Top tips for renting a car at Thera Santorini Airport
Car hire at Santorini Thira International Airport (JTR) is simple, as you can find the car hire desks within the airport building. After you pass through border control and collect your luggage, you will pass into the Arrivals area, where the car hire desks are located and where a friendly member of the car hire team will be able to assist you. Hiring a car is the quickest way to get from the airport to the city centre, the journey will only take you around 10min.
It’s just as easy to return your vehicle at Santorini Thira Airport, which can be done just before your flight back home. Most car hire companies at Santorini Airport offer 24/7 returns, so you can still drop off your vehicle when you have an early or late departure outside of office hours. It’s important to check with a member of staff at your chosen company, as some will require you to arrange out-of-office drop offs in advance.
While there are hire counters inside the airport terminal, most of the hire cars are located in an off-site car park a short drive away. There is a courtesy shuttle service that is provided at the airport, which will take you to the car park where you’ll find your chosen car. You can also make use of the shuttle service when you drop off your car at the end of your trip.
Apart from leaving the airport by car, there is a public bus available at Santorini Thira Airport, however the bus takes over double the time of driving and can get very busy at peak times. You will also only be able to get to the main bus station in Fira, (the capital of Thira), where you will have to change buses if you are travelling to other parts of the island. In the off-peak season the frequency of these buses is not very high.
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There are a number of small restaurants and cafés at Santorini Airport. In the Arrivals area by the car hire area there is also a phone shop that offers travellers SIM cards with internet access and speaking time, that you can use for your trip to Santorini to avoid charges on your mobile. There is also a first-aid station, currency exchange kiosks and an ATM if you need to get any cash out for your trip.
If you are planning to do a lot of driving during your trip to Santorini, consider booking a car with Avance, where you can add one additional driver to your booking free of charge. Or select Hertz, whose standard vehicles include unlimited mileage. If you have an early or late arrival or departure, consider Avis, who offer a 24/7 service at the airport.
You’ll need to bring your driving licence with you, which needs to be valid for the full period you are hiring the car. You’ll also need to bring the card you reserved your booking with if you have booked online in advance, or a method of payment if you are booking your vehicle at the airport. It’s also a good idea to bring another form of photo ID with you, like your passport or ID card.
At Santorini Airport there are a wide range of vehicles you can choose from, depending on your requirements. Those visiting Santorini on a budget can choose one of the economy vehicles, families visiting the island can make use of the SUV options, which have additional space for passengers and luggage. There are also premium vehicles available to hire, which work great for business trips or special occasions.
On average a rental car at Thera Santorini Airport costs C$ 61 per day.
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Thera Santorini Airport to off-airport locations include keddy by Europcar, Caldera, Sixt, Thrifty, and Hertz.