Car Rentals in Mykonos

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Renting a Car in Mykonos - 2023 Guide

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To fully explore Mykonos, it’s best to rent a car, motorcycle, or ATV, especially if you want to see the island’s beautiful landscape and beaches beyond just its party scene. If you’re traveling with family or friends, a car is essential for a smooth and flexible vacation, as public transportation and taxis can be limited and crowded. Renting a car is the best way to enjoy a carefree holiday in Mykonos, one of the top travel destinations in Greece, known for its beautiful beaches.

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The KTEL buses provide public transportation from the town (Chora) to several popular beaches and the New Port (Tourlos). This system has two departure points (Fabrika and Old Port) and connects the town with various beaches. The buses are a cost-effective mode of transportation on the island and are particularly favored by young tourists who stay in a central hotel, go out at night, and visit a few beaches. However, the bus rides can be congested during the high season.

Taxis are available for transportation, but there are limited numbers on the island. It can be difficult to find an available taxi during the summer when there are many tourists. Non-authorized taxis have been reported recently charging high fares for short distances without a valid taxi license. Avoid these situations by booking a private transfer at Welcome Pickups. Please be aware that Mykonos is not a large island, and it takes about 30 minutes to drive from one side to the other. The island has well-maintained roads which make it accessible to visit nearby villages and beaches. There are several charming beaches that are only reachable by car and many authentic places to explore. You can check prices and availability at DiscoverCars.

Plan your vacation schedule independently and avoid any external factors by renting, ensuring a stress-free experience.

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Driving conditions

Compared to other islands, driving in Mykonos is relatively easy because most areas have a safe road network that connects villages and beaches. However, during peak season, there can be traffic congestion at the popular beaches. While there may be a lack of road signs, the island’s size makes it difficult to get lost, and using GPS is recommended. You will find Google Maps to be very helpful, and it works efficiently with the data on a prepaid SIM card. Purchasing a SIM card with data upon your arrival in Greece is recommended. It is quite helpful to have mobile data for navigating in a rental car and conducting research on places to visit while on the road. We recommend as the best. It’s important to note that there is very little street lighting at night.

Gas stations

Before returning the rental vehicle, please check its fuel type and make sure to fill the tank completely. There are over ten gas stations on the island, located in various locations, particularly in Chora.


Although parking is convenient in Chora, it can become complicated during rush hours. Cars are not allowed in certain areas, which are only accessible to pedestrians. However, there are public parking lots available to park your car and walk. At night and during dining hours, these parking lots can become crowded. Therefore, plan your visit accordingly and arrive earlier. Parking spots are indicated with a blue, featuring a square with the letter “P” in it. Also, lodging facilities near the bays have designated parking spots.

It is often allowed to park on the street unless there is a sign that says no parking. However, be careful not to obstruct traffic, especially bus routes.

What to do & see with a car?

Renting a car on the island not only saves time and adds convenience to your trip but also enables you to explore every corner of this Cycladic gem.

  • Visit the Armenistis lighthouse for a romantic sunset view. It is situated in Cape Armenistis.
  • Ftelia Beach, located on the North side of the island, is a secluded bay perfect for windsurfers due to its consistent winds. Despite being a popular spot, it never gets too crowded, even during high season.
  • Ano Mera is a village on the mainland that is the second largest on the island, and it has a more traditional way of life.
  • Agios Sostis Beach is a gorgeous and secluded shoreline that is not frequently visited.
  • Fokos Beach is a calm and sparkling destination where you can enjoy peaceful moments.

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🚙 Airport Transportation: For the fastest and easiest way to travel, I suggest arranging a private transfer from the airport and beetween destinations with Welcome Pickups. Honestly, no better way to travel from the airport to your hotel or resort.

🤿 Tours & Activities: For tours and activities in Greece, I highly recommend using either Viator or GetYourGuide. These websites offer a full refund if you cancel your booking 24 hours before the start of the tour, and they also provide excellent customer service in case of any issues.

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Most frequent questions and answers

Renting a vehicle is the best way to explore the island and access remote beaches. It is recommended to book the vehicle in advance, especially during the high season. Driving around the whole island will give you a new perspective of the place.

The majority of roads are in good condition, but some that lead to remote areas may be narrow and have occasional potholes. This is not unusual. However, there is no circular road that loops around the entire island to facilitate more efficient trip planning.

Uber or Lyft are not available for transportation in Mykonos.