We strongly recommend if you want to explore the island of Crete at your own pace then hiring a car is the best idea by far. The locals buses are good but you then need to rely on the timetable and always have some euros in your pocket.

Crete Car Hire

crete car hireIf your thinking of booking quality and affordable Crete car hire, then make sure you book well in advance with a quality and well reviewed car hire company.  It does pay to book well in advance to secure the cheap deals on car hire.

Booking in advance means you can pick your choice of car, save on the hassle of booking a taxi or waiting for your included package resort transfer.  Hiring a car from a reputable firm in the UK, such as Europcar, Hertz or Holiday Autos means you can have peace of mind the car is there and waiting at your chosen holiday airport.

You can book car hire to be picked up from both Crete airports, and when booking make sure you choose either Heraklion airport for the east side of Crete or Chania airport for the west side of Crete.

On this page you will find information on the main car hire companies for Crete, as well as handy links to book the car hire direct.  Please note that any car hire company on here is not connected with Holidays2Crete.com and you book with them at your own risk and Holidays2Crete will not be liable for any booking made using the information provided on this website.

Exploring the west of Crete by car

Starting off in Chania airport, grab your Crete car hire and set off to one of the most commonly visited sights; which is Souda bay, a natural harbour and also the site of the WWII cemetery which is well kept and very peaceful.  After make your way from Souda bay to Rethymnon to see the imposing Venetian fortress and pick up some excellently crafted gold and silverware, or just to relax on its long sandy beaches.

Heading back to the west side, another must see place is the amazing Gramavoussa peninsula, which is one of the most photographed beaches in Crete, also just to the south of this is Elafonisi beach.

Two firm favourites with independent travellers are the tiny fishing villages of Sfakia and Loutro, park up in Sfakia and make your way on foot around the corner to Loutro or catch the local ferry service.

Exploring the east of Crete by car

Arriving at Heraklion airport, the first and most popular place to go has to be the ruins of Knossos palace, from there many people choose to visit the small village of Fodele, with its magnificent orange and lemon groves.

Moving to the far east of the island, pass through the Lassithi Plateau, pick up some wine and home made Raki from Krassi and see the stunning windmill covered plateau.  After Lassithi and in the same district you will find Agios Nikolaos and Elounda overlooking the stunning peninsula which encapsulates Spinalonga island.

Moving further west finds you near Sitia and Palekastro, and just 20 minutes drive or so sees you reach the wonderful palm tree forested Vai beach.