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The Complete Greece Driving and Rental Guide

Its rich historical past, pleasant weather and beautiful landscape make Greece one of the popular touristic countries in the world. However, it is always recommended to drive carefully in Greece, and stick to the right part of your lane and let the others overtake without blocking the lane yourself.

  • Speed Limit and Traffic Signs
  • Seatbelt and Child Safety
  • Parking, Fuel and Toll
  • Traffic Violation
  • Driving Licence and Age Requirements

Speed Limit and Traffic Signs

Driving in Greece is on the right-hand side of the road and overtaking is from the left. Dipped headlights should be used in poor daytime visibility and the use of full beam headlights in towns is strictly prohibited. The middle lane of a three-lane highway is for passing.

Speed Limit

There is a speed limit of 50 km/h in rural areas, 110 km/h in open roads and 120 km/h on motorways.

Traffic Signs

Signs in Greece follow the general European standards in terms of shapes and colours. There are mainly 4 types of traffic signs in Greece: regulatory, warning, informational and directional.


Greek regulatory signs usually feature a circular shape, with some exceptions.

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Greek warning signs are triangular with a red border and a yellow background.

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Greek information signs feature a rectangular shape with a blue background.

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In Greece, direction signs mostly feature a rectangular shape with green and blue background colours.

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*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Seatbelt and Child Safety

Seatbelt Laws

The driver as well as all passengers must wear seatbelts all the time while seated inside a vehicle. Failure to do so can cause a €350 fine.

Booster Seat Laws

Children under 3 years old must be placed in a suitable child restraint. 


Children between 3 and 11 years old, measuring less than 1.35m must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size. 


From the age of 12, children measuring over 1.35m can wear an adult seat belt. 


Placing a rear-facing child restraint in the front passenger seat is allowed only when the passenger airbag is deactivated. 

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Parking, Fuel and Toll

Parking

· Permitted Parking


Parking spaces in Athens are quite rare and hotel parking is usually not free of charge. It would be advisable for you to book a hotel that offers free spots. 


In Santorini – one of the most touristic islands almost all tourist attractions there offer free parking. 


You may not be familiar with the below parking signs, which inform you that parking is prohibited in the odd or even months of the year. 

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· Parking in Athens


Athens has a specific parking system in place. Spaces marked by a white line are for short-term visitors while spaces marked in yellow are for commercial use only. Short-term visitors can use the white spaces from 09:00 to 21:00 on weekdays, and from 09:00 to 16:00 on weekends.


Prepaid parking cards need to be displayed for the use of blue short-stay spaces, and can be bought at newsagents, tobacconists, kiosks and other small shops, with a maximal validity of 3 hours.


Occupying short-term parking spaces without paying the required parking fee, or exceed the time limit for which has been paid for will incur a €20 fine. If paying within 10 days, the fine can be reduced by half.

Greece Parking Lot


· Forbidden Parking


 In Greece, you are not allowed to park in the following spots:


- Less than 15 feet from a fire hydrant


- Less than 5 metres of a pedestrian crossing


- Less than 15 metres from a bus stop


- More than 12 inches from the curb


- On the sidewalk


- If blocking a driveway


- With the left side of the vehicle next to the curb


- Less than 20 feet from a crosswalk or intersection


- Within 30 feet from a traffic control device


- In a fire lane


- In violation of a posted sign regulating parking within a shopping centre or office complex


Vehicles parked in prohibited places may be towed away or their licence plates may be removed. Fines will be also applied.

Fuel Prices

The average price for Greece gasoline price in January 2018 is 1.96 Euros per litre while diesel’s average price is 1.33.

Toll

Most of the tolls need to be paid by cash, while some accept credit cards. It is thus recommended to have a few one Euro coins at hand when driving on Greek toll roads. Toll fees are usually from about 0.70 Euro cents to 2 Euros per segment.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Traffic Violation

DUI Laws

The legal BAC limit in Greece is 0.05%. Being caught over this limit usually involve severe penalties, which can go as far as a long prison sentence.

Traffic Fines

Speeding fines in Greece range from €100 to €350. Fines can be reduced by 50% if paid within 10 days. Otherwise, the full amount is due.


Parking in a wrong place may incur an on-the-spot ticket, and you should pay for the ticket in cash at the post office. 


