Car hire in Rhodes
Hiring a car in Rhodes
Attracting as many as two million visitors a year, Rhodes is known to be one of Greece’s more popular islands - and with almost 300 days of sun recorded last year, it’s easy to see why. The island is home to a selection of historical sites, many white sandy beaches and a number of traditional villages and towns. Hiring a car to navigate around the island will allow you to see the numerous tourist attractions and interest spots including Rhodes Old Town, which is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe and a must-see for all tourists.
What you need to know
With peak summer temperatures well over 30C, long walks around the island will be a struggle during the day. Rhodes is also known for it’s rocky and forested interior, and with its miles of beaches, getting around the island is made much easier with car hire.
We compare prices from 1,500 suppliers by working with many major car hire companies and alongside independent local suppliers, so that you can rest assured that Holiday Autos will find the best car hire deal for you. Our booking tool is straightforward and easy to use but to avoid any problems we offer free cancellation and amendment and we never charge transaction fees.
Where to pick up your car
On your arrival to Rhodes airport (RHO) the major car-rental chains are hard to miss and are represented in the hall just before you leave. It’s a good idea to print off any documents you have received from booking online so you can present them at the car hire desks. Here you will be able to pick up the keys to your vehicle. There are also many car rental outlets located throughout Rhodes town and the resorts, incase you decide to explore during your trip. Should you experience any issues, our multi-lingual contact centre is open seven days a weeks so you can get in touch with any questions about your car hire package.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Offering car hire deals in more than 30,000 locations worldwide, over five million travellers have explored new places thanks to Holiday Autos. So once your car is all packed up, you’re good to go - it’s time to kickstart your holiday and start exploring. The best way to ensure you make the most of your stay and car hire, is to plan where you would like to visit each day, so you can fit in as many as exciting locations as possible. Fancy a day snorkelling in the Mediterranean? Or perhaps an afternoon discovering the ruins of the Acropolis of Lindos? Or even an evening scouring the streets of the old town? You won’t be short of activities in Rhodes.
There are many beautiful towns and villages dotted along Rhodes’ coastline. Situated on the east-coast is Kolymbia, which is less touristy than the lively Falaraki, which is located a couple of kilometres south. Its beautiful white sandy beaches are Kolymbia’s main attraction, but if you’re looking for some delicious fresh seafood, the town's many restaurants are a great bet and will feature fish caught that very day.
Navigating your way round Rhodes couldn’t be easier, with the two major highways - Rhodes/Lindos and Rhodes/Kalithea - running from the bottom of the island, right to it’s tip. At 1412 square kilometres, Rhodes is one of larger islands in Greece, so if you want to get from one place to another quickly, these two main motorways are your best bet.
However, Rhodes’ best kept secrets are located away from these main roads, accessible only by smaller and windy routes, which take you to the island's many small villages and historical locations.
Lindos town is located slightly further afield than other resorts on the island but should be explored. Found on the east coast of Rhodes, this pretty village oozes a traditional Greek atmosphere. Once you arrive, its windy streets are difficult to drive around, so you will have to leave your car at the bottom of the hill. It is, however, Lindos’ tiny and twisted cobbled streets with whitewashed houses that make this town authentic and unique.
Top attractions to visit in Rhodes
Take in some of the best sites in Rhodes with the flexibility and independence your hire car offers you.
Rhodes Old Town
Surrounded by walls, Rhodes Old Town is the perfect place to embrace Greek heritage and get lost among Medieval Greek architecture with the town’s many winding streets. The old town is guarded by seven gates, one of which you will enter.
The town is split into three parts, first the northern part, which contains the stunning Palace of the Grand Master and Acropolis of the Knights, second the southern part, Hora, where you will find many bars, restaurants, cafes and shops. Thirdly, there is the Jewish Quarter, which is the least developed part of the town.
The Acropolis of Lindos
Some 55 km away from Rhodes town lies the Acropolis of Lindos, a centuries-old acropolis which sit at the top of rock overlooking the beautiful Lindos town. The acropolis demonstrates the island’s ancient past which was founded by the Dorians and led by the king of Rhodes, who arrived to the island in approximately the 10th century BC. The ruins of the acropolis will take you back to the history of the island as well as offering beautiful views over the island and Mediterranean Sea.
Venture slightly further inland to south of the island’s capital and you will find the quaint village of Afandou, which is embodied by many hills and much greenery. In the heart of the village you will find a square surrounded by many taverns, restaurants and shops. For those who fancy a spot of golf, there is a course located on the outskirts of the village.