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Are there any local driving rules in Rhodes?

The way locals drive can vary from the mainland. Always keep these in mind:

  • Motorists drive on the right side of the road; vehicles coming from the right have right of way unless otherwise signposted
  • If there isn’t much (or any) room to overtake, fast drivers will expect you to pull over onto the hard shoulder to let them pass; be mindful of the hard shoulder ending suddenly

What’s the speed limit in Rhodes?

As is the case with mainland Greece and the islands, the speed limit in Rhodes is:

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

The Inside Track

Rhodes Town should always form part of your itinerary. The narrow streets are laid out in a way which may be confusing to non-locals, and parking spaces are

especially limited during the high tourist season. You may want to explore on foot before taking your hire car further afield to discover the other ancient historical sites.

The eastern part of the island is perfect for your beach holiday, but by taking the time to travel to the western side you’ll get a feel of the true nature of the island. This side is less habited and developed so you can enjoy road trips in unspoilt surroundings with breath-taking views. Stop and take your time to explore the historical monuments found in the traditional, charming villages – here you’ll find genuine Greek culture.

The best maintained roads on the island run along the coast, especially the stretch between Lindos and Rhodes Town. The centre of the island is mountainous, rocky, and home to many dirt tracks. For some of the less well-maintained roads a 4x4 is needed; the views are worth it though. 

Tips for driving in Rhodes

  • The road network in Rhodes is dense, with most of the roads in good condition; many of them are narrow though so always be mindful of scooters
  • Parking in Rhodes town isn’t easy at all; if you park close to the port you have to buy a ticket for half an hour or more
  • If you don’t buy a ticket you will be fined around €75. Speeding fines vary from €85 to €195 depending on your speed
  • You may be subjected to random police checks; always ensure you have your car hire documents, passport and driving licence on your person
  • There’s a toll over Newport (Pell) Bridge; this is €4 each way so make sure you have some change on you when making this route
  • Traffic levels in Rhodes Town can be very busy especially in the high tourists season so be prepared to add some extra time onto your journey if you plan to drive here

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