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Driving in Greece

General Info

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Population: 10.7m

Area: 238,537 sq. Km

Currency: Euro (100 cents) - EUR (€)


Top 10 popular attractions:  

  • Mount Athos 
  • Mystras 
  • Lindos 
  • Samaria Gorge 
  • Myrtos Beach 
  • Delphi Theatre 
  • Meteora 
  • Mykonos 
  • Parthenon, Acropolis 
  • Santorini

Essentials

Driving licence:

National driving licences conforming with the model in Annex 9 of the 1949 Convention or in Annex 6 of the 1968 Convention or with the European Communities’ model are accepted.

Visitors may ride mopeds or motorcycles of any cylinder capacity or drive private cars in Greece if they have reached the minimum age required in their country of residence. A foreign driving licence does not entitle the holder to drive in Greece until the age of 18yrs old.

International Driving Permits (1949 or 1968) are recognised.

Important documents:

When driving in Greece the following documents should be carried: 

  • Full, valid driving licence* (with paper counterpart)
  • Proof of insurance/green card (third party or above)
  • Proof of ID (passport)
  • Proof of ownership (V5C certificate) 

While driving in Greece you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items: 

  • Headlamp beam deflectors (depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)
  • Vehicles registered in Greece or abroad must carry a warning triangle
  • Fire extinguisher/first aid kit are compulsory on board private vehicle
  • Motorcyclists: riders and all passengers of motorcycles must wear crash helmets

Rules of the road & regulations:

Rules of the road:

  • Overtaking & passing

    Drive on the right, overtake on the left.

    Overtaking is prohibited when approaching an unguarded level crossing and if the vehicle has stopped for safety reasons.

  • Priority

    Outside towns, traffic moving along a main road has priority at intersections. In towns, vehicles coming from the right have priority. Vehicles approaching roundabouts must give way to vehicles coming from the right.

  • Warning of approach

    All motor vehicles must be fitted with an audible warning device with a low pitched, regular tone. Multi-toned sirens, hooters and whistles are strictly prohibited. 

    The horn must not be used in towns, unless it is the only means of avoiding an accident.

Towing:

Inventories are not required unless the trailer contains special equipment.

Maximum dimensions:
Height: 4 metres
Width: 2.55 metres
Overall length: 18 metres (vehicle + trailer)

Seat belts: 

It is compulsory to wear seat belts on all seats equipped with a belt. If a visitor is exempted from wearing the belt on medical grounds, he must carry the medical certificate of exemption accompanied by a translation into Greek.

Travelling with children: 

Children under 3 years must be placed in a suitable child restraint. Approved child restraints are those conforming with standard ECE R44/03 (or later).

Children between 3 and 11 years, 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 on condition that the passenger airbag is deactivated.

Speed limits:

  Ordinary Roads Motorways Built-up Areas
Moped 40 km/h - 40 km/h
Motorcycle 70 km/h 90 km/h 40 km/h
Car 90/110 km/h 130 km/h* 50 km/h
Car with Caravan or Trailer 80 km/h 80 km/h 50 km/h
Lorry      
    up to 3.5 t 80 km/h 90 km/h 40 km/h
    over 3.5 t 80 km/h 80 km/h 40 km/h
Lorry carrying dangerous goods 50 km/h 50 km/h 40 km/h

* Maximum speed limit of 130km/h allowed on motorways except when a road sign indicates a reduced speed limit

Penalties

  • On-the-spot fines

    The Greek police is authorised to impose fines in cases of violation of traffic regulations, but fines may not be collected on the spot by the police. Motorists must pay the fines within 10 days otherwise legal proceedings will be started.

  • Confiscation of vehicles

    Confiscation of vehicles takes place only in the case of very serious offences and only after a court of law has issued such a decision.

Parking

  • Parking regulations

    Regulations concerning standing and parking conform to the provisions of the 1968 Convention on Road Traffic.

  • Enforcement of parking regulations

    Wheel clamps are not used in Greece.

    Vehicles can be towed away by the police. The driver must pay a fine for its release.

Traffic lights:

  • Traffic lights

    The international 3-colour traffic light system is used.

Drink/drug driving

  • Legal limit

    Legal limit: 0.05% (equivalent to 0.25 mg per litre of breath)

    A lower limit of 0.02% (0.10 mg per litre of breath) applies to novice drivers who have held a driving licence for less than two years, to motorcyclists and to drivers of commercial or business vehicles.

    If the amount of alcohol in the blood is 0.05% or over, this constitutes a criminal offence and penalties are imposed.

