Car Rentals
In Chania

2024. By R4W.gr

A Chania
Airport & City
Car Rental Company​

Chania is a beautiful city located on the northwest coast of Crete, Greece. It’s a popular travel destination known for its historic Old Town, picturesque Venetian harbor, and stunning beaches. With so much to see and do in Chania, renting a car can be a convenient and efficient way to explore the area. 

Cristy
Cristy
4 November 2023
Absolutely top notch rental outfit. Nice scooter and helmets. Easy rental process and reasonable price. Website is amazing and full of very detailed route suggestions. It’s obvious that a lot of time and attention was given to its creation. Highly recommend!
Cyber Funk
Cyber Funk
29 October 2023
Smoothest process ever had at a rental agency. G is very knowledgeable and his service goes way beyond the expected. We had additional demands and everything was managed SUPER professionally. HIGHLY recommended.
Jess Charwin
Jess Charwin
28 October 2023
Super organized rental shop - one of the best I have been to in many countries. The bikes and helmets were in perfect condition and the owner did a great job orientating me. Everything you need to know, including great tour reccomendations, are sent via a convenient WhatsApp message.
Andrew S
Andrew S
24 October 2023
George is the absolute best. After a bad experience at nearby competitor, George went out of his way to get us a perfect scooter, new helmets, lots of information and directions and was really a pleasure to work with. He is enthusiastic, considerate of time, and made the whole process a pleasure. PLEASE GO HERE FOR YOUR VEHICLE RENTAL!!!!
Lau Gonzalez
Lau Gonzalez
18 October 2023
Very good service! They recommended us the best places to go on the island. Google map links for the way, they were very fast and efficient throughout the process and above all friendly. The motorcycle we rented is in super good condition. We were able to enjoy one of the best days on the island! thank you 🙂 Pd: the way for to going from Chaina to Elafonisi is incredible and the beach so beautiful.
Artery Gunman
Artery Gunman
18 October 2023
Exploring Chania area Crete on a 300cc Piaggio scooter was the best choice we made our whole trip, since tours and buses and timelines are not really our thing. We saw so much beautiful scenery on our own schedule and were able to stop for food, photos, or a beach dip whenever we liked. The scooter handled amazing, was not expensive, and George was so flexible and friendly and informative. I can't imagine a better rental experience in Chania. Rent4Wheels made for incredible memories of this gorgeous place.
C. S.
C. S.
16 October 2023
Brand new motorcycle , very friendly owner, great price. I loved it! Thanks for the great time I had with your rental bike!!
earth97
earth97
16 October 2023
Renting from George was such an easy experience - he set me up with a great 150cc moped, and even had some preplanned itineraries which were helpful in figuring where to go.
Emma Brassington
Emma Brassington
10 October 2023
Easy, fast, friendly, warm- just perfect. We decided late in the morning to rent a bike and George’s was available on whatsap and then with us in moments. We told him our rough plan and not only did he rent us the bike, he offered best routes for the way there, the way back, the best sunset spot and best eatery on the way. He was super friendly 10/10 service
Samuel Bellamy
Samuel Bellamy
10 October 2023
Perfect rental experience, super efficient and friendly, Georgios gave us some good recommendations, and was very kind with great communication. Bike was spot on, cheap rental, great location.

Types of Rental Cars

We provide three distinct categories of rental cars in Chania, carefully tailored to meet our customers' diverse needs, drawing from our extensive experience gathered over previous years.

Budget (A1) : Perfect for 2 passengers, yet capable of accommodate up to 4 individuals. This option suits couples or groups of friends seeking an economical choice.

Family (A2) : Designed for 4 passengers, they can comfortably accommodate up to 5 individuals. Ideal for groups of friends or families desiring a more spacious and comfortable ride.

Premium (A3) : Offering SUVs and hatchbacks from prestigious brands, this category caters to customers seeking a stylish and luxurious travel experience for their vacations.

