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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.

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*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. 

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· 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

1 /

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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A.HOLOVKO

October 7, 2021

Destination: Crete

9.3Good new car with great service

Flight was delayed - I had to pick-up car next day due to working hours. Make sure you book car with 12 hours buffer to do not loose the reservation.

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H.Hayrapetyan

October 6, 2021

Destination: Corfu

3The worst experience ever

I will avoid to come across this company at any cost in future. Terrible customer service if any at all. The woman at the counter in her view "punished" me with allocating a vehicle, which was not fit to be on the road, because I dared to mentioned that it was not clear at the time of the booking that I would be picked up from the airport and taken to the remote location to pick up the rented vehicle. She took it as a personal insult. I clarified that it has noting to do with her personally, and it's the process that I'm referring to. But unfortunately it made no difference to her. I was allocated the worst vehicle I have ever rented. It hadn't been washed, with bird poo on the roof, dusty from outside and inside. The vehicle was located in a side road with other junk cars, whereas all other vehicles, ready for collection, were located at the front of the office building of the rental company. I inspected the vehicle and found number of faults, such as unacceptable dust in and out of the vehicle, broken booth cover, front windscreen wipers not cleaning the windscreen properly causing poor visibility. I returned back to the office to report these fault to the lady. I asked her to give me another vehicle due to these faults, mentioning that there are several identical vehicles (exact same make and model just different colour) at the front of the office. She briefly smiled and said no, they are all booked. I left with no other option than to take that vehicle, as we had an appointment in Corfu city in a short while, which we couldn't miss. Otherwise, I was ready to walk away. On the return, at around 20:30, I found the office closed and the lights were off. it was dark outside. I walked around the building to try to find someone to talk to and ask how and where to drop off the vehicle, as there wasn't any signs at all. After several minutes, suddenly someone walked out of the dark to collect keys. No confirmation or report about the return of the vehicle to

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J.Taylor

October 2, 2021

Destination: Kefalonia

7.3Could have been better …

Was supposed to be met at airport - no one there Found their office; a converted porta kabin a few minutes walk away No one at the office , no one answering calls Sat and waited around 90 mins for someone to turn up He advised he was unaware of my booking and arrival - was extremely apologetic. He had one available car, thankfully, in the group that I had ordered. A bit of a battered Panda but it was fine for me as a lone traveller Had I been travelling with family and kids ; it would have been a major issue but thankfully I was not

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August 23, 2021

Destination: Athens

10Easy and convenient!

Easy to do business, clean, and newer car!

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M.KATSADORAKI

July 20, 2021

Destination: Athens

9.3Excellent

I had to change my drop off day to a day earlier as my flight got cancelled. However I paid for all days and didnt get refund.

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M.Pitura

June 24, 2021

Destination: Crete

10Pleasant experience.

Very pleasant experience. Car was ok. But stuff was very helpful.

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June 19, 2021

Destination: Athens

9.7Excellent

Great car condition. Great service. Quite strict with the processes (driver has to be the one that made the reservation, credit card ONLY on his/her details), but this is not always bad. But,they also accept debit cards.

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C.CHRISTOFORIDIS

April 13, 2021

Destination: Athens

9.3Excellent

Drive customer service was excellent. Will rent from them again!

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December 14, 2020

Destination: Athens

10Highly recommended

Great service, excellent car condition

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Konstantinos

December 3, 2020

Destination: Athens

9Excellent

Excellent service

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November 13, 2020

Destination: Zakynthos

9.3Great service

Polite, friendly and helpful counter staff. Car had misleading tyre pressure sensors (and erratic tyre pressures). But excellent value and very good overall.

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Gerry Ferendinos

October 28, 2020

Destination: Kefalonia

8.7Very Good

I was given a better car ,an Audi A3 Turbodiesel wich was great except for the slippery,vibrating (unbalanced) Pirelli tires. AVIS please don't put these tires on your cars!!

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Nikos

October 28, 2020

Destination: Thessaloniki

10The best experience I had throughout rental companies I have already tried.

Exceptional experience. Flexible. Very smooth pick-up, drop-off experience. Extremely clean and new car. Staff very polite. I clearly recommend it, since it is my best experience so far.

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F.Jensen

October 27, 2020

Destination: Crete

8Perfect, exept form the long wait at pickup

Despite I'm sure I listed my flight number, no staff was in the terminal as my flight was delayed. We called them and they promised to pick us up in 10 minuttes. It took 45 minuttes and 3 phone calls. If they had told me that the office was just 500 meters away I had gladely walked to them.

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k.kirby

October 26, 2020

Destination: Rhodes

8.3Employees very professional, but unnerved about any insurance claims

One of the reasons I choose Autocandia was that I thought the insurance was through yourselves but I found out you had a third party agent. My experience would have improved if I knew I could resolve any issues direct rather than a third party

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K.Harris

October 15, 2020

Destination: Corfu

10Best pick up and drop off . Thanks

Great car ???

