For most travelers, it is best to book a rental car in advance. After flight arrival, the vehicle can also be rented at the airport for the convenience of moving around the city, getting to the resort, and enjoying the geographic landscape. However, it is more convenient to book a car for hire prior to arriving at the scheduled destination. The cost will be less with advanced booking, and it will be easy and faster to pick up the rented vehicle with no hassle or time-consuming issues.
Airport Rental Car
Rental car companies are easily found at the airport. This airport only has one terminal with the rental car desks in close proximity to the main terminal exit. Cars can be rented from Avis Car Hire, Green Motion, Europcar Car Rental, Hertz, and Budget Car Rental. Auto Union, Olympic, and Argus provide travelers with a meet-and-greet service inside the terminal. A representative from one of these companies usually takes travelers to the rental car area to pick up the vehicle. Some travelers opt for a taxi cab to the hotel or resort, then make car rental arrangements over the phone the next day and have the vehicle delivered.
Closest Airport Gas Stations
For travelers that decide to pick up the vehicle at the airport, it is important to know where to find the closest gas station to fill up the gas tank. Take the coastal road to Zante Town, which is about an eight-minute drive from the Zakynthos International Airport. A Shell and Eko gas station can be found there. These are usually open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Things To Do With The Rental Car
For tourists staying at any Laganas resort, drive only 1 kilometer (less than 1 mile) from the airport in the rental car. Zakynthos town is 6 kilometers (about 4 miles) to the south of the airport in a rental car. With a booked rental car that is picked up from the airport, the need for public transportation can be avoided. The rental car can be used to do things like banking and shopping. For banking services, the banks in Zante Town are open during weekdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shops located inside the tourist resorts are usually open every day from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., but only during the tourist season. At the local retail stores, the hours are usually 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays and Saturdays, expect to see shops opened only from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A rental vehicle will serve travelers well, no matter where the hotel accommodations are located. A rental car makes it easier to get from point A to point B. Moreover, it is possible to go on road trips without the help of a tour guide or other means of transportation. Travelers also prefer to drive the rental car to the airport on the day of departure rather than use the hotel shuttle service for airport drop off.