In some cases, traffic infringement will cause your credit card to be debited after you return the car due to unsettled tickets happened during your rental. You can always contact EasyRentCars’ 24/7 customer service team to help you to clarify.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Driving Licence and Age Requirements

To legally rent and drive a car in Greece, you must be at least 21 years old and present a valid national driving licence that has been held for at least 1 or 2 years (according to different car hire companies). Driving licences issued in Greece or the European Union are accepted without the need to obtain an IDP. Driving licences from non-EU countries must be accompanied by a valid International Driving Permit (IDP). Please note that an IDP does not replace the requirement for a regular driving licence.

*Please be aware that rules are subject to change. QEEQ.com will try the best to maintain the accuracy of this information.

Guest reviews

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P.Bouzanis

June 1, 2020

Destination: Athens

10Excellent

Always great, and never a problem!

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Peter-London

March 9, 2020

Destination: Athens

9Good, reliable booking engine with competitive prices.

Excellent service from all Alamo staff. The car was in good to average condition. It is rare to find a car in great condition renting in Greece (unless one rents from Sixt, who seem to have better maintained cars).

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P.Bouzanis

March 7, 2020

Destination: Athens

10Excellent

Great!

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Konstantinos

March 1, 2020

Destination: Athens

9Good and value of money

Nice staff and very helpful.

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JohnP

March 1, 2020

Destination: Athens

9.7Amazing Experience

The staff was polite, and the car was in an perfect condition.

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RH

February 27, 2020

Destination: Corfu

7.7Driving in Corfu

We hadn't twigged that the car hire location was not at the airport. But the shuttle arrived quickly, and once we were at the location the actual pick-up was quick and efficient. Thanks!

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A.Flowers

February 24, 2020

Destination: Thessaloniki

9.7Good quality car rental and efficient hand over process

Good sign up and hand over. The only negative feedback was in relation to my cross border trip from Greece to Bulgaria. It was not mentioned at the rental office, I needed an e-vignette to travel on certain roads in Bulgaria. This ended up with Toll Control fining us 55 Lev (27.50 euros) on my return to Greece.

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Dave

February 8, 2020

Destination: Lesvos

8.7Very Good

Received smaller car then booked, but car was new and tidy.

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T.Isakidis

February 3, 2020

Destination: Athens

10Excellent

Car wiz had amazing service and they were so helpful. As a family of 5 with lots of suitcases from Australia- we needed plenty of space and an automatic car. Very happy with our car

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S.MacKay

January 31, 2020

Destination: Athens

10Excellent

They are great! Such an easy and enjoyable experience, every time I go!

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G.Dragazis

January 27, 2020

Destination: Athens

8.3Can't stop talking about it and all is positive! Bravo!

It was the second time, within a months period, that I was getting a car from Centauro. Both times the car was not FULL to FULL as agreed upon. Not a big deal but would prefer full to full. Other then that very good and I will give them a third try for sure.

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January 18, 2020

Destination: Athens

2very bad expirience done use them!!!

very bad service loacation is bad feels like a scam

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P.Bouzanis

January 15, 2020

Destination: Athens

10Way to easy!!

Alamo is the best!! From pick up to drop off! Staff is great!

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N.STRATIGOS

January 13, 2020

Destination: Athens

10I'm very satisfied!

Very helpful and affable stuff

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S.Rimpas

January 9, 2020

Destination: Athens

3.7Terrible

Terrible experience. They charged for a tiny scratch at the bumper 250 euros, that can be fixed with a 10 euros spray. But they will never fix it anyway because the car has multiple scratches from previous users. Even if they have to charge a 50 euros fee would be acceptable. But is was obvious that the car had in the past a major accident and was dangerous while driving because the whole car was trembling with a speed of only 60km/h. The treatment was so unacceptable that they lost a customer. They didn’t even share a price list for any damage but charged at will. I am sure that if I move legally I will get a large sum back.

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P.Diamantakis

January 9, 2020

Destination: Athens

10Excellent

Η καλύτερη εταιρεία ενοικίασης στην Ελλάδα! Συγχαρητήρια!!!

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M.Ngamdachakij

December 1, 2019

Destination: Santorini

6.7Average

No Budget sign at the booth. In fact it was running by Avis. No one at the counter have to wait for sometime. Asking too many documents which I have never experienced. Once bought extra insurance things turned around. He became very nice. Blood face all he wanted was extra money.

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November 27, 2019

Destination: Athens

5.3Goldcar company will push you for buy insurance even you had AXA insurance.

