Tolls, tips and driving advice
Drinking and driving: If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.05 per cent or more it is a criminal offence. Nil percentage of alcohol allowed in drivers blood applies to drivers who have held a license for less than two years, and to motorcyclists.
Driving license: Minimum age at which an Irish license holder may drive a temporarily imported car and/or motorcycle is (over 50cc) 17.
Fines: Police can impose fines but not collect them on the spot. The fine must be paid at a Public Treasury office within 10 days. You can be fined for the unnecessary use of a car horn. Vehicles may be towed away if parked illegally, or if violating traffic regulations.
Fuel: Unleaded petrol (95 and 98 octane) and diesel (petreleo) is available. No leaded petrol (lead replacement petrol available as 'Super 2002' 98 octane). It is forbidden to carry petrol in a can in a vehicle. LPG may not be used in private cars, only in taxis. Credit cards are accepted at some filling stations. Check with your card issuer for use in Greece before travel.
Lights: Dipped headlights should be used in poor daytime visibility. The use of full beam headlights in towns is strictly prohibited.
Motorcycles: Use of dipped headlights during the day is compulsory. The wearing of crash helmets is compulsory.
Motor insurance: Third-party motor insurance is compulsory.
Passengers/children in cars: Children under 3 years must be placed in a suitable child restraint. Approved child restraints are those conforming with standard ECE R44/03 (or later).
Children between 3 and 11 years, measuring less than 1.35m must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size.
From the age of 12, children measuring over 1.35m can wear an adult seat belt.
Placing a rear-facing child restraint in the front passenger seat is allowed only on condition that the passenger airbag is deactivated.
Seat belts: Compulsory for front and rear seat occupants to wear seat belts, if fitted.
Speed limits: Standard legal limits, which may be varied by signs, for private vehicles without trailers are: 50 km/h for cars 40 km/h for motorcycles in built-up areas. Outside built-up areas 90 km/h or 110 km/h for cars and 70 km/h for motorcycles. 130 km/h for cars travelling on motorways and 90 km/h for motorcycles.
Compulsory equipment in Greece
Other rules/regulations in Greece
The police are empowered to confiscate the number plates of illegally parked vehicles throughout Greece. Generally this only applies to Greek-registered vehicles, but the drivers of foreign registered vehicles should beware of parking illegally.
Snow chains may be used when roads are covered with snow or ice, usually between November and March. The maximum speed limit for cars with chains is 50 km/h.
|Road ||Car ||Car Towing Caravan/Trailer ||Additional Information |
|1/E75 ||1.90 ||0.00 ||Afidnes - Athina |
|1/E75 ||2.00 ||0.00 ||Thessaloniki - Katerini |
|1/E75 ||2.25 ||0.00 ||Lamia - Thiva |
|1/E75 ||2.35 ||0.00 ||Thiva - Afidnes |
|1/E75 ||5.10 ||0.00 ||Katerini - Larisa |
|1/E75 ||5.20 ||0.00 ||Larisa - Lamia |
|7/E65 ||2.80 ||0.00 ||Korinthos - Tripoli |
|8A/E65-E55 ||2.90 ||0.00 ||Korinthos - Patra |
|8A/E94 ||2.80 ||0.00 ||Attiki Odos |
|8A/E94 ||2.90 ||0.00 ||Athina - Korinthos |
|Bridges and Tunnels ||Car ||Car Towing Caravan/Trailer ||Additional Information |
|8A/E65-E55 ||12.20 ||0.00 ||The Rion-Antirio Bridge |
|E55 ||3.00 ||0.00 ||Aktion Tunnel |