EU citizens of the European Union can use their own
licenses for driving in Greece. Other nationals should have an International
Drivers permit. Getting
this is not the hassle it used to be
and there are companies that offer them on-line including your local AAA. The International Driving Permit is recognized worldwide as a
valuable document identifying you as a properly licensed resident. No test is
required, but you must have a valid Native Drivers Licence and be 18 years of
age or older.
Central Athens area restricts car access to reduce congestion, but these
restrictions do not apply to rental cars or those owned by foreigners in the
country for a short stay. Those foreigners who do live in Athens must follow
the odd-even license plate rules which allow you to circulate in
the center of the city depending on what number your plates end
Remember to use your seat
belts when driving in Greece. Passengers in the front are required
to by law but everyone should use them. Children 10 years old or
younger are required to sit in the back seat. You have to be at
least 18 years old to drive.
ELPA the Greek version of
AAA offers roadside assistance to AAA members, CAA members and other
International Organizations. For emergency assistance dial 104 and
154. For emergencies dial 112 for multi-language help. Dial 100 for
Police, 166 for Fires, and 199 for ambulance service.
See also Matt Barrett's Driving in Greece