Goldcar rezervation employee pushed us to buy for additional insurance when we checked in. they said to us AXA insurance will not cover my rental days because they will not issue damage invoice when we had accident. Also they want to claim past damage areas to us. We rejected because we did not do anything. Was very bad experience. Please investigate this customer attitude.

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N.Tretiak

November 19, 2019

Destination: Corfu

9Smooth rent.

Everything was great. The car was ok for 2.

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Jin

November 17, 2019

Destination: Santorini

9Very good and cheap.

Staff is kind and helpful. It took only 5-10min to process.

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M.Douh

November 12, 2019

Destination: Athens

7.7Great, excpet for the insurance Sell on the counter which was quite aggressive.

I rented before from Gold Car and the experience was much better than this time. the last time the service was excellent and the car was amazing. this time I was being pushed to buy insurance for a long time even though I have mentioned that I already have another one, and the car was good but felt old and was burning the fuel quite quicker than usual.

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K.Moore

November 8, 2019

Destination: Rhodes

8I would rather pay more to start with than deal with crooks.

On returning the car a 1cm scratch was found underneath the rear of the car. The staff went straight to it although it was out of sight but did little to inspect the rest of the car. They then charged me EU50, which he wanted in cash but I paid by credit card, but stamped my return invoice as no damage. This is obviously a scam but when you have a flight to catch you have no time to argue.

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J.Nguyen

November 7, 2019

Destination: Athens

8.7Great short trip enabler

Incorrect information about airport meetup location. Had to call twice Pickup took 20-30’ longer than usual Everything else was impeccable and value for money was certainly outstanding

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J.Skiba

November 3, 2019

Destination: Athens

8.3Good Experience in Athens

The vehicle we got had plenty of room for all six of us but was quite beat up. Everything else (customer service etc) was fine. Insurance up sell was a bit intense.

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Jorge Jaramillo

November 2, 2019

Destination: Athens

10Buena experiencia

Excelente

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S.Dratz

November 2, 2019

Destination: Thessaloniki

9.7Great Company will use them again

Rhodium Representative was great.

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i.dyer

November 2, 2019

Destination: Crete

9.3All very good. Unbelievable value for money.

Great staff,very helpful and no pressure selling of additional insurance - made a nice change! Car was fine and damage was fully identified prior to start of hire. Nothing major just a number of dents which had no effect on its purpose. Would recommend.

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Trifonov Artem

October 31, 2019

Destination: Athens

10Super price in expensive airport with great car and service

Had some problems with the car but Enterprise helped to resolve the issue and changed the car

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W.Spooner

October 29, 2019

Destination: Preveza

10Good experience

Easy to walk across from the airport , car handover was good , car was clean and tidy , all good would book again

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October 28, 2019

Destination: Corfu

10Excellent

The staff was very nice, very helpful. Gave advice about the corfu island

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A Dutch customer

October 27, 2019

Destination: Corfu

9Excellent

Very competent, quick and friendly lady at the desk.

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S.Khan

October 25, 2019

Destination: Santorini

10Excellent

V.good!

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Dan

October 23, 2019

Destination: Athens

5.7Average

The staff is very impolite, didn’t even say hello and didn’t explain the process of the car hire. I waited over 30 minutes for the car to be ready.

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Simon

October 21, 2019

Destination: Corfu

9All went to plan in Corfu

All went as expected. The staff who checked the car condition in Corfu were very friendly and helpful. There was no queue at the rental desk. Skoda Fabia deisel.

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T.Rantala

October 18, 2019

Destination: Crete

7Get car from next group, but it was lot of smaller than what we expect to get(wagon)

When I made reservation I reserve car VW Passat ESTATE or similar, because we are 5 persons and quite many luggages so we need space. What we get was maybe from next car group, but car space was small. There was quite big Work to get all luggages fit to given car. + we have babycarries also. So, im disapointed because car space was not what we expected!!!!

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Dennis

October 18, 2019

Destination: Argos

5.7Will try a different car hire company next time.

