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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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Greece_Traffic_Sign_Speed_Limit_60_km_hSpeed Limit (60 km/h)Greece_Traffic_Sign_No_OvertakingNo OvertakingGreece_Traffic_Sign_No_Overtaking_by_LorriesNo Overtaking by Lorries

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.

Greece_Traffic_Sign_E_Road_Numbering  E Road NumberingGreece_Traffic_Sign_Motorway_NumberingMotorway NumberingGreece_Traffic_Sign_Advance_Direction_Sign_Stack_TypeAdvance Direction Sign (Stack Type)
*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. 

Greece_Traffic_Sign_Alternative_Parking_Prohibited_on_the_Odd_Months_of_YearAlternative Parking (Prohibited on the Odd Months of Year)Greece_Traffic_Sign_Alternative_Parking_Prohibited_on_the_Even_Months_of_YearAlternative Parking (Prohibited on the Even Months of Year)

· 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 QEEQ’ 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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V.Tsapatoris

November 10, 2022

Destination: Athens

10Excellent

Konstantinos and Konstantina best of the best!!!

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A.Sanchez - Cepeda

November 10, 2022

Destination: Athens

9Not quite what we expected.

I would make sure that people are aware that they charge an extra fee for dropping the vehicle off early even if it’s unavoidable due to the airline changing your flight. We were charged an extra 25 euros which was very frustrating.

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Giorgos

November 2, 2022

Destination: Athens

9.7Very Good!

Other then a few minor scratches the car ( a Hybrid Toyota Corolla) was in prime condition. The lady at pick up ( Constadina) was very helpful and suggested this car since I needed the luggage space. Everybody was very polite and helpful at Record go. Bravo!

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I.Dobule

November 1, 2022

Destination: Corfu

9.3Great experience

Everything was great, only I am waiting when my deposit will be released. Staff promised that usually it is released within 2 days, but toduy is already 3rd day.

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October 31, 2022

Destination: Preveza

9Good experience besides some little issues.

Due to not having credit card we had to get full insurance. Car didn’t have full tank but it was written like that.

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YOSY SAGI COHEN

October 29, 2022

Destination: Athens

9.7Hi, Delivered clean, tidy and completely in order. I was not disappointed even for a moment.

Hi The procedure from start to finish was perfect...the team was professional and very helpful...the vehicle did not disappoint even for a moment...we will definitely be back.

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R.Smith

October 25, 2022

Destination: Athens

10Excellent price and experience

Easy process throughout

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Fi Cawley

October 24, 2022

Destination: Mykonos

9Excellent service and great bargain.

Excellent service. Kalliope is a very good agent at Exer. Easy to find and just opposite the airport. Good little car. Would highly recommend.

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October 20, 2022

Destination: Santorini

7The agency met the expectations, but not the car hire company which gave us a different car

The car was much bigger and older than the one we booked at the reservtion so we were not able to park properly to the hotel´s parkway. We kindly asked to change the car to the company the next day but the representative refused to give us another car arguing they did not have any. He did not give us a solution. Very bad customer service.

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ParianosG7

October 18, 2022

Destination: Athens

8.7Very Good

It needs to be clear that there is no one waiting for you outside. You need to exit and go to your right where the transit van waits for you. Also again the full to full doesn’t apply. Usually you return the car trying to get the right amount of gas… Generally speaking I would rent again from Abbycar BUT I would like the full to full to be applied. Very friendly staff!

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J.Rivera

October 17, 2022

Destination: Athens

9Ride with a 24 hour rental and return service.

Wish the directions for where to get the shuttle for the ride to the rental car place was a little bit more clear than it was. The ride to the car rental place is about 10 min from the airport. The person at the counter asked us where we were going and warned of us the area we were driving. Great Advice. Loved the fact the this was a 24 hour rental agency.

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G.Davies

October 12, 2022

Destination: Crete

9.7Over all a good experience

Good, efficient, friendly. reliable.

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SC

October 11, 2022

Destination: Preveza

9.7Great cheap efficient car rental

Counter located in the arrivals hall. Easy to find. A bit of paperwork and then was personally escorted to the car for handover. Quick and easy and very reasonably priced. Would use again.

