Car Hire in Mykonos
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Mykonos is a Greek island belonging to the Cyclades, located between Tinos to the northwest, Syros, Paros, and Naxos to the south. The largest town on the island is Mykonos Town or, as many call it, Chora, which is located on the western side of the island. The locals have nicknamed the island the "Island of Winds" because of the frequent winds that blow here.
Mykonos has a long and rich history. The first inhabitants arrived on the island around the 11th century BC. Originally the island was just a transit point in the region, it was important for trade routes and a resting place for troops sailing across the sea. The island was not very rich and did not have enough natural resources to use for the production of goods. Throughout history, the island has been dominated by many different cultures and nations. Economically, Mykonos became stronger in the 18th century when the island began to gain importance as a trading centre. Since then, Mykonos developed very quickly and by the end of the 19th century, tourism became an important part of Mykonos' economy.
As a tourist destination, Mykonos experienced different phases of its development. At different times in the 20th century, the island was famous among people from all over the world. After World War II, the island was very popular among Americans, mainly because of its nudist beaches. Today it is one of the most famous Greek islands for tourists from all continents. It is also a very popular party destination. Mykonos is known for its great nightclubs, open-air parties, bars, discos, and beach parties. What gives Mykonos even more benefits is the fact that it is a so-called "gay-friendly" island. The LGBT community is honestly accepted here.
But apart from parties, Mykonos has many other things to offer if you have decided to spend your holiday here. The island is known for its beautiful beaches. The land on the island is mainly rocky and the highest peak on the island is 341 meters high. The beaches are very diverse, there are small sandy beaches as well as deserted rocky beaches where you can have a private beach for a day. There are many activities you can do on the beaches. At the larger and more commercial beaches, there is a wide range of water sports. There are also many restaurants, shops, bars and nightclubs on the beaches, so you can practically spend a whole day and night on the beach. During the day you can relax in the shade of a tree and swim in the sea, have lunch in one of the many great restaurants on the beach and in the evening you can attend one of the many parties in the nightclubs on the beach or have an open-air party on the beach, an experience you will not forget.
Besides the beaches, there are also some historical and cultural sites that you can visit on the island. The architecture on the island is typical of this part of the country and truly romantic, reminiscent of scenes from movies or pictures from postcards. There are also some excellent restaurants on the island, especially in Mykonos Town, but not only there, but all over the island you can explore the culinary side of Mykonos. If you are a shopping addict, you will also get your money's worth here, as Mykonos is also known as a great destination for shopping. People love to buy lots of traditional souvenirs, clothes, etc. There is also a rich cultural offer on the island, so you can find something for yourself if you like cultural events such as theatre performances, movie nights (open-air cinema), concerts... like.
So, all in all, Mykonos is a perfect destination for all kinds of people. You just need to make a good plan of what you want to do and see on the island. Then just buckle up and drive safely! Enjoy Mykonos!
Basic info and car hire in Mykonos
- Location: Cyclades, Greece
- Population: 10,134
- Official language: Greek
- Currency: Euro
- Weather: Mykonos has a hot semi-arid climate
- Internet coverage: Hotels, bars, restaurants, and cafés offer Wi-Fi.
- Road conditions: Most roads in Mykonos are in good condition. There are also some very tight roads on the island.
- Car hire in Mykonos: The most common pick-up point for vehicles in Mykonos is at Mykonos airport. Please note that prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Mykonos!
Driving in Mykonos
Driving on Mykonos can sometimes be a little more difficult than on other smaller Greek islands. Some roads, especially those leading from one small village to another, for example, are quite narrow and not in perfect condition with a few holes here and there. You also need to be aware that the locals drive quite fast here, so you need to be extra careful when driving on the island. When planning your road trip on the island, keep in mind that there are no bypass roads on the island. So, if you are driving to a destination, you may have to drive back on the same road.
Finding a parking space on the island can sometimes be quite a challenge, especially during the high season when the island is full of tourists. Sometimes it is better to park your car outside the centre and take the bus if you want to avoid traffic jams.
Mykonos town is closed to cars, you can only explore it on foot. So it's best to leave your car at the entrance of the town and stroll through the charming streets.
All in all, almost all the places worth seeing on the island are accessible by car. It's just sometimes wiser to park your car a few kilometers away from the tourist attraction and then go there by bus or bike because this way you'll avoid crowded streets with lots of cars and tourists who sometimes get lost and cause even more traffic jams.
- Age limits: The minimum age to drive a car in Greece is 18 years old. The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old and with some rental companies for people over 75 years old. Young driver surcharges may apply to those under 25 with many rental companies.
