The Guide to Car Rental In Greece
Car rental in Greece is a great idea for adventurous families who want to discover more of the area they are visiting. It is convenient, affordable, and enables you to see things you might otherwise miss. Do you want to reach those hidden beaches only the locals visit, or drive up to quiet mountain villages? Hiring a car in Greece could be just for you.
Over the years, we have noticed that people ask many of the same questions when it comes to driving and renting a car in Greece. So, whether you are planning a vacation in Crete, putting together a road trip based on Greek Mythology, or want to explore the lesser known areas of the Peloponnese peninsula, these FAQ’s and answers should help you. If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, then please get in touch. We would love to help!
What side of the road do people drive on? All vehicles are driven on the right side of the road.
What are the roads like in Greece? The main roads are mostly in very good condition and sealed. Minor roads are also in good condition. Some smaller roads and tracks leading up into the mountains or to remote beaches may be unsealed. Note: Many of the highways operate on a ‘toll’ system, so begin any journey with plenty of coins!
Automatic or Manual? The vast majority of cars in Greece are manual/stick-shift. If you have never driven a manual car before, we would suggest that Greece is not the place to learn! If you require an automatic car rental in Greece, contact Kids Love Greece, and we can arrange one for you.
Where can I rent a car in Greece? You can rent a car in virtually any large town or city throughout Greece, including the islands. Cars can be collected from airports, delivered to your hotel, or picked up from the rental company themselves.
What type of car should I rent? You should choose a vehicle based on the type of family vacation in Greece you are planning. For example, if you are staying in just one hotel, and need a car only for day trips, a smaller vehicle will be fine. If you are planning a lengthy road-trip in Greece and need to take all your luggage with you however, you should ensure that it has adequate space for passengers and suitcases.
Do I need an specific paperwork to rent a car in Greece? European Union residents just need an EU driving license. Residents from other countries will need an International Driving License, in addition to the regular license. When renting a car, you may also be asked to show your passport, and of course credit card.
Is it safe to drive in Greece? This is a great question! To visitors from the USA, Athens in particular may seem to have a somewhat aggressive, chaotic feel to it when it comes to driving. Parking is another problem! We would suggest to avoid driving in the center when at all possible, and using public transport such as the excellent metro system instead. Outside of Athens, you should aim to be aware at all times, and be prepared for tight switchback roads leading up and down the mountains.
Renting a car in Greece is the best way to get around the country at your own pace. If you have any special requirements, such as child seats for younger kids, then get in touch with us, and we can arrange your car rental in Greece today.
Kids Love Greece have partnered with several car rental companies, and have also created some family friendly road-trip itineraries to help plan your driving holiday in Greece. Contact us for more details.
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