car in Athens to see mainland Greece is
affordable and gives you flexibility while allowing you to be spontaneous. Having a
car at your disposal in mainland Greece and
Peloponessos is the best way to see the
country. The roads have improved dramatically
and even getting in and out of Athens is not
the trauma it used to be. With these new roads
you can arrive at the
airport, have your
car delivered and be in
in a couple hours or Meteora in five hours for the real troopers.
Athens is a nightmare. For that reason you
should either have your car delivered to you
at the airport or have it delivered to you at
your hotel the day you plan to leave the
city. Meet the agent, sign the papers, throw your
bags into the car and take off.
All the major car rental
agencies like Hertz, Avis, Budget, Europcar, National, Thrifty
are represented in Athens, though I prefer to give my business
to the small family run rent-a-car companies.
SWIFT CAR RENTALS:
cars and low prices plus delivery to your
hotel, the airport or anywhere in Greece.
This family run car rental agency has been in the business in Athens for several generations and can also make arrangements with their affiliates
on the Greek islands (or you may want to bring
your car on the ferry like a mobile closet for
your luggage.) Not only will they give you a
15% discount for mentioning this page but they
will also drive you to the outskirts of Athens
where the driving is easier. For this reason alone
I would use Swift, but they also have nice cars and a dozen vans
if you are a group.
For info on
cars and prices visit
or contact them directly using this
Form and tell them what you need and when.
If you are
nervous about driving why not use
George the Famous Taxi
Driver? George does excursions all
over the mainland acting as
host-guide-chauffer in his air-conditioned
Mercedes. With 4 people it is cheaper than the
tours offered by the travel agencies. Otherwise all the agencies offer mainland tours and even people who claim they don't like tours have returned with their minds changed because not only are they fun but there are usually interesting people on them. If you go to the website of any of the travel agencies you can find them under tours, or land excursions.
Be sure to read Driving in Greece