When we go on vacation, we are always looking to relax and have fun. This means that we would all like to manage our time ourselves and generally to do what we want, when we want to. To put it in other terms, nobody wants to have to abide by a schedule while on vacation. Therefore, even though most holiday and tourism destinations do have pretty reliable bus services and other means of public or tourist transport, most people prefer to arrive by their own car at their chose vacation destination. Simply put, when you have your own car with you during your vacation, then the world (or rather the place you are staying in) is your oyster.
When it comes to vacation destinations, some places are more popular than others and Greece, is one of the most popular destinations in Europe and the world in general. The problem with Greece is the fact that it is full of small islands, which means that many of its most famous destinations, such as the island of Paros, are basically impossible to drive to. This however doesn’t mean that one can’t visit them with his or her car.
During the summer months, large boats and ships leave for Paros and other islands in the Aegean Sea on a daily basis. Those ships are also able to carry a respectable number of cars and other vehicles within their holds. This means that if you would like to take your car with you to Paros, you can always load it on the ferry, is this idea however as good as it sounds? Not exactly… Let’s find out why.
Vehicle transport is pretty expensive
It goes without saying that getting a car to an island is going to cost more than it does for people, however, depending on the type of car, the cost of the fare can skyrocket. Sometimes, renting a car at your destination could actually be significantly cheaper than actually getting your car there by car, especially if your car happens to be an SUV or a large sedan. With that being said, ALWAYS compare the car rental rates in Paros or your island of choice with the cost of car transport by ship. You might be surprised by the cost difference.
Cars are essentially uninsured while in the ship’s hold
A little-known fact is that most insurance companies won’t cover damages sustained while a car is in an underground parking lot or the hold of a ferry. This is because those places are very tight and thus it is very improbable for a driver to cause a serious accident. With that being said, accidents can still happen while your car is parked in the ship’s hold. It is possible for example that another driver might hit, dent or scratch your car while attempting to park his on an adjacent parking spot. Those damages will likely not be covered by your insurance, so make sure that you read the fine print on your insurance contract before loading your car on a ship.
Getting on and off the ship can be stressful and time consuming
Believe it or not, it is not uncommon for drivers to wait for up to an hour or more in order to get their cars out of the ship’s hold. This is because a ship cab carry hundreds of cars and they all get out in the reverse order they went in. In other words, the cars that entered first will exit last. Furthermore, getting in and out of your assigned parking spot can be a harrowing experience for new and inexperienced drivers, since they will have to navigate very narrow areas and park in very tight spots.
For all those reasons, we suggest that you rent a car on Paros instead of getting your own car to the island.