Car Rental Pricing

We offer some of the newest car rentals in Chania yet priced affordably. We aim to save you the work by continuously check the competitors, ensuring that we offer the best value in Chania by price matching them yet offering a newer car.

The cost of our rentals varies according to the season, with discounted rates available for rentals outside peak times. This means you can take advantage of lower pricing when renting during off-peak periods. Additional insurance covers also affect the pricing:

Budget (A1) : €30 to €60 per day

Family (A2) : €35 to €70 per day

Premium (A3) : €80 to €120 per day

Served Locations

We provide three convenient choices for car pick-up and drop-off:

Car Rental in Chania Airport: Simply inform us of your flight number, and we'll ensure our presence at the airport, allowing you to hit the road immediately upon arrival. This service is complimentary.

Car Rental in Chania Centre: Visit our central office if you prefer settling in before starting your journey. This service is also free of charge.

Your Accommodation: If your lodging is within 20km of Chania City Centre, we can arrange pick-up and drop-off, subject to availability. While a nominal fee covers the expense, this option offers maximum convenience and comfort.

Rent a car in Chania
Category A1 - City Cars

Unlimited KM
Fully Inclusive Insurance
Deposit: €0
Free Cancellation
Price: €30-€60 / day 

Rent a car in Chania
Category A2 - City Cars

Unlimited KM
Fully Inclusive Insurance
Deposit: €0
Free Cancellation
Price: €35-€70 / day 

CDW Insurance

Included in the price is our Collision Damage Waiver insurance, providing you with peace of mind. Our insurance comes with a €600 maximum liability, the most competitive rate available in Chania.

Unlimited KM

When you rent a car from us in Chania, you'll enjoy the convenience of unlimited kilometers, providing you with peace of mind as you explore the city and its surroundings without worrying about distance restrictions.

Deposit Options

For our rentals, a deposit of €300 is required. We offer different payment methods for this deposit. You can choose to authorize a "freeze" on your credit or debit card, or if you prefer, you have the option to settle the deposit in cash.

Refunds

We offer full refunds up to a month prior to your arrival time in the form of a voucher that you can use for another reservation with us in a 12 month period. For cancellations past that point you will still receive a voucher if you provide proof of a medical emergency.

It largely depends on the type of holiday experience you seek. If you prefer to spend your vacation lounging by the pool without venturing out, then a rental car may not be necessary. However, if you aspire to explore the splendid beaches in Chania, some of which are recognized as the finest in the Mediterranean, and perhaps visit a different beach each day, then a rental car may be highly beneficial. To discover some of the best beaches in Chania, we invite you to check out our comprehensive blog post on the topic.

Driving in Crete is safe and straightforward, as long as you are a not completely inexperienced driver. However, traffic can be hectic during peak season, especially in the city centre It’s important to be patient and aware of your surroundings, especially if you are driving a rental car that you’re not familiar with.

One important thing to keep in mind is that it’s illegal to drive in the old town of Chania, despite what Google Maps may suggest. The narrow alleys can be challenging even for experienced drivers, and there’s a risk of damaging your car or getting stuck. Instead, it’s better to park outside the old town and explore on foot.

Outside of the city, the roads can be winding and narrow, especially in the mountainous regions. It’s important to drive carefully and pay attention to road signs and speed limits. Additionally, roads outside of the cities are not well-lit at night, so it’s best to avoid driving in the dark if possible.

Another important consideration is parking. In the cities, parking can be difficult to find, especially during peak season. Look for designated parking areas or use paid parking facilities to avoid fines or towed vehicles. Consider the option of renting a scooter if you have the required license!

If you’re renting a car in Crete, make sure to familiarize yourself with the vehicle before setting off. Check the brakes, headlights, and turn signals, and make sure you know how to operate the gearshift and handbrake. It’s also a good idea to take out comprehensive insurance to cover any potential damage to the vehicle.

