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Old Aug 21, 19, 11:50 am
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Crete - rental car

I will be arriving at HER rather late on a Sat evening (arrival scheduled at 8:10 pm) in early October.

I am debating if I should just take a taxi to Agios Nikolaos that night and pick up my rental car Sat morning - or just drive myself that night. Last time I was there, I didn't think traffic was that bad driving east on the main road but it was November (I was driving around 7-8 pm). I will be extremely tired as it will have taken me a day and a half to get there.

Would I have to pay extra if I pickup in Agios Nikolaos and return to HER? ClubCars shows they have an office there. Would they be open on a Sunday?
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Old Aug 21, 19, 12:04 pm
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I rented in Chania and returned in Heraklion without a drop off charge (company had offices in both cities). I rented from Gelasakis.
Taxis are (relatively) cheap on Crete, and often used for intercity travel, so if you can arrange a no-charge rental car drop, under the circumstances, I'd just grab a cab that first night.
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Old Aug 21, 19, 5:00 pm
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Originally Posted by sophiesophie View Post
I will be arriving at HER rather late on a Sat evening (arrival scheduled at 8:10 pm) in early October.

I am debating if I should just take a taxi to Agios Nikolaos that night and pick up my rental car Sat morning - or just drive myself that night. Last time I was there, I didn't think traffic was that bad driving east on the main road but it was November (I was driving around 7-8 pm). I will be extremely tired as it will have taken me a day and a half to get there.

Would I have to pay extra if I pickup in Agios Nikolaos and return to HER? ClubCars shows they have an office there. Would they be open on a Sunday?
It's an easy 50 minute drive. Not sure I would do it at night though for the first time. Where are you staying..... that might make a difference. Make sure whatever rental agent you use...they include insurance. We just rented a car from The Best and it was excellent. New car, easy pick-up, etc.

https://www.thebestcars.gr/rentacar/en/home.html?
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Old Aug 21, 19, 7:50 pm
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Driving at night on a Cretan road after a 20 hours long trip is something I would hate doing as one really increases, by several orders of magnitude, the possibility of landing in a hospital (if one's lucky). It may be cheaper than taking a taxi, though, if you spend the night at a city hotel in Heraklion and drive to Agios Nikolaos the next morning after a good night's sleep. You could even pre-arrange to then have the car delivered to you at your hotel: all small, local rental agencies do that at no extra cost!
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Old Aug 23, 19, 12:19 pm
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Driving at night on a Cretan road after a 20 hours long trip is something I would hate doing as one really increases, by several orders of magnitude, the possibility of landing in a hospital (if one's lucky). It may be cheaper than taking a taxi, though, if you spend the night at a city hotel in Heraklion and drive to Agios Nikolaos the next morning after a good night's sleep. You could even pre-arrange to then have the car delivered to you at your hotel: all small, local rental agencies do that at no extra cost!
I have contacted a few rental places and asked about getting the car on Sunday morning in Agios Nikolaos and how that would work. Is it delivered to me - or do I need to go to an office there? They don't answer me - just that a car is available. Do you now how this works? I said above that I would pickup Sat morning, but it should have said Sunday morning (geez - I'm already tired!) I don't want to reserve then get an unexpected charge for this. I don't mind paying a little more, just don't want to be blindsided.
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Old Aug 23, 19, 3:03 pm
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I have contacted a few rental places and asked about getting the car on Sunday morning in Agios Nikolaos and how that would work. Is it delivered to me - or do I need to go to an office there? They don't answer me - just that a car is available. Do you now how this works? I said above that I would pickup Sat morning, but it should have said Sunday morning (geez - I'm already tired!) I don't want to reserve then get an unexpected charge for this. I don't mind paying a little more, just don't want to be blindsided.
Why are you committed to renting from a company that can't give you a straight answer? There are better alternatives. Most reputable companies deliver to your hotel or a mutually agreed location. Shouldn't be this hard.
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Old Aug 23, 19, 3:08 pm
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Don't try to drive on Crete when you're exhausted. If you're not a local (and don't have lots and lots of experience driving there), it's difficult even under good conditions without traffic, when you know the way, and when you're not tired.
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Old Aug 23, 19, 4:46 pm
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I'm not committed to any company. I've contacted 2 so far and they don't answer that question.

As for driving when I am tired, I don't want to. Last time, I did drive and I missed my exit twice (signs in Greek/American Greek/American - by the time you see the name you are looking for - you miss it!). I was driving on the main highway towards Agios Nikolaos, but needed to turn off to drive south. Not sure how far east I got before I was able to turn around but it was quite far. It was early November and there was very little traffic that night. I have no idea of the traffic on the highway in early October. I suspect it might be busier than November. The highway to AN is not a concern unless it could be crazy traffic.

I will continue to contact rental places to see if I can get an answer that I am comfortable with.
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Old Sep 4, 19, 2:29 pm
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I got my rental car figured out - I am picking it up on Monday morning in Agios Nikolaos. I won't need it until then anyway!

Do you think I need to make a reservation with a taxi company or can I rely on any cab at the airport?
Should there be a flat fee for a trip to Agios Nikolaos?
What kind of tip is expected?

Thanks!
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Old Sep 5, 19, 5:37 am
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Never done it (I drive my own car), but I guess it should be around 755 €. "Flat fees" are indicated at the airport or ask the cabbie; there should be plenty of cabs waiting on line and every driver will be very glad to get such a fare. If it does cost as much as I said, anything above 3-5€ would be slightly exagerated.
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Old Sep 5, 19, 5:22 pm
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Never done it (I drive my own car), but I guess it should be around 755 . "Flat fees" are indicated at the airport or ask the cabbie; there should be plenty of cabs waiting on line and every driver will be very glad to get such a fare. If it does cost as much as I said, anything above 3-5 would be slightly exagerated.
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Old Sep 6, 19, 6:32 am
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Παρακαλώ, νά 'σαι καλά and enjoy your stay!
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