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To take cars on ferries you must make reservations. Though there is bus service on the large and mountainous islands of Andros and Naxos, it is much more convenient to travel by car.
Although islanders tend to acknowledge rules, many roads on the islands are poorly maintained, and tourists sometimes lapse into vacation inattentiveness. Drive with caution, especially at night, when you may well be sharing the roads with motorists returning from an evening of drinking. In 2004 motor accidents killed 40 people on little Mykonos.
All the major islands have car- and bike-rental agencies at the ports and in the business districts. Car rentals cost about €50 per day, with unlimited mileage and third-party liability insurance. Full insurance costs about €8 a day more. Four-wheeled semi-bikes (quads), that look—but are not—safer than bikes, are also available everywhere. Choose a dealer that offers 24-hour service and a change of vehicle in case of a breakdown. Most will take you from and to your plane or boat. Beware: all too many travelers end up in Athenian hospitals owing to poor roads, slipshod maintenance, careless drivers, and excessive partying.
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