To rent a car in Crete, certain requirements must be met. Firstly, you must be at least 18 years of age. However, to take advantage of our comprehensive insurance coverage, you must be 21 years or older. It is also imperative that you hold a valid driver’s license. If you are unsure whether your license is valid for use in Greece, the short answer is yes, as long as it is written in English. 

Yes. Payment can be made via cash or debit card. However, it is important to note that most car rental companies mandate a deposit to cover the cost of the insurance excess in case you are held accountable for an accident. It is worth mentioning that our company offers one of the lowest excess rates in Chania, which stands at €600. Furthermore, we prioritize our customer’s trust, and hence, we do not demand a deposit in advance.

  1. Book in advance: Booking your rental car in advance can save you a lot of money. Rental car prices tend to go up as the date gets closer, so the earlier you book, the better.
  2. Choose a smaller car: Smaller cars tend to be cheaper to rent than larger cars. If you don’t need a lot of space, consider renting a compact or economy car.
  3. Avoid airport rentals: Rentals at the airport tend to be more expensive than rentals at off-airport locations. If possible, rent your car from a location outside of the airport. We are not airport located but we can deliver your car there instead.
  4. Compare prices: Don’t just settle for the first rental car company you come across. Compare prices from multiple companies to find the cheapest option. In R4W we actively scan our competitors prices 
  5. Explore the island: With a rental car, you have the freedom to explore Chania and the surrounding areas at your own pace. Visit the beautiful beaches, quaint villages, and historic sites that the island has to offer. Check our blog posts for Things to Do in ChaniaPlaces to Visit in Chania and of course, Best Beaches in Chania.

Yes, they do. Speed cameras in Crete do work, and they can result in fines and the removal of license plates for those caught speeding.

Speed cameras in Crete are usually hidden on the highway, but there is always a visible sign indicating that a camera is nearby. It’s important to obey the speed limits, as the cameras are quite effective in capturing speeding violations. Google Maps is a helpful tool in identifying the locations of these cameras.

Both options are widely accepted in most businesses in Crete, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference and convenience. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when managing your money in Crete.

Firstly, it’s important to note that all businesses in Greece, except for taxi drivers, are required to have a point-of-sale (POS) system. This means that you can pay with your credit or debit card at most places, including restaurants, shops, and tourist attractions. This is especially convenient if you don’t want to carry a lot of cash with you.

However, it’s always wise to carry some cash with you, especially if you plan to visit remote areas or smaller villages where businesses may not accept card payments. It’s also a good idea to have some cash on hand in case the POS system happens to be broken or unavailable at a particular location.

Chania is a popular tourist destination, but the level of tourism may vary depending on the time of year. During peak season, there may be more crowds and prices may be higher. However, compared to other popular Greek islands such as Santorini and Mykonos, Chania is generally less crowded and more affordable. If Chania being too touristy is one of your worries, consider avoiding staying in Georgioupolis or Agia Marina / Platanias. Choose accommodation close to Chania City Centre and south of it. Also, look to visit the island during the shoulder periods, early April to late May and mid September to late October.

Both Chania and Heraklion have their unique charm and attractions, and which one is nicer depends on your personal preferences. Chania is known for its romantic atmosphere and beautiful beaches, while Heraklion is famous for its rich history and cultural attractions.

Chania has a charming Old Town with picturesque alleys, a Venetian harbor, and many restaurants and cafes. It also has stunning beaches like Elafonisi and Balos, which are popular among tourists. On the other hand, Heraklion has impressive historical sites like the Palace of Knossos, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum, and the Koules Fortress. The city also has a vibrant food scene with many local taverns and restaurants.

While Chania is a small city, there’s plenty to see and do, and visitors could easily spend a week or more exploring the area. However, if you only have 2 days to spend in Chania, it’s still possible to get a taste of what the city has to offer.

