What you should know before hiring a car in Kos
|Kos city centre|
|Kos Island International Airport (KGS): 13 mi from city centre|
Car hires in Kos: practical information
Where to rent a car in Kos
The Greek Dodecanese islands are calling your name… can you hear them? The Aegean Sea is a welcome retreat any time of the year. Complete your travel planning with a car hire Kos airport and you're all set. A rent car in Kos is essential if you want to discover all the secrets on the island. Hertz is the only car rental company at the airport but it hires out everything from luxury vehicles to mopeds and scooters.
For a car hire Kos city there are only three options: Avis, Lion Rental (part of Sixt) and Autoway Rent A Car. All of these are located in and around the harbour. As with booking flights to Kos, it's important to compare car hire prices in Kos in order to get the best deal. International car hire companies tend to be more flexible with their policies and return times, something to consider when booking.
Driving in Kos: parking and other tips
Kos Town has plenty of parking in the city, mostly on-street but there are a lot of restrictions in place, which can be a real hassle. Some parking places are restricted to 30 minutes max. Always check with a nearby shop owner or local if you are unsure if you can park your car. Parking signs in Kos are a lot different than at home so it's better to be sure than get a ticket… or worse, be towed. Around the island there is always a small car park near archaeological ruins so it's rarely a problem to park while you explore.
If possible only book hotels in Kos, this will make it a lot easier than looking for parking for your rent car in Kos overnight.
Road trips from Kos: what to do, what to see
Apart from Kos city, Kardamaina is another town worth checking out. It's only about 7km from the airport and has turned from quiet fishing village to summer hot spot. There are some impressive excavations going on here and even more impressive beaches and nightlife.
Kefalos is on the south-west side of the island of Kos and like most of the island, it explodes with tourists in the summer months. There are plenty of ruins to explore, including the ancient site of Palatia and the cave at Aspri Petra. As for beaches, you can't miss Mikro Limanaki beach at the northern end of the Kefalos peninsula, it's simply spectacular.
Kos is only 2.5 miles from Bodrum, Turkey, making it the perfect place to jump off from if you want to add a few days to your holiday in Kos. We totally recommend grabbing a ferry and exploring the Turkish coast for a day or two. Bodrum was made famous for the Mausoleum of Halikarnassus, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World till it was destroyed by earthquakes in the Middle Ages.