How to Rent a Car in the Greek Language

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Depending on where you are in Greece, you may feel that you want to rent a car. Sure, you can always arrange to rent a car online before you arrive in the country. However, you may decide to rent a car at the last minute while you’re already in the country. If you do, you’ll need to know some Greek to get you through the situation. Here’s a look at a a sample dialog that will help you rent a car in Greek:

Dialog – Rent a Car in the Greek Language

First, you will need to express that you want to rent a car. To do this, you will say:

  • Θέλω να νοικιάσω ένα αυτοκίνητο – Thelo na nikiaso ena aftokinito – I would like to rent a car.

You also have the option of adding in some descriptive adjectives into that sentence to describe what kind of car you’d like. You can also specify the number of days that you would like to rent the car for. Here are some variations on the above sentence that give more information:

  • Θέλω να νοικιάσω ένα μικρό αυτοκίνητο –  Thelo na nikiaso ena mikro aftokinito – I would like to rent a small car.
  • Θέλω να νοικιάσω ένα μεγάλο αυτοκίνητο – Thelo na nikiaso ena megalo aftokinito – I would like to rent a large car.
  • Θέλω να νοικιάσω ένα αυτοκίνητο για τρεις μέρες.  Thelo na nikiaso ena aftokinito ya trees meres – I would like to rent a car for three days.
  • Θέλω να νοικιάσω ένα αυτοκίνητο για (insert number of days) μέρες. Thelo na nikiaso ena aftokinito ya (insert number of days) meres. – I would like to rent a car for (insert number) days.

However, you can get away with just saying the sentence in its simpler form. The person at the rental car agency would ask you some questions to get a feel for the type of car you may need. Here are some questions he or she might ask and some typical responses:

  • Για πόσες μέρες? Ya posses meres? – For how many days?
  • Για πέντε μέρες. Ya pende meres – For five days.
  • Για (number of days) μέρες – Ya (number of days) meres. For (number) days.
  • Τι μέγεθος αυτοκινήτου θέλετε; Ti megethos aftokinitou thelete; What size car do you want?
  • Ένα μεγάλο αυτοκίνητο – Ena megalo aftokinito – a big car
  • Ένα μικρό αυτοκίνητο – Ena mikro aftokinito – a small car

This information is designed to just get you started. If you need extra instructions, please consult with your Greek teacher or lesson books. You can also get a handle on how to do this by getting out there and giving it a try while you’re in Greece!


The Learn Greek section on GreekBoston.com was written by Greeks to help people understand the conversational basics of the Greek language. This article is not a substitute for a professional Greek learning program, but a helpful resource for people wanting to learn simple communication in Greek.

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