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Why Hertz

  • Best price guarantee - in the unlikely event you find a lower Hertz price, we'll refund the difference
  • No cancellation or amendment fees**
  • No hidden extras to pay - theft and damage cover included
  • No credit card fees

Hertz in Greece

Greece is a beautiful country, although it’s public transport can be a bit hit and miss sometimes. That makes hiring a rental car in Greece an ideal way to travel, whether you’re sticking to the mainland or island hopping.

Hertz Car Rental has almost 70 branches across Greece and its islands so it’s easy to rent a car, whether you’re heading for Athens or Zakynthos. Many of our branches are based at airports, as well as in major resorts. So you can rent a car on arrival to get you to your hotel, or rent one for a few days as a break from sunbathing.

Rules and regulations for driving in Greece

Driving in Greece, can be a somewhat challenging experience, but if you take care to stay within the rules of the road, you’ll be fine.

• You should drive on the right in Greece and overtake on the left.
• You cannot turn right on a red light unless there are signs advising you to do so.
• Seat belts are mandatory for the driver and all passengers, and children under the age of four may not sit in the front passenger seat.
• Using your horn is illegal in urban areas, except in an emergency.
• There is a much lower drink driving limit in Greece than the UK: 25mg per 100ml of blood. If you have had your licence for less than two years, this is even lower at 10mg. This means it’s easy to accidentally go over the limit, making it advisable to not drink alcohol at all if you’re driving.
• The Greek authorities make good use of speed cameras so take care to stick to the local speed limit.
• Drivers are required to carry a warning triangle in case of accidents or breakdowns, as well as a fire extinguisher and first aid kit. If you are involved in an accident, wait for the police to arrive and, in the meantime, take photos and get witness’ details.
• Parking regulations are extremely strict in Greece. If you’re not sure if you can park there, don’t. Find somewhere where you are more confident.

 

Driving in and around Greece

Special attractions

Petrol heads in Greece should take themselves to Athens to visit the Hellenic Motor Museum. Here you can view vehicular masterpieces, learn about the evolution of the wheel, experience an F1 simulator and drive through an old car workshop. This well laid-out attraction is perfect for families and big kids alike.

There are amazing driving routes right across Greece and the islands. One of the best known is the western coast of the island of Kefalonia, which takes you from the island’s capital of Argostoli to the Lixouri Peninsula, Myrtos Beach and Assos.

Quick information

Minimum car rental age: To rent a car in Greece, you must be at least 25 years of age, except for the following vehicle groups, which you can rent from the age of 21:
• Mini 4-5 Door (A): Hyundai I 10 or similar
• Economy 2-4 Door (B): Opel Corsa or similar
• Economy 4-5 Door (C): VW Polo or similar
• Mini 2-3 Door Automatic (Z): Smart for Two or similar

Average speed limits: The average speed limit in Greece is 50km/h in towns and built-up areas, and 120km/h on motorways.

Toll roads and costs: There are some toll roads on mainland Greece and these are generally payable in cash, so be sure to have money on you when driving.

Required documents:

You will need to supply to following documents to rent a car in Greece:
• EU citizens will require a copy of their passport and driver’s licence, which should have been held for at least one year.
• Non-EU citizens should be able to show the same documents, as well as an International Driving Permit (IDP). In the case of renters with driver’s licences issued in the People’s Republic of China, the IDP should be authorised by the Chinese authorities.
• For renters who hold a driver’s licence issued in Vietnam, you will also need to show an authorised translation that has been approved by the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport.

• Refuelling at petrol stations: Many petrol stations in Greece are full service rather than self service. You should be aware that many still do not accept card payments so be sure to have cash on you if you need to fill up.

• Travelling with children: In Greece, child seats are mandatory for youngsters aged up to eight years. If you are travelling with a little one, you can rent a child seat or booster seat from your Hertz branch for an additional fee of €4.96 per day and this can even be fitted ready for you if you book in advance.

** When the booking is cancelled within seven days of being made.