When it comes to holiday destinations in Greece, the island of Paros is one of the most popular with both Greeks and foreigners alike. What sets apart this island in the Aegean Sea from the hundreds of other islands in the area is the fact that it is home to some very scenic villages and ports and of course, gorgeous beaches. This means that it is a perfect destination for people looking to spend a few days relaxing in a beautiful place, away from their work and troubles.
The beauty of Paros is known all over the world, however, there is a small problem: although the island is relatively small, it is far from being so small that every site and beach is within walking distance. Paros is meant to be explored and in order to do that, visitors needs some sort of transportation to be able to get around the island and experience everything it has to offer. When it comes to transportation in Paros – and any other place, anywhere in the world for that matter – it all comes down to a very basic dilemma: does one rely on public transport or rent a car? Well, let’s try to provide a definite answer, at least for the case of Paros.
Well, the biggest edge that public transport – buses etc – has over car rentals in Paros is the fact that it is cheaper. A bust ticket costs way less than the daily rate of a rental car and things look even worse for rentals if you consider that the renter also has to pay for gas. However, although the cost using public transport might be less than that of a car rental on a short-term basis, things can be quite different when we are talking on a long-term basis. In other words, if one uses public transport daily for a week instead of renting a car, chances are that on the end of the day, his savings will be pretty minimal. Bust tickets may be relatively cheap, but their costs add up and in the end of the day, they can cost just as much as a car’s daily rental rate.
Furthermore, another drawback of public transport is the fact that one has to rely on the bus router and timetables, which means that they will have to plan their trips and their vacation around the schedules of public transport. In other words, they won’t have complete “freedom” during their vacation and this can be very frustrating and in some cases, even stressful.
Granted, chances are that if one wants to visit only a few select places in Paros, then taking the bus will probably be cheaper than renting a car. There are cases however in which renting a car can be a lot cheaper than taking the bus. For example, a family is better off renting a car for a daily trip than taking the bus, because unlike buses, car rental companies in Paros and other places don’t charge “by the head”. In other words, the daily rate of the car will be the same regardless of whether one or four people will be riding in it and that can help families and groups save money.
The biggest advantage of renting a car however, is the complete freedom of movement that having “your own car” will offer. Simply put, if one rents a car, then Paros is their oyster: they can explore it and experience it as they fit, whenever they want, without worrying about routes and timetables.
We could conclude by saying that public transport is a good idea for solo travelers and couples who don’t really want to explore the entirety of the island, while car rentals are better for families and groups.