Car Hire Chania – The Best Way To Explore The Beautiful Crete Coastline

The second largest city in Crete, Chania is considered one of the most stunningly picturesque cities in Greece. Lying along the north coast of the island, there is simply no better way to see Chania than with your own set of wheels.

By securing a car rental, Chania is yours to explore at a pace that suits you. No bus timetables to adhere to or costly taxi fares to pay for, just the open road and an endless list of landmarks to see, beaches to visit and delicious cuisine to try – and all from the comfort of your hire car.

Rental Center Crete can help you discover the very best of Chania and surrounds. And with additional services and amenities including child seats, roof racks and a comprehensive map of the island offered absolutely free of charge, we’re simply the best choice for Chania car hire.

When is the best time to visit Chania?

A city so steeped in history and natural beauty means that there is never a bad time to visit Chania. But locals know that mid-May is a particularly beautiful time to visit. After April’s heavy rainfall, May sees the area come alive with lush greenery and wildflowers which makes travelling by car a wonderful scenic experience. With average temperatures ranging from 17 -27 degrees Celsius, this time of year offers ideal sightseeing weather.

Chania City Centre - Fountain

Visiting Chania in May and early June also means you avoid the peak tourist season which can make for a more relaxing holiday experience. And with the convenience of a hire car, Chania’s hidden gems are easily accessible. Create an itinerary that takes in popular tourist attractions along with day trips to undiscovered places that are only ever found when you’re free to explore.

Do I really need a hire car? Chania by car

There really is nothing like the freedom of having your own transport when you travel. It’s the best way to set your own itinerary and explore places off the beaten path where public transport simply does not go. Immerse yourself in the unique local culture with a hire car. Chania boasts many scenic routes for you to enjoy. The city hugs the north coast of Crete so travelling the winding mountain roads offers breathtaking views of the coastline.

Conveniently located in Chania Downtown, Rental Center Crete offers a great selection of vehicles from economy to luxury. No matter your budget, our extensive fleet of high-quality cars has been chosen to make car rental in Chania affordable and hassle-free. And for further peace of mind, premium insurance is always included. Browse our fleet now.

Visit the smaller villages and soak up the Cretan lifestyle. There’s simply so much to see and when you’re in the driver’s seat, the options are limitless.

Driving Tips in Chania

Of course, driving in a foreign country comes with its own set of challenges so read our handy tips to help acquaint you with local driving conditions.

  1. In Chania, we drive on the right side of the road and cars coming from this side have the right of way.
  2. The narrow, well-worn roads add to the rustic charm of the city but require extra care when navigating in your car rental. Chania roads are known to be very slippery, even in dry weather, and can be subject to potholes. Always drive defensively and allow additional stopping time to avoid accidents.
  3. The speed limit is 50 km/h (30 mph) in built up areas and 90 km/h (56 mph) on the highways.
  4. Watch out for pedestrians and animals.
  5. It is customary to drive on the hard shoulder to allow cars behind you to overtake. Solid white lines are often ignored and drivers may flash their lights to indicate they want to get past. It’s courtesy to allow them to do so.
  6. There are tightly winding, hairpin roads as you travel through the stunning mountainous regions of Chania. Extra care is required here as roads signs don’t always give a good indication of sharp turns that may be ahead.
  7. Refuelling your hire car is a simple process and often includes a full service which means you don’t even have to leave your car. However, be aware that many fuel stations will require cash payments and most will close by 9pm so be sure to fill up earlier in the day wherever possible.

