Car Hire in Rhodes
To hire a car in Rhodes, Thomas Cook a low-cost, affordable service with a range of vehicles to choose from. There are options to suit your holiday requirements and budget. Book your car hire online and pick up your vehicle at Rhodes International Airport, before exploring the beautiful island of Rhodes.
Why rent a car in Rhodes?
Located at the outer edges of the Aegean Sea, Rhodes is bursting with historical monuments, archaeological sites, and stunning beaches; there’s so much to see and do if you venture out of your resort.
The island itself can be driven around in about five hours; the quality of the roads and the varied landscapes make it a drivers’ dream. You’ll come across plenty of beautiful villages and attractive sights to keep your interest for a good few days on the road. Without a car you’d miss out on the real Rhodes.
What are the best driving routes in Rhodes?
Taking the short 16 mile trip from Rhodes Town, three miles south of Theologos village you’ll come across the stunning Valley of Butterflies. Known locally as Petaloudes, every August hundreds of thousands of butterflies come here to reproduce; it’s an amazing spectacle.
Rhodes Town itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but there’s plenty more places
of historical interest a short drive from the town. Head to the “Three Ancient Cities of Rhodes” mentioned by Homer; Kamiros, Lindos, and Ialyssos to discover the architecture and artefacts dating back to Ancient Greece.
Discover the medieval side of Rhodes by visiting sites of the Knights of St. John, including the Castle of Kritinia (30 miles southwest of Rhodes Town) and the crumbling castle of Monolithos; 40 miles from the capital on the other side of the island.
Are there any local driving rules in Rhodes?
The way locals drive can vary from the mainland. Always keep these in mind:
What’s the speed limit in Rhodes?
As is the case with mainland Greece and the islands, the speed limit in Rhodes is:
The Inside Track
Rhodes Town should always form part of your itinerary. The narrow streets are laid out in a way which may be confusing to non-locals, and parking spaces are
especially limited during the high tourist season. You may want to explore on foot before taking your hire car further afield to discover the other ancient historical sites.
The eastern part of the island is perfect for your beach holiday, but by taking the time to travel to the western side you’ll get a feel of the true nature of the island. This side is less habited and developed so you can enjoy road trips in unspoilt surroundings with breath-taking views. Stop and take your time to explore the historical monuments found in the traditional, charming villages – here you’ll find genuine Greek culture.
The best maintained roads on the island run along the coast, especially the stretch between Lindos and Rhodes Town. The centre of the island is mountainous, rocky, and home to many dirt tracks. For some of the less well-maintained roads a 4x4 is needed; the views are worth it though.
Tips for driving in Rhodes
Hiring a car with Thomas Cook
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