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Athens car hire information

Pick-up locationAthens
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Hire locations1
Airport locations0

Cheap car hire in Athens

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KAYAK’s top tips for hiring a car in Athens

  • Suppose you're visiting Athens for the first time; Athens car rentals provide flexibility and convenience, allowing you to explore the city and its surroundings at your own pace. Unlike relying on public transportation, a rental car gives you the freedom to reach off-the-beaten-path destinations, scenic routes, and attractions outside the city center. Notable sites like the Mayfield Dairy Farm and the Cherokee National Forest become more accessible. With Car rentals in Athens, you can optimize your itinerary, save time, and experience a more comprehensive and personalized journey.
  • Booking a car rental at McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)  is straightforward, with rental agencies conveniently located within the terminal. The airport's terminal has two levels, and the rental car counters are on the lower level. Upon arrival, after disembarking from your flight, proceed to the lower level to retrieve your luggage. As you do so, you'll encounter multiple car rental counters thoughtfully positioned within the baggage claim area. To ensure a smooth experience, it's advisable to pre-book your car reservation, guaranteeing you reliable transportation upon your airport arrival.
  • Driving in this city generally reflects a calm and relaxed style. The atmosphere on the roads tends to be courteous, with drivers respecting traffic rules and exhibiting patience. While the pace is moderate, adhering to speed limits and maintaining defensive driving habits is always wise. Bicycles and pedestrians are less common, but caution is still necessary. Due to the city's industrial nature, trucks are a frequent sight. The road is typically populated by sedans, SUVs, and trucks, making up the common vehicles on Athens' streets.
  • Navigating through Athens can present specific challenges for drivers. The city's roads, though generally calm, can become congested during rush hours, specifically from 7:30 am to 9 am and 4:30 pm to 6 pm on weekdays. This heightened traffic affects major routes like Highway 30 and 11 and Main Street, requiring extra patience and time management. Additionally, occasional icy conditions during winter months can add complexity to driving. While these challenges exist, Athens doesn't experience extreme seasonal driving difficulties, making cautious driving during peak hours and winter the key to a smooth journey.
  • Book your car hire in Athens at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Mini car hire in Athens are around 65% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Athens

  • What is the best car hire company in Athens?

    Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire in Athens is Hertz (7,4, 67 reviews).

  • How much is the price of fuel in Athens?

    The average price of fuel in Athens is R66,15 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between R794 and R1 058, depending on the car size.

  • What is the most popular car hire in Athens?

    Mini (Fiat 500 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Athens.

  • How can I find car hires near me in Athens?

    Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • How much does a Mini car hire cost in Athens?

    A Mini car hire in Athens costs R600 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Economy car hire cost in Athens?

    An Economy car hire in Athens costs R1 592 per day, on average.

  • How much does an Intermediate car hire cost in Athens?

    An Intermediate car hire in Athens costs R1 094 per day, on average.

  • What type of car is recommended for driving in Athens?

    A comfortable and fuel-efficient sedan would be an ideal choice for driving in Athens. The city's calm and relatively traffic-free roads make a sedan's maneuverability and size advantageous. It's a versatile option for navigating city streets and highways, providing a smooth driving experience. Moreover, its efficient fuel consumption suits the generally relaxed pace of Athens, ensuring cost-effective journeys. Opting for a sedan ensures ease of parking, handling, and optimal comfort, making it a top choice for exploring the city.

  • What's the speed limit in Athens?

    As you drive car rentals in Athens, remember that the speed limits vary based on the type of road. Interstates and limited-access freeways have a speed limit of 70 mph, while divided highways permit speeds of up to 65 mph. On undivided and two-lane roads, the speed limit drops to 55 mph, and within residential areas, it's advisable to adhere to the 30 mph limit. It's important to note that speed cameras are rare in Athens, but local law enforcement may enforce speed limits through patrols. Always remain attentive to posted signs and adjust your speed to ensure a safe and compliant driving experience.

  • Where are the best places to park in Athens?

    As you drive car rentals in Athens, you can find convenient parking options on-street and public lots. Downtown areas offer metered on-street parking, which is often reasonably priced. Public lots near popular attractions and business districts provide additional parking options. Costs vary, but metered parking rates are typically affordable, around $0.50 to $1.00 per hour. It's advisable to carry sufficient change for meters. Be attentive to any time restrictions to avoid parking violations. Utilizing the local Chamber of Commerce or city website can help you locate optimal parking spots and stay updated on regulations.

Athens car rental reviews and directory

Thrifty

6,2

One location in Athens

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2055 Alcoa Hwy

+1 865 342 3250

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
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2,0 Poor

Sep 2016

KAYAK

Pros:

Nothing. Didn't get the car.

Cons:

Despite calling and ensuring I could have the reservation in my friend's name - the car was for her, it didn't happen. They doubled the price when we got there.

