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From Hiring to Driving: The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Rhodes Island by Car

To fully experience Rhodes Island and all it has to offer, renting a car is your best bet. With its size of 1412 square kilometers, Rhodes Island is one of the largest in Greece. The distance between its northernmost point, Rhodes Town, and its southernmost point, Prasonisi, is either 92 or 108 kilometers depending on your chosen route. Renting a car allows you to explore Rhodes at your own pace and preference, ensuring a safe and enjoyable journey.

Should you hire a car in Rhodes?

Whether or not you should rent a car for your Rhodes Island vacation depends on your plans. If your goal is to lounge on the same beach spot for the entirety of your trip, renting a car may not be a top priority. However, if you plan to explore the island and visit its small villages, historic monuments, and other hidden gems, renting a car is highly recommended. Many of these off-the-beaten-path locations are nestled in the mountains and accessible only by smaller, occasionally windy roads. Although these roads are in good condition, public transportation schedules may be limited, with service available only once or twice a day.

Don't miss out on the island's best-kept secrets - hire a car to maximize your experience! Renting a car will allow you to explore the island safely and at your own pace while experiencing picturesque views and scenic routes that would otherwise be inaccessible.

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Rental car or use a taxi in Rhodes? Which is a better option?

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.

For Taxi information on Rhodes, please check this link

If you are going to hire a car on Rhodes, here is some essential information for driving on the island

Booking your rental car on Rhodes

Hiring a car in Rhodes is straightforward and quite affordable. It is always a good idea to book your rental car in advance in order to guarantee the best price you can get, and of course to secure rental car availability especially during peak season.

Is my driving license accepted?

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!

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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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