- International Driving Permit: Visitors need a valid driving license to legally drive a car in Greece. Drivers of motorcycles up to 125cc must be at least 18 years old, while drivers of mopeds (up to 50cc) must be at least 16 years old. Driving licenses issued in EU and EEA countries are accepted. With an International Driving Permit (IDP), you can legally drive in Greece and 174 other countries and must present your valid driver's license. In the US, only two organizations issue IDPs: Automobile Association of America (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA), and you can order it online if there is no office near you.
- Additional papers: Identification (passport), a valid driver's license, and valid proof of insurance. (It is advisable to take out insurance with the car rental company in case your policy does not cover you when driving in Greece).
- Additional requirements: Warning triangle (mandatory in every vehicle), headlight deflectors (for vehicles from UK. Depending on the vehicle, you may either need deflector stickers or have to manually adjust the beam), fire extinguisher (mandatory in every vehicle), first aid kit (mandatory in every vehicle), warning triangles, spare wheels are required, and hands-free devices with hearing aids if you are talking on the phone while driving.
- Children in the car: A suitable child seat must be fitted in the car for children under 3 years of age. Child restraint systems that comply with the ECE R44/03 standard are approved by local authorities. A suitable child seat should also be used for children between 3 and 11 years of age who are smaller than 1.35 meters. Adult seat belts are already approved for children over 12 years of age and over 1.35 meters tall. If you wish to fit a rear-facing child seat, you may do so on the condition that the front passenger airbag is deactivated.
- Driving side of the road: Right
- Lights: In poor daytime visibility, use low beam headlights. The use of high beams in cities is strictly prohibited.
- General speed limits: Unless otherwise stated, the maximum speed on the motorway is 120 km per hour. On rural roads, you may drive 110 km/68 mi per hour. In residential areas, the speed limit is 50 km/31 mi per hour.
- Parking suggestions: Parking is prohibited in Greece: Within 5 meters (m) of intersections, within 15m of railway crossings, within 15m of bus and tram stops, within 3m of a fire hydrant, within 5m of a stop sign, or traffic light. In some streets, signs indicate which side of the street to park on. Parking fees vary from city to city, with meters usually operating between 30 minutes and two hours. In Athens, special parking areas are reserved for tourists. EU disability cards should be recognized in Greece. However, to be on the safe side, you should apply for a card from the Institute for the Rehabilitation of Disabled People in Athens or from local prefects in other provinces.
Car Hire in Mykonos
Most popular car hire at Mykonos
The most selected hire car in Mykonos is Ford Fiesta, with Renault Clio and Seat Ibiza also being a popular option. The most popular car types in Mykonos are mini, economy, and compact.
Popular Driving Routes
Popular One-Way car hire from Mykonos
Want to rent a car for a one-way trip? No worries! Orbit Car Hire offers a variety of one-way Car Hire options in many locations outside of Mykonos. One-way car rental is ideal for cross-town or cross-country travel, saving time by not returning to your original location. Start your reservation with Orbit Car Hire and find great options on one-way car hire at locations across the Greece.
Mykonos-Faros Armenistis (7km with approximately 15 minutes of drive)
Mykonos-Elia (10km with approximately 20 minutes of drive)
Mykonos-Paralia Fokos (12km with approximately 25 minutes of drive)
Mykonos-Tragonisi (16km with approximately 30 minutes of drive)
What to see in Mykonos
Mykonos has something to offer every kind of tourist. If you are looking for a relaxing holiday with plenty of beaches, cocktails, and water sports, then you should choose between the island's many beautiful beaches where you can enjoy all summer long.
If you are looking for a party, then Mykonos is the right choice for you. The island is known in Greece and beyond as one of the best party destinations in Europe. The range of nightclubs, bars, and discos here in Mykonos is so wide that you will enjoy yourself if you decide to come here to party.
There is also plenty to do for active holidaymakers who want to combine the beach, nature, architectural and historical sites, and, of course, gastronomy. There is a wide range of Greek cuisine available all over the island. All you have to do is rent a car and drive around the area to explore these places. As you drive around the island, you can visit many amazing places.
You should explore the town of Mykonos. This picturesque town with the many different colours on the streets is a must-see. You will fall in love with the simple architecture and charming streets of the city, with many beautiful squares where you can have a coffee or lunch. One of the most famous parts of the city is Little Venice. This romantic neighbourhood by the sea is known for its colourful scenery with houses and balconies in different colours and a great view of the sea and the surrounding area. You will never forget the sunsets in Little Venice. There are also several museums and galleries in the town that you can visit to learn what life was like here in the past.
