Make sure you stay on the right side of the law while using the road network in Greece...
Greece has a large system of National Roads, with motorways, four lane/dual carriageways with central barriers and two lane roads without a separating barrier. The road system connects all of mainland Greece.
Recent years have seen much investment in the Greek infrastructure, including new motorways. However, road conditions vary from one region to another. Surfaces may be uneven and roads may be very wet after rain, as they often do not drain water well. In rural areas, sharp turns are very common.
Most road signs are in both the Greek and the Latin alphabet. In smaller towns and villages, signs may be in Greek only. Road signs in Greece may spell the name of a place differently, even on the same stretch of road, both in the Greek and Latin alphabet, for example Piraeus and Peiraias.
Athens is called "Athina" on newer road signs.
There are a few toll roads in Greece, notably the Attiki Odos
around Athens. Regular commuters can buy an automatic pass; otherwise, payment is made in cash.
Driving in the mountains
Greece is a mountainous country and mountain roads may be in bad condition, very steep and very difficult to drive on. At times, on certain roads, use of snow chains is compulsory; this will be signposted.
In rural areas, livestock is often on the roads.
Speed Limits and Giving Priority
Drivers must give way to vehicles coming from the right, unless on a main road, as indicated by signs. At traffic circles, priority is given to vehicles coming from the right, unless the other vehicle is instructed to give way.
Speed limits, unless
indicated otherwise, are:
- Built up areas: 50 Km/h for cars
- Out of towns: look for speed signs, limit is usually 90 Km/h or 110 Km/h
- Motorways: 120 Km/h
There are very few speed cameras in Greece.
Driving and Alcohol/Drugs
The blood-alcohol limit in Greece is 0.5g/l. Driving over the legal limit or under the influence of drugs may incur severe penalties.
Driving Restrictions in Central Athens
To ease congestion in central Athens, there are restrictions on when a car may drive there. A restricted area is marked by a particular road sign: a yellow outline of central Athens with a red ? in the centre. Cars with even registration numbers (numbers ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) may only drive inside this area on even dates, while cars with registration numbers ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) may only drive on odd dates.
These restrictions do not apply at weekends, public holidays or to rental cars and cars with foreign plates.
For breakdown assistance contact ELPA roadside assistance
Greece-registered cars must undergo vehicle inspection at regular intervals.