Car Hire on Zakynthos
Most of the major car rental companies have offices on the island.
You can easily arrange for collection at the airport in advance of
your stay. There are many local car rental businesses on the island
that can undercut the big players, but be careful to ensure that the
insurance cover on the vehicle (and the driver) is adequate. If you
rent from a local firm, make sure that the vehicle is in a satisfactory
condition before driving off. Maintenance is often kept to a minimum.
You don't know if the previous driver took a Fiat Panda off road for
several hours (which is a common sight on the island!) and whether
the vehicle has been checked upon return.
NOTE - The Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) from local car hire companies
may NOT include damage to:
So any damage to these components will result in payment of the excess,
which may be more expensive than the repairs themselves. So beware
of driving your car in unsuitable circumstances.
If you want drive an open-top car, it's worth opting for one of
the soft-top jeeps rather than a cabriolet. Zante's cabriolets are
often a small hatchback with the roof sawn off and and a canvas
You can drive round the island in a day, taking stops at the sights
along the way, lunch at a taverna (no wine!) and a couple of swim
stops. The route takes about 200 kilometres.