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    Car hire in Kefalonia – Enjoy a Greek Ionian Island

    The striking island of Kefalonia (Cephalonia) is the largest of the Greek Ionian islands and the sixth largest in the country. Located in the Ionian Sea, Kefalonia offers up beautiful sandy beaches, iconic rocky limestone cliffs and picturesque harbours. With a car hire in Kefalonia you’ll have no trouble exploring everything that this magical island has to offer. In particular, its beautiful capital city, Argostoli – which is perched on a hillside overlooking the bay and is for many the focal point of the island.

    Auto Europe is a car rental broker with over 60 years international industry experience. Having built strong working relationships with many top branded car rental suppliers, we are now able to provide exceptional quotations and unique deals to all our customers. Whether that be for standard car rental, luxury car hire, motorhome hire or a transfer service – we have you covered. In addition, booking through us means that you’ll save time and money, especially when comparing deals, and by benefiting from our occasional car hire deals and add-ons. Contact our reservation team today to find out more on +44 123 3225 114. Before committing, why not visit our Kefalonia car hire reviews page to read unbiased opinions of other Auto Europe car rental customers.

    How is the traffic in Kefalonia?

    Traffic congestion on the island isn’t overly problematic – given its mountainous terrain and busy summer months. Rural roads see less road traffic, however, the Argostoli as the largest city on the island can sometimes experience congestion. However, this is mainly along its harbour front and old town. Other points to consider in terms of traffic congestion are popular tourist resorts and many of its beaches during high-season – many of which are only accessible on foot or by a very narrow road. Roads on the island are narrow and can be hazardous, but getting around the whole island shouldn’t been too problematic if you take care. In as little as two hours, you can cross the whole island.

    Where can I park my car hire in Kefalonia?

    In theory you can park your car rental in Kefalonia anywhere, with minimum restrictions applied across the island. On-street parking is free and permitted, although you should always be conscience whether or not you are blocking the road. When parking you should also take into consideration whether or not the space is designated for disabled drivers – often a sign is present. Along the harbour of Argostoli, street parking is paid for with tickets available at the local kiosk. Resorts have their own car parks which are free for guests. Overall though parking is not a problem on the island.

    Kefalonia International Airport

    Kefalonia International Airport is the only airport on the island. It is located just over 6 miles from the islands largest city Argostoli, which is also the capital. The airport welcomes in around 400,000 annual visitors, mainly during the peak season summer months. The airport is modern, and consists of only one terminal. Although modest by nature, it does have all the necessary necessities one would expect from an international airport. Flights generally are to Athens, however, there also exist numerous other air routes across Europe and specific charter flights during peak-season.

    Kefalonia Airport (EFL)
    Address: Kefalonia 281 00, Greece
    Website: Kefalonia Airport
    Telephone: +30 267 102 9900

    What to do in Kefalonia

    Exploring the island isn’t too difficult when you decide to rent a car in Kefalonia. The freedom to drive anywhere you want allows you to discover Kefalonia piece-by-piece – from its historical sites, pretty sandy beaches and cultural delights, to enjoying some culinary Greek wonders at a local restaurant. This Ionian island is perfect for all types of travellers, including hikers and those seeking outside activities due to its warm Mediterranean climate, national parks and mesmerising caves – you’ll have plenty of enjoy. We would recommend visiting the following during your trip:

    • Petani Beach: If you enjoy snorkeling then consider visiting Petani Beach whilst in Kefalonia. Reaching the shore isn’t for the faint hearted however, with a few bendy roads to transgress all the way down, make sure you take extra care on the road. Once there, you’ll be greeted by a beautiful sandy beach – sprinkled with cobbles – and overlooked by a wonderful limestone cliff. The water is warm, pristinely clear and great for swimming in.

    • Mount Aenos: Located within a national park, consider heading up Mount Aenos – the islands highest peak. Rising up just over 1,500 metres, once at the top you’ll be glad you made the effort. With magical views across the sea, you’ll be able to view the other Ionian Islands and the Peloponnese Peninsula. Ideal for hiking enthusiasts, there are several hiking trails that will guide you all the way up to the summit.

    • Argostoli Harbour: If you are looking for some entertainment and be surrounded by beautiful scenery, consider visiting Argostoli Harbour. Ideal for leisurely strolls, grab a bite to eat in a local restaurant, or relax and watch the world go by in a coffee house. A great place to view the sunrise from, this harbor is a bustle of activity when the morning fishing boats unload their catch. The promenade is beautifully maintained in a traditional manner, and boasts gas lit lanterns along its quayside.

