Travel to Greece may conjure up images of ferrying between islands or taking protracted bus rides across vast distances. But renting a car in Greece is a great way to explore the country and make the most of your trip.
You’ll have more flexibility with your itinerary and will be able to visit uninhabited villages, far-flung archaeological sites, and secluded beaches.
Driving in Greece is fairly simple, as long as you stay away from the congested inner-city areas of Athens. Before you start driving, keep in mind these important details.
- The right side of the road is where you should be driving in Greece.
- For those in the front seats, seat belt use is required.
- Everyone, with the exception of citizens of the UK and EU, must have an International Driver’s Permit in order to rent a car in Greece.
- In Greece, using a cell phone while driving is prohibited. Bring a dashboard mount, please.
- Greece’s geography can be explored using Google Maps. You don’t need to pay a GPS.
- The range of permitted speeds varies from 50 km/h in urban areas to 130 km/h on highways.
- Greece only has a few toll roads, including the national road and the Athens Airport Highway. Coins or a credit card may be used to pay fees.
- Greece has a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of alcohol.
- The weekends are not a good time to travel into or out of Athens because traffic is heavy from Friday afternoon until Sunday.