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

Car hire Chania - Rental Center Crete

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.

Is driving in Crete easy? Read more on our blog

Car hire locations
in Chania

ⓘ This is a service area location. We deliver / collect our rental cars to any hotel or villa within this area. The service is offered free of charge.
Address: Chania City Center, Chania, Crete, 73100, Greece
Call Center: ☎ +30 693 264 7978
Email: chania@rental-center-crete.com
Hours of Operation: Mon. - Sun. 09:00 - 20:00 *
* A prior booking is required
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FAQs about rent a car in Chania

How much does it cost to hire a car in Chania?

On average, renting a car in Chania Town costs €27 per day.

Which car sells out faster in Chania?

Group B. Compact (Fiat Panda or similar) is the group that sells out faster in Chania.

What are your driver's licence requirements for renting in Crete?

All drivers must produce a valid driving licence. Non-EU licence holders are required to have an international driving permit if the licence is not in English.

Are there any extra charges?

No, we have a strict all inclusive policy, so, you should not expect any hidden or extra charges.

Chania Things to do

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

53 ratings in Chania with average score of 97.8%

5.0
Anastasia R.
17.08.2020
Car hire in Chania Downtown

Honest, good customer service. All rental companies offer the option for reduced insurance, knowingly putting customers on a budget at financial risk. You don't do this and yet your prices are competitive. The car was in impeccable condition, the process was quick, straightforward, professional and friendly. The website was straightforward and overall this is the best car rental experience and offer I have seen. Very proud to see Greek companies outperforming all the big rentals out there.

4.8
Stephanie M.
22.07.2020
Car hire in Souda Port

Your performance! You were there when you said you were going to be there (at Chania Port) and made the whole process as expedient as possible. The explanations from the first person we met were crystal clear! The return of the vehicle at Heraklion airport was also very quick. The staff we spoke with were highly professional and courteous. I would use you folks again in a heartbeat.

4.7
Simon R.
25.07.2020
Car hire in Chania Downtown

Excellent service, car delivered to me on time and the collection was easy and efficient.

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