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Discover the beauty of one of the most diverse cities in Greece with car rental services in Heraklion, from Rental Center Crete, an authority when it comes to high-quality, affordable rental car services in the country. Heraklion is a merging point for major destinations in Greece, an excellent kick-start point for exciting adventures around the culturally and historically saturated country. Heraklion is one of the largest cities in Greece. It is quite challenging to get from place to place without proper means of transportation. Car rental is an excellent solution for your transport woes while staying in town.

Now you can explore Heraklion like the locals do with a car hire in Heraklion. Grab a local tourist map or pump up your sat nav system to plot your itinerary. Hiring a car makes it easier to get to different destinations that you want to visit. Never worry about missing your tour bus and take all the time you need to soak up the beauty of the sights with car rental in Heraklion. Visit the most fascinating sites and historical landmarks where you can trudge the very streets through which the ancient gods and goddesses once traipsed.

When is best time to visit Heraklion?

The weather is warm and sunny for most of the year. Spring and Autumn is a popular time to visit the Heraklion city. These are the seasons that the temperatures are mild. Meteo.gr is the best website to check the latest weather and forecasts in Heraklion and Crete.

If you really like the heat and sun, the ideal time to visit Heraklion is in the summer. The day to day temperatures reach 33-37˚C. Most people decide to spend the hot summer days at the beach instead of exploring Heraklion and sightseeing.

During the summer, you can also visit Heraklion's traditional festivals and 'Panigiria' where you can celebrate in Crete like a local.

Loggia Building currently hosts the Town Hall of Heraklion

The winter is also a good time to come to Heraklion. January and February are the coldest months with an average low of just 8-10°C and showers during the whole day.

Here is a very detailed guide on when to visit Crete depending the weather, the crowd and the activities you like most to do in Crete

Driving Tips in Heraklion

  1. In Crete (and Heraklion), we drive on the right-hand side. Maximum speed limits are 80 km/h on the national road and 50 km/h within the cities under the condition that there are no speed limit signs.
  2. Give priority to the car that comes from the right.
  3. Respect all traffic rules and signs. Be extremely careful with STOP signs and traffic lights.
  4. Parking is allowed (check signs – avoid parking tickets). Seeing other cars parked does not mean that parking is allowed.
  5. When trying to find a parking spot make sure here are not any signs for programmed constructions or open street markets.
  6. When parked your car in the narrow streets of Heraklion make sure to fold mirrors before leaving the car.
  7. You should never keep luggage/personal belongings inside the car. Breaking into the car is not usual in Crete but it is possible (especially in big free parking areas or in parking areas near the beach etc). It is better to use private or guarded parking areas.

Is driving in Crete easy? Read more on our blog

Check also where to find the best parking spots in Heraklion on our blog.

FAQs about hiring a car in Heraklion

How much is the cost to rent a car in Heraklion?

On average a car rental in Heraklion costs €29 per day.

What is the most popular hire car in Heraklion?

Group C. Medium (Toyota Yaris or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car group in Heraklion.

How old do I have to be, to rent a car from Rental Center Crete in Heraklion?

Drivers over 21 years of age and having a valid licence over a year can hire a car from our company. Some Groups like Premium SUV or require the age of the driver to be minimum 25 years old.

When I pick up the car what do you require from me?

When you pick up your car in Heraklion, you will need a:
1. Valid driving license in english characters,
2. Valid passport or ID card,
3. Sign the Rental Agreement.

Where can I pick up my rental car in Heraklion?

Take a look at our car hire location map to find the best hire cars near you. In short, you can pick up your rental car in our office in:
(1) Heraklion (Nidas 1, 71307, Heraklion), (2) Heraklion Airport, (3) Heraklion Port and (4) any hotel within Heraklion city limits free of charge.
In all cases a prior booking is required.

Do you offer oneway rental starting from Heraklion?

Yes we do. For example, you can pick up your rental car in Heraklion and drop it off in Chania Airport. The oneway fee cost is auto-calculated in the given quote when you reserve the car online.

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Rental Center Crete - Car Hire

Address: Nidas 1, Heraklion, Crete, 71307, Greece
Phone: +30 2810 240 120
Hours of Operation: 24-hours*
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What to see in Heraklion?

Crete is gifted with sheer natural beauty and diverse landscapes. Over the years it has been voted as one of the most popular European holiday destinations. Its capital Heraklion is not only the largest city of the island but also one of the largest cities in Greece. A city of historic importance — Heraklion embodies the Greek spirit with exceptional hospitality, sensational cuisine, breathtaking scenery, historical sites and top-notch entertainment.

Whether you are seeking a beach holiday or to delve deeper into the country’s rich historical past, Heraklion offers endless recreational opportunities.

Crete was once home to the Minoan civilization, today some of its key finds such as the Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys attract millions of visitors who flock here to admire the impressive structures which dated back to the ancient times.

One of Heraklion’s best known archaeological attractions, the Palace of Knossos is situated 5 km south from the city centre of Heraklion. This major city of Crete, as well as one of Europe’s oldest cities was the center of the Minoan civilization. The main attraction is the famous Minoan Palace which was constructed on top of a Neolithic town. Visitors can admire the numerous finds from the palace such as pottery, vessels, original wall paintings and art, which are all housed in the Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

The area surrounding the harbour is characterized by the city’s centuries long history, the tales of gods, rebellions and conquerors.