During a 2-day visit to Chania, we suggest exploring the following:

Day 1:

  • Visit the Old Venetian Harbor and its iconic lighthouse
  • Stroll through the narrow streets of the Old Town and visit the Archaeological Museum of Chania
  • Relax at the nearby Nea Chora Beach

Day 2:

  • Take a day trip to the stunning Elafonisi Beach or the picturesque Balos Lagoon
  • Visit the Agora Market and try local Cretan cuisine

While this itinerary may seem rushed, it’s still possible to see some of Chania’s highlights in just 2 days. Visitors should keep in mind that there’s much more to see and do in Chania, and may want to consider returning for a longer stay in the future.

In conclusion, while 2 days is a short amount of time to explore Chania, it’s still possible to see some of the city’s highlights. Visitors should prioritize the Old Venetian Harbor and the Old Town, and consider taking a day trip to Elafonisi or Balos.

Crete is a large and diverse island with many regions to explore. While it’s possible to spend a month or more exploring everything the island has to offer, most visitors have limited time and need to prioritize their itinerary.

For those visiting the Chania region of Crete, we recommend staying for 7-10 days to fully experience the area. During this time, we suggest dedicating:

  • 2 days to explore the Akrotiri peninsula
  • 1 day each to visit Platanias and Agia Marina
  • 1 day to explore Elafonisi
  • 1 day to visit Balos Gramvousa
  • 2 days to explore Sfakia
  • 1 day to visit Lake Kournas and Georgioupolis
  • 1 day to explore Rethymno and visit Preveli Beach

It’s important to remember that Crete has much more to offer beyond the Chania region, and visitors may want to consider exploring other areas of the island on future trips.

In summary, we suggest spending 7-10 days in the Chania region of Crete to fully experience the area’s many attractions.

Yes. Chania is a city known for its beautiful beaches, and fortunately, many of them are within walking distance from the city center. If you’re staying in Chania and looking to spend a day at the beach, here’s what you need to know.

Koum Kapi and Nea Chora Beaches: Koum Kapi and Nea Chora beaches are both located just a short walk from the city center. Koum Kapi is a small sandy beach located just east of the old Venetian harbor, while Nea Chora is a longer sandy beach located west of the harbor. Both beaches are popular with locals and tourists alike and offer plenty of amenities, including beach bars and restaurants.

Hrisi Akti (Golden Beach): If you’re looking for a longer stretch of beach, Xrisi Akti, also known as Golden Beach, is located just a few kilometers from Chania city center. The beach is about a 30-40 minute walk from the city center or a short bus ride. Xrisi Akti is a long, sandy beach with crystal clear water, making it a popular spot for both swimming and water sports.

Galatas Beach: Galatas Beach is located across the bay from Chania. If you’re up for a bit of a walk, it’s also possible to walk to the beach from the city center. The walk takes about an hour  and is a great way to clear your mind. Just make sure you have water with your, especially during summer months.

Tap water in Chania is generally safe to drink and of high quality, making it a convenient and cost-effective option for visitors. The taste of tap water may vary depending on the specific area, but in most areas it is considered to be excellent. Therefore, it is safe to drink tap water in Chania and there is no need to purchase bottled water, which can be more expensive and contribute to plastic waste.

If you’re traveling on a budget and don’t need a lot of space, an economy car may be the best choice. These small, fuel-efficient vehicles are ideal for navigating Chania’s narrow streets and tight parking spots.

For slightly more space and comfort, consider a compact car, which can accommodate up to four passengers.

If you’re planning on driving on rough terrain or taking a road trip around Crete, an SUV is a good option. These vehicles offer more space and can handle more challenging driving conditions.

For a more luxurious experience, renting a high-end vehicle may be the way to go. Keep in mind that this option comes at a higher price point.

There is no Uber, Lyft or any other similar service in Crete.

Uber and Lyft are currently illegal in Greece, as it is not licensed to operate as a ride-hailing service. However, Uber still operates in Greece and has faced some legal challenges and regulatory issues.

