By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Kos?

Do you need a car in Kos > Should you rent a car in Kos Greece > Kos ( KGS )

Do you need a car in Kos? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

The Greek island of Kos is generally somewhere that we wouldn’t advise visitors to get a hire car, and there are two main reasons for this. The first and the most obvious reason is that this is one of the smaller Greek islands, where all of the towns and villages are relatively close to each other, and there are plenty of buses and taxis available, including between the airport and Kos town.

The second reason is simply because Kos is so close to mainland Turkey, and because it is also so well-connected with other nearby Greek islands by ferry, that if you’re planning to visit this part of the world, we would far rather recommend hopping onwards and seeing multiple destinations, rather than sticking in just the one. This naturally leans towards visiting places by bus, and taking advantage of the much cheaper foot passenger ferry rates.

Needless to say, we would advise strongly against even trying to take a Greek hire car into mainland Turkey.

However, moving around between islands isn’t necessarily going to appeal to everyone, and a hire car might still be useful if you are staying in a villa or other resort that isn’t near any bus stop, although that again is going be down to how far you are prepared to walk and how long you are prepared to wait for a bus with no definite idea about when it’s going to turn up. For many, this is part of what Greek life is all about, so this really might not be a problem.

Why should you rent a car in Kos?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Kos?

Kos Car hire summary

Overall drive rating



Cheapest rate for one week




How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?





Free parking score

Total 267 - of which 179 have free parking. [full notes - parking]




Why not? Visiting Kos without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Kos public transport quick facts

Train score



Water travel score


Overall public transport score


Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)



Car rental in - Kos Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Kos?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.

Is it worth hiring a car in Kos?

Based on value for money

Should you rent a car in Kos?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Kos if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Kos if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Kos if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?



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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Would you hire a car in Kos?

Have you driven in Kos? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Kos?
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