A rental car is the best way to go around Mykonos as there are very few taxis on the island and buses to some of the best beaches are infrequent and unreliable. Moreover, many places around the island can't even be accessed via public transports, making a car the best option when it comes to exploring this Greek gem and its iconic beaches.
Mykonos Airport (JMK) is conveniently located 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from Mykonos town, which translates into a short 10-minute drive. The airport is fairly small and the car rental companies can be found in the arrivals area of the terminal. If you're visiting in the summer months you'll need to book your rental car in advance due to high demand.
Mykonos is fairly easy to navigate, but always take extra care on high mountain roads, and beep shortly before turning on a blind curve to let oncoming traffic know of your presence. People tend to drive in the middle of the road, especially on narrow roads, so pay attention to that in order to avoid accidents. Watch out for the moped and motorbike drivers as well.
Mykonos doesn't experience a rush hour per se, but the roads are more crowded from around 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., as that's when people flock to the beaches. The harbor area, near the bus station and ferry docks, tends to get much more congested with shuttle buses dropping off and picking up cruise ship passengers, particularly in the summer.
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FAQs about renting a car in Mykonos
Some car rental companies in Mykonos which have updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected include Sixt, Alamo and Europcar
On average a rental car in Mykonos costs $61 per day.
Yes, automatic cars are available in most car renting companies in Mykonos. As cars with manual transmission are more common in many countries, you might have to pay an additional charge for renting an automatic car.
The average gas price in Mykonos is $7.41 per gallon over the past 30 days. Filling up a gas tank costs between $89 and $119, depending on the car size.
Economy (Chevrolet Spark or similar) is the most frequently booked rental car type in Mykonos.
A Economy car rental in Mykonos costs $45 per day, on average.
A Mini car rental in Mykonos costs $43 per day, on average.
A Compact car rental in Mykonos costs $59 per day, on average.
In Mykonos, cars are most frequently rented at GREEN MOTION Mykonos Airport main road (1 miles from city center).
On average a rental car in Mykonos costs $430 per week ($61 per day).
On average a rental car in Mykonos costs $1,844 per month ($61 per day).
The roads in Mykonos town are quite narrow, so a small, compact vehicle would be recommended. If you're avoiding the center and mainly beach-hopping, a regular sedan or even a Jeep is a good choice. If you aren't comfortable driving a stick shift, book your automatic car in advance as most rentals in Mykonos have manual transmission.
The speed limit in urban areas throughout Greece is 50 km/h (31 mph), but it may be lower in specific areas, in which case the signs will be posted. The speed limit outside towns ranges between 80 and 90 km/h (50-56 mph), and on open roads it ranges between 120 and 120 km/h (62 -75 mph). Freeways have a maximum limit of 120 km/h (75 mph).
Because it's a touristy island, gas prices in Mykonos are well above the average prices in mainland Greece. The average gas prices in Mykonos are about €6.74 (US$7.65) per gallon. Average prices can go as low as €6.62€(US$7.51) per gallon and as high as €6.81 (US$7.73) per gallon. Remember gas in Greece is priced by the liter and not by gallon.
Many hotels around the island offer free parking. There are a few free locations, including the large car parking lot near the Old Port, and the parking lot right behind the island's famous windmills, which is usually a bit more crowded. Paid parking lots across the island usually cost around €5 for a whole day and €10 for the night. Beach restaurants and bars also offer parking, at their own rates.
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