Information for your trip
You can get everything you need in Crete to enjoy a fantastic holiday. Renting a car gives you freedom to explore the island and travel from beach to beach.
We’ve put together some useful tips to get the best out of your break.
Best time to visit Crete
The summer season from April to October is the best time to see Crete in all its splendour. From the beautiful white sand beaches to the crystal clear waters, the soaring temperatures of over 35°C are a draw for sun seekers from all over the world. Once you arrive at your idyllic blue flag beach, you can hire a sun lounger to relax and an umbrella to shelter you from the sun’s rays. You can also pick up a bite to eat from the beach cafes and bars.
Passport and visa requirements for Greece
With a full British passport you can enter Greece as a visitor and stay for up to three months. Your passport needs to be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. You don’t currently need a visa to enter Greece, as both countries are part of the European Union (EU). You can check the latest travel information before you leave at the Foreign Office. [LINK to https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece/entry-requirements]
Getting to Crete
The easiest and quickest way to get to Crete is by air. Direct flights leave regularly from most UK airports throughout the summer to both Heraklion and Chania airports in Crete. At both airports and in these main cities you can also find our car rental collection stations to pick up your rental car directly.
Driving on Crete
If you want to build your own adventure, renting a car in Crete is the best way to travel around. Roads are often small and winding, of varying quality and have some unexpected twists and turns to explore. However, by driving (on the right hand side) you will be rewarded with remote beaches, fantastic scenery and breathtaking views off the beaten track. We’ve put together lots of handy driving tips from speed limits to overtaking and emergency numbers. You can find out more on our driving tips page in the information section.
Useful phrases for your holiday
A warm welcome awaits you in Crete so why not make a good impression by learning a few phrases to help you make friends? The locals will be very impressed!
Hello – Jiá su!
Good afternoon – Kaliméra!
Bye – Jiá!
Goodbye – Sto äpanithín!
Yes – naí
No – chi
Thanks – icharistó!
Please – Parakaló!
Cheers – Stin ijiá mas!
Excuse me – Sijnómi
Help with planning your break to Crete
With over 35 years’ experience in helping visitors plan their perfect break, Rent car in Crete is one of the biggest and most experienced car rental companies on the island. If you want help planning your Crete adventure, contact our Customer Service team on +30 28340 51505 between 07:00a.m. and 21:00p.m. (MET) 7 days a week or email [email protected]