The beaches here on the island are fantastic. The best thing to do is rent a car and explore one beach at a time. Some beaches are indeed very crowded and you might be better off avoiding them if you are here in high season. But there are also many small hidden beaches that you will find all over the island. At these hidden beaches, there is no infrastructure like bars, restaurants, toilets, etc., but you can be sure that if you choose one of these beaches you will have a wonderful relaxing and quiet day here. One of the most famous beaches on the island is Elia beach, which is suitable for nudists. Kalafatis is a popular destination for all lovers of water sports. This beach is famous for its wide range of different water sports that you can try here. One of the best beaches for families is Kalo Livadi. This large beach is a real paradise for children and due to its size, it is not so crowded during the high season. Other popular beaches on the island are Ornos, Psarou, Platis Gialos, Paradise, Super Paradise, Paraga...
There are also many boat excursions that you can join. In these boat excursions, you have a great opportunity to explore the surroundings of the island. One of the most popular excursions is the one to the holy island of Delos. It is only 40 minutes away by boat and is of great historical and cultural importance to Greece.
It is also a great experience if you visit some small villages on the island of Mykonos. There you can taste some traditional local products and meet nice locals. One of the villages that are worth visiting is the village of Ano Mera. All in all, there are many simple yet charming villages on the island - it's up to you which ones you want to visit. One thing is for sure, you will have a great time driving around Mykonos and exploring the beauties of the island. Make a good plan, buckle up and drive safely!
Drive your rental car beyond Mykonos
If you have chosen to holiday in Mykonos, then you have a great opportunity to explore the Cyclades. The Cyclades are a group of about 30 islands. The name Cyclades means "encircling islands" and they were so named because they form a rough circle around the sacred island of Delos, which was the legendary birthplace of Artemis and her brother Apollo.
Each of the islands has something to offer you. The most noticeable architecture of the islands are windmills and cube-shaped, whitewashed houses. There are some great archaeological sites on each of these islands and also some fabulous beaches that you will enjoy visiting.
The largest island in the Cyclades is Naxos, which is best known for its fertile soil and cultivation of fruit and vegetables. Besides Naxos, there are other larger islands: Thera, Ándros, Íos, Kéa, Kímolos, Kíthnos, Melos, Páros, and Tínos. In general, the Cyclades are known for their export of fruit, vegetables, and wine. But also for their excellent cuisine, fantastic tourist offer, and interesting nature. It is not possible to rent a car on all islands, because some are smaller and uninhabited, so you can only explore them on foot. There are many organized tours from bigger to smaller islands. You can join one of the tours to these islands which are usually very well organized and you can also have lunch on the boat while sailing around the Cyclades.
But of course, Greece is so much more than just islands. There are so many fantastic places in this country that you will simply enjoy a trip around Greece. The roads are mostly in very good condition, so you will have to think carefully about which parts of the country you want to explore.
Greece or many would say the cradle of western civilization, is the southernmost country in the Balkan Peninsula. This perfectly situated country with its more than 2000 islands, about 170 of which are inhabited, has access to the whole world via the sea and also has a beautiful island full of mountains and volcanic soil, a rich culture, many historical and religious sites, delicious food and nice people - a place that every person should visit at least once in their life. There are so many different things to see and do here that you are sure to find something for yourself.
If you are planning a holiday to Greece, you should make a good plan. A rental car is the best solution if you want to explore the country to see different places, try different foods and meet different people from different parts of Greece. First, you need to decide if you want to explore the islands or if you are more interested in the interior. For both options, there are plenty of activities you can do and plenty of sights you can visit.
Athens, the capital of Greece, is one of the cities you should visit if you are planning a road trip through Greece. Athens is something very different from Skiathos, but no less interesting and exciting. Greece is a country that is a mixture of Europe, the Balkans, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East. It sits at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa and is the legacy of classical Greece, the Byzantine Empire, and almost four centuries of Ottoman rule. All this gives the country a great religious, cultural, architectural, and also political background that contributes to the diversity of the country.
The size of the country is equal to that of Britain and it is divided into six main regions: Central Greece: the Píndos Mountains, North-Eastern Greece: Makedonía and Thráki, Eastern Greece: Thessalía and Attikí, Southern Greece: the Pelopónnisos, Western Greece: Ípeiros and Akarnanía, The Islands of Greece. Each of these regions has something to offer you. It is best to rent a car and explore region by region. You will need time to explore this country well, so it may be best to explore the regions one by one. The roads in Greece are in good condition, the people are friendly, the country is beautiful, the food is delicious and the sights are breathtaking, so all you have to do is buckle up and drive safely.
