Car rentals in Athens: All you need to know
You need a great vehicle to get around Athens whether you're going for a business trip or a vacation. Check out the top sites around town and park in front of the best restaurants in Athens. CarRentals.com has gathered your most popular questions about renting a car in Athens. Read on to see how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
How can I get a bargain rental car in Athens?
CarRentals.com makes it easy to snag the best rates. Just enter your travel dates and scroll through the list of car rental companies, select the top rental locations, and find the cheapest offers in Athens. You should also:
- Take time to compare vehicle pricing
- Try to avoid pick-ups or drop-offs at airports, which can cost more
- Determine ahead of time the amount of fuel/mileage you may use
- Search and book as far in advance as you can
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save big on your Athens rental car.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Athens?
There are around a half-dozen rental suppliers to decide from in Athens. You'll find some of the best providers, like Enterprise. Look through the reviews to help you figure out which is best for you.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Athens?
That depends on your needs and what you'll be doing when you visit Athens. If you're having a little trouble choosing, be sure to read over the table below. We have compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Best for families who need a comfortable ride and have safety as a top priority||Jaguar F-Pace, Hyundai Santa Fe, or similar|
|Full Size||If you plan on doing a lot of exploring and want a comfy ride||Infiniti Q50, Ford Fusion, or similar|
|Economy Car||For those looking to save the most on their trip||Toyota Yaris, Nissan Versa, or similar|
How old do you have to be to rent a car in Athens?
Usually, to rent a car in Athens you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the USA. However, you might need to pay a surcharge if you're under 25. Be sure to review the supplier's terms to discover any additional charges will be before you book your rental.
Do I need insurance to rent a car in Athens?
When driving around Athens or the rest of the U.S. of A., you'll need insurance. Many suppliers require that you show proof of insurance before you rent a car. Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to purchase interim coverage through the rental supplier. Otherwise, as a U.S. citizen, you can also book Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com during checkout.
Although many of the major card issuers, like MasterCard or Discover, give some coverage, there are usually restrictions. For instance, they may not cover your rental car if you book a luxury or larger vehicle. Be sure to check the rental car company's policy before you decide.
What are the different fuel policies?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will have to find a gas station close to the drop-off location
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The gas tank will be full when you get your automobile. Use as much gas as you like and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off at the rental office. Just make sure to refill the tank before you return the car to avoid a refueling cost||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. Used a quarter of a tank? Simply fill it back up to full. You won't be paying for any you didn't use. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only be charged refueling fees or service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll get the car with a full tank of gas and return the car with the tank empty. Ask the provider to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||There will be no need to go searching for a gas station before you return your car||You usually pay a more expensive rate for a tank upfront then you would going to a nearby gas station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you pick up your vehicle, and you don't need to refill the gas before you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you won't pay more than local pump prices||You'll have to get some gas before you go on a long trip|
What fuel policy should I get?
Many suppliers offer a range of fuel policies. However, the stand-out choice is usually full-to-full. You simply bring the car back with the same amount of fuel you got it with. .
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
If you plan to explore all that Athens and maybe even the rest of Georgia offers, you're going to want unlimited miles. You won't have to worry about extra charges if you decide to drive all over Athens. Read the fine print to make sure they are actually "unlimited."
Know before you go
Before you get going on your Athens vacation, be sure you check out a few items prior to leaving the rental lot. You should take time to:
- Look over the vehicle and be certain there is no dents or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Inspect the trunk to see if the spare is inflated and the jack and lung wrench are there
- Get familiar with the controls of your car. Adjust the mirrors and seats to your liking, and figure out how to turn on the lights and windshield wipers
- Figure out how to work the radio or entertainment features. It's best to limit any unnecessary distractions when you are driving around a new region
Book your Athens car rental today
Maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center, maybe you're traveling solo, or maybe you're bringing your partner or kids. CarRentals.com has the ideal rental car that can fit your requirements and not deplete your travel piggy bank.