Santorini

Travel Forums Europe Santorini

Last Post This thread is marked as being about Santorini
1. Posted by bradmm (Budding Member 3 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Our hotel will be on the Kamari side but I have a sunset cruise booked on the opposite side of the island. I've inquired about buying transfers from the local travel agency but I was wondering if maybe I should rent a car and drive...? My experience with driving outside of the USA is Mexico, Caymans, Bonaire and St. Croix... none of which was very congested. I have read that the buses may be the way to go but may not be reliable...? Also, if I were to drive, would I need an International Driver's License? The website looked kind of scammy. :-)

Brad

2. Posted by littlesam1 (Budding Member 73 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I used the bus line when I was on Santorini. I also usesd taxi's. It is very congested in parts of the island. I did a lot of walking also. Personally I would not want to drive a car there.

3. Posted by bradmm (Budding Member 3 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Thanks, I suspected as much but appreciate the advice.

4. Posted by littlesam1 (Budding Member 73 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I would be concerned about parking also. Although some one who has driven there might have advice on that. We did take a bus one day to another town, and I forget which one it was now. But the bus did not show up to take us back. Luckily for us there were plenty of taxi's in the area so we had no trouble getting back to Fira

5. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 791 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

If you do decide to go with a car rental you should get an IDP. Some travel insurance might deny a claim if you don't have an IDP. I think these are the legitimate sites you can obtain an IDP:

American Automobile Touring Alliance

American Automobile Association

6. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 359 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting bradmm

Also, if I were to drive, would I need an International Driver's License? The website looked kind of scammy.

Unless things have really changed lately, getting an IDL (or IDP) is fairly straightforward. You are in the US, yeah? Just go to the nearest AAA or contact them and forget the "scammy" website you saw.

I went through AAA and was given a paper document with a passport-type photo of me affixed to the inside. Basically, AAA looked at any endorsements and restrictions I may have had on my license, then let that information be known in the paper document, which was in quite a few different languages. I was once made to stop in Italy by the Carabinieri at a checkpoint and was wicked happy I had an IDP to show the officer.

I cannot remember if I needed to produce the IDP upon pick-up of the rental vehicle...

Getting the IDP should still be quite easy if everything is on the up-and-up regarding your situation. I cannot imagine going through some dodgy website, since AAA does the whole thing in about 20 minutes at participating branches, or perhaps all of their branches. I think you can even get the IDP through the mail with AAA as well.

As I say, perhaps things have changed in the last 10 years - check out the links from Teoni above.

Good luck!

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Oct-2019, 22:50 GMT by road to roam ]

7. Posted by bradmm (Budding Member 3 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Road,

The first place I saw the reference to IDP had a link to a website that just caused me to be suspicious, not AAA. If it had been, I wouldn't have reacted that way. These days, there are just too many scams out there so I tend to be suspicious. As for getting the IDP, I'm just going to follow the advice of using taxis when needing to get some place.

Thanks!

8. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1382 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Slightly related - I hired a car in Cyprus in July. The website was one of a broker rather than the actual company but it was stated there that drivers might need to produce an IDP when hiring a car in Cyprus. That was confirmed on one or two other websites. I used our local AA here in New Zealand to get an IDP which cost me NZD30 which is about USD20. I got it, went to Cyprus, hired the car, didn't need the IDP just my NZ driver licence and all was well. The IDP is sitting in a drawer now, unused and runs out after 12 months (next June!). Although not expensive, it was a waste of money - but I didn't know that at the time.

9. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 359 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting bradmm

As for getting the IDP, I'm just going to follow the advice of using taxis when needing to get some place.

Good call - TBH I think the total area of Santorini Island makes getting a cab or bus a much more sound choice. Distances aren't always as the crow flies, but still...

Enjoy the island! :D

[ Edit: Edited on 02-Oct-2019, 00:10 GMT by road to roam ]

10. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 791 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Borisborough

Slightly related - I hired a car in Cyprus in July. The website was one of a broker rather than the actual company but it was stated there that drivers might need to produce an IDP when hiring a car in Cyprus. That was confirmed on one or two other websites. I used our local AA here in New Zealand to get an IDP which cost me NZD30 which is about USD20. I got it, went to Cyprus, hired the car, didn't need the IDP just my NZ driver licence and all was well. The IDP is sitting in a drawer now, unused and runs out after 12 months (next June!). Although not expensive, it was a waste of money - but I didn't know that at the time.

It is not just about whether you need to produce it overseas. Some travel insurances won't cover a claim for a rental car if you did not take out an IDP. I scratched the door of a car I rented in Montenegro they charged me €1000. When I filled out a claim form for my travel insurance they wanted a copy of the IDP. If I had not taken out the IDP it would have cost me a lot more than the AUD42 for the permit.