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Sheila.

October 12, 2020

Destination: Kalamata

9.3All good experience but car itself could have been better.

Car was not as I would have liked. Last years was excellent. Radio and window washers didn’t work. Car bodywork was not good but mechanically it was sound. When I picked it up it was the last car they had. When I dropped it off there were many very good cars. Maybe I was unlucky. Staff were fine.

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J.Murphy

October 8, 2020

Destination: Kefalonia

10Excellent

Really easy pickup. Staff picked us up and drove us up to the counter.

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S.Poulton

September 14, 2020

Destination: Crete

8.3Cheap deal but beware rip-off fuel scam

We specifically booked a “full to full” policy on the car to avoid all the usual scams but were given a “like for like” and, not surprisingly, it was almost empty. We were “helpfully” directed to the adjacent Shell station to fill up where they, not surprisingly, said that they only had the most expensive octane 100 fuel. We found out that this was also priced 20c/ltr above the norm. There is an EKO fuel station within 3km along the road away from the airport but this was, not surprisingly, not mentioned by the Caldera rep. As a result of this scam we paid rip-off prices for a grade of fuel we didn’t need and had to leave over half a tank of fuel in the car - neither of which would have happened if we had been given what we had booked.

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James

September 14, 2020

Destination: Mykonos

1010 out of 10

Everything was fantastic I would highly recommend diRENT.

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September 13, 2020

Destination: Corfu

10Excellent

Easy pick up right from the airport (waiting with a sign with our name on it) - quick and friendly pick up of the car - great vehicle very clean and in good condition - easy and quick drop off service and return ride to the airport!

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M.Lin

September 13, 2020

Destination: Preveza

10Smooth transaction - will use again!

Great customer service. The guy at the counter was helpful and friendly. The pickup and drop off process were smooth and easy. We have hired cars all over Europe and this is one of the best budget car rental locations that we have hired from. I would recommend.

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F.Cawley

September 13, 2020

Destination: Mykonos

7Good

Good little car. Fun to drive but struggled to get up some hills. Perfect for Mykonos.

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August 25, 2020

Destination: Rhodes

7.3Nice and easy.

Everything ok, but they are asking far too much for full insurance.

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M & J Gaishauser

August 25, 2020

Destination: Rhodes

9.3Excellent!

The whole process was smooth, efficient and very quick. We had to pay an out of hours fee which we hadn’t expected, but everything else was perfect.

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G.Hadt

August 25, 2020

Destination: Santorini

8.3Everything was good

there was only ine guy behind the counter! ling waiting time....but it was ok for me.

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Juanjo Garma

August 25, 2020

Destination: Mykonos

8.7NICE COMBINATION

efficient, sevicial, the girl couldn't be more polite

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Jim

August 21, 2020

Destination: Athens

10Excellent

Fantastic car rental company, got a very nice new car!

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P.Wronski

August 20, 2020

Destination: Zakynthos

8.7Generally good experience

They charge for cleaning €10, I didn't like that

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Gareth B

August 20, 2020

Destination: Rhodes

8Very pleased

All good as a budget option.

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J.WARHURST

August 17, 2020

Destination: Mykonos

10Smooth, simple and good value.

Panos at Mykonos airport was great and came to find us even though our travel plans changed slightly.

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alex

August 17, 2020

Destination: Thessaloniki

9Excellent

good company

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D.Riley

August 16, 2020

Destination: Crete

8.7Functional basic vehicle for a good value price

All went smoothly.

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J.Gonzalez Calderon

August 15, 2020

Destination: Naxos

10Excellent

Muy buen coche relación-calidad precio y muy buen trato del personal.

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I.Parkin

August 11, 2020

Destination: Corfu

7.3Good

Car was older and a bit beat up but mechanically spot on

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J.van Wyk

August 8, 2020

Destination: Mykonos

9.3Smooth and easy, friendly and efficient

Staff were very friendly and helpful! Would highly recommend.

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G.PRENTZAS

August 7, 2020

Destination: Athens

10Satisfactory

Great service

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Sam

August 3, 2020

Destination: rethymnon

9Excellent

Great car and good service on pick up and collection

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L.Tugwell

August 8, 2020

Destination: Crete

6.7Average

We had booked an SUV but given a smaller car. Tried to swap it for what we had booked but were told we would have to pay an upgrade fee?! The car we were given was not the same class as the car we booked.

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Maria

August 18, 2020

Destination: Corfu

6.8Wrong type of car, over-priced, but car worked.

When searched for car we set SUV as a criteria and this vehicle showed up. Unfortunately, it was not SUV, Alamo didn't have SUV whatsoever. We ended up paying double price for an ordinary car and it was a different car in any case. All they had a type of car on their booking and no mention of SUV. I feel robbed.

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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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