EU citizens of the European Union can use their licenses for driving in Greece. Other nationals such as US citizens and Australian citizens should have an International Drivers’ License. Getting an International Drivers’ License is very simple and can be issued by online companies. The International Driving Permit is recognized worldwide. No test is required if you have a Native Drivers’ License and are over 18 years of age.
Basic laws and regulations for driving in Greece.
- You must be over 18 years of age to drive in Greece, but you will need to be 21-23 years old to rent a car.
- You must have insurance coverage.
- Remember to use your seat belts. Children 10 years old or younger are required to sit in the back seat.
- Speed limits in Greece are as follows:
50 kms/hour in urban areas
90-110 kms/hour on open roads and freeways
120-130 kms/hour on highways
Lower local limits may apply near schools
- The legal limit for blood alcohol in Greece is 25mg/100ml of blood. For drivers with less than 2 years of experience on the road, the limit drops to 10mg.
- Most petrol stations are open for twelve hours between 7am and 7pm and closed on Sundays! By law one petrol station per area must remain open at night and on Sundays.
- Central Athens area restricts car access to reduce congestion, but these restrictions do not apply to rental cars or those owned by foreigners in the country for a short stay.
- Fines for breaking traffic laws in Greece are strict. For example, running a red light or a stop sign will cost you 700 euro. Not using a seatbelt in a car or not wearing a helmet on a motorbike means a charge of 350 euro. Talking on a mobile phone without a hands-free is a 100 euro charge. Driving under the influence can mean 200 - 1200 euro. In most cases, these fines are also accompanied by a loss of your driving license for 10 days, and up to 6 months depending on the case.
- The Emergency telephone line for visitors to Greece is 112 for information in English, French and Greek regarding ambulance services, fire brigade, police and the coast guard.
DRIVE SAFE AND HAVE FUN