Car Hire at Athens Airport
Athens Airport car hire
On your return, the airport is easily accessible from Athens via the Attiki Odos highway. Follow Attiki Odos E94 out of the city and take Exit 20. Merge into Attiki Odos 62 and follow signs, which are written in both Greek and English, into the airport.
Plan your trip from AthensAthens is a historic and hectic city, with a mix of the old and new.
The Acropolis, meaning ‘high city’ in Greek, is home to one of the most famous buildings in the world – The Parthenon. A former temple, and dedicated to the goddess Athena, The Parthenon has stood for nearly 2,500 years. Visit the glass-sided museum to see over 3,000 artefacts from the Acropolis and amazing views of the archaeological excavation.
For a break from the hectic pace of the city, the National Gardens of Athens are a quiet place to relax. A former royal garden, it includes ancient ruins, exotic planting and a variety of birds and animals.
One of the best places to shop in Athens is the Monastiraki Flea Market. It’s a great place for gifts and souvenirs and a captivating mix of colours, spices and bargains.
Road trips from AthensDelphi
Just over a two-hour drive from Athens, Delphi is the most popular archaeological site in Greece after the Acropolis, and was the religious centre of the ancient Greek world. The site was sacred to the god Apollo and home to the oracle, Pythia, who would deliver prophecies and answer questions put to her on anything from public policy to personal affairs.
The Archaeological Museum of Delphi is one of the most important in Greece and on display are sculptures, statues and other fascinating objects found in the Delphic Sanctuary. The most famous exhibits are probably the Charioteer and the Sphinx of Naxos.
Ancient Corinth (Archea Korinthos) is an hour’s drive from Athens and steeped in history. Just outside the modern city, you’ll find the ruins of ancient Corinth. The Temple of Apollo is spectacular and sits at the highest point of the city. Its monolithic columns were made from local limestone although sadly, only seven of the original 38 columns remain today.
Under two-hour's drive from Athens is the beautiful and romantic town of Nafplion. According to Greek mythology, the town was founded by Náfplios, son of Poseidon. Head for Syntagma Square in the Old Town, where you’ll find the Archaeological Museum, the parliament building and the Trianon Old School, as well as cafes, fountains and if you’re lucky, a live theatre performance.
Overlooking the town is Palamidi Castle, a hilltop castle and former prison. You'll have to climb a grand total of 999 steps to reach the top, but you'll be rewarded with stunning views over Nafplion and the Argolic Bay.
Located out to sea in the Argolic Gulf, is the Bourtzi Fortress. Originally built as the town’s first defence and later used as home to the town’s executioners, it is now a popular tourist attraction.
Driving rules in GreeceWhich side of the road?
In Greece, please drive on the right side of the road.
Country driving laws
- Mobile phones may only be used with a headset or hands-free device
- Outside towns, traffic moving along a main road has priority at intersections. In towns, give way to traffic coming from the right
- If you're caught committing a driving offence, the police can issue a fine, which you must pay within 10 days
All speed signs will be in km/h.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
- Urban areas: 50 km/h (31 mph)
- Rural areas: 90 km/h (55 mph)
- Motorways: 110 – 130km/h (68-80 mph)
Unless indicated by road signs.
Child safety / Seatbelt laws
- It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear a seatbelt
- Children aged under 12 and less than 135cm tall must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size
- Children aged under 12 are not allowed to sit in the front seat
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
This road rules information is for provided for general guidance only. We endeavour to keep the information up to date and accurate, but any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk.