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You 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.

Overall, you 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).  

If you 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 a Car.  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.

Vistakis 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.

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 Travel Insurance who offer daily and annual policies.