Driving in Greece

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.

  1. The right side of the road is where you should be driving in Greece.
  2. For those in the front seats, seat belt use is required.
  3. 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.
  4. In Greece, using a cell phone while driving is prohibited. Bring a dashboard mount, please.
  5. Greece’s geography can be explored using Google Maps. You don’t need to pay a GPS.
  6. The range of permitted speeds varies from 50 km/h in urban areas to 130 km/h on highways.
  7. 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.
  8. Greece has a zero-tolerance policy for driving under the influence of alcohol.
  9. The weekends are not a good time to travel into or out of Athens because traffic is heavy from Friday afternoon until Sunday.

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