Greece is undoubtedly a popular country, whether you choose to explore the mainland and head to the historic capital, Athens, or you head to the idyllic summer islands further south. Of course, you might not want to stick with public transport, and in that case, you’ll want to fly by the seat of your own pants and possibly drive a hire a car.
The driving experience will ultimately depend upon the time of year you choose to go. Remember, Greece is a country full of mountains, whether you’re on the mainland or the islands, so you need to be cautious of bends and be even more prepared during wet or cold weather. You will probably see a lot of rain or even snow during the late autumn months and winter.
If you’re heading to Athens (a great choice), do beware that traffic can be terrible from time to time and that parking can be difficult at best. Having said that, every large city is the same, so if you go prepared, you won’t have any surprises.
To help you navigate (pardon the pun) your driving experience in Greece, we’ve put together a handy guide that tells you all you need to know about the rules of the road, the anomalies you might otherwise miss, as well as telling you where to hire your car from.
When hiring a car in any Greek city or on any island, it’s a good idea to pre-book it before you arrive. If you’re traveling during the winter months, you probably won’t have too much of an issue; however, not pre-booking during the summer months will lead to almost inevitable disappointment! Remember that Greece is one of the most visited countries on the planet during the summer, and if even half of those people decide to rent a car and explore by road, you’re going to have a problem finding a vehicle to rent for yourself!
You need to be 21 years of age to hire a car in Greece, and you will need to have held your license for at least a year, regardless of your age. If you are under 25 years of age, you may end up paying a young driver surcharge, which will increase the cost of your car rental by a fair amount. For older drivers, there may be a maximum age of 70 for renting a car, depending upon the company you’re hiring from.
In order to drive a rental car, you will need an international driver’s license, and you will need to carry this at all times, alongside your regular license (paper and card), with your passport and insurance documents.