Kalamata Airport (KLX) is relatively small but one of the busiest airports of the Peloponnese, serving as the international gateway for tourism in the southern regions of Greece. Car hire at Kalamata Airport is a good option for exploring the area as opposed to public transport as the bus serving the airport only runs regularly to Kalamata, meaning many other destinations require a car or taxi. Kalamata Airport car hire therefore may well be economical, especially if you are travelling as a group and will give you the freedom to reach other destinations in the region.
Kalamata Airport sits between Kalamata and Messene on the GR-82 national road. You can easily connect to this single carriageway road with your hire car from the airport. The road stretches for around 70 miles, connecting with Pylos and Sparta via Kalamata. The route from the airport will take around 10min to Kalamata, passing along the Enotiki A7 road. You can also explore the nearby beaches at Verga and Avia within a 10-mile radius and enjoy the vibrant tourist scene or take in the small historic town of Messini. Visit the traditional mountain villages on the western slopes of Mount Taygetos from Sparta on the road to the city, which is noted as the most beautiful road in Greece.
Be aware of local speed limits to avoid any extra charges with your car hire at Kalamata Airport. It is also advisable to carry some loose change for the toll roads you may come across. Roads are usually well-signposted, and you can find free parking areas in most cities. You can also rent GPS systems with your Kalamata Airport car hire if preferred. On your return, also bear in mind that many petrol stations in Greece close at 20:00 if you are outside the larger cities, so if you need to re-fill your tank, make sure to do it within these times. There is also a Shell Station outside the airport and a cheaper alternative around half a mile down the road.
Busy times at Kalamata Airport tend to fall around the afternoon period when many package holiday flights are scheduled. Try to avoid the rush by arriving in the morning or evening slots if possible. You can find basic refreshment facilities and café bars at the airport near the car rental desks and various shops and ATMs for your convenience.
Book your rental car at Kalamata Airport at least 7 days before your trip in order to get a below-average price
FAQs about renting a car at Kalamata Airport
All Kalamata Airport car hire companies require a full driving license and a valid passport ID. You will also need a credit card registered to the main driver and your booking voucher to complete your transaction. UK drivers may also need an International Driving Permit due to the exit from EU regulations. Check with the DVLA licensing authority who will be able to advise you and arrange this service for a small fee.
Try Green Motion car hire at Kalamata Airport, whose walk-in office is conveniently situated at a few minutes’ walking distance of the airport’s terminal on the airport’s main road, 6th Km Kalamatas Messinis. Office hours are from 08:00-21:00; however, if you are delayed, the office will make arrangements and hold your vehicle out of office hours for an extra 2h if notified. There is also a shuttle service in this case, in which you can arrange a meeting point for pick-up.
You can find Kalamata Airport car hire rental counters in the Arrivals Hall, which include most of the major companies. Avis, Budget, Green Motion, and Alamo car centres are the closest with their offices conveniently located on the airport grounds, directly opposite the terminal. Other companies such as Alma and Enterprise can be found a little further away on the Greek National Road 82. Most companies close between 21:00-00:00, but you can find some that are open 24h such as Avis car hire.
Car rental companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Kalamata Airport to off-airport locations include Advance Car And Truck Rental, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Caldera, Dollar, Drive Car Rental, Enterprise, Europcar, and Global Rent A Car.