Car Hire and Driving in Rhodes Greece

Your best chance to safely explore Rhodes island at your own pace and preference is by hiring a car. With an area of 1412 square kilometers, Rhodes is one of the largest islands in Greece. The driving distance from it’s most northern part - Rhodes Town - to the most southern point - Prasonisi - is 92 km or 108 km depending on the route you will choose.

Should you hire a car in Rhodes?

The correct answer would be, it depends. If the only thing you wish to do is to lay down on a beach at the same spot during your entire vacation, hiring a car for your entire vacation is probably not your top priority. However, if you intend to move around, you should. Many of the island’s best kept secrets - it’s many small villages, historic monuments and other interesting places to visit are located far from the main roads, in the mountains which are accessible only by smaller, occasionally windy roads. All of them are in very good condition, however public transportation schedules vary and is in some occasions available only 1-2 times a day.

Your best chance to safely explore Rhodes island at your own pace and preference, and access scenic routes and picturesque views you would otherwise not be able to visit is by car.

Car hire or Taxi in Rhodes? Which is a better option?

Again, it depends. You need to consider that in some occasions, a taxi will cost you the same as a day of a hired car would, or even more. For example, a taxi from Rhodes Airport to Lindos will set you back 75 Euros, and if you are planing to stay in the areas of South Rhodes such as Kiotari or Gennadi, even more (80-100 Euros). For the same price you can hire a small car for 1 or even 3 days depending on the season and your location. So if you are certain it will be just this one ride, take a taxi. If you plan to hire a car for just a partial time of your vacation, consider the price to benefit ratio of your choices.

Should you decide to hire a car on Rhodes, here is some essential information for driving on the island

Driving licenses:
Foreign drivers should possess an International Driving Permit, but national licenses printed in English are often accepted. EU residents need not special documents, the national driving license should adequate. To be certain, contact your car hire company on this matter.

What is the driving side in Rhodes?
In Rhodes you drive on the right and overtake on the left.

What are the speed limits in Rhodes?
In Rhodes, the top speed limit is 80km/hour (50 mph) on the two major highways, Rhodes/Lindos and Rhodes/Kalithea. In other built-up areas, you can drive up to 50km/hour (30 mph), while on provincial roads, all vehicles must not exceed the 80km/hour (50 mph) speed limit. All of the above limits can of course be otherwise indicated on the driving routes.

What are the alcohol limits in Rhodes?
0.05% (BrAC 0.25 mg/L)% and 0.02% for drivers who have held a license for less than 2 years, motor cycle and professional drivers.

It is clear of course to say: don't drink and drive! Especially in the summer months the roads in Rhodes are packed with tourists, who like you, would like to explore and enjoy their stay on the island. Driving under the influence of alcohol at any level is a really bad idea!

Also: Take into consideration that you are coming to a place that is probably much warmer than you are used to. Having a glass of beer or wine in 40°C may have a completely different effect on you than usually!

What is the driving age in Rhodes?
18 years (21 years if you wish to arrange car rental).

What are the seat belt rules in Rhodes?
Are compulsory in both front and back seats at all times.

Mobile phones and GPS devices:
It is not allowed to use a mobile phone while behind the wheel in Rhodes, no matter what the use (making a call, accessing the internet or sending a text message). GPS can be used.

What payments are accepted for fuel?
Petrol stations accept cash and credit cards.

What are the traffic and parking rules in Rhodes? Where can I find Parking in Rhodes?
This can be tricky. Finding an empty parking bay is a continuous challenge in Rhodes Town, especially during high season months. A parking area is indicated by a blue road sign, with a white "P" on it, and parking places are usually marked with white or blue lines. Once you have parked your vehicle, in most places you have to purchase a ticket from the nearest automated machine. Parking outside of the city of Rhodes is at most times free of charge. Driving in the Old Town of Rhodes is not allowed (only residents may use their cars inside the Old Town).

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