όρμου Περίσσης.
Akrotiri was a Minoan Bronze Age settlement, destroyed in the Theran eruption about 1627 BC. As a result, the settlement was buried in volcanic ash. The site has been excavated since 1967, revealing remains of fine Frescoes and several objects and artworks preserved by the volcanic ash. The town of Akrotiri today is connected to the old excavation site via a path descending from the houses to the excavation parking lot. This path is often used for walking and mountain biking.
Akrotiri is connected to the centre of Santorini via Επαρ.Οδ. Φηρών-Όρμου Περίσσης.
Emporio, also known as Nimborios, is a small village. Its main attractions are the old Goulas Castle and a few churches.
You can either take the Επαρ.Οδ. Πύργου Καλλίστης - Προφήτη Ηλία or Επαρ.Οδ. Φηρών-Όρμου Περίσσης.
Pyrgos Kallistis is a picturesque village set atop a hill, offering breath-taking panoramic views of Santorini. It is characterized by medieval architecture, featuring fortified walls, labyrinthine streets, and hidden passages. Pyrgos Kallistis is also the site of the ruins of a Venetian castle, which one served as Santorini's administrative centre.
From the centre of Santorini, take Επαρ.Οδ. Μεσαριάς-Αρχαίας Θήρας or Επαρ.Οδ. Μεσαριάς-Αρχαίας Θήρας and Επαρ.Οδ. Πύργου Καλλίστης - Προφήτη Ηλία.