Visit Heraklion's Attractions with a car rental

The Old Harbor of Heraklion is dominated by the imposing Venetian construction, the Koules Fortress which the Italians called Rocca al Mare. For centuries the great walls of the fortress served as protection against the invaders. The cells and dark halls were used as prisons for the Cretan rebels. Today, visitors may enjoy the harbour’s colourful character which is highlighted by traditional fishing boats and numerous tavernas serving freshly prepared seafood dishes.

Strolling through the winding streets of Heraklion you will come across numerous sculptures, statues and busts commemorating significant events and figures of Crete’s history. Watch out for important monuments dedicated to El Greco, Vitsentzos Kornaros, Nikos Kazantzakis and Eleftherios Venizelos, just to name a few. The town itself also houses several impressive Venetian fountains such as the Bembo Fountain, the Priuli Fountain, Palmeti Fountain, Sagredo Fountain and the Morosini Fountain which crowns the Lion Square.

For those seeking to discover the cultural heritage of Crete may visit one of the many museums: Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Natural History Museum, Historical Museum of Crete (displaying the dramatic history of the city of Heraklion), Nikos Kazantzakis Museum dedicated to the famous Greek novelist best known for writing Zorba the Greek, Museum for the Battle of Crete and National Resistance (housing relics from the period of Cretan resistance to occupation between 1941 and 1945), Museum of Visual Arts, and the Cretaquarium which is a great attraction for families with kids.

The Beaches of Heraklion

Crete is blessed with stunning coastline with diverse shores ranging from quiet and pristine beaches to well organized as well as those awarded with the Blue Flag status. The Red Beach which is situated in the small fishing village of Matala, 75 km south-west of Heraklion was once a popular hippie destination in the 60s, 70s and 80s. One of its distinct attractions is the rocky limestone landscape with interesting carvings and engravings of Minoan figures. A short distance of 2 km from Matala, lies the Kommos Beach where the protected sea turtles Caretta Caretta nest their eggs, from May to September.

At a close proximity from Matala is one of the most picturesque beaches in the area, the Agiofarago Beach which is situated at the exit of the Agiofarago Gorge. Access to this beach is slightly challenging as you will have to drive through a dirt road thus renting an SUV is recommended. Once you will park your vehicle there is a 20-30 minute hike through the surrounding cliffs and shrubs. The view is absolutely rewarding. The beach can also be reached by boat from Matala, Agia Galini or Kali Limenes. For those seeking a quiet and comfortable retreat, a drive towards the small fishing village of Agia Pelagia is highly recommended. Situated approximately 20 km from Heraklion on the way towards Rethymnon, the village is home to some of the most tranquil beaches protected by the north winds, thus the sea is always calm. Here you will find numerous tavernas, bars and watersports activities.

Where to stay in Heraklion?

The city of Heraklion is packed with numerous accommodation options. Whether you are looking for a chic city escape or a villa-style stay, there is plenty of choice for everyone. Read on for our guide to where to stay in Heraklion.

Capsis Astoria Heraklion

Address: Pl. Eleftherias, Iraklio 712 02

A short walking distance from the city center of Heraklion and next to the Archaeological Museum, this 4-star hotel offers modern accommodation. All rooms feature private bathrooms with a tub and self-regulated climate control. Enjoy the sweeping views of Heraklion and the old Venetian port from the rooftop pool area. The rooftop of the Taratsa Astoria Cocktail & Food Bar offers relaxing atmosphere making it an ideal place for both day and night, serving coffees and cocktails accompanied by snacks and light bites.

Galaxy Iraklio Hotel

Address: Leof. Dimokratias 75, Iraklio 713 06

This centrally located 5-star luxury hotel is situated 500 m from the Historical City Center of Heraklion, 5 km from the airport and 1 km from the port. An ideal choice for both leisure and business travellers, it features a wide range of accommodation options from standard rooms to elegant suites, business rooms and inter-connecting family rooms.

Hotel facilities include a complimentary Gym & Wellness club available for hotel guests, a fresh water swimming pool and a complimentary smartphone featuring unlimited local and international calls, 4G internet access and city guide.

GDM Megaron Hotel

Address: Beaufort 9, Iraklio 712 02

Rated as one of the top stays in Heraklion, the 5-star GDM Megaron Hotel is housed in a 1920s building overlooking the Old Harbour. Featuring elegantly appointed guest rooms, most come with a balcony with views over the Venetian port and sea. Other facilities include a Health Club featuring a sauna, hammam, hot tub and a gym. Guests may also enjoy the rooftop plunge pool with beautiful sea views. Complimentary parking is available for hotel guests.

Ibis Styles Heraklion Central by Accor

Address: 26 Koroneou Street, And Angiou Titou, Iraklio 712 02

Ideally situated in the heart of Heraklion Town this 4-star hotel is a short stroll from all the major attractions. All rooms are spacious and provide great sea and city views from the balcony. Amenities such as complimentary pillow menu and tea/coffee making facilities are provided. There is an onsite restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Indoor parking is available for hotel guests.

