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Driving Laws in Greece

Important documents

When driving in Greece the following documents should be carried:

  • Full, valid driving licence
  • Proof of insurance/green card (third party or above)
  • Proof of ID (passport)
  • Proof of ownership (V5C certificate)

While driving in Greece you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items:

  • Headlamp beam deflectors (depending on your car, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually)
  • Vehicles registered in Greece or abroad must carry a warning triangle
  • Fire extinguisher/first aid kit are compulsory on board private vehicle
  • Motorcyclists: riders and all passengers of motorcycles must wear crash helmets

Drink driving: Breathalysing is becoming more common, but it is accepted that the driver may refuse a roadside breath test and demand a properly administered blood test in stead.

Greek legislation now tolerates 0.1 milligrams of alcohol per litre of blood for certain groups, specifically drivers of commercial vehicles, buses, ambulances, motorcycle and scooter operators and those who have held licenses for less than two years. For other drivers the current blood-alcohol limit is 0.25 milligrams of alcohol per litre of blood.

Seatbelts: Compulsory in the front seats and advised in the rear.

Car travel for children: Children under ten years of age must travel in the rear.

Mobile phones: May not be used whilst driving.

Crash helmets: Compulsory when riding motorcycles, scooters and quad bikes.

Minimum driving age: Drivers must be 18.

Required safety equipment: A warning triangle, fire extinguisher and first aid kit should always be carried in cars.

Parking: Illegal within 15m of a bus stop, 5m of a junction and 3m of a fire hydrant.

It is advisable to carry your driving license, insurance certificate and vehicle registration, along with your passport.

Speed Limits Use these as a guide, but always obey the posted limits, which may vary.
Urban areas: 30 mph/50 kmh
Outside cities: 68 mph/110 kph
Motorways: 75 mph/120 kph

Athens Restricted Area: The central Athens area restricts car access to reduce congestion, based on whether or not the car license plate ends in an odd or even number, but these restrictions do not apply to rental cars.

Greek National Road 8A is a toll road running from Kifissou avenue, in Athens up to the northeast of Patras. It is a highway from Kifissou avenue up to Corinth, for about 85 km and the rest is an undivided highway with just one lane per direction. The total length is 215 km, but for the westbound lanes at the 207th km it intersects the Patras Bypass. It is signed as European road E94 from Kifissou Ave in Athens to southwest of Corinth, then it becomes part of E65 from Corinth to Rhion interchange, and E55 from Rhion to north of Patras. The future high-speed railway will run almost entirely from the Corinth Interchange in the west up to the junction with the Attiki Odos where it is within for the rest of its length. Until the reformation of the European Road network, it was known as the E19 which ran in its entire direction except from the Rio Interchange down to Patras.

There are two toll highways in Greece. One goes from Athens to the Peloponnesus and the other goes from Athens to Thessaloniki. The cost is between 2 – 4 euros for the tolls

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