I have visited a lot of Greek Islands over the years, and many of these islands were very walkable. Islands such as Rhodes, Symi, and Crete. It hadn’t ever occurred to me that I may need to rent a car. Milos is a little more remote and less traveled. As a result, there isn’t a major infrastructure set up for public transit. Do I need to rent a car in Milos? The answer is “maybe”…
Renting a car in Milos will largely depend on what kind of travel experience you are looking to have. If you are someone who is planning to hang by the beach near your hotel, then maybe you don’t need to rent a car. But if you want to see all the island of Milos has to offer, you will need to consider renting a car, scooter, or ATV.
Do I Need To Rent A Car In Milos?
When I arrived in Milos, I hadn’t researched needing a car. I assumed I could get anywhere I wanted by taking the buses or just getting a taxi. Driving in Milos wasn’t something I was exactly prepared to do.
Assuming it would be easy to get around, I just showed up with no plans to rent a car. I hadn’t anticipated the taxis’ cost and the limited bus schedule. Again, if you aren’t looking to explore a lot, you can get by staying in one of the main towns near the port.
As shown below in the map of Milos, there are many hot spots you won’t want to miss, so renting a car or ATV might be the answer.
How To Get Around Not Renting A Car in Milos
If you are dead set against renting a car and driving in Milos, you want to stay in the towns most connected with the bus. Those towns are Adamas and Pollonia. Adamas is the town in the port and has the most connections to popular spots such as Sarakiniko Beach, Pollonia, Klima, and Plaka.
My honest feedback about relying on the buses is it will be limiting. I don’t feel there is enough frequency in the pickups and drop-offs. This could change as tourism is increasing annually.
If you are staying in Pollonia and want to visit Sarakiniko beach, you will first need to take a 15-minute bus ride to the Adamas port and then wait to board another bus to take you to Sarakiniko beach. Timing the routes can be a little annoying. For this reason, having a rental car in Milos makes a lot of sense.
Milos Bus Schedule
Please note that the Milos Bus Schedule changes weekly, so you should check it frequently. Since most people visit in the summer, I have linked the Milos Bus Schedule for a week in August.
The Cost to Rent A Car in Milos
The cost to rent a car in Milos will vary a bit depending on the season and availability of the vehicles. The average car rental cost was between 60 and 100 euros per day.
I had spoken to a girl who was lucky enough to find a place renting them for 45 euros a day, but it was in the shoulder season.
Driving in Milos appeared to be very easy. There wasn’t a lot of traffic, and the drivers didn’t appear to be aggressive.
If you are driving in Milos, you will need to be cautious of the scooters and ATVs on the road. Going slow is the best strategy.
Here are some of the car rental places in Milos:
Renting an ATV in Milos
Perhaps a more affordable and fun option is to rent an ATV in Milos! I will admit that I was not brave enough to do this, but I met someone who was! She paid 60 euros daily and said it cost her 17 euros in gas to fill the tank.
All the major roads in Milos are paved, so you don’t need an ATV, but it could be fun to have this experience.
Driving an ATV in Milos was popular among tourists because it was slightly cheaper than renting a car.
Renting a Scooter / Moped in Milos
If you are an experienced and licensed scooter/moped driver, you will have the option to rent one in Milos. However, I am told you need a motorcycle license and be at least 18 years old. A few travelers I met were disappointed as they couldn’t rent one.
From what I witnessed in Milos, the drivers were all respectful of the ATVs and Scooters. Sharing the road didn’t seem to be an issue.
In other places I have visited, the pace on the road was a bit aggressive, unlike in Milos.
Final Thoughts on renting a car in Milos
I would have planned my trip differently if I had read this post before visiting. I made the mistake of not staying close enough to the center of town and needed to take costly taxis a lot of the time.
If you want to visit Milos and not rent a car, pay a lot of attention to where you will stay. Look into all that Milos offers and figure out the best way to see everything. Ultimately I think you do need to rent a car in Milos, but you can get by without one.
Read the 10 Best Things to Do in Milos and have a blast!