In 2018, a Greek court ruled that Uber was operating illegally and issued fines to the company and its drivers. The Greek government has also been working on implementing new regulations for ride-hailing services, which has created some uncertainty for Uber and other similar services.

Therefore, when you’re in Chania and need transportation, it’s advisable to explore the convenience of car rentals in Chania as a reliable alternative.

One of the most popular ways to get around Chania without a car is to rent a scooter. Scooters are a convenient and affordable option that allows you to explore the city at your own pace. Rental shops can be found throughout the city, and prices are generally quite reasonable.

For those who prefer to rely on public transportation, there are well serviced coaches that run to famous areas like Elafonisi and Balos. However, it’s important to note that public transport within the city itself isn’t always reliable or frequent, especially during peak season.

Another option is to use taxis, although they can be scarce during busy times. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and book a taxi in advance if you know you’ll need one.

While some taxis in Crete do have Point of Sale (POS) systems and accept credit cards, it’s always a good idea to carry cash as a backup, as not all taxis have this option.

Before getting into a taxi, it’s important to ask the driver if they accept credit cards. This will help you avoid any surprises when it comes time to pay. 

If you’re using a taxi to travel to the airport or a long distance, it’s a good idea to agree on the price beforehand to avoid any disputes over the fare. You can also ask for a receipt at the end of your journey, which will show the total cost and can be useful for tracking your expenses.

When it comes to traveling, finding the right transportation is crucial. If you’re planning a trip to Chania, Greece, you’ll want to find a reliable and affordable car rental company to get around the island. We can provide you with a car rental for as low as €25 per day with no hidden fees.

When it comes to renting a car in Chania, prices tend to vary significantly depending on the season. At our rental company, we offer competitive rates for our Category A1 and A2 city cars.

For our Category A1 cars, which include models such as the Chevrolet Spark, Hyundai i10, and VW up, prices range from €15 per day in the winter season to €50 per day in August. Our Category A2 cars, which include models such as the Peugeot 208, VW Polo, and Toyota Yaris, are priced from €25 per day in the winter season to €60 per day in August.

In addition to our competitive pricing, we continuously monitor and match the rates of our competitors to ensure that we always offer the best value cars to our customers in Chania, even if we are providing newer vehicles.

According to the expenses of past visitors, the average daily cost for a trip to Chania for a couple is around €100 per person:

€50 accommodation
€30 food / coffee 
€20 activities / transportation

One of the easiest ways to save money in Chania is to opt for budget-friendly accommodation. There are plenty of hostels, guesthouses, and rental apartments available that offer affordable prices without sacrificing comfort or convenience. Another option is to look for accommodations outside of the city center, where prices tend to be higher.

When it comes to food, there are plenty of inexpensive options available in Chania. Street food and local markets are great places to find affordable, delicious meals, while many restaurants offer set menus or daily specials that are priced more reasonably than à la carte options.

Transportation in Chania can be a bit tricky, but there are ways to save money. Public buses are a cheap and reliable option for getting around the city and nearby areas, while renting a bicycle or scooter can be a fun and affordable way to explore on your own.

In summary, while Chania may not be the cheapest destination in Greece, it’s definitely possible to visit on a budget. By choosing budget-friendly accommodation, seeking out affordable food options, and taking advantage of public transportation and alternative modes of exploration, you can enjoy all that this beautiful city has to offer without breaking the bank.

In 2023 they have been fluctuating between €1.90 and €2.10 per litre. Our favourite gas stations are this EKO and this SILK. We are not affiliated to them, they just seem to competitively price their gas to be the lowest in Chania. 

Prefer to fill up your car within Chania as prices outside Chania tend to be much higher!

Yes, as long as the engine power doesn’t exceed 30 Horsepower. There are several spots near Chania where you can rent a boat without a license. Nea Chora and Marathi are two areas where you can find budget boats available for rent.

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