The business in cars, motorcycles and mopeds hire is booming and almost any place with a tourist population will have car rental offices. Renting a car is the most convenient way to visit what is after all a pretty large island.
Car rental prices will vary according to the type of vehicle, the duration
of rental and the season. Compared to rental prices in other European countries,
renting a car in Greece is quite cheap and the strong competition is generating
some excellent deals.
Generally, small local companies are cheaper than the big international car rental companies and their service is often better. It's really worth your while checking a few web sites in oder to find the better deals. When you are comparing prices between different car rental agencies, make sure that you are comparing prices for the same vehicle class and range of services (in general - but by no means always - unlimited mileage, comprehensive insurance and breakdown recovery).
Note that there are a few bad apples (both local and international companies) in the rental business. A search in Google or Greek / Crete travel sites such as Tripadvisor will show you who they are because they tend to get a lot of bad reviews. So do your homework.
Cars with automatic transmission are much less common than manual cars so it is best to reserve them well ahead of time. They will also cost a little more to rent.
If you plan to rent a vehicle once you are on Crete shop around as well: prices can vary considerably. Outside of the July and August months and especially if you want to hire for a week or more, you can look for bargains. Check the mechanical condition of the fleet - this is especially important if you want to rent a two-wheeler.
Children's safety seats are provided when needed but it's a good idea to mention it when you make your reservation.
When offered a helmet for a two-wheeler make sure that it fits you. If you don't know how to do this you shouldn't be riding a bike anyway.
If you are considering driving on Crete for the first time, whether with a rented vehicle or your own, have a look at the page on driving customs.