Although it was clean and in good condition, the vehicle I booked, a VW was not the vehicle I was given; a Hyundai. Given the vehicle with virtually an empty tank of fuel, the fuel warning light came on after driving only a couple of kilometres. Arrived at the pick up location but no one was there to drop off the vehicle for me. I had to go back to the hotel to have receptionist contact car hire company to organise another pick up location. I was told no one was there because they couldn’t contact me by phone, although I had been in contact them by e-mail and confirmed the pick up time and location the night before. This wasted nearly 2 hours of my time. I put 2 scratches on the side of the vehicle, which I admit was my fault, and was charged an additional €170. The quote was done over the phone and by text messaging. Not sure if that quote was right but a friend of mine told me it might be too excessive. The money was taken out of my account on the spot but after about 3 weeks, after a couple of e-mails, they did send me the invoice for the repairs.

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October 17, 2019

Destination: Athens

6Average

The car was very old

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S.Axe

October 17, 2019

Destination: Igoumenitsa

8.3Very Good

Car was fine for two of us. In good condition.

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n.Kingma

October 17, 2019

Destination: Corfu

10Excellent

Global car is a fine and good company.

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October 14, 2019

Destination: Corfu

8.7Very Good

Didn't respond to our call for child and baby seats availblity. However they were able to find seats on site after a few minutes.

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Veni Vidi Vici

October 13, 2019

Destination: Leros

6A smiling face awaits you in Leros to give your car keys...

Great people in Leros, very kind, professional & cooperative, thank you... Cars tired due to end season.

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P.Bouzanis

February 18, 2020

Destination: Athens

10Excellent

The best!!

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November 12, 2019

Destination: Athens

9.7Good Rental in Athens

We really enjoyed our reservation with Alamo. It was quick and easy to pick up the car right in the terminal of the airport and easy to drop it off. Car was in good condition and all the staff were friendly and helpful. Would definitely use them again.

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KT

October 26, 2019

Destination: Rhodes

10Happy Customer

New model, low mileage car that was clean inside and out. The counter staff was friendly and courteous. The process of picking up the car and returning it was fast and efficient.

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V.Pouzols

November 7, 2019

Destination: Athens

10Excellent

Best services

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December 16, 2019

Destination: Athens

10Excellent

I think that the procedure for charging the credit card with so high amount is not needed, especially to domestic residents. Thank you.

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S.MacKay

January 10, 2020

Destination: Athens

10Perfect

Best customer service in Athens!

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K.Kroustallis

November 2, 2019

Destination: Athens

10Excellent

Excellent as always

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J.Skiba

November 3, 2019

Destination: Kalamata

9.7Great Kalamata rental!

Fantastic rental agency. Easy process from pickup to drop off and very friendly people. Probably one of the best rental experiences we’ve had in Europe.

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S.MacKay

November 30, 2019

Destination: Athens

10Perfect!

It’s a great company with very high quality people ready to help with anything you might need!

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Frequently asked questions

Q1.What is an insurance excess?

The excess is the amount you'll only be liable for in case of damage(under Collision Damage Waiver) or theft(under Theft Protection) of the vehicle.
Information about the excess will be clearly stated in the price inclusion when you reserve a car on QEEQ.

Q2. How can I add an addtional driver?

You are advised to make a request upon your arrival at the rental counter. Additional charge per day will incur unless '1 Additional Driver Included' is stipulated on the rental.
Please note that the same licence and age requirement applys to the additonal driver. The addtional driver is supposed to present the required licence document along with the main driver at pickup.

Q3.What if I want to pick up or drop off my rental car out of office hours?

QEEQ will show you the car offers available at your chosen time on the search results.
However, pick-up or drop-off out of general opening hours may subject to an extra fee unless self-service pick-up or drop-off is available.
After you reserve a car on QEEQ, we will inform you of specific policy of the car hire company by email.

Q4. Can I take the hired car to another country or cross border?

If you want to pick up your car in one country and drop it in another, your search results will show you cars you can do that with.
If you're planning to cross any borders during your trip, bear in mind:
1. You may have to pay more.
There are often extra fees, taxes or additional cover you'll pay at the car hire counter.
2.It may not be allowed.
Depending on where you're hiring, you may not be able to take your car to another country.
Please email us if you want to take your hire car into a different country during your trip, and we'll talk you through your options.

Q5. Can I pick up my car at one location and return it at different location?

Yes. You can pick up the vehicle in one place and drop it off in another. An ‘one-way fee’ will incur. Whether it is inclued in the rental price or what additional cost may arise will be clearly stated at the time of booking on QEEQ.
Please inform the car hire company of your drop-off location when you pick up the vehicle or contact them directly during your trip. You will find a phone number on the rental agreement you signed at pickup.

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