1 out of 1

Easirent

4,7

Mediocre

No reviews available

One location in Athens

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McGhee Tyson Airport

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Hertz

No score available yet

2 locations in Athens

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2055 Alcoa Highway

+1 865 342 3232

Monday07:00 - 23:59
Tuesday07:00 - 23:59
Wednesday07:00 - 23:59
Thursday07:00 - 23:59
Friday07:00 - 23:59
Saturday07:00 - 23:59
Sunday07:00 - 23:59
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710 S Lee Hwy

+1 423 339 5066

Monday07:30 - 18:00
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Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
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2,0 Poor

Dec 2021

KAYAK
We reserved a premium car. None were available (I understand) and we were given a Ford Ecosport. The smallest of SUV's. When we asked for a rate adjustment, they refused. Also the two drivers side tires were extremely low on pressure and missing valve stem caps. It is extremely difficult to find a source for airing up tires. When we returned to Sarasota, the pickup return location was chaotic. No one present to help, we didn't receive a final receipt, and the service overall was extremely poor. I guess the public are at the rental car companies mercy these days. Very disappointing.

6,0 Okay

Dec 2021

KAYAK
Was given a "Supplier's Choice" car which meant the smallest, dirtiest car in their inventory. I can only imagine few people want a Ford Fiesta that was not only tiny but also still dirty. Both the mirrors and side windows were obstructed by what looked like water stains and finger prints. My partner and I were too tired and in a hurry to go back and change the vehicle at the time of pickup but should I ever use Hertz in Knoxville again I will be double checking the vehicle quality and size before driving off. Book "Supplier's Choice" at your own risk. The cost was only slightly reduced at the time of booking for the inconvenience that the vehicle provided.

10,0 Wonderful

Dec 2021

KAYAK
Friendly staff

8,0 Very Good

Dec 2021

KAYAK
The car was ok but was not as clean

2,0 Poor

Dec 2021

KAYAK
My plane was called back to the gate twice, putting me in Knoxville at 1220 am. The agent said that the deal was canceled because it was after midnight. He then tried to rent me a car for over 7 hundred dollars more than the original price. I got a car at Budget later that morning for less than the price of the original lease.

10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

The drop off staff was extremely friendly and helpful!

Cons:

The car was not very clean. It needed to be vacuumed and it had a funny smell. The car also was not the easiest to drive. It seems like their may be some transmission issues with the car I was given.

1 out of 20

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

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Best rated

5 locations in Athens

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12019 Kingston Pike

+1 865 288 7914

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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130 Cherry St Ste 2

+1 423 775 4775

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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2010 Airport Hotel Dr

+1 833 886 0851

Monday08:00 - 17:00
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2901 Keith St Nw

+1 423 473 0181

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
Thursday07:30 - 18:00
Friday07:30 - 18:00
Saturday09:00 - 12:00
Sunday00:00 - 00:00
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610 Congress Pkwy N

+1 423 746 0076

Monday07:30 - 18:00
Tuesday07:30 - 18:00
Wednesday07:30 - 18:00
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Friday07:30 - 18:00
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8,8 Very Good

Nov 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was fantastic

Cons:

Pickup should have been more socially distanced. At least one employee in Cleveland was not wearing a mask.

7,2 Good

Jul 2020

KAYAK

Cons:

Èverything but pick up was positive. Line to pick up car was long. Waited 45 min to get to the counter. Then had to wait 20 min for the vehicle to be ready.

8,0 Very Good

May 2020

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick up was good. Drop off no one anywhere so had to leave keys in a box. Would have like a to be checked out and get a receipt.

Cons:

The tumbler when you turned the key stuck sometimes so you had to play with it to get it to turn. New Car strange!

8,8 Very Good

Oct 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Pick-up took a little longer

10,0 Wonderful

Aug 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Staff lovely! Car ready, clean, new

10,0 Wonderful

Feb 2019

KAYAK

Cons:

Smell of cigarettes

1 out of 11

Payless

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One location in Athens

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2055 Alcoa Highway

+1 865 983 3446

Monday06:00 - 23:59
Tuesday06:00 - 23:59
Wednesday06:00 - 23:59
Thursday06:00 - 23:59
Friday06:00 - 23:59
Saturday08:00 - 17:00
Sunday08:00 - 17:00
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10,0 Wonderful

May 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Smooth process. Pickup was simple, the car (a RAV4) was brand new and clean, the drop off was seamless. I can't understand why anybody would go to one of those other pricey car rentals when this one was as perfect as it gets!

Cons:

Honestly....nothing could have been improved. I bet I didn't spend more than 5 minutes TOTAL at the rental car counter and that includes pickup and drop off! Price was great, car was great, customer service was great. Seriously...nothing could have been improved.

10,0 Wonderful

Apr 2021

KAYAK

Pros:

Nice car, easy drop off procedure.

Cons:

I arrived after 9:00pm because of a late flight which meant the booth was closed but thankfully the lady from Avis in the same booth managed to get me the car I had booked. Otherwise I'd have had to get a taxi and come back in the morning.

9,2 Wonderful

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was very easy

Cons:

Car wasn’t ready even though we had a reservation.

5,6 Fair

Jun 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Drop off was easy

Cons:

I was told I would only be charged a certain amount and I’m the end I was charged more with no explanation

8,0 Very Good

Mar 2019

KAYAK

Pros:

Customer service with those I interacted with was excellent.

Cons:

I didn't get the size vehicle I had signed up for but it worked out just fine.

4,0 Mediocre

Nov 2018

KAYAK

Cons:

Took a long time to get a car

1 out of 12

254 travellers who hired a car in Athens gave the car agency they used an average rating of 4,9

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Most popular car type

Mini

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