All you need is a driver's license, which the company keeps as a guarantee of the scooter's return. Akti Miaouli street , and walk along the waterfront. Since Greece is mainly a mountainous country, the roads are windy, twisty and need carefull drivers. Laugh, and insist you'll take your chances at your hotel. In case police stop you, they are entitled to give you a fine etc, as you drive illegaly under Greek laws. You'll be in a foreign country and there won't be a claims adjustor handy. And in that regard I also encourage you to take out the local insurance offered when you pick up the , as much coverage as you can get.
Although they cost somewhat more than ferries, are frequently fully booked in summer, can be quite bumpy during rough weather, and give little or no view of the passing scenery, they're the best choice if your time is limited. Figures our very last stop would be the problem. Applicants name and mailing address must be printed on the check. Many buses are not air-conditioned, take torturous routes, and make frequent stops. Note: Those taking a ferry to Turkey from one of the Dodecanese islands must submit passport or E.
Our final advice: Don't sweat the small change. If that's not the case, indicate that you notice. Be cooperative if it's easier and quicker for you to cross a busy avenue than for him to get you to the other side, but you don't have to get out until you're ready. Otherwise, everything can be handled in a single office visit. Main routes in and out of cities are sometimes signed by white arrows on blue markers. Plus of course there is the enviable ability of the Greeks to really enjoy themselves, no matter what the weather.
Until the late 1990s, Olympic Air maintained a monopoly on domestic air travel and had little incentive to improve service. Cell Phone Usage It is now illegal to use your cell phone while driving in Greece. That said, implementation of every single law in Greece is lax. Non-Greek residents of Greece Driving and purchasing a scooter, motorcycle or vehicle in Greece carry rules different than if you are a tourist or temporary resident. Though the costly sleepers are a good value, you must be prepared to share a compartment with three to five others. 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.
Frenchman and I were done with the cops in about half an hour. These circles serve as a kind of perpetual-motion intersection, keeping traffic flowing without the use of signal lights. The Pupil Transportation Unit is governed by the Pupil Transportation Act of 1990. All car rentals in Greece cost money. At the other extreme, those who want to charter a yacht with anything from a basic skipper to a full crew should first contact the Hellenic Professional and Bareboat Yacht Owners' Association or Ghiolman Yachts, 8 Propileon, 11742 Athens tel.
Pairs or groups of tourists should have a designated arguer; the others can write down names and numbers, stick with the luggage, or look for help -- from a policeman, maitre d', or desk clerk. You advice will be greatly appreciated - we certainly don't want to get into any trouble by driving illegally while on holiday! On the islands, the choices are much more constrained, but nevertheless there are cars to be gotten there too. Follow the instructions of your national association 2. You can find the appropriate embassy on the State Department's guide to , and if these agencies can't provide you with driving regulations, they can point you in the direction of where to find them. Athens is a city where people should depend on the public transportation network of express and local buses, trams, metro, electric railways and trolleys — if there are yellow ones still being used, you must experience the jerking sardine effect! I've read in various places that an International drivers license is required in i. If you prefer to combine your car rental with your other travel arrangements, we recommend Galaxy Travel, 35 Voulis, near Syntagma Square tel.
If you can translate your license to proper Greek and get it notarized, that will meet the legal requirement. There is no shortage of gasoline stations in all cities, good-size towns, and major tourist centers, but if you are setting off for an excursion into one of the more remote mountain areas or to an isolated beach, fill up on gas before setting out. A pained look crossed his face:suffice it to say that I would do better driving in Greece than he would. In low season, rates are often negotiable in Greece when you show up in person. Panagitsa and the secret school, or continue your walk around the headland. Car theft: Greece, like every other country, suffers from theft. Olympic's domestic flights leave from the new international airport at Spata.
Our plan had been to rent a car right away, but if this is something we could get once we got there we could swap things up and do the part requiring a car later. The service from Zea Marina in Piraeus to the Saronic Gulf islands and throughout the Sporades is recommended for its speed and regularity. Procedure In certain European states, not members of the European Union, as well as in all the countries of other continents, you need the International Driving License in order to be able to drive your car, either yours or hired. It's not a license, but rather a paper booklet that offers a translation into many different languages. Otherwise, be prepared to park fairly far from your base or destination. Greek Law requires it and if you can't produce it you could possibly be detained until you come up with the cash to pay for any and all damages to the vehicles involved regardless of whose fault it is and whether or not the damages were pre-existing especially if the other car belongs to a local seizing the opportunity to play the system! When he pressed me on the subject, I told him that the hooter was not working. Rental car agents aren't government authorities.
For the Cyclades, crossing is shorter and less expensive from Rafina, an hour east of Athens. A word of caution here about the dangers of the Greek highways. Platia Trion Navachon The Three Admirals Square gets its name from the three admirals who fought and won on the Greek side in the battle of Navarino in 1827: the. StCirq makes a point I want to comment on. They offer a variety of services to travellers - just a hint here though - the toilets are not usually great! The Transport Ministry promised to provide special booklets for those who are illiterate, have learning disabilities or otherwise cannot understand the Greek language.