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In Chania we recommend the following car hire offers

from 6 £ per day
Basic package

Good offers for a small budget

Mini
e.g. Fiat 500
9 Days from 04.10 - 13.10.2024
Example vehicle
from 7 £ per day
Economy

Small, agile and economical - that's all it takes!

e.g. Suzuki Swift
9 Days from 04.10 - 13.10.2024
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from 9 £ per day
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This way nothing can go wrong - carefree and all inclusive!

Mini
e.g. Fiat 500
9 Days from 04.10 - 13.10.2024
Example vehicle

Hire a Car in Chania

Book a cheap car hire in Chania, Crete. In summer, the temperatures in Greece are sometimes unbearable. Just going out at noon in the blazing sun would be very irresponsible in certain situations, as it can be really dangerous. But of course, you want to enjoy your summer holiday in Crete and not just stay in the same place all the time. Therefore, during the day we advise you to just relax on the beach and if you get too warm you can then cool off in the sea. In the evening, when everything has cooled down a bit, you can go out and explore the surroundings.

Hired car Chania: Explore the Greek island of Crete

Chania is a beautiful port city and a lively place with approximately 54,000 inhabitants which can be ideally explored by hired car. It is located on the northwest coast of Crete and has an atmosphere that reflects its Venetian and Turkish past. It is also surrounded by many wonderful places, such as Balos, Elafonissi, Paleochora, Sfakia, Falassarna and Samaria Gorge. Why not hire a car and explore Chania and the whole island of Crete? It is certainly the best way to get to the wild and remote areas of the island. You can visit the places that interest you the most and travel at your own pace. With Driveboo, you can compare car hire deals in Chania and book a car online.

Excursions by hired car in the surroundings of Chania in summer

Gasse in Chania

In summer the temperatures in Greece are sometimes unbearable. Just going out at noon in the blazing sun would be very irresponsible in certain situations, as it can be really dangerous. But of course, you want to enjoy your summer holiday in Crete and not just stay in the same place all the time. Therefore, during the day we advise you to just relax on the beach and if you get too warm you can cool off in the sea. In the evening, when everything has cooled down a bit, you can go out and explore the surroundings. Don't forget to use enough sunscreen during the day. Samaria Gorge is a popular day trip from Chania during your summer holiday. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes; sandals or flip flops are not suitable. The nature and scenery are breathtaking. The gorge is home to a protected and endangered species of goats. The sea at the other end of the gorge in the village of Agia Roumeli is absolutely crystal clear and turquoise.

Where can I find the best car rentals in Chania?

Branches of the well-known car hire companies can be found near the city centre, just a short bus or taxi ride from Chania airport. You can decide for yourself which pick-up location will be most convenient for you. A trip to Chania usually begins at Chania International Airport "Daskalogiannis" (CHQ). After a renovation in early 2017, the airport has been very modern and clean. It is served by several European charter and scheduled airlines. From the airport, it is possible to take a scheduled bus to the city. Apart from the bus, the city is accessible only by taxi. The journey takes about 20 minutes for both means of transport. You can also hire a car directly at the airport, which is the most convenient option.

Road traffic on Crete - what should I know before hiring a car?

A hired car is an ideal way to travel as a tourist on Crete - only this way is it possible to explore the island comfortably and completely. The condition of the roads can vary greatly, but they are usually fairly easy to drive through. The road network has been expanding since the 1980s. So far, the bypasses of Chania, Rethymno and Heraklion have been completed.

However, one should always keep an eye out for potholes, or sheep and goat herds. The Cretans prefer to drive freestyle and like to cut corners, which is why using horns and keeping on the far right-hand side of the road is recommended before any turn.

What are the speed limits on Crete?

Type of road Speed limit (km/h)
Urban areas 50
Outside urban areas 90 / 100 *
Highways 130 *

*Depends on the signage; the maximum speed is always indicated by signs.

What is the parking situation in Chania?

Yellow-marked roadsides indicate no parking zones, blue-marked ones are chargeable and white-marked are free parking zones.

Sights and activities in Chania that you can enjoy with your hired car

Chania is an attractive destination for sightseeing and shopping for many tourists. There are many places to eat and drink, such as Greek taverns and chic cafes, that are open until late at night.

Old Town

The old town is located around the harbor, which is a charming labyrinth of alleys and houses that have stood there for hundreds of years. They were built, destroyed and rebuilt with attention to detail from different eras. The old town is full of souvenir, art and handicraft shops. The beaches start not far from the old town. The nearest is Nea Hora, 1 km from the western end of the old town. The best way to explore Chania and its surroundings is, of course, with a hired car.

