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Car rental - 4x4 or ordinary compact?

Vancouver, Canada
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Car rental - 4x4 or ordinary compact?

Wondering if anyone had any first hand experiences driving on the roads in Milos; just wondering if one needed a 4x4 to explore the relatively undeveloped western half of the island? The main factor for me against a 4x4 is it's more expensive to rent.

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atlanta, Ga.
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1. Re: Car rental - 4x4 or ordinary compact?

If you rent a regular car the car companies will tell you that you are not allowed to go the western side of the island (that's what they told us)...You must rent a 4 X 4. Your call, of course. We did not go the western beaches this time (a few weeks ago) but have in the past. There are plenty of beautiful beaches in Milos without going to the western beaches.

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2. Re: Car rental - 4x4 or ordinary compact?

Even with a 4x4 some of the car rental companies will still say that you will not be insured if you go to the far west and east parts of the island. You might want to ask the company you use.

Oh, and a note: Europcar (right next to the ferry port) will hold your 500 EURO deposit for weeks. We are on day #13 now and they still have our money.

Just be aware.

Enjoy Milos! It's a great place!

Vancouver, Canada
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3. Re: Car rental - 4x4 or ordinary compact?

Thanks for the heads up. Probably assume the roads in the western part are not paved?

Ostend, Belgium
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4. Re: Car rental - 4x4 or ordinary compact?

This is about the best you can get roadwise on the western part: https://tinyurl.com/yctg3ay4

Vancouver, Canada
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5. Re: Car rental - 4x4 or ordinary compact?

Many thanks. Now I understand why the car rental companies won't be keen.

Brisbane, Australia
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6. Re: Car rental - 4x4 or ordinary compact?

Hi there

Does anyone have any recommendations for 4x4 rental companies in milos?

Just shopping around and there isn't a lot of information.

Thanks,

Elle

Canton of Bern...
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7. Re: Car rental - 4x4 or ordinary compact?

Last June we rented from Tourlakis rent a car and were very happy as they were friendly, picked us up at the port and everything was fine (not even a deposit by credit card needed).

And yes again, you need a 4x4 to go to the very western beaches.

Boston...
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8. Re: Car rental - 4x4 or ordinary compact?

Hi, last September we rented from Milos Cars out of Adamas and they were great. Dropped our 4X4 off up in Plaka for us, and then picked it up when we were done. Very convenient and professional.

Vancouver, Canada
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9. Re: Car rental - 4x4 or ordinary compact?

Did they allow to take their cars onto unpaved roads? I know some companies don't want you to take their cars on dirt or gravels roads period.

Canton of Bern...
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10. Re: Car rental - 4x4 or ordinary compact?

They didn't forbid it to us. That's the reason we rented a 4x4. To drive the bad roads to the western beaches.

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