Lato Boutique Hotel

Address: Epimenidou 15, Iraklio 712 02

This boutique hotel enjoys a prime location across from the old city harbour. The hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant offers fantastic views of the Venetian Fortress where you can enjoy a romantic dinner while watching the sunset. This recently renovated 3-star hotel features air-conditioned rooms with a balcony and work desk. Hotel facilities include a steam room - hot tub area which is available upon request and at extra charge.

Olive Green Hotel

Address: Idomeneos 22, Iraklio 712 02

Centrally located in the heart of Heraklion Town this modern, 5-star eco-friendly hotel incorporates cutting-edge technology with local Cretan cultural. All the rooms offer modern facilities and minimal decor. Featuring walk-in rainfall showers, high-tech facilities and sophisticated setting. The 626 All Day Lounge & City Garden is the ultimate place to enjoy a refined Mediterranean menu, creative cocktails and laid-back atmosphere.

Beyond Heraklion Town

Civitel Creta Beach Hotel

Address: 74 Andrea Papandreou str, Amoudara 714 14

For those seeking an ultimate beachside escape will enjoy the stunning long stretch beach of Ammoudara located approximately 1 km west of Heraklion. Awarded with the Blue Flag it is famous for its shallow waters, ideal for family holidays. The Creta Beach Hotel features rooms and bungalows overlooking the sea, surrounded by lush gardens. Guests may also indulge in a series of relaxing Spa treatments and exclusive daily packages. The resort also offers an all-Inclusive dining and activities package.

Scalani Hills Boutari Winery and Residences

Address: Skalani 715 00

This traditional accommodation is an ideal holiday choice for wine lovers. Located 9 km away from Heraklion, in the village of Scalani the three modern residences offer magical views of the vineyards. Wine tours are also available for non-residence guests. For those who wish to opt for a full experience must try the delicious dishes prepared using local flavours and paired with a selection of wines from the Boutari Winery.

Where to eat in Heraklion?

Cretan cuisine has been voted as one of the best in the world. Renowned for its well rounded, rich and flavourful dishes it is based on using fresh and raw ingredients, aromatic herbs and plenty of olive oil. In Heraklion you will find everything from traditional flavours, to haute cuisine, contemporary creations as well as fine-dining experiences. Here are some of the best places to eat in Heraklion.

Peskesi

Address: Kapetan Charalambi 6-8, Iraklio 712 02

This authentic Cretan restaurant has been ranked top 10 restaurant in Europe for “Restaurant & Bar Design Awards”. Located in tasteful surroundings on one of the cobblestone streets of Heraklion Town, Peskesi serves traditional food with a creative touch.

7 Thalasses

Address: Irakleitou & Irodotou, Nea Alikarnasos, Iraklio 716 01

If you are craving fresh seafood and sushi dishes, you must try 7 Thalasses which has been rated as one of the top restaurants in Heraklion. Serving a gourmet Mediterranean and Greek menu which comprises mainly of seafood and fish dishes. The restaurant features an indoor and outdoor seating with a playground for children.

Ippokampos

Address: Leof. Sofokli Venizelou 3, Iraklio 712 02

A typical taverna set on the seaside of Heraklion serving simple meze style dishes. There are several fish, meats and vegetable dishes at affordable prices. There are a few tables, some of which are located inside.

Merastri

Address: 17, Chrisostomou, Iraklio 713 06

For a traditional home cooked Cretan meal, make sure to visit Merastri. Here you are guaranteed to savour real flavours in cozy surroundings. There are many vegetarian dishes available on the menu as well as outdoor seating in a beautiful garden, amidst the grape vines.

Pagopoieion

Address: Pl. Agiou Titou 1, Iraklio 712 02

This Creative Bar Restaurant is an all day venue serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Set on the picturesque square of Agios Titos it is a great place to enjoy weekend brunch and is also a perfect choice for casual dining.

Heraklion car rental reviews

47 ratings in Heraklion with average score of 95.8%

Reviewer: Ken R. • Date: 18.05.2018 in Heraklion Downtown

We were happy our car was new and that we got a free upgrade. Read this review

Reviewer: Steffen A. • Date: 21.05.2018 in Agia Pelagia

Car supply and pick up at hotel on time. Very convenient. Read this review

Reviewer: Thomas C. • Date: 20.04.2018 in Heraklion Downtown

Personal service and engagement. Read this review

Reviewer: Toby F. • Date: 23.11.2017 in Heraklion Downtown

We did a mistake with the dates but they fixed it and drove over within 30 mins! Read this review

Reviewer: George P. A. S. • Date: 15.10.2017 in Heraklion Downtown

I was most impressed with the courtesy and helpfulness of the gentleman who delivered the car to my daughter and I at our hotel. He was extremely clear in all of the conditions of the car rental and informing us of all the things we needed to know about driving in Crete. Read this review

Reviewer: Roberto C. • Date: 08.09.2017 in Heraklion Downtown

The transparency of the price offer: what you see is what you pay and there are no hidden costs. Read this review

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