Rethymno Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Rethymno

Rethymno is situated on Crete’s northern coast, halfway between Heraklion and Chania, where the nearest airport is located. Buses leave Chania Airport for Rethymno eight times a day, and the trip takes approximately two hours. You can reduce travel time to an hour by renting a car at Chania Airport's Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch. You can also arrange for a rental car in Rethymno, where there’s another Enterprise Rent-A-Car office that's open daily.

What to do and see in Rethymno

The majority of tourist sights in Rethymno are located near the port, in a compact and easily walkable area. One of the most visited landmarks is the 16th-century Venetian fortress. You can also find an amphitheater, ancient warehouses and old chapels, all commanding spectacular sea views from the large complex.

More examples of Venetian architecture and ancient archeological remains can be found in Rethymno’s old town. Access to the area is marked by Porta Guora or the Old City gate. A short walk from Porta Guora, you’ll come across Petichaki Square and Rimondi Fountain, another popular historical landmark.

If you enjoy museums, Rethymno will keep you entertained with its multiple cultural venues. During your stay, make time to visit the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of History and Folklore, the Archeological Museum, and the Museum of the Cretan Lyra. You can learn about the musical traditions of this Greek island at these museums. Visitors with children will enjoy a visit to the Paleontological Museum, which has some interesting fossil exhibits.

The city’s beaches are another great option for a day out with children. Rethymno Beach is popular with locals and visitors and is equipped with beach beds, umbrellas, showers and restaurants. With a rental van in Rethymno, you have the freedom to explore the coastline and find the perfect spot to spend a day under the sun, such as the beaches of Spilies and Episkopi.

Rethymno is also an attractive destination for nature lovers. Barely 10 kilometers away are spectacular natural landmarks like Mili Gorge, accessible via two trail heads. Other hiking routes take you to the gorges in Prassano and Arkadi. If you booked a rental car or van in Rethymno, set a day aside to explore the surrounding countryside without a fixed destination. You can make your way through tranquil villages, vineyards and olive groves.

Rethymno’s eateries cater to all gastronomic preferences. In the cobblestone streets of Rethymno’s Old Town, you’ll find modern gastropubs, Greek tavernas, fine-dining venues, artsy cafés and restaurants serving fusion cuisine. There are also plenty of eating and drinking venues along the waterfront, including formal restaurants and casual beach bars.

In addition to a couple of farmer’s markets offering fresh local produce, there are supermarkets and convenience stores that sell everyday necessities. For souvenirs, gifts or window shopping, head to the streets in the Old Town. This is where you’ll find handcrafted leather goods, jewelery, boutiques and more.

This Cretan town has a thriving cultural scene, reflected in the various events that take place throughout the year. Some of the most popular events include the city’s Carnival (February-March), the Rethymno Rocks music festival (March), Rethymno Days (May) and the Cretan Diet Festival (July).

Driving in Rethymno

Driving in Rethymno isn’t much different from driving in other European towns of a similar size. However, when venturing outside of town to explore the surrounding areas, defensive driving is a must. There are different types of hazards you should anticipate when on Cretan roads.

If you visit in the early spring and plan on driving in the mountains south of Rethymno, ask the locals about road conditions. Some mountain roads can be damaged due to heavy rains or fallen rocks. In rural areas, it’s common to see animals on the road at any time of the year. Keep this in mind when exploring the countryside around Rethymno, as you won’t always find road signs indicating the possible presence of animals.

Other potential hazards to be aware of include speeding motorcycles, vehicles passing on the right, and stopped cars around blind corners on narrow countryside roads. In urban areas like downtown Rethymno, watch out for hazards obstructed by double-parked cars and jaywalking pedestrians.

There are several paid parking facilities in the Old Town. The most convenient for visitors is the parking lot at the base of the Venetian fortress or the one by the harbor.

As there are no freeways in Crete, the maximum speed limit is 55 mph. This applies when driving on national roads like Road 90, which you’ll need to drive on to get to and from Chania Airport. When driving in built-up areas, don’t exceed 30 mph. Safe speeds on mountain roads aren’t always indicated, so use your own judgment, even if that means going below 50 k/ph.

There’s an unofficial 20 k/ph tolerance for speeding, but don’t count on this being a hard rule. Speeding violation fines can reach hundreds of euro. Fines for driving over the blood alcohol limit are even steeper. Depending on breathalyzer results, driving under the influence could potentially lead to imprisonment.

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.

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 rental in Rethymno

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 Rethymno

Should you need to rent a van while you’re in Rethymno, 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.