Car rentals in Athens: All you need to know
You want a great vehicle to take you around Athens whether you're going for a business or pleasure. Check out the famous sites around the city and pull up in front of the best restaurants in Athens. We've collected your most frequently asked questions about renting a car in Athens. Find out the dos and don'ts of car rentals.
How can I get a bargain car rental in Athens?
We always strive to get you the best price. But, you can try to do a couple things to keep your upcoming booking affordable. You can:
- Take time to compare vehicle pricing
- Try to avoid airport pick-ups or drop-offs, which typically are more expensive
- Know ahead of time the amount of mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and book in advance
These tips can help you save even more on your next car rental in Athens.
What rental suppliers have retailers in Athens?
From global names like Hertz and Sixt to budget-friendly brands like Payless and Fox, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Read through the online reviews to help you figure out which one is best for you.
What type of rental car should I get for my trip to Athens?
Whether you want a roomy family vehicle or a low-cost economy car, the sheer wealth of options in this Pennsylvania town means you're certain to find a car that is perfect for you. Some options include:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Premium||Business travelers who want a little luxury as they cruise Athens||Audi A4, Cadillac XTS, or similar|
|Minivan or SUV||Sizable groups that need room for all their bags||Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, or similar|
|Economy or Compact Car||When saving money and good gas mileage are your top priorities||Chevrolet Spark, Vauxhall Corsa, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Athens?
Typically, to rent a car in Athens you must be at least 21—the same as it is across the rest of the United States of America. Additionally, many suppliers charge an added fee if you are under 25. Be sure to read over the rental agreement to find what the total will be before you book your car.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental in Athens?
When cruising through Athens or the rest of the United States, you'll need insurance. Many suppliers need proof of insurance before you rent a car. Most countries require driver's insurance. You may be able to purchase additional insurance through the rental car dealer, if you think your insurance won't cover your rental. Additionally, as a United States citizen, you can also add on Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout.
The major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) will typically cover your car rental. But many of them have restrictions, such as not covering bigger vehicles like trucks or SUVs. Make sure to call and find out exactly what your credit card will cover and how much before you head to Athens.
What is the fuel policy for Athens rental cars?
Most suppliers give you a choice of fuel policies. Here is a list of the typical policies.You will need to search for an open gas station close to your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||There will be a full tank of gas when you collect your automobile. You can use as much fuel as you like and top it off when you return your car at the end. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only need to replace the fuel you used. Used a half of a tank? Then you just fill it back up to full. You won't be paying for any gas you didn't use. You can fill up at any station you want and you'll only pay service charges if you don't fill up the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You pay for a full tank of gas when you pick the car up and bring the car back with the tank empty. Ask the provider to see if they'll refund you for any unused fuel||You won't need to find a fuel station near your rental drop-off location||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You won't have a full tank when you pick up the vehicle, and you don't have to refill the gas before you bring the car back||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll need to find a gas station shortly after you get the car|
What fuel policy should I get?
We usually advise that you opt for the full-to-full policy. This policy simply means you bring your rental back to the full, and you're all set.
Is it worth getting unlimited miles?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for travelers who don't want to worry about incurring any extra charges with the distance they drive. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Check the details on mileage limits before you book.
Know before you go
Be sure you check out a few things before you leave the car rental lot. It's worth the time to:
- Inspect the vehicle and make sure there is no dents or scrapes. If you notice any, mark it down on your paperwork
- Check the trunk to see if the spare is inflated and the necessary tools to change it 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 unneeded distractions when you are navigating a new region
Book your Athens rental car today
Maybe you're traveling solo, maybe you're bringing your partner or kids, or maybe you're carpooling with co-workers to and from the hotel to the conference center. CarRentals.com has the ideal car that can fit your needs and not break your wallet.