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You should hire a car in Rhodes, as it gives you an opportunity to explore every corner of the island at your own pace, rather than following the schedule of public transport. For example, if you were staying in Rhodes City, then you could drive to Prasonisi Lighthouse on the south part of the island in about 1h 30min. To opt for a bus would take longer to reach this tourist hotspot, whilst a taxi there and back would be quite expensive.
When you are driving in Rhodes, it might take you a bit of time to acclimatise, as it is different to driving in the United Kingdom. Firstly, you will notice that you are driving on the right side of the road rather than the left, which may take some getting used to, and you will notice that the wheel of the vehicle is on the opposite side as well. The speed limits are quite similar to that of the UK, so you will know not to speed around the island. There are two motorways on the island, which have a limit of 80kmh (50mph). For urban areas, the maximum speed is 50kmh (31mph), so you will need to keep an eye out for the signs.
When you are hiring a car in Rhodes, you will have to be a minimum of 21 years of age, with some car hire branches requiring you to be even older. It is worth checking the policy of each one before you arrive to ensure you meet the criteria. Many car agencies will also require you to have held your license for at least one year. Those younger than a certain age, often 23, will have to pay a surcharge in addition to the standard hire price. There will also be less selection available to younger drivers, with many companies reserving cars with more powerful engines for more experienced drivers.
Economy (Nissan Micra or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Rhodes.
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