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Tips for Driving in Greece

Keep your documents on you at all times

When driving anywhere in Greece, you must make sure you carry the following documents:

  • Your full, valid driving licence
  • Proof of insurance
  • ID (passport)
  • Your rental agreement with us

Drive on the right hand side of the road

In Greece you will need to drive on the right and overtake on the left. Overtaking is prohibited if the vehicle has stopped for safety reasons or at an unguarded level crossing. Although it might seem the norm for drivers to use their horn, this isn’t allowed in towns and urban areas.

Wearing seat belts

You must wear a seat belt at all times when equipped with them in the car. If for any reason, you or one of your passengers is exempt from wearing a seat belt on medical grounds, you must carry the medical certificate of exemption with a Greek translation.

Travelling with children

Children under three have to be placed in a suitable child restraint, whilst those between 3 and 11 (under a height of 1.35m) must also be seated in an appropriate restraint for their size. Those over this age and height can wear an adult seat belt.

What’s the speed limit in Greece?

The speed limits in Greece are:

  • 50km per hour (30 mph) in built-up urban areas
  • 90km per hour (56 mph) on the highway

What’s the drink drive limit in Greece?

There is a legal limit of 0.05%, and a lower limit of 0.02% for novice drivers with less than two years’ experience. If you’re stopped under suspicion of drink-driving, the police can impose a test on the spot as in the UK. Anyone found to be over this limit will have committed a criminal offence.

Are there any fine to watch out for in Greece?

The Greek police can impose fines in relation to any infringements of traffic regulations, but they can’t issue on the spot fines – any fines must be paid within 10 days to avoid any legal proceedings.

How much does car hire in Greece cost?

Pricing information to be completed by Thomas Cook.

Hiring a car with Thomas Cook…

When making your booking to hire a car with Thomas Cook, you’ll need to contact the DVLA to generate a check code. You can apply for this online or over the phone and the code will stay live for 21 days.

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