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The pros and cons of renting a car and taking public...

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The pros and cons of renting a car and taking public...

Hi, everybody !

We are torn between renting a car and taking public transport after taking in all the valuable advices here. Renting a car probably will allow us more convenience to see different parts of the islands but it seems expensive (we have enquired about some car renting companies on the web and it takes around 40 euro a day). On the other hand, public buses seem running on an irregular basis. We would like to know the average daily rate of hiring a car and if the rate also includes fuel and insurance. Will anyone recommend any car hiring company on Santorini and Mykonos ? Will the fuel be sufficient to last for a day of exploration on the 2 islands ? If not, do we have to pay for a refill ? In case that happens, how much will the fuel cost ? By the way, we also wonder if we can rent the cars just for 1.5 days on the islands respectively. For buses, do they run irregularly ? Can they reach all the attractions (e.g. churches, monasteries, scenic spots, shopping and catering areas) on the islands ? How much is the fare roughly speaking ? Thanks for anybody's help !

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fatoil if you travelling to santorini at august you are goint to pay around 40...but you can find better deals...i have visited santorini before one month and i pay 10 euros a day for a fiat ceinceto!!!!! the true is that renting a car will be the best...buses are ok comfortable and really cheap..prices bttwen 0,80-2,50 euros the most....wehn you arrive you can ask for a car renting and if you are lucky and patient you will find prices under 35...the fuels prices are about 0,90 the litre ..you will take your car full of fuel but when the fuel end you have to give it with fuel in the engine...well you can go with bus to oia to perrissa but the car will give you te independence to choose where and when...santorini and myconos are not big islands..the biggest distances you have to drive are about 45minutes from one part of the island to an other..just follow this advice.....santorini hsas buses to the main attrctions and beaches so you will not have to use car...also it has a really orginized system of taxis..so you can take a taxi to anywhere and with prices under 10 euros..but in myconos you will need car for sure...the only beaches can be with buses are two....to go to paradise beach you should take the bus from myconos town going to plati yallos and from there you pay a boat to uper paradise beach...also myconos hasnt lot of taxis...exactly opossite of santorini in taxiss..antorini has plenty and orginized myconos has few ..visiting myconos and not go to as more beaches you can(super paradise,paradise,plati yallos,elia,agios sostis will be fake)..at last if you find good deals our words has not any meaning...but for sure not having a car is nt a disaster but on the other hand having it will be more comfortable...is like saying staying in not 5 star hotel is not something bad but if you stay will be much better; )

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Hi Fatoil, santorini's bus traffic is good all through the day covering in air-conditioned buses almost all the island....

The problem comes mostly by night....

It depends of how and where you will be staying...

A small car rate per day is around 30 euro....

Fira Merovigli 3 euro....

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Hi,

You probably should rent a car for one day on Santorini and take the grand tour of the island... Go down to the Minoan dig at the southern end of the island at Akrotiri, meander in that area a bit to the southern tip. Then, up to the top of the mountain at the southeastern part of the island also... Great views...

Then, meander north along the volcanic ash, black beaches and take a swim and some lunch...and, finally, all the way up to Oia for the sunset... Its really well worth a car rental for one day tour of the island at your own pace....

Try booking a car through Eurocar.com...and all you need is the positively smallest vehicle you can get...

As for Mykonos... you really don't need a car as the buses run frequently and are reliable and aside from the town itself, the rest of the island is all about its beaches.... Delos, is worth seeing also, but that is just a brief ferry ride from the downtown port....

Try a bus out to Petinos Beach Hotel... Great place for dinner and some Greek dancing... And, also a nice beach.... There are also small boats at Petinos Beach Hotel which will ferry you to some other beaches on the island...

Enjoy...

Jim

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Hi,

Not sure if my last message got through

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We rented an Atos Prime in June this year for 20 Euros per day for 4 Days all in except fuel. Two days would have been ample. Once you have done 'The Grand Tour' as Dimitriff says There is one road that run North South along the rim of the Caldera off this there is a road to Perissa and Kalmari and one to Akrotiri/Red Beach and that is it. It is an Island of beautiful views and big ugly dramatic mountains of volcanic rock.

Enjoy your Holidays they are what you make them

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Big and agly mountains in Santorini?

Is there a bit of exageration here?

The highest you go , the better for the view .....

But this is the only spot you cant get a bus to go and its called

Purgos ....this is where a monastery and the TV cables are situated like a 1200 m high...

If you rent a car finally , I definatelly suggest you to go and make some beautiful pictures of the entire island....

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Hi, redheadking and others,

20 euro a day a car is quite affordable to us. Just call us the lazybones, we don't want to waste too much time looking for a bargain. Where (please briefly inform us its location and name)and from which car renting company on Santorini can we get a car at this price ? What about Mykonos, any recommendations ?

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big and ugly mountains....?...in santorini....?where he found that?..god what other we will hear?; )

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Hi fatoil , i just realise that redhedking had stayed in Perissa

Philoxenia apartments....mauby since Perissa is 20km away frm town they offer him a good car deal so to stay there ...check it if you can yourself if you need to find out if it worth to be out of town that much....

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Big and UGly? I'm confused.

But to reiiterate the detail of the previous posters, I HIGHLY recommend renting a car in Santorini. It is not as important as renting a car in Mykonos. The bus service on Mykonos is very reliable and there are always taxis, which are not plentiful (especially on weekends), but not a costly option. You will just get to see and enjoy so much more on Santorini with the freedom of your own car. It is TOTALLY worth 40 euro a day if that is what you had to end up paying. I don't think we paid this much last July for an automatic transmission Fiat with air conditioning.