By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in Rhodes?

Do you need a car in Rhodes > Should you rent a car in Rhodes Greece > Rhodes ( RHO )

Do you need a car in Rhodes? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

The Greek island of Rhodes is just large enough for a hire car to be useful, although it’s far from essential.


Why should you rent a car in Rhodes?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? 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 Rhodes?

Rhodes Car hire summary

Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]



Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]




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

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]




Free parking score

Total 697 - of which 388 have free parking. [full notes - parking]




Bearing mind that if you are planning on getting around Rhodes by bus, buses on Greek islands only tend to operate between the major towns, in what might be described as a matchstick network, so the chances are that to get anywhere else you would have to go into Rhodes town and then out again, rather than to take a direct route. The same challenge also applies on islands like Corfu, and also on smaller Santorini, although our car hire advice there is slightly different.


Why not? Visiting Rhodes without a car

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Rhodes public transport quick facts

Train score



Water travel score


Overall public transport score



Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Rhodes. 


Independent minded travellers might be looking at travelling around Rhodes and then heading onward into mainland Turkey, and needless to say, we do not recommend trying to get a one-way Rhodes car hire deal with a drop-off in Turkey, that’s just not going to happen!


Car rental in - Rhodes Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Rhodes?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?

Is it worth hiring a car in Rhodes?

  • Based on value for money?

Should you rent a car in Rhodes?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?

Who is travelling?

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

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?


Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Rhodes if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?


What is your attitude towards driving?

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

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?



What is our final score for Rhodes on the Carornocar scale?


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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Would you hire a car in Rhodes?

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