Greece Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

Driving In Greece
Greece apparently has the 4th highest car fatality rate in Europe and you’ll probably understand why if you have to drive in the centre of Athens. Generally though, roads are good, standards of rental vehicles are high and driving in Greece isn’t much different to driving abroad in other parts of Southern Europe. One particular hazard to watch out for is motorbikes who will weave in and out of traffic and may overtake on either side of a vehicle, often at high speed. The ‘Think Bike’ rule is certainly valid in Greece. Another hazard in my opinion is sneaky police officers. I’ve been stopped for speeding by officers situated just over the brow of a hill, who stepped out as I approached (a highly risky move but good for catching speeding motorists!). Driving on the Islands may entail some bumpy roads but unless you intend to go seriously ‘off road’ a 4WD shouldn’t be needed.

Greece Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Alamo, National, Avis, Budget,Thrifty,  Dollar,  have outlets around Greece. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car hire and Web discount sites such as orExpedia. There will also be numerous small operators in towns and Islands across Greece
These are Greek companies with branches across the country

This company are based in Athens-

There will also be a large number of smaller local companies, especially in holiday resorts. If you use one of these companies, the charges are likely to be lower, but make sure you fully understand the insurance terms.

Greece Self Driving Rules –
Most of the big companies don’t allow vehicles to be driven outside Greece. One way rentals may be allowed within Greece but this is likely to exclude the Greek Islands. If you plan to take the vehicle to one of the Islands , or a different Island to the one you rented from, you should tell the rental company when you make the reservation as they may need to arrange additional insurance.

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