in Athens

"Faliro" by Y.Skoulas, courtesy of GNTO,

Travel to and from Athens is very easy. The Egnatia Highway, a 680-kilometre four-lane motorway runs from Greece’s west coast in the Ionian Sea all the way to the Turkish border in the east, featuring some 85 kilometres of bridges and tunnels. Major infrastructure changes have transformed the city of Athens, including 120 km  of new, modern roads, 90 km of upgraded roads, 40 fly-over bridges, 7.7 km new Metro lines, a 23.7 km Tram network, parking lots in central locations with accompanying new management systems, modern train stations and a new, ultra-modern Traffic Management Centre, making the city easier to navigate and more enjoyable for even casual tourists.

Athens’s Tram system is modern and clean, impressive and peppy. The futuristic, Italian designed carriages run from the heart of the capital to the coastal suburbs, offering a good inexpensive tour of the seaside and taking to all the public and pay beaches on the capital’s southern coastal zone. The new Athens state-of-the-art subway system spreads to 21 stations and serves approximately 500,000 commuters daily, with one of its striking features being the underground “station museums” displaying 5th century BC artefacts unearthed during excavations for the project. Air travel has been made more appealing with the March 2001 opening of the Athens International Airport. Located just 20kms east of Athens, the new airport features state-of-the-art facilities for the comfort and security of 16 million passengers a year and it is linked with Athens by a recently constructed major freeway.

Regular public bus, light rail and cab services give easy access to every part of the capital, facilitated by a number of  constructed ring-roads. Ferry schedules to and from all the Aegean islands are carried out daily from the Attica ports of Piraeus and Rafina. Major cities and islands are serviced by national air carrier Olympic Airways and a number of private airlines.

Visitors from Europe have the option to reach the Greek capital by rail, road or daily ferryboat schedules from various Italian ports to the Peloponnese port town of Patra, just two hours away from Athens.

Using rental cars in Greece is an easy way to travel and explore the country at your own leisure and convenience whether you are on a self-drive holiday, a family vacation or a business trip. If you want to see as much of Greece as possible, rent a car and get around is an ideal touring option. You can learn more about the interesting culture, exciting history, diverse landscape, iconic landmarks and hospitable people of Greece, at your own pace in your own style. The different areas offer a spectacular mix of beach driving and rocky slopes, stunning coastlines, spectacular snowy mountains, great waterways, amazing scenery and many must-see destinations for a drive holiday.

The car rental industry in Greece has been growing steadily for the past 25 years. Several of the most recognized brands in the global vehicle rental industry operate in Greece, including Avis, Hertz, Sixt, Kosmos, National Car Rental, Alamo and Budget. Operating a total fleet of over 30,000 cars of all makes and types out of approximately 2,000 rental locations throughout the country (Athens, Thessaloniki, Crete, Rhodes, Halkidiki, Kos, Corfu, Peloponnese and the islands), they focus on excellent customer service.

In addition to a strict maintenance schedule, most fleets are renewed every year or two, guaranteeing that clients get value for their money if they rent a car. As national and EU legislation has set stringent rules on safety and insurance arrangements, the rental companies are careful to comply with restrictions since they are subjected to random inspections to ensure that services offered conform to international and EU standards.

It is easy to rent a car in Greece. With most companies offering a comprehensive range of services, and indeed at very competitive prices, clients will need do nothing more than choose the model of the car they wish to drive, the rest is left to the expert staff of the rental companies. Rental cars can be picked up from hundreds of locations nationwide, including airports and city centers. Many companies who rent a car will offer to drop off the rental cars at your accommodation, saving you trouble and valuable holiday time. Renting a car in Greece has long ago become synonymous to freedom of movement, adventure and enjoying nature in excellent weather conditions all year round. And with just your driving license, your car will be only a phone call away. Simply browse our site to choose from a wide selection of rental cars and locations.