15 Tips for Renting a Car in Rhodes (2024)

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The vibrant and historic Rhodes is beautiful to visit and renting a car in Rhodes is one of the best ways to see as much as possible. Although the island is relatively small, there is lots to see and do and renting a car gives you the flexibility to travel and explore at your own pace. We found driving safe and easy and we highly recommend renting a car in Rhodes. Here are our tips for renting a car in Rhodes to help you on your journey!

Renting a Car in Rhodes
Having fun at the Anthony Quinn Bay in Rhodes

Tips for Renting a Car in Rhodes

Overall, we found driving in Rhodes to be very safe and easy. We encountered good, albeit narrow, roads and a mostly high standard of driving.

Why Rent a Car in Rhodes?

Rhodes is one of the most beautiful Greek islands and is home to incredible sights such as the Lindos Acropolis, the Tharri Monastery and Ancient Kameros. It is also extremely easy to navigate by car.

Renting a car in Rhodes is one of the best ways to experience everything the island has to offer. We spent days exploring the best beaches in Rhodes, sampled food from across the island, wandered through its historic sights and visited its painted churches.

We loved having the flexibility to explore the Island at our own pace, visit off the beaten track sights and generally make the most of our time in Rhodes.

Renting a Car in Rhodes
Lindos Acropolis, Rhodes

1 | Booking your rental car

Renting a car in Rhodes is relatively cheap. Demand for rental cars during the peak summer months is usually high so it’s worth booking your car in advance.

We’re huge fans of road trips and have driven rental cars in almost 50 countries so we have a lot of experience renting cars in foreign countries. We recommend using RentalCars.com to reserve your car. We’ve found they have a great selection of cars at competitive prices – check prices now

Book your car with RentalCars.com

Renting a car in Rhodes tip: The biggest benefit of having a rental car in Rhodes is that you can easily access the lesser known sights and also visit the popular ones before they get busy. It also saves you the cost of the airport transfers and transport during your stay.

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Visiting the painted churches in Rhodes

2 | Choosing a rental car

We highly recommend getting the smallest car possible that will suit your travel party. It was just the two of us in Rhodes and we traveled with hand luggage only so we rented a super-compact car. This proved extremely useful as parking at our hotel in the Old Town was much easier with a smaller car. You’ll also have many more parking options with a small car when you visit the rest of the island.

Renting a car in Rhodes tip: Some of the roads and parking spaces are extremely narrow in Rhodes so renting a small car will save you a lot of headaches during your trip!

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Enjoying the beach views from our Rhodes rental car

3 | Renting Eligibility

Most rental companies require drivers to be at least 21 and to have held their license for more than one year. Some companies impose a surcharge for renters aged under 25.

4 | Rental Car Insurance

There is a mandatory minimum of third-party liability insurance required when renting a car in Rhodes. This will be included in the base price of your rental agreement, however we highly recommend purchasing fully comprehensive cover with your rental car.

The basic cover usually includes third-party liability and a basic Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) that covers damage to the car in the event of an accident or accidental damage. This basic CDW usually has an excess payable by you in the event of damage to the rental car. This excess varies by rental car agency, however they usually range from a few hundred Euros up to thousands.

It is possible to reduce or remove this excess by paying an additional daily rate for full CDW cover. We always purchase this additional insurance and recommend it for two reasons:

  • it gives us peace of mind that any damage to the car is covered (i.e. less stress on your trip)
  • returning and picking up your rental car is a lot easier and quicker as the rental car agencies usually don’t check the car for damage at pick up or return.

RentalCars.com allows you to include the price of the additional insurance at the time of booking so you know exactly how much your rental will cost and there is no risk of extra costs while you’re in Santorini – check prices now!

Book your rental car in Rhodes now

Rhodes Rental Car Insurance
You can purchase the full insurance on RentalCars.com in advance
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Kritinia Castle in Rhodes from our DJI drone

Where to Stay in Rhodes

Rhodes has an incredible selection of hotels and there are options for every budget and taste from boutique hotels in the heart of the old town to stunning ocean view resorts:

  • Evdokia Boutique – where we chose to stay in Rhodes and the location couldn’t be better. Located right in the heart of the old town, this chilled boutique hotel is a perfect base for exploring the island. Everything in the old town is a short walk, there is one guest parking spot and the rest of the island is a short drive away. We really enjoyed this hotel and highly recommend it – check prices now!
  • In Camera Art Boutique Hotel – another great option for staying medieval old town. Similar to the Evdokia the In Camera Art Boutique Hotel is located inside the old city walls. With great food, comfortable historic room and stunning views of the city from the roof this is a great option for the old town – check prices now!
  • Atrium Platinum Luxury Resort Hotel & Spa – for those who prefer a luxury resort the best one on the island is probably the Atrium Platinum. With panoramic sea views, multiple pools and a location close to the old town, the Atrium Platinum is a great option for those looking for a more traditional luxury hotel – check prices now!

