Guide to Driving In Greece

Navagion Beach - Zakynthos IslandKnowing the laws as well as local attitudes toward driving will help you successfully navigate the highways and byways of Greece.

The roads themselves vary in quality ranging from well kept multi-lane highways to narrow mountain passes. It is best to avoid rush hours in cities and be aware that fellow rural drivers may take their half of the road in the middle. When in cities, it is illegal to use your horn unless there is a true emergency or real danger. When driving blind on a high mountain road, a little horning might be a good idea.

There are two toll roads called Ethniki Odos, but others are toll free. Speed limits vary depending on location. Signs should be easy to interpret as they rely on symbols.

Gas stations usually provide full service, and many offer the option of self service.

Winding road to Myrtos beach - Kefalonia IslandWhen driving in Greece, stay to the right. Traffic rules are, therefore, similar to those in the United States. As is standard in much of Europe, there are many roundabouts in Greece. These intersections rely on continuous motion instead of the stop and go of traffic lights to keep traffic flowing.

Seat belts are required for front seat passengers. Children younger than 10 should be buckled in the backseat.

Do not use your cell phone while driving in Greece.

European driver’s license are acceptable. Others should have an International Driving Permit. Be sure to have all necessary paperwork readily accessible.

When parking, you must not be within 9 feet of fire hydrants, 15 feet of intersections, and 45 feet of bus stops.

Greece has a high incidence of car accidents. Greek drivers tend to ignore the rules of the road. It really is in your best interest to be a defensive driver.