Other highlights

Cathedral of Chania

Cathedral of Chania

  • Built in 1860, the Greek Orthodox cathedral of Chania (Ekklisia tis Trimartyris) - the architecture of the church has Venetian influences, which can be seen in portals, gables and cornices.
  • The church of St. Nicholas (Agios Nikolaos) - the church kept the minaret of the former mosque in place of a belfry, giving it an interesting appearance in combination with a beautiful bell tower.
  • The market hall of Chania (Agora) - a cruciform neoclassical building from the years 1911-1913. The construction of cast iron with an open roof was designed on the model of the market hall in Marseille.
  • Located at the entrance of Fort Firkas, to the west of the harbor, the Maritime Museum documents the various eras of Greek shipbuilding through ship models, naval warfare documents from antiquity to the present, images, photographs and objects found on the seabed.
  • The Hassan Pasha Mosque or the Janissary mosque at the Venetian harbor - built shortly after the Turkish conquest of Chania in 1645. Its side porticoes with the seven small domes on the north and west side are still left from these times.

Excursions with a hired car in the area of Chania

  • Samaria Gorge is a popular day trip destination from Chania. You should definitely wear sturdy shoes, because sandals or flip flops will not be suitable. The nature and landscape are breathtaking, and the gorge is home to protected and endangered goat species. The sea at the other end of the gorge in Agia Roumeli is crystal clear.
  • The village of Maleme - follow the old main road to Chania Kissamos (15 km from the city).
  • Another attraction is the beach of Gerani, where there is a reserve for the rare hawksbill turtle.
  • In the Botanical Park of Crete, just 18 km away from Chania, you will find nearly 20 hectares of fruit trees from all over the world, as well as herbs, and medicinal and ornamental plants. The terrain and microclimate of the area provide a paradise for hundreds of plants and animals.
Destination Distance by car in kilometres Time
Samaria Gorge 42.8 km 1 h 28 min
Maleme 18.7 km 28 min
Gerani Beach 15.4 km 25 min
Botanical Park of Crete 18.9 km 32 min
Elafonisi 72.6 km 1 h 39 min
Heraklion 142 km 2 h 9 min
Rethymno 60.8 km 1 h 6 min

Satisfaction with MietwagenCheck
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284 Experiences of our customers in Chania

Rating of Valentina R.

“Very uncomplicated, super nice staff and good vehicles.”

Rating of Darius F.

“Very uncomplicated and quick processing, even when returning the car very speditiv. The price-performance ratio was very good for me...”

Rating of Maria F:

“Friendly and helpful staff who have a suitable solution for every problem.”

Rating of Stefanie A.

“Everything worked perfectly with the provider GLobal. Incredibly friendly service, fast processing and got a good car. Always gladly again!”

Rating of Noah B.

“Fast handling on the spot. The car was very much in order. We were picked up directly from the airport.and everything worked without problems.”

Rating of Christoph N.

“We got a better car than booked. Everything went great. Transfer was also stress-free and easy!”

Frequently asked questions about car hire booking Chania

How much does a hired car cost in Chania?

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Hired car for one day

You can book a hired car in Chania from as little as 6 £ per day. 

Hired car for a week

For a week you can hire a car in Chania from 40 £. 

SUV hire in Heraklion

With an SUV you can be on the road in Crete from 11 £ per day. 

Convertible rentals in Heraklion

It is especially nice to explore Crete and Chania by convertible. You can book a convertible in Chania from 25 £ per day. 

Where can I book a hired car in Chania?

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There are plenty of car hire companies in Chania, both at stations in the city or at Chania Airport. You can pick up your hired car at different rental companies in order to get your suitable car hire offer. 

Hire a car at Chania Airport

Chania Airport is located not far from Chania. Therefore, it is advisable to extend your search for the right hired car in Crete to Chania Airport. At airports you benefit from longer opening hours and a wide range of vehicles and as a result particularly favorable prices. 

Can I book a hired car in Chania without a credit card?

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Alternatively, you can pay for a hired car in Chania without a credit card via PayPal. Click on the filter "PayPal" under payment to see all offers for a hired car in Chania with PayPal as payment method. 

If you extend your search to Heraklion Airport you can additionally book with the following payment methods: 

  • Payment on the spot with EC card
  • Paypal
  • PayDirect
  • SEPA direct debit
  • Invoice
  • Amazon Pay

In this case, the payment of the deposit is made on the spot by EC card or in cash.

Can I pick up a hired car in Chania and drop it off somewhere else?

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With the one way car hire it is possible to pick up the car in Chania and drop it off at another location. We cooperate with all reputable car hire companies in Crete to offer you a flexible pick up and drop off service. 

The following locations are recommended in Crete for a car hire drop off:

Can I cancel a hired car free of charge? 

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You can cancel any booking free of charge up to 24 hours before the start of the rental period. So if your travel plans for Crete change at short notice, you are on the safe side. It is definitely worth booking early as you will benefit from the best prices. Please note the opening hours of our service team in case of cancellation. 

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