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Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car rental companies in Heraklion are Enterprise (8.5, 12811 reviews), Sixt (7.5, 1077 reviews), and rentalcars.com (6.9, 1428 reviews).
In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Caldera Meeting Point Opposite Arrival Hall 716 01 (1 kilometres from the city centre).
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Because of tight highways and winding streets, you’ll want a car that is small and compact. That is one that you are comfortable driving and that you can maneuver around tight curbs and corners. Small convertibles like the Fiat 500 or VW Beetle are also popular hires in Heraklion because they let tourists take better advantage of the amazing views and sea breezes of Crete.
The highest speed limit in all of Crete is 56 mph (or 90 kilometers). This is only permitted on E45, often called the New National Road. Because of its narrow and many one-way roads, you will drive mostly at speeds of 25-30 mph (40-50 km/h) around all of Heraklion.
Petrol in and around Heraklion will cost about $1.78 per liter (or 1.57 euros). Note that petrol stations in Heraklion have limited hours. Therefore, it is best to fill up your hire car during daytime hours. Also, there is no self-service, so expect the attendant to pump your petrol for you.
Like any busy city, parking can be limited in the business district and center of town. Instead of wasting time looking for a place to park on the street, simply opt for one of the parking garages when downtown. Some are free, such as Praktiker, and others are accessible 24/7, including Park King, Panasanou, and Marakis parking structures. There are also parking lots close to the archaeological museum and Central Parking near the waterfront.