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Top tips for hiring a car in Greece
When you drive in Greece, you will need to know that you give way to traffic when entering a roundabout and that changing lanes at a junction is prohibited. You are also not allowed to overtake cars while on bends, at bottlenecks, on road bumps, and at pedestrian crossings.
If you need to park your rental car in Greece, you may only do so in designated spaces using the pay and display system. Parking spaces marked in blue are for short stay periods, and you can park in them for up to three hours at a time.
In Greece, child car seats are mandatory for children up to the age of four years old. If a child measures less than 1.35 m (4ft) and is between the ages of three and 11, then they must travel in an appropriate child seat. In addition, children younger than 10 are not allowed to travel in the front seat of a car. These laws apply to all traveling to and from the airport as well, so you may want to rent a car seat from your car hire agency, which will cost you around 7,95 € ($8.90) and up per day.
If you want to travel to the capital, Athens, or to the cities of Piraeus, Evzoni, and Thessaloniki, you can take the A1 highway. If you fancy a road trip from Athens to Chalcis, take the A11 and drive for 48 mi. To discover northern Greece, including the Bulgarian and Turkish borders, you should take the A2 road.
FAQs about hiring a car in Greece
On average a car hire in Greece costs $173 per day.
Mini (Fiat 500 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Greece.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at AbbyCar Car Rentals ($125/day), diRENT ($127/day) and Alma Car Hire ($139/day).
Based on ratings and reviews from real users on KAYAK, the best car hire companies in Greece are Sixt (8.2, 279 reviews), Budget (8.0, 76 reviews), and Enterprise (7.9, 77 reviews).
Based on car searches on KAYAK. The most popular cities to hire a car in Greece are Heraklion (27% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Greece). Athens (25%) and Chania (10%).
On average hiring a car in Greece costs $449 per week ($64 per day).
On average a car hire in Greece costs $1,925 per month ($64 per day).
When you drive your rental car in Greece, you will need to remember to drive on the right-hand side of the road and to always wear your seat belt. The use of mobile phones is prohibited while driving, as is consuming alcohol. When you encounter a sign with a green background, this will signify a highway. Expressway signs have a white car symbol on a blue background. You will find that all major highways in Greece are toll roads.
You have to be at least 21 years old and have held your driver’s license for a minimum of three years to rent a car in Greece. If you are under the age of 25, you may have to pay a young driver surcharge. You will need to provide a valid driver’s license if you are from the EU and have an international driver’s permit if you are from a non-EU country.
When you rent a car Greece, you will find that the average price of petrol is 1.65 € per liter ( $1.86) and 6.12 € ($6.88) per gallon. Petrol stations are available around the country and are open until 7:00 pm during weekdays. They will likely be closed for the whole day on Sundays. Most of the petrol stations are full-service.
To drive safely around Greece, you must be familiar with the speed limits. In towns and urban areas, the limit is between 80 km/h (50 mph) and 90 km/h (56 mph), while within the city of Athens and its outskirts, the maximum speed limit is 50 km/h (31 mph). On the highway, the speed limit ranges from 100 km/h (62 mph) to 120 km/h (75 mph).
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.