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Crete Car Rental - Explore Top Savings with Our Car Hire Compaison

Pre-book your Crete car hire, with prices starting from just £11.34 per day with FREE cancellations*

Image of Crete

As the largest Greek island and the fifth largest in the whole of the Mediterranean, Crete is frequently said to have it all. From miles of golden sandy beaches, to waterside tavernas and buzzing nightlife. Alongside its stunning beaches, it also offers a contrasting landscape with an abundance of historical buildings, spectacular gorges and even a mountain range. All of this is ideal to explore by car, and our great deals with top providers can bring you cheap Crete car hire. If you decide to arrange to pick up your Crete rental car from Heraklion or Chania airport, you won't have to worry about queuing for taxis or transfer buses and your holiday can begin as soon as you land.

By booking your Crete car hire with Holiday Extras you can be safe in the knowledge you're getting great prices from an award-winning provider. We search and price-check all the big name companies to ensure we bring you the best deals on hire cars in Crete and throughout other popular destinations in Greece.

Special Offers

  • Book between 04/07/19 and 18/07/19 to save up to 20% with Budget rental cars.
  • Valid for vehicle pick ups between 17/08/19 to 31/03/20
Sights of Crete - Greece

Views of Crete, including Chania harbour and Elafonisi

Popular resorts - distance by hire car from Chania and Heraklion Airports

Distance in Km from Airport
Estimated Travel Time
22.4 km from Heraklion
20 minutes
Kokkini Hani
9.9 km from Heraklion
10 minutes
Lyttos Beach
19.9 km from Heraklion
21 min
32.3 km from Chania
33 minutes
31.6 km from Chania
40 minutes
Aghia Marina
28.2 km from Chania
33 minutes

Whatever your Crete car hire needs are, we will have something to suit! Whether it's just an economical 3-door mini, a 5-door hatchback to take the kids to the beach, or a robust SUV for visiting the mountains and gorges, you'll be able to find a great vehicle at an even greater price. If you're travelling in a large group of friends or family we can also offer people carriers too!

Compare Prices for Crete Car Hire*

Type of Car
Number of Seats
Price per day
3-door mini
4 seats
£6.33 per day
5-door hatchback
5 seats
£9.33 per day
5 seats
£14.11 per day
People carrier
9 seats
£34.96 per day

*The prices quoted are based on one driver, aged 25, with a full UK driving licence hiring a car for 3 days, picking-up and dropping-off at Chania Airport. Prices correct at time of writing. Subject to change according to availability. Free cancellation applies to most rentals up to 48 hours before pick up, however some suppliers may charge. Please check supplier terms and conditions carefully

As well as super savings on Crete car hire, we can also bring you great offers on total protection insurance too. All our policies are regularly price-checked to ensure we are bringing you the most competitive prices. All our policies include the following:

  • Damage and theft excess
  • Damage protection for all mechanical and exterior of the car
  • Cover for any immobilisation, admin and towing charges
  • Free cancellation and changes up to 48 hours before travel
  • 4 easy steps for cheap Crete car hire

    • Search - Select your travel dates above and click search to compare
    • Select - Choose the type of hire car you prefer
    • Book - Make your payment using our secure system
    • Confirm - We'll email your booking confirmation to you

    Simple booking, payment and pick-up process

    Booking with Holiday Extras couldn't be more straight-forward. Once your booking and payments are made, we'll send your confirmation to you by email which will display your booking reference number. Keep this handy, as you'll need it when you collect your Crete rental car. To make the process even more hassle-free, some of our car hire providers will now even let you pay by debit card instead of credit card. We've also put together a useful checklist packed with handy hints and the low-down of all things car-hire.

    But, after reading our guide, you still have any queries, then we're just a phone call away! Our dedicated, knowledgeable car hire team is available on 0800 804 7362 to answer any questions you may have. You can also contact us online here.

    Collecting your Rental Car in Crete

    Pick up from Heraklion or Chania Airports

    Crete has two main airports: Heraklion (HER) and Chania (CHQ) with car hire pick up points, so, whether you're staying in the east of the west of the island, they are ideally placed for your Crete rental car needs. The car hire desks are all located in the arrivals hall of both terminals. Once your flight has landed and you've cleared baggage reclaim and Customs, you simply need to take your booking confirmation details to the appropriate desk. All the main car hire companies are represented and the desks are staffed by experienced personnel who will be able to allocate you your vehicle in no time. Then, it's just a short hop to the nearby car park to pick up your car and your Crete holiday can get on the road!

