Car rentals in Athens: All you need to know
You want a great car to take you around Athens whether you're traveling for a business trip or a vacation. Check out the famous sites around the city and pull up in front of the best restaurants in Athens. CarRentals.com has collected your most popular questions about car rentals in Athens. Read on to discover how to get the best rates on your ideal vehicle.
Where can I find a bargain rental car in Athens?
CarRentals.com always strives to get you the best rate. However, there are a more ways to increase your savings. Be sure to:
- Compare vehicle pricing before you book
- Avoid pick-ups and drop-offs at airports, which can cost more
- Determine ahead of time the amount of mileage/fuel you may use
- Search and reserve in advance
Just following even a few of these tips can help you save big on your Athens rental car.
What rental companies have retailers in Athens?
From global names like National and Hertz to budget-friendly brands like Fox and Budget, CarRentals.com has some of the best brands in the business. Scan through the reviews to get an idea of which is best for your next trip.
What types and makes of rental cars are on offer in Athens?
That depends on your needs and what activities you want to do in Athens. If you're having a little trouble choosing, be sure to go over the chart below. We've compared the most popular categories for you:
|Car Type||Best for||Category Includes|
|Full Size SUV||Families or groups looking for adventure in the Texas back-country||Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, or similar|
|Full Size||For large groups that want better fuel economy than an SUV||Chevrolet Impala, Toyota Camry, or similar|
|Compact Car||When saving money is a top priority||Ford Fiesta, Chevrolet Spark, or similar|
What age do you have to be to rent a car in Athens?
Normally, to rent a car in Athens you must be at least 21. However, you may find that there is an added charge if you're under 25 or for larger or higher category rentals. Go over the terms to figure out what the exact charge will be before you reserve your rental.
Will I need insurance to get a car rental 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 pick up your car. Almost all countries require the driver to have insurance. You may be able to pay for interim insurance with the rental supplier. Otherwise, as a United States citizen, you can also purchase Collision Damage Coverage with CarRentals.com at checkout.
Although many major card issuers, like MasterCard or Visa, offer some coverage, there are usually restrictions. For example, they may not cover your rental car if you get a larger or luxury vehicle. Be sure to check your rental car company's policy before you decide.
What is the fuel policy for Athens rental cars?
Most suppliers allow you to choose which policy you want. Below is a list of the most common ones.You will have to find a gas station near your car rental supplier
|Policy Type||Policy Description||Advantages||Disadvantages|
|Full to Full||The tank will be full when you get your automobile. You can use as much fuel as you want and then refill the tank when you drop the vehicle off when you are done. As long as you replace the fuel before returning the car, you won't face any extra fees||You only refill the amount of fuel that you've used. If you only use half of a tank, it's only necessary refill half of a tank, and therefore avoid paying for any you don't need. You can shop around for the cheapest prices and you'll only pay service charges if you don't refill the tank|
|Full to empty (pre-paid)||You'll pay for a full tank and return the car with the tank empty. Check with the supplier 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||The supplier usually charges a higher rate for the fuel than a local gas station|
|Empty to empty||You may not have a full tank when you pick up the vehicle, and you won't need to fill the tank back up before you drop it back off||You refill your tank yourself, so you can shop around for the cheapest local prices||You'll have to fill up before you do any serious driving|
What fuel policy should I get?
We usually advise that you choose the full-to-full policy. This policy simply means you bring your rental back to the full, and you're all set.
Should I get unlimited miles when I rent a car in Athens?
Unlimited mileage is a good choice for travelers who don't want to worry about how many miles they are driving. Just make sure that your policy really provides unlimited miles. Read the details on mileage limits before you book.
Before you drive off
Before you get going on your Athens vacation, check a few things before you leave the car rental lot. You should:
- Check out the vehicle and determine if there is any damage or scrapes. Be sure to make note of it on the paperwork, or you may get charged for it
- Make you have a properly inflated spare tire, lug wrench, and jack in the trunk
- 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 wipers
- Figure out how to work the navigation and entertainment. It's best to limit any unneeded distractions when you are navigating a new area
Book your Athens car rental today
Use CarRentals.com to get yourself the best wheels Athens has to offer. Before you know it, you'll be cruising between the well-known restaurants, famous landmarks, and all the must-see sites in Athens.