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.
We recommend that
cars should be hired
at the airport. There is now one small company in Nea Makri.
One of our guests had a good experience in January 2023 but a local
resident a very bad experience in March 2023 after her own car broke
down. The company's request to be paid in cash with a 400 Euro
deposit is unacceptable, indeed it is illegal.
The six big international companies with
offices at the airport are:
There is 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.
guests arrived at the airport on Sunday evening with no flight delay,
the car hire company failed to arrive and failed to answer their phone,
our guests had to pay very expensive last minute rates from a company
with offices at the airport.
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.
INSURANCE - Excess
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.