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October 8, 2022

Destination: Naxos

10Great value, easy rental

The agent met us at the airport with the car. He said we could return it to the location at the port where we would be departing from in a few days, so that was really convenient. The car was in great condition and we had no negative experiences.

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October 8, 2022

Destination: Athens

8Very Good

I wish they had a better signs at the Athens airport. I had to ask a few people before I find the rental car location. I got Fiat Panda, manual transmission with 61000km on it. The car is really small, only 2 "in-cabin" suitcases fit into the trunk. Had some random clutch problems, but all overall is OK, surprisingly quite stable on the highway even at 130km/h, and easy to park on tiny Athens streets. You get a car with NOT a full tank, in my case it was almost empty, which is extremely inconvenient , I had to find a gas station ASAP, and when you return the car, most likely you will put some extra gas and loose 20-30 euros.

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M.Chaffee

October 8, 2022

Destination: Lemnos

10Very satisfied

Good car, no problems

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September 26, 2022

Destination: Athens

9.7Very satisfied

I was upgraded and the car was new and fast

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M.Abu Farha

September 25, 2022

Destination: Thessaloniki

10Lovely experience

Best customer service ever will use again

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N.DIKKAYA

September 21, 2022

Destination: Chios

10Excellent

They are simply perfect! Do not even doubt for a second. You will not only rent a car but also have friends.

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Harald

September 15, 2022

Destination: Santorini

9.7Good experience renting with Thrifty on Santorini (being upsold because arrived a few minutes early)

Were up sold for a cost of 30 euros because we arrived a few minutes early and supposedly the car was not ready yet

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September 15, 2022

Destination: Athens

8.3Good cars, a nightmare to get in touch with the Athens office if anything happens

The first car broke down, and it was impossible to get in touch with Centauro, until QEEQ interfered

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E.Ginossar

September 14, 2022

Destination: Corfu

6.7Why can't they supply what they confirmed to supply?

We reserved an SUV but they did not have any. So they gave us a car which was unsuitable for the roads in Corfu. It was too wide, too low, and did not have good grip on the very difficult roads there.

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NIKOLAS

September 13, 2022

Destination: Paros

9A very good experience

We appreciated the excellent service of the office staff.

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Chris Miller

September 6, 2022

Destination: Kefalonia

9The service you would want your mum to receive.

Staff at the pick up and drop off were all exceptionally friendly. They recommended places to visit and seemed genuinely interested in our holiday and in what they were doing. The details for the pick up could be clearer. We were advised to look for the desk inside the terminal whereas we needed to go to the building 200 metres up the road. A small point and the only way that their service could be improved

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W.Fuentes

September 5, 2022

Destination: Santorini

10Perfect

The people at avance were just the best and very helpful.

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S.Toon

August 29, 2022

Destination: Kefalonia

8.3To advertisie a car place in a an area where is doesnt exist is terrrible, cost us time and money

Hertz very good

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chris colling

August 26, 2022

Destination: Rhodes

7.7Average

Customer rep at desk was good, even providing WiFi hotspot from own phone so that we could log into the qeeq app to review the booking after they did not recognize the provided voucher and lack of details on it.

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D.Wardle

August 21, 2022

Destination: Kefalonia

7.7Adequate.

The car would be described as adequate for use. It was an older Nissan micra with a few body repairs evident and lacked performance due to an intermittent misfire However, it got us around the island for 10 days. For 78 pounds per day we perhaps expected a little more.

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a.mcgrath

August 19, 2022

Destination: Kefalonia

10Excellent

The car was a Nissan pulsar which I found to be a very good vehicle for Greece .

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István (HUN)

August 12, 2022

Destination: Crete

9.3gyors, szakszerű, korrekt szolgáltatás

Az autó jó állapotvan volt, kivéve az ablaktörlő lapátokat. Szeles időben, a tengerparton kellett volna használni, de annyira csíkozott, hogy csak benzinkutaknál tudtam takarítani a szélvédőt.

