Driving in Greece
Road rules in Greece
When you are hiring a car abroad, it’s useful to be prepared for the different driving laws in the country you are travelling to as well as checking the documents you need to carry.
To help make your trip to as smooth as possible, we've put together some of the key road rules in Greece.
- These rules are to be used as a guide and are subject to change. Please check with your Avis representative if you have any questions.
- Your Avis representative can advise you on toll and road charges before leaving the Avis car hire location and whether snow tyres or chains are needed.
Take a look at our Greece location page for ideas, travelling tips and booking information.
Frequently asked questions
What side of the road do they drive on in Greece?
In Greece, they drive on the RIGHT-HAND side of the road.
What are the driving requirements in Greece?
The legal age to drive is 18. However, you must be at least 21 years old to hire a car.
Can I use my UK driving licence in Greece?
Are there any rules on on-street parking I need to know in Greece?
On-street parking is free if markings allow and there are no prohibiting signs. Please note, it’s not always possible to pay by bank card at outdoor car parks.
Are there special road rules I need to know for driving in Greece?
Not all petrol stations are open 24/7 and not all accept credit cards.
What are the laws on overtaking in Greece?
You may overtake from the left unless approaching a level crossing or if the vehicle has stopped for a safety reason.
Can you turn right on a red light in Greece?
Not unless there is a distinct, sperate green or orange right turn signal.
What are the rules on alcohol in Greece?
For private vehicle drivers the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit is 0.05%. For newly qualified drivers with less than 3 years’ experience, the limit is 0.02%.
Are there any unique traffic signs I need to know in Greece?
Generally, warning signs and yellow and triangular with a red frame. Mandatory signs are blue and circular in shape.
For example, this sign means snow chains are mandatory
What are the rules on using headlights in the day in Greece?
In towns the use of full beam headlights is strictly prohibited. Dipped headlights should be used in poor daytime visibility.
Do the same road rules in place across the whole country?
What if I break down in Greece?
Simply call 2106879800 for our free Roadside Assistance, available 24/7.
Does Greece have toll roads?
A toll applies to some motorways in Greece.
How do I pay road tolls in Greece?
You can pay in cash Euros or via credit card.
Unique Country Driving Laws
- License plates may be removed in cases of illegal traffic, violation of road traffic rules and nonpayment of toll fees.
- Your driver's license may be removed if you talk on a mobile phone without using Bluetooth, if seat belts are not fastened, if you exceed speed limits and if you are drunk driving.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
- Urban areas: 31 mph (50 km/h)
- Rural areas: 55 mph (90 km/h)
- Motorways: 68 mph - 80 mph (110 km/h - 128 km/h) - depending on the speed limits of the motorway
Child Safety / Seatbelt Laws
It is compulsory for all inside the vehicle to wear a seatbelt.
- Children between 3 and 11 years, measuring less than 135cm must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size.
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
Compulsory Equipment in your Avis rental car
- Fire extinguisher
- First-aid kit
- Warning triangle
- Fire Department
- European Emergency Number