    See the sights of Greece's largest island

    At 160 miles in length and 35 miles at its widest point, Crete is an ideal place to explore by hire car. It's an island of contrast and really does offer something for everyone. While it might be best known for its party resorts of Kavos and Malia, it has much to offer those seeking a different type of holiday away from the bright lights and clubs. If it's culture that takes your fancy, then there the picturesque Venetian harbour of Chania is a must. Here you can meander through the narrow streets and enjoy a leisurely tipple or two in one of the waterfront bars. Crete's hot summers - with temperatures averaging between 20 and 30 degrees daily, mean that you may want to cool down at the beach. Some of the more spectacular locations include the beach of Elafonisi with its turquoise waters and the breathtakingBalos lagoon. Inland, there are also a host of stunning natural landscapes, including the White Mountains. When you've finished the days exploring in your Crete hire car, you can visit one of the many tavernas across the island and enjoy the freshly prepared culinary delights that the island is so famous for.

    Even more than Car Hire!

    If you'd like the luxury of sitting back and being transported to your resort, then, don't forget, we can also offer super savings on resort transfers. Our holiday insurance, also gives great value for money, as well as peace of mind that you're covered should the unexpected happen while you're away.

    As the home of holiday add-ons, we've also got a host of other products to give your holiday that extra bit of sparkle whilst not denting your pocket. If you're flying from a UK airport; we can potentially save you up to 60% on airport parking, airport hotels and airport lounges.

    Getting about with your Corfu Car Hire - driving tips and rules**

    Driving in Crete and Greece**

    Greek roads (and Greek driving!) may something of an infamous reputation, but don't be put off! Whilst it's true, there are a few local laws and customs you may find useful to know when you take to the road in Crete, the roads aren't as bad the rumours would suggest. We've put together the following handy hints about driving in Crete. However, please remember, this is just a rough guide should be used in conjunction with the terms and conditions stipulated by your car hire company. We also recommend you do your own research about driving laws in Greece.

    • Left hand drive - Drive on the right-hand side of the road, and overtake on the left.
    • Minimum age to hire - At least 18 years of age. Under 25's may have to pay a young driver surcharge.
    • Seatbelt - Greek law requires all car occupants to wear a seatbelt (in both the front and back). Should a driver/passenger be exempt from wearing a seatbelt on medical grounds, they must provide a medical exemption certificate, translated into Greek as proof.
    • Children - Children under 3 years must be placed in a suitable child seat/restraint. Children between 3 and 11 years old who are less that 1.35m in height must be seated in the appropriate restraint for their size.
    • Mobile phones - it is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving, unless using a handsfree kit or earphones.

    Speed limits*

    • Main roads - 90/110kph
    • Motorways - 130kph
    • Built up areas - 50kph

    *These speed limits are the local standards, but always keep an eye out for road signs that may indicate a reduced speed limit.

    Drinking and driving

    It is prohibited to drive if the levels of alcohol in the blood or breath are above the admissible limit. The blood alcohol limit is 0.25mg per litre of breath. If the level of alcohol in your blood exceeds 0.05% or more, then this is deemed a criminal offence and and you will be subject to severe penalties.

    It is important to note that drinking alcohol and then driving may invalidate your car hire insurance, regardless of local drink driving laws. Check your policy for full details.

    Driving licence

    Important Information - Changes to the UK Driving Licence

    A UK driving licence will allow you to drive in Greece, and you will not need an IDP - International Driving Permit.

    Passport - You may also be required to carry another form of personal ID with you while driving.


    With all the uncertainty surrounding Brexit check out our latest travel advice, which includes driving in EU countries, Brexit Blog.

    Mobile phone use

    It is illegal to use a mobile phone while driving or in control of a vehicle in Crete, even if you have pulled over to the side of the road. Only fully-hands free units are permitted.

    **This information should be considered as a broad overview of things to remember when hiring a car. It is therefore very important that you read the rental terms and conditions and associated policies for your own specific policy as well as doing your own research into the motoring laws of the country in which you will be driving.