Samos Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Samos

There is an airport on Samos, with flights to many cities around Europe. The majority of its flights are only available in high season. If you're visiting in low season, you'll probably have to connect through Athens. When you land, you can head straight to the Enterprise Rent-A-Car office to pick up your vehicle.

What to do and see in Samos

Samos has been famous since antiquity as the home of some of history's greatest thinkers. Pythagoras, the father of geometry, lived here, and so did the philosopher Epicurus and the astronomer Aristarchus. During his time on Samos, Pythagoras had to go into hiding as he was being pursued by the tyrannical Polycrates. Today, you can visit his secret caves, which he used as a hidden classroom to share his mathematical theories with a select few students. These caves are located high in a rocky outcrop beside a small white chapel. There's not much to see inside, but the views from the caves are quite spectacular, sweeping over the sea, and the hike itself is a pleasant way to spend an afternoon.

Many of the most interesting sights on the island date back to the Ancient Greek era. The Tunnel of Eupilanos, a jaw-dropping narrow passage that slopes up the interior of Mount Kastro, is worth a look. It was used as an aqueduct for over a millennium, but today it is a tourist attraction. You can choose either a 20-minute or one-hour visit. Either way, you're sure to marvel at the incredible engineering feat before your eyes. Another ancient site is the Heraion, once a temple to the goddess Hera. Today, just one of its 115 columns remains, but you can wander through the ruins, admiring the various architectural features that have survived to the present day.

Renting a car in Samos will let you explore more modern sights, too. It's hard to imagine a prettier fishing village than Kokkari, with charming white houses built almost right on the edge of the water. Fishing is no longer a major industry on the island, but some wooden boats remain, and the seafood restaurants here will offer you a top-notch meal.

Naturally, Samos also has several great beaches. One of the best for families is Livadaki. The water here is very shallow, making it the perfect spot for very young children to enjoy a swim. For a more adult experience, try Tsamadou – but be warned, this is the island's only nudist beach. You'll need to put your swimsuit on if you head to the neighboring Lemonakia Beach, which has the clearest water of all, ideal for all kinds of underwater fun.

With a rental car or van in Samos, you can also head to those harder-to-reach beaches. Try Psili Ammos, located on the far side of the island, where you can see the mountains of Turkey across the water. This beach has fine, golden sand. You'll see tiny colorful fish darting about underwater. Bring your snorkel if you want to enjoy some water sports – but if you prefer to chill out, this is also a great spot to just relax on a lounge chair.

Driving in Samos

There is not much traffic on the island of Samos. The roads are at their busiest in the month of August, as the island's main industry is tourism. Traffic jams are extremely unlikely, but navigating the narrow streets of the island's towns can be a little trickier in high season.

Samos has a speed limit of 50 k/ph in towns and 110 k/ph outside towns. There are no highways here, and many of the roads between towns are narrow and winding. You may prefer to drive at a slower speed to keep safe, as this is a very hilly island. If you are on a twisty road with blind spots, the local etiquette is to honk your horn to let other drivers know that you're coming. Keep a careful eye out for mopeds and motorcycles whizzing past you on the mountain roads. These are particularly popular with young locals, and they can be quite a hazard when the roads are narrow.

You should be prepared to drive on unpaved surfaces, especially if you're planning a visit to any of the island's beaches. There is one long, circular road that goes all around the island, with smaller roads leading off it. Even the main road on Samos has tight curves in some places. When you turn off the surface usually changes to dirt or gravel.

When you're exploring a town, it's often easier to park on the outskirts and continue on foot. Streets in the towns are very narrow, as they were built long before the invention of the car. There are conveniently located parking lots around the island. Some are free, while others require payment, but they are always pretty cheap in comparison with other European countries. If you do find on-street parking, pay attention to the color of the lines. You will need to pay in blue zones.

Finally, it's always a good idea to fold your side mirrors back before leaving your vehicle, as the narrow streets mean they can easily get dinged.

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 Samos

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 Samos

Should you need to hire a van while you’re in Samos, 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.