    • Agios Gerasimos Monastery: Founded in the 16th Century, this monastery is dedicated to the island’s patron saint – St. Gerasimos. It is thought that he himself lived on site within a cave that is accessed via the church which was built on its location. The church is beautifully designed with depictions of saints, scenes from the bible, prophets and so forth. During your visit you are also able to visit the mummified body of the patron saint himself. Held within a silver reliquary, it is sometimes displayed during local festivals.

    • Agios Georgios Castle: Constructed in the 12th Century by the Byzantines, the ruins of Agios Georgios Castle are a must see. Sited just southeast of Argostoli, the castle overlooks the city and Ionian Sea. Much of the remaining parts of the castle were built in the 16th Century when the Venetians managed to overcome the Ottoman’s short lived invasion. You can explore the citadel and make out some ancient Venetian coat-of-arms carved into the stone walls. Towards the south you’ll also have splendid views over local vineyards and olive groves.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Kefalonia

    The island can be easily crossed by vehicle in as little as two hours, making it the perfect destination should you wish to go on a day trip with your car hire in Kefalonia. All the resorts, sandy beaches, caves, national parks and historical points of interest can be reached without too much stress or effort. Near Kefalonia are other Ionian islands that can also be reached by ferry, although you aren’t allowed to take your hired car onto a ferry, nevertheless, you may park up and board a ferry for a local day trip to another Greek island, such as Corfu. We recommend the following day trips during your visit to Kefalonia:

    Drogorati Cave: Found near Sami, these wonderful natural caves are a marvel and joy to explore. Temperatures inside the cave can be a pleasant 18c during the summer months, which makes them the perfect way to escape the blistering Greek heat. The cave was totally cut off until an earthquake in the 18th Century brought them to light. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the caves started to be used for visitors. Concerts are often held within the main chamber, known as the Chamber of Exaltation.

    Ithaca: Catch a ferry from Sami to the island of Ithaca. This short trip will be more than worthwhile once you see just how beautiful this small island addition is. Known as the home to the mythological Odysseus – you can either hire a small boat and explore the islands shoreline, or opt for hiking along some of its many paths. We would recommend heading to the Kathara and Pernarakia Monasteries, which provide exceptional views.

    Kaminia Beach: If you love turtles, then you’ll love Kaminia Beach. This beautiful sandy beach is home to turtle nestling grounds. The actual sites are sign-posted and care should therefore be taken. As Kefalonia’s largest beach, there is still plenty of room for you to enjoy. The beach itself has three beach bars where you can enjoy a bite to eat or a drink. The water is warm and relatively calm, so ideal for families.

    Melissani Cave: A magical place to visit and very beautiful especially at midday when the sun is at its highest point. Malissani Cave contains an underground lake with glistening blue water, which is fueled by the bright sunshine that beams through a hole in the caves ceiling. It is said that the mythological nymph Melissani drowned in this very cave when she was rejected by the God Pan. Access to the cave is via a rowing boat with a knowledgeable guide to keep you captivated along the way.

    How to get around Kefalonia

    Similarly to other island of the same size, Kefalonia does not have a metro system or train network. Instead, locals and visitors have to rely on the bus network and seasonal ferries to get around. For those looking for more flexibility, taxis are readily available, in addition to the numerous hire car companies. Many areas within cities are within walking distance, so this is also a viable option during the cooler off-peak months.


    Buses on the island are an inexpensive form of getting around by locals and visitors alike. Buses link between main cities and towns, including the island’s airport. Tickets can be purchased on board, and travelling by bus is a great way to enjoy the local atmosphere. Many bus routes run past main tourist attractions and places. The main bus terminal is located on the islands capital city Argostoli. In addition, rural routes exist to Lixouri and Poros.


    During the summer months, a ferry operates linking Argostoli to Lixouri. A mini sea bus also runs the same route and is available throughout the year. Taking these is a great way to view the island and all its natural beauty from a different prospective. Journeys take around 10 minutes, but you’ll enjoy the rugged coastline and seeing many of the islands beautiful sandy beaches.


    Kefalonian taxis come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours – all however have a taxi sign upon their roof. Taxis are an expensive form of transport to explore the island. You can either pre-book a taxi or catch one at a taxi rank – those of which are mainly located outside the airport, central bus station and other strategic locations within cities. We highly recommend speaking to the taxi driver of the estimated cost to your journey before setting off.

    Useful links

    Official Greece Tourism Website