  • Alcohol

    The police may impose a test on any suspected person in order to establish if he is under the influence of alcohol.  Drivers suspected of being under the influence of alcohol are compelled to accept this test and their refusal may lead to penalties including imprisonment, a fine and the withdrawal of their driving licence.

Availability of fuel

Petrol and lubricants are readily available in all towns and villages.  LPG may not be used in private cars, only in taxis.

  • Price of fuel
    (April 2014)
Unleaded petrol (95 octane) 1.715 EUR per litre
Unleaded petrol (100 octane) 1.892 EUR per litre
Diesel 1.387 EUR per litre
LPG 0.901 EUR per litre
  • Means of payment

    Some petrol stations accept credit cards.

Download  a copy of our Travelling in Greece guide.

Download  a copy of our full Driving Abroad report.


Useful guides and maps

    Michelin - National Map Greece
    Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

What RAC can do for you

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Source: All information in this document is sourced from the AIT (Alliance Internationale de Tourisme) & the FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile) and, to the best of the RAC’s knowledge, is correct at the time of publication (August 2013).

There are regular strikes. These are sometimes called at short notice and can cause disruption to public transport in and out of Greece (including air travel and ports). Demonstrations take place regularly in central Athens, and have also taken place in other towns and cities. You should avoid all demonstrations and follow the advice given by local security authorities. See Major pre-planned strikes and demonstrations

In the early hours of 10 April there was a large explosion outside the Bank of Greece in central Athens. There are no reported injuries.

There is a general threat from terrorism and acts of political violence. See Terrorism

The emergency services number in Greece is 112. Calling 999 from a UK mobile in Greece will automatically transfer you to the Greek emergency services.

Around 2 million British nationals visit Greece every year. Most visits are trouble-free, but you should take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. See Crime

Carry a copy of your passport or other photographic ID which confirms British nationality at all times.

The Greek police will not accept rowdy or indecent behaviour, especially where excessive drinking is involved. Greek courts impose heavy fines or prison sentences on people who behave indecently. Your travel insurance may not cover you after drinking. See Local laws and customs.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

FCO TRAVEL ADVICE - know before you go - fco.gov.uk/travel

Office: British Embassy Athens
Street Address: 1 Ploutarchou Street
ZIP Code: 10675
City: Athens
Country: Greece

Telephone: (+30-21) 07272600
Fax: (+30-21) 07272720/23

Email: information.athens@fco.gov.uk

Website: www.ukingreece.fco.gov.uk


Office: British Consulate Heraklion
Street Address: 16 Papa Alexandrou Street
ZIP Code: 71202
City: Heraklion
Country: Greece

Telephone: (+30-281) 0224012
Fax: (+30-281) 0243935

Email: crete@british-consulate.gr


Office: British Consulate Thessaloniki
Street Address: 21 Aristotelous Street
ZIP Code: 54624
City: Thessaloniki
Country: Greece

Telephone: (+30-231) 0278006
Fax: (+30-231) 0283868

Email: salonika@british-consulate.gr


Office: British Consulate Zakynthos
Street Address: 5 Foskolos Street
ZIP Code: 29100
City: Zakynthos
Country: Greece

Telephone: (+30-2695) 022906, 048030
Fax: (+30-2695) 023769

Email: zakynthos@british-consulate.gr


Office: British Consulate Hermoupolis
Street Address: 8 Akti Petrou Ralli
ZIP Code: 84100
City: Hermoupolis
State : Syros
Country: Greece

Telephone: (+30-2281) 082232, 088922
Fax: (+30-2281) 083293


Office: British Consulate Kos
Street Address: 8 Annetas Laoumtzi Street
ZIP Code: 85300
City: Kos
Country: Greece

Telephone: (+30-242) 021549
Fax: (+30-242) 025948

Email: kos@british-consulate.gr


Office: British Consulate Corfu
Street Address: Menekratous 1
ZIP Code: 49100
City: Corfu
Country: Greece

Telephone: (+30-2661) 030055
Fax: (+30-2661) 037995

Email: corfu@british-consulate.gr


Office: British Consulate Rhodes
Street Address: Pavlou Mela 3
Postal Address : PO Box 47
ZIP Code: 85100
City: Rhodes
Country: Greece

Telephone: (+30-2241) 027247, 022005
Fax: (+30-2241) 022615

Email: rhodes@british-consulate.gr


Office: British Consulate Patras
Street Address: Votsi 2
ZIP Code: 26221
City: Patras
Country: Greece

Telephone: (+30-261) 0277329
Fax: (+30-261) 0225334


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