Frequently asked Santorini rent a car questions (faq)

While searching online for car hire services in Santorini island Greece, there might be some things that you don’t know. We try to offer as much information as possible in this FAQ page, (frequently asked questions about Santorini rent a car). This is what people ask the most, and we update our answers whenever we receive new questions.

FAQs for Santorini Rent a Car car rental company

How old do I have to be in order to rent a car in Santorini?

  • The driver should be between 23 and 70 years old. It is possible though to rent a vehicle even if you are younger,(21-22) or older (71-75) with a small additional insurance fee. Our reservations department are ready to assist you with the details Normally It is not possible to rent a car in any case if the driver is younger than 21 years or older than 75, but feel free to send your request just in case we can find a solution.

What kind of drivers license do I need in order to be able to drive in Santorini?

  • Your country’s license should be OK. It doesn’t necessarily have to be international, but please contact for more details, as for some non European visitors an International driving permit is required (together with the driving license ). For all European/USA/Australia/Canada/UK citizens their local drivers license is OK.

Do I need a credit card to rent a car with you?

  • No you don’t! We are the only company in Santorini that does not require a credit card from clients! (please note that a credit card is only required if you rent a Mini Cooper Cabrio or an SUV, and do not select additional insurance)

What is your fuel policy?

  • Fuel policy is same to same. Usually the cars are delivered full or half full and have to be returned in about the same condition

Can I collect the car at my Santorini hotel?

  • Yes, you can collect the car at your hotel. During reservation process select as pick up location Santorini hotel, and in the details just provide the name of the hotel. Please note that if your hotel or villa is not accessible by car (as many hotels on the cliffs ) we can meet you at the nearest possible place that the car can come. In that case we provide all the details in advance.

Can i take the rental car on a ferry and use it on another island?

  • That is possible only after a written permission of the company. We need at least a 5 day notice as we need to issue an extra insurance. There is an extra cost depending on the car type. Ferrying the rental car without the company written permission is forbidden by the law, and has legal consequences.

Do I need to pay a deposit in order to make a reservation?

  • During the booking process, you do not need to pay anything. Depending on your pick up location, sometimes a small deposit might be required in order to confirm your reservation. In that case you shall receive an email shortly after you complete your booking. The small deposit is deducted from your total, for example if your reservation cost is 60 euro, and you pay a 20 euro deposit in advance, then you just pay 40 euro when you collect your car.

Do I get a refund in case of cancellation?

  • As prepayment is not required, the only amount you might have to pay before your arrival is the small deposit in order to confirm your booking. This deposit is fully refundable if you cancel your booking up to 48 hours before your arrival (pick up date and time).

What is the speed limit in Santorini?

  • The speed limit is 60 klms (40miles) per hour, in open roads. When you are driving in villages or near people you have to drive a lot more slowly. There are signs that indicate speed limit as well.

What if my flight/ferry changes, or if it’s very late?

  • If your flight or ferry is late, our people will still wait for you. There is nothing to worry about. As we monitor flights and ferries, we shall contact you anyway. Please note, that this is one of the reasons we need your arrival flight number, or the name of your boat. If your arrival changes for another day, please contact us the soonest possible in order to modify your booking.

Is there a public bus service in Santorini?

  • Yes, Santorini has a public bus service. The main bus station is in Fira. Buses are reported to be often late or over crowded, especially in the high season. In the low season, the buses are not as crowded but also not very frequent.

Can I rent a car in Fira Santorini old port?

  • Unlike what many people might think, that is not possible for the simple reason that there is not any road going down to Fira port. This place is exclusively used for cruise ships passengers. Cruise ship passengers can collect their cars after they go up to Fira, most usually with the cable car.

Is it safe to rent a car in Santorini ?

  • It is very safe for experienced drivers, provided of course that traffic regulations are followed. Much safer than renting any other type of vehicle. We do not suggest renting anything to drivers with less than 2 years of driving experience

Is it easy to drive in Santorini?

  • Driving in a Greek island is easier than driving in a big city like Athens for example. Less traffic . On the other hand, the roads are narrow, and the roads do no have enough lights at night. If you are an experienced driver, and your rental car is in a good condition, ( good lights, brakes e.t.c.), driving in Santorini is rather easy, as long as you rent the same type of car that you usually drive.

Is it worth renting a car in Santorini ?

  • A rental car is for sure a great way to discover all the interesting and beautiful places of Santorini island. Far cheaper than using taxis, a lot easier than waiting for buses. Not to mention that it’s also much safer during the covid situation. For short or longer stays, most people will agree that it’s worth it.

If you have any other question regarding your car rental in Santorini, please contact us, and we’ll answer the soonest possible. Thank you.