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5 | Sim card

We recommend purchasing a SIM card with data when traveling around Greece. We always find having mobile data invaluable for navigating in the rental car. It also meant that we could research places to visit when we were on the road.

It was really useful to have mobile data while exploring Rhodes. You can order your prepaid sim card online with Sim Options before you travel so you don’t have to stress about finding one at the airport when you land – check prices now!

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6 | International Driving Licence

An International Drivers Permit (IDP) is a document separate from your driving license that is essentially a translation of your actual driver’s licence to several different languages. This allows authorities in the country you are visiting to understand your actual driving license.

Renting a Car in Rhodes tip: Since June 2022 visitors with licences from the following countries now do not require an IDP to rent a car in Greece: European/USA/Canada/Australia/UK driving licence holders do not require an International driving permit to rent a car in Greece.

An IDP is a document, separate from your driving licence that is simply a translation of your driving licence to a number of different languages. IDP’s are not expensive and we highly recommend having one when renting a car, even if it’s not a legal requirement to have it in a country.

We understand that renters with licenses from the following countries do require an International Driving Licence. This list is not exhaustive, so please check the latest rules before traveling if you don’t have a driver’s license issued by the above countries that do not require an IDP:

Argentina, China, Colombia, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia

Renting a car in Rhodes tip: While rental companies don’t always check if renters have an international licence, it will likely be an issue if you are stopped by the police or if you are in a traffic accident. Make sure to check the rules of the rental and if you require an international licence prior to travelling.

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Beach time in Rhodes

7 | Driving style

Like most small islands, driving in Rhodes is a lot more relaxed than mainland Greece and the drivers are courteous and easy going. We didn’t experience any issues or major traffic in Rhodes – the only real challenge was finding parking in busier locations such as Rhodes Town.

8 | Drive on the right-hand side of the road

Driving in Rhodes is on the right-hand side of the road similar to most of Europe and the USA.

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Driving is on the right in Rhodes

9 | Road quality

The main road in Rhodes (the 95) which covers the eastern part of the island is in very good condition. The island’s other roads also fine for driving. Once

The smaller roads can be extremely winding and hilly so make sure you know where you’re going before you set out! We found these roads safe however you do need to take your time and watch out for local traffic such as farm machinery or cars.

10 | Parking

Most of the parking on Rhodes is free – Rhodes City is the only place where paid parking is enforced. We were lucky as our Old Town hotel had one parking space and we were able to use it freely during our low season stay.

Free street parking is almost non-existent in the old town and even finding an empty metered spot can be a challenge.

In Rhodes Town, you will notice the color coded road markings: white lines indicate free 24 hour parking, blue lines or a blue sign with a white P mean that a ticket is required the exception of Sunday’s (tickets are available at the automated machines) and yellow lines mean no parking or stopping.

Renting a car in Rhodes tip: try the windmills at Mandraki or the entrance to Amboise Gate. If you are lucky you might secure a free parking space.

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Rhodes Old Town

11 | Traffic

We didn’t encounter any significant traffic in Rhodes. The port area of the Old Town can get busy however the traffic does move and areas around tourist sights like the Lindos Acropolis, one of the best things to do in Rhodes.

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The port area of Rhodes Old Town

12 | Navigation

Google Maps worked fine and the app navigated us well during our time in Rhodes. There are not many roads in Rhodes so it’s difficult to get lost but it is helpful to have maps if you plan to explore the south of the island

13 | Fuel

Fuel is relatively expensive in Rhodes at around €1.60 per litre for petrol and €1.40 per litre for diesel. There are a number of stations around the island and most take both cash and credit cards.

Fuel is expensive but, given the island is relatively small, it’s unlikely you will spend much filling up during your time in Rhodes.

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Rhodes is a small island so it’s unlikely you will clock up huge miles

14 | Tolls

There are currently no toll roads in Rhodes.

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We drove everywhere in Rhodes

15 | Car Seats for babies and children

We usually travel with our own car seats. It is also possible to reserve these with the car rental company. The rules state:

  • Children under 135cm and aged between 3 and 11 must use an appropriate child restraint,
  • Children under 3 must use an appropriate child restraint.
  • The airbag must be deactivated if placing a rear-facing infant in the front passenger seat.

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