Car hire in Rhodes -
Getting Your Own Private Driver in Rhodes Greece

Car hire in Rhodes - How to drive yourself or hire your own private driver around the beautiful island of Rhodes, Greece

lindos rhodesThere are so many beautiful spots around the island of Rhodes, it deserves exploring!

There are a few options when it comes to getting around the island of Rhodes.

Besides taking...

First of all, before you decide to rent a car in Rhodes, make sure you know where you are going!

If you only want to see the Old Town of Rhodes and its top sights and trust us, there is enough of those to keep you busy for a day, car hire in Rhodes might not be the right solution for you.

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As a matter of fact, you won’t need any kind of motorized transportation as Rhodes Old town is just across the road from the cruise ship dock which is easy to see on our Rhodes map.

Not even if you have troubles walking would a car be of great help to you as the whole old town is a pedestrian only area.

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If you’d like to go to the beach nearest to the cruise ship, you won’t necessarily need a car in that case either.

Elli Beach, which is a public beach in Rhodes town, is only about a 20-minute walk from the ship.

However, if you want to experience Rhodes town to the fullest (and there is so much to see and do!) before going to the beach, consider taking this tour like many our readers before you did:

Car hire in Rhodes could be one of your solutions only if you are going to:

Renting a car in Rhodes is very easy as there are a couple rental agencies just across the road from the commercial port which is where your cruise ship will be docked.

Just make sure you are early so you can get a car of your choice.

Before you rent a car in Rhodes make sure you:

  • have a good map of the island
  • have planned your itinerary ahead
  • check weather conditions for the day
  • plan your route and time

Before you rent a car in Rhodes have a few things in mind:

  • In Greece, you drive on the right-hand side of the road
  • The minimum age to drive is 18
  • Kids need to be 10 or older to sit in the front seat
  • Only front seat passengers need seat belts (but it’s recommended for all)
  • Many roads are three lanes wide, the middle lane is used for passing in both directions
  • In case of emergency call 112 for help in English
  • Speed limits - Urban areas: 50kph; Suburban areas: 110 kph; Motorways/Freeways: 120 kph

Time is a big factor for any cruise ship visitors to Rhodes Island as you are responsible for returning to the ship on time.

You're not one of those who want to be bothered with trying to find your way on roads you don’t know? Trying to find parking while all you want is a swim in the cool Mediterranean sea, stressing about getting back to the ship on time because you got lost?

Also, please note that Greeks are not considered to be the most responsible drivers there are.

They are often known for...

  • excessive speeding
  • ignoring red lights
  • being aggressive
  • not signaling for turns
  • reckless overtaking
  • and disdain for traffic lights.

So, if you do decide to go with car hire in Rhodes, arm yourself with a lot of patience, open your eyes, and be extra cautious!

Hiring a car and an experienced driver that’s going to be your unofficial guide for the day, would be a better solution in these time-limited conditions.

And here is a service just like that our readers love:

Here's what Kathy said about the perfect way to spend your day in Rhodes:

"Our guide George was extremely insightful to the history of the island and the people. We were able to get away from the tourists and saw the heart of Rhodes. We were able to stop in several small, family businesses. With it being a private tour, it was very intimate and geared towards our requests. Without having a large bus, we were able to get to the base of the Lindos, without the long walk from the bus parking. And the lunch recommendation was amazing and became our favorite meal of our trip..."