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Greece Driving Information


Driving Licence Requirements in Greece

To hire a car in Greece, you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for 1 year.

Greece Age Restrictions

While, as mentioned above, the the minimum Greece age restriction to hire a car is 21 years, drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. An international driver's license is required. Some suppliers have a maximum rental age of 70 for car hire in Athens and other Greece destinations.

Driving Distances in Greece

  • Athens to Patras - 211kms (2hours/50mins)

  • Chania to Heralion (Crete) - 138kms (2hours/15mins)

  • Kalamata to Athens - 239kms (3hours/10mins)

  • Thessaloniki to Igoumenitsa - 325kms (3hours/20mins)  

Greece Road Rules and Petrol Stations

General Greece driving, laws, rules and regulations:

  • Driving in Greece is done on the right-hand side of the road.

  • The middle lane of a three-lane highway is for passing only.

  • Seat belts are mandatory when driving a hire car in Greece.

  • The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.

  • Drivers are to carry a valid driver's licence, registration documents and insurance documents at all times while driving.

  • The use of full bean headlights with a car hire in Kefalonia and all Greek towns is strictly prohibited.

  • Petrol stations in Greece are open from 7am to 7pm  

Tolls in Greece

There are two toll highways in Greece. One goes from Athens to the Peloponnesus and the other goes from Athens to Thessaloniki. The cost is just a few Euros.

Greece Parking Information

In major cities of Greece, on-street parking is virtually non-existent. Your best bet is to find tourist parking lots or hotel parking, as illegal parking in Greece can cost you your license plate.

Greece One-Way Rentals

Domestic one-way rentals are available between select locations within Greece; additional fees may apply. International one-way rentals are not permitted from Greece at this time.

If you plan to drive a Greece car hire, you can pick it up in one location and return it to a different one, but you should check any possible restrictions with your car hire supplier.

With your car hire in Greece it is important to take the time to look through some of these Greece driving information, rules and regulations to ensure you have the safest possible journey.


Athens car hire starting at ú10 /per day*

*Rates shown are per day, based upon a 7-day car hire. Taxes and additional surcharges may apply.

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