Patra Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Patra

Situated on the Peloponnese Peninsula, Patra (also called Patras) is one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities in Greece. Araxos Airport lies 45 kilometers to the west of the city. Zakynthos International Airport lies 110 kilometers to the east on the island of Zakynthos, with daily ferries providing convenient connections. You'll find an Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch in Patra on Agiou Dionisiou 2 Road.

What to do and see in Patra

Patra was named the European Capital of Culture in 2006, and it's not hard to see why. This ancient Greek city can trace its roots back thousands of years, and it's been a cultural hub since the days of the Romans. Local events include the Patras International Festival, which brings together musical performers and theater groups from across the country and the wider world. Just like the rest of Europe, this city celebrates carnival season in style. Every January, the Patras Carnival gets into gear. It's one of the oldest carnivals on the continent and the largest in Greece.

If you're looking to arrange car rental in Patra, you've plenty of historic sights to discover. The Roman Odeum is one of the most famous historical landmarks. Older than similar sites found elsewhere in Greece, this amphitheater was lovingly restored to its former glory in the 1950s. In recent years, it's become a staging ground for live performances and can comfortably hold crowds of more than 2,300 people.

Patras Castle is hard to miss. This medieval fortress overlooks the city. The castle itself was constructed in the 600s, but it's actually constructed on a much older acropolis. This local landmark has a storied history. It served as the home of Byzantine emperors and survived an attack during the Crusades. It was even used as a staging post for military operations during the Second World War.

With car and van rental in Patra, you can also explore some of the best museums in Greece. The New Archaeological Museum of Patras only opened in 2009 but has quickly amassed an impressive collection of exhibits that date back to the Bronze Age. The Museum of Science and Technology will also appeal to inquiring minds and younger visitors. The Folk Art Museum is another great attraction, with an eclectic collection of photographs, garments and furniture that celebrate the unique character of Patra and the wider region of Achaia.

If you're looking to soak up some sunshine during your stay, you'll find plenty of pristine beaches within easy reach of Patra. When it comes to sea and sand, the Peloponnese coast offers rich pickings. Rodini Beach and Psathopyrgos Beach are located around 16 kilometers east of Patra. However, these can become crowded during the summer season. Pining for some alone time? Lambiri Beach is a little further out, but this pebbled stretch of coastline tends to be quieter.

Driving in Patra

Although it's an old city, Patra has enjoyed extensive redevelopments in recent years. The city's road network is incredibly user-friendly, making car rental in Patra a great option, even if you've never driven in Greece before. The city has its own beltway, the Bypass of Patras, which spans more than 20 kilometers. This not only provides easy access to Patra itself but also goes a long way in reducing congestion. A second beltway was completed in 2019 to further alleviate traffic in the downtown area.

Patra is broadly separated into two sections. The second beltway has a two-way freeway that bridges the two halves. On most days, you can zip from one side of the downtown area to the other in just a few minutes.

Thinking about traveling further afield? Two major highways connect Patra with the Peloponnese coastline. The first highway crosses the Diakoniaris River, while the other runs along the Glafkos River before merging with the city's harbor district.

There are also highway routes connecting Patra with the Greek capital. The Olympia Odos highway runs for 220 kilometers, offering an easy route to Athens. If you're planning on making the trip to the Greek mainland, the Rio-Antirio bridge is your best bet. While it's possible to island hop with a car in Greece, ferry charges are generally quite expensive.

There's plenty of parking available in Patra, but you'll struggle to find many free spots. Most public parking is metered during the week between 8:00 am-2:00 pm and 5:00 pm-9:00 pm. You'll also need to pay for parking on Saturdays, though charges only apply between 8:00 am-2:00 pm.

In Patra, you'll need to drive on the right-hand side of the road. Speed limits are also enforced here, with the same restrictions applied as in the rest of Greece. In the downtown area, you'll need to keep your speeds below 50 km/h. Outside of Patra, speed limits rise to 90 km/h. On highways, maximum speed limits of 130 km/h are commonplace.

Thankfully, you don't need to be fluent in Greek to make sense of the local road network in Patra. All highways and major route routes include English signs, as well as those written in native Greek. This doesn't apply to more rural areas, where caution is recommended.

Car and van hire in Greece with Enterprise

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

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car hire in Patra

If you are travelling 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 hire in Patra

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