Enjoy the culture in Mykonos
Where to eat, drink, and party in Mykonos
Mykonos, like most parts of Greece, is a great culinary destination. Gastronomy is a holistic experience here. Mykonos is known for great wines, the food is prepared from local ingredients, the restaurants are usually located in a beautiful setting with stunning views of the sunset, the sea or the countryside and finally, there is great service in every restaurant with very friendly staff and of course delicious food.
Best restaurants in Mykonos:
NOA Greek Restaurant
Baos Fine Dining
Best nightclubs in Mykonos:
Super Paradise Beach Club
What you need to know about renting a car
How to make a booking with Orbit Car Hire?
You can easily book your vehicle with Orbit Car Hire. First, you have to choose the date and location of your rental in our booking form. In the next step, you can pick out the vehicle you want from the list provided. After filling out the personal information form there is a step where you choose the payment method and you simply fill in your credit card information. In the end, you can print out your voucher, which is needed at the time of pick-up.
What are the charges for security deposits?
Every car rental has a security deposit policy. You will find the information about the security deposit while booking the vehicle or on your voucher.
What if I would like to change my booking?
How do I cancel my booking?
You can cancel your booking free of charge at least forty-eight hours before your rental is due to start. For further information please read the Conditions of Use. Our customer service team will address your requests in due time:
- Phone: +354 823 0165
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
When do I pay for the rental car?
You pay a small deposit when making the booking as a guarantee. The remaining balance is paid when you pick up your rental vehicle. Please keep in mind that the payment at the counter is paid in local currency.
What is included in the price?
Most of the reservations made by Orbit Car Hire include unlimited mileage, local tax, mandatory fees, and collision damage waiver. In steps 1 and 2 in the booking process or on your voucher, you can see all the details about your booking inclusions.
Are there any hidden fees?
There are no hidden charges! All mandatory surcharges and fees are presented in the 3rd step of the booking process and our Terms and Conditions. Please note that additional charges may apply for some rentals in case of:
- Out of hours surcharge (when picking up the vehicle out of office hours),
- One way fee (when returning the vehicle at a different location),
- The service charge for fuel (prepaid fuel policy),
- Young/senior driver fee (this condition is set by the car hire company and is usually not about the regulation of the specific country),
- Excess and deposit amount (before hiring you to need to make sure your credit card limit is high enough for the deposit amount to be blocked which usually equals the excess amount or higher).
We advise our clients to read the Terms and Conditions carefully before the rental to avoid any surprises. Our knowledgeable customer service agents will gladly help you with any questions via phone, email, or live chat during our opening hours.
What is a voucher and why do I need it?
A voucher is a document that confirms your booking, the price for your booking, and the payment of your booking. It is mandatory to have your voucher with you at the time of pick up. If you do not have the voucher with you at the time of pick up, the vehicle provider may refuse to release the vehicle to you or can change the price of the rental.
What is an airport or premium location fee?
Premium location/airport fee is a fee that covers the location service costs. This fee is usually included in the price but may still occur at some locations and is charged locally.
What is Premium Coverage and how does it work?
Premium Coverage is an optional service by Orbit Car Hire which, if accepted, covers your financial accountability for damage or theft to the hired vehicle. This is not insured with a car hire company that reduces the excess amount, but a cover that refunds you in case the car hire company charges you for damage or theft. With this option, you will be reimbursed up to 3000 EUR. For more information, you can read the Terms and Conditions or contact us.
How do I find cheap car hire?
Prices vary frequently. It is best to book a car 3 to 8 weeks in advance of your desired pick-up date - this will ensure you get the cheapest rental rate. Alternatively, it is also possible to find cheap last-minute car hire. Find the best deal on car hire in Alicante!
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What currency should I use to pay for the car?
You can pay the confirmation fee on Orbit's page in EUR, GBP, ISK and USD. When you pick up your car hire you will pay the remaining balance in the currency that is in the country of pick up.
Can I rent a car from inside the terminal?
You can hire a car from inside the terminal. When you compare our offers, you can filter "In Terminal" to see all the offers we have that are inside the terminal.
What is the cheapest car to rent?
The cheapest car to rent is the Fiat 500, Volkswagen Up and Fiat Panda.
Can I add an additional driver to my booking?
You can always add an additional driver to your booking when you are finding your deal on Orbit Car Hire. If you have already made a booking, you can contact us to add the additional driver. You can also add an additional driver to your booking when you pick up the vehicle.
What payment methods are accepted
You can pay with a debit card and credit card when making a booking with Orbit Car Hire. We accept Mastercard and Visa.
Can I drop off my car at a different location?
Yes, you can. When you look for car hire deals on our webpage you can press "Yes" to "Different drop off location" and you will see all the best deals for one-way car hire.
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