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Car hire locations
in Chania

Rental Center Crete - Car Hire - Chania

Address: Service Area, Chania, Crete, 73100, Greece
Phone: +30 693 264 7978
Hours of Operation: 24-hours*
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Chania Things
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Top Attractions Chania

Old Venetian Port of Chania
  • Old Venetian Harbour – the Venetian Harbour was built between 1320 – 1356 and the preservation of its monuments makes it a particularly fascinating seaside tourist destination today. Sample traditional cuisine at the many taverns and cafes and immerse yourself in the ancient culture of the Venetian ruins.
  • Firkas Fortress – this Venetian-built fortress built in 1629 is located at the entrance of the Chania Old Harbour. It’s a beautiful part of the city where panoramic views of the harbour can be enjoyed. If you have the time, it’s worth visiting the Maritime Museum of Crete which is housed within the fortress.
  • Chania Venetian Lighthouse – originally built in the late 16th century, the lighthouse has undergone significant rebuilding and restoration over the years. Whilst tourists are not permitted inside the tower, it remains an incredible sight to behold, especially at night.
  • Aqua Creta Limnoupolis – located just 8 km from the city in the lovely suburb of Varipetro, families will enjoy a day of sun and fun at this fantastic aquatic park. Onsite parking is available.
  • Samaria Gorge - this 6 hour hike of one of Europe’s longest canyons will take you through the most breathtaking natural scenery and past abandoned villages. A must-do for the adventuring tourist.

Best Beaches in Chania

Balos Beach
  • Elafonisi – crystal clear water, golden sand and a seabed tinted with the glorious pink hue of seashells, it’s easy to see why this beautifully exotic beach is so popular. With gently rippling, lagoon-like water that laps at your ankles, this is a fabulous choice for families. 75 km from Chania, take a day trip in your hire car and go at your own pace.
  • Agia Marina – only 15 minutes from the centre of Chania, this beach is a favourite with locals. Enjoy the warm water, free sunbeds and variety of water sports on offer.
  • Chrissi Akti – a firm family favourite with a kids’ playground and amenities, this beach is very close to Chania and is accessible in your hire car.
  • Balos – a visit to the turquoise paradise is something you will never forget. Featuring a wild, natural beauty with clear, lagoon-like water, white sand and surrounded by rocky formations, it’s no wonder this is one of the most photographed beaches in Crete. The water is shallow and very warm but the crowds can be intense. Try early morning to enjoy a more peaceful visit.

Where to Eat in Chania

Greek food is some of the most delicious cuisine in the world. Think exquisitely fresh seafood, wonderfully marinated meats, olives, cheeses, salads and simply the most flavourful olive oil. And then there’s the baklava.

Koukouvaya Cafe View
  • Portes – this restaurant is regularly mentioned as being one of the best in Chania. Enjoy the delicious home-cooked style food, cosy atmosphere and take in a gorgeous sunset.
  • Akrogiali Taverna – this beach front restaurant boasts truly excellent seafood and wonderful, friendly service.
  • Koukouvaya – visit this café for delicious sweet treats and an incomparably magical view of Chania and the Souda Bay.

Chania car rental reviews

38 ratings in Chania with average score of 96.8%

Reviewer: Johan E. • Date: 05.05.2018 in Platanias

The staff and the swift response Read this review

Reviewer: Vincent B. • Date: 19.04.2018 in Chania Downtown

Simple, Transparent, Efficient and cheap Read this review

Reviewer: Clemmie B. • Date: 14.10.2017 in Chania Downtown

So simple to organise- quick reliable and friendly. It was amazing that we were met at our hotel and the staff were helpful and explained everything really clearly! Full insurance cover (no additional costs!), easy collection and drop off. Great car!! Read this review

Reviewer: David Z. • Date: 18.08.2017 in Chania Downtown

The delivery was on time. My queries were answered promptly and to the point. During our visit to Crete the car served us perfectly, consumption was minimal even though we traveled substantially. The condition of the car was excellent. Nothing to complain about. Yes I would recommend Rental Center Crete to any one visiting Crete. Read this review

Reviewer: Lawrence W. E. • Date: 05.09.2017 in Chania Airport

Ease of booking, collection from airport and return of vehicle Read this review

Reviewer: Michelle P. • Date: 09.09.2017 in Chania Port

Great, efficient email communication. Helpful and accommodating regarding our preferred payment method. Willing to deliver to our hotel. Got exactly the car we wanted, delivered as agreed. Couldn't be happier and would definitely use again and recommend to friends. Read this review

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