If you're planning a trip around Greece or even want to stay in one place, such as the capital, Athens, hiring a car is highly recommended. Organised bus tours are always available, too, but there's just so much to see and do that it's not the most practical way of managing your time. A hire car provides much-needed flexibility and lets you plan as you go. Many of the Greek islands are accessible by car ferry, and some of the larger islands, such as Crete and Corfu, also have excellent car hire facilities. With a car at your disposal, you can change your plan at a moment's notice to explore somewhere else without pre-arranged schedules.
Safe driving with your hire car
Motorways in Greece are the arteries of the country, linking cities but be careful. Speed limits and overtaking rules are often ignored by locals, which can lead to treacherous driving. Driving through mountainous stretches with a hire car, you may encounter cars driving along the centre of the road to avoid obstructions, so be careful taking bends. After a trip, remember to fill up with petrol early because most petrol stations close before 7pm. Many also don’t accept credit cards, so always remember to carry some cash on you.