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José

August 11, 2022

Destination: Crete

6.7Excesivamente caro y enfados por pagos extras

Nos cobraron un suplemento porque según ellos el lugar de alquiler estaba cerrado cuando se podrujo un pequeño retraso en el vuelo. Por otro lado, tuvimos que pagar un seguro extra para tener el coche 100% asegurado habiendolo pagando con queeq.com

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M.Barratt

August 10, 2022

Destination: Kefalonia

9.3Great Service and Car but not Full to Full!

Stated Full to Full but was level to level and dodgy fuel gauge meant I spent 40€ too much!!

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L.Carinci-Grieves

August 8, 2022

Destination: Skiathos

9.7Great staff - good car

Lovely counter staff - very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

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K.iseri

August 8, 2022

Destination: Chios

8.7Very Good

No problem other than extremely expensive price that I have paid. I paid more than 200 $ per one day (total of 400$ per 2 days) . When I was picking-up the car, I saw a client that got a car for just 60 Euro per day ! The client just showed up at the agency and asked the price without any reservation.. I'm sorry but the price charged is a robbery! I have been penalized by an early reservation and payment.. Very disappointed about the price..

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M.Golab

August 8, 2022

Destination: Zakynthos

10Excellent

It took around 15 minutes to get the car. The car met our expectations, was enough to handle difficult Zakynthos rosds. Drop off without any problems, quick transport to the airport.

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P.RENAULT

July 31, 2022

Destination: Naxos

9.7Excellent

Excellent service et accueil Bonne voiture très propre Très bon positionnement géographique de l agence

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July 29, 2022

Destination: Lefkada

10Excellent

The whole process was easy from start to finish

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M McKenzie

July 19, 2022

Destination: Athens

10Easy booking, effortless rental.

Exact car model as booked. Super friendly and relaxed staff. I just needed my passport, driving license and credit card and got the keys. Drop off was very easy. Returned full, quick check of the vehicle and the deposit was released. Very positive experience. No upsell at the counter they just made me aware that I had basic insurance but didnt try to sell any extras.

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June 28, 2022

Destination: Crete

4The worst car rental experience I’ve ever had

The worst service I have ever experienced

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April 26, 2022

Destination: Santorini

10Great service

Excellent service

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Y.LIM

April 2, 2022

Destination: Athens

9.3Truly value-for-money car rental.

Staff was friendly & we were thankful for smooth process when collecting. Car was new. :)

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HALIT UNVER

February 23, 2022

Destination: Athens

9.7Excellent

Nice almost new car. Smooth th handling ung and helpfull staff. I recommend this company.

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M.Baumgartner Blanc

January 28, 2022

Destination: Crete

8Very Good

On a du attendre la voiture qui venait de l’autre agence en ville. On a perdu 50 min.

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G.Noble

December 7, 2021

Destination: Athens

9.7Great car the Skoda Octavia and very mean in file. Very comfortable too

Lovely guy on pick up and lovely lady on drop off. Watch out for car selection in terms of the Athens congestion charge. I had to change from my planned bmw to a Skoda Octavia but it was fine and meant I could go anywhere. Also some more enhanced instructions on where to pick up would be good, but we found them eventually in the car park at the far end of the side of the terminal

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K.Sorras

December 7, 2021

Destination: Athens

8Very Good

Recommend it. Very good

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G.TSOVARAS

November 29, 2021

Destination: Crete

9Excellent

Very good stuff

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Waru

November 1, 2021

Destination: Corfu

10Excellent

Exceeded our expectations. Super efficient staff.

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J.Valius

October 27, 2021

Destination: Zakynthos

7.7Good

Car was in very poor condition in and out, the worst thing was the smell inside the car that won't go away even after windows left open overnight.. Replacement car was offered after contacting Green motion which was good.

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R.North

October 7, 2021

Destination: Kalamata

9.7Very good

All went very smoothly thanks.

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Dave

June 21, 2022

Destination: Rhodes

9Good solid service

Pick up is furthest away from arrivals (5 minute walk) but service and car condition good. No staff at drop off so had to go back to desk to hand in keys

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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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