don't need a car to enjoy your time in Nea Makri but you'll be able to
see more if you do have a car.
You can get around
the local area by bus, bicycle or taxi. The journey into Athens
city centre is usually much easier by public transport than by car.
You can take
organised coach trips at weekends.
probably won't need a car unless you're planning to head off to more
distant archaeological or religious sites, or if you want to go rock
climbing (in which case a four wheel drive car will help).
do decide to drive and if you are not familiar with Greek driving
habits, please first read our "on
the Roads" page.
Cars can be hired
at the airport or at nearby Rafina.
The five big international companies with
offices at the airport are:
Another well known
international company, Europcar, does not have an airport office.
They sometimes meet more than one client at the airport with transport
to their office so you might be asked to relax over a coffee waiting for
other travellers arrive before you can even set off to get your car.
There is now a local company with an
office in the arrivals area and with cars at the airport, Avance.
However, please be warned that, on the
day they left us to travel around Greece, our guests were given a
relatively old car with a broken tailgate mechanism that meant the door
had to be held open. Also the passenger door only opened from the
inside. We phoned their head office to complain and the lady was very
sympathetic. However, unless our guests have failed to update us,
nothing has happened since.
There are many
smaller companies that will transfer you to their offices that are up to
15 minutes drive from the airport. Rental agencies such as Holiday
Autos often offer good prices for such companies but please be aware
that they are not all completely reliable when meeting incoming guests.
Even if they do turn up on time please be aware that the start of your
holiday will be subject to some delay.
One exception that
has consistently been recommended by our visitors is Dirent
Their offices are just two minutes drive from the airport and, if you
insist, they will
usually deliver your car to the airport as an alternative to being met
and taken to their offices.
Rent a Car
at Rafina will deliver to Nea Makri and to the airport. Please
don't book via their site but contact us for their best prices.
charges when hiring cars can be very high, as can the hire companies'
insurance for reducing the excess. It is possible to very cheaply insure
against all potential extra charges by the
rental company, including damage excess as well as any charges relating
to broken glass or damage to tyres or the underbody (the last three are
not normally covered by rental companies' damage insurance). The
best that we have found is a
British company, Worldwide
offer daily and annual policies.