Chios Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Chios

Chios has a small airport in the Kampos area. It only has domestic flights, so visitors will need to transfer through Athens, Thessaloniki or another large airport. Go to the Enterprise Rent-A-Car counter on arrival to pick up your car.

What to do and see in Chios

Chios is a fabulous destination if you're looking for an island rich in nature, heritage and gastronomy. It doesn't attract as many visitors as some other Greek islands, so it's ideal for those travelers who want to escape the crowds. Even in the height of summer, you'll be able to find enough space to relax by yourself on one of the island's beautiful beaches.

Beaches are, of course, always a major attraction for visitors to Greece. On Chios, there are more than 70 separate beaches, so you'll need quite a bit of time if you plan to see them all! One of the most popular is Komi Beach, which has soft golden sand. This is a hot spot for water sports, and you'll be able to rent a sea kayak or other sporting equipment. For something very different, try Mavra Volia. This dramatic beach is covered with black volcanic pebbles, giving it a distinctive, stunning appearance. The water is too deep for young children, and the pebbles mean you'll need appropriate footwear, but this unusual beach is certainly worth a visit.

While on the island, you can also explore Chios Town. A major highlight is its castle, which dates back to the year 1328. Incredibly, there are still people living in houses within its walls. As you explore it, you can see various sights from the days of the Ottoman Empire: the "dark prison" where local Orthodox priests were imprisoned before their execution for heresy, the remains of a mosque and the old Ottoman bath house. There's also the interesting Church of St George, a former mosque that has been transformed into an Orthodox church.

Renting a car in Chios will let you explore some fascinating old villages, preserved as they were in medieval times. One of the most interesting is Mesta Chios, which was heavily fortified to protect it from invaders. Wander its labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets and admire the old stone houses. While you're here, take a trip to the Agioi Taxiarches church, which still has some original wooden structures.

You can also use your rental car or van in Chios to go even further back in time. The Nea Moni monastery was built in 1042 and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its amazing collection of Byzantine mosaics. This is a monastery, so modest dress is required. Both men and women should ensure that their shoulders and knees are covered before going inside.

Driving in Chios

Outside of Chios Town, there is essentially no traffic on the island. Even in the town, you won't find much in the way of rush hour – which can make driving here a real pleasure!

There is also not much in the way of on-street parking in Chios Town, so look for a parking lot instead. There are two large, free parking lots near the coast, one on the north side of the city and the other on the south. There's also a central municipal parking lot next to the port. Elsewhere on the island, you will find a mixture of free parking and paid parking lots. Always make sure you're carrying cash to pay the meter. In theory, meters will accept cards – but as you travel around, you'll soon realize that this isn't always the case.

Like most of the Greek islands, Chios is very mountainous. When you're driving outside towns, you can expect twisting mountain roads, often with tight curves. If you're a nervous driver, just take it slow. Watch out for mopeds on the mountain roads. They are very popular with locals, particularly teenagers, and can easily take you by surprise. If you find yourself making a tight turn in a blind spot, local etiquette dictates that you should honk your horn. This will let any approaching drivers know that you're coming.

The bonus of all these narrow mountain roads is that the views are quite spectacular! Many visitors to Chios like to drive slowly just to admire the scenery, and you'll find some spots along the island's roads where you can pull up and spend a few minutes gazing out over the Aegean Sea.

When driving across the island, animals can be a hazard. Herds of goats crossing the road are a common problem, and the best thing to do is just be patient. You can try to carefully drive around them, but if the road is narrow, it's better to wait it out. Don't honk your horn to try to hurry them up – they are bold animals and will often respond aggressively to what they see as a threat.

There are a few gas stations scattered around Chios. If you find that you need to fill up your tank, be sure to plan your route carefully. Gas stations close at night, and open hours will vary slightly. Some stay open until 11:00 pm, while others close as early as 8:00 pm.

Car and van rental in Greece with Enterprise

Enterprise Greece offers a range of car and van rental services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle rental. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

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Car rental in Chios

If you are traveling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van rental in Chios

Should you need to rent a van while you’re in Chios, all our vans can be driven on a standard license and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your rental van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.