Greece features a comprehensive road network that covers most of the country, both mainland and the islands. Renting a car in Greece is a great way to experience all that is Greek in this beautiful country. Traffic drives on the right and you must be 18 years old to drive in Greece. Seatbelts are mandatory and children under 10 years old must sit in the back of the car. Speed limits within built up areas are posted at 30mph and on highways at 75mph. Take note that Greek drivers are sometimes reckless when behind the wheel, so drive with extra caution if you plan on driving in Greece.
Traveling by Rail:
The rail network in Greece covers most of the mainland country and connects Greece with central Europe. Most major towns and cities are connected via rail and is a cheap option for transportation. Train travel can be slow however, as most tracks are just a single track requiring some trains to stop to allow another train to pass. Greece is trying to improve this to make train travel a more efficient way to see the country.
Traveling by Bus:
In mainland Greece the bus network is reliable and connects most major towns and cities together. On some of the islands there is either limited bus service or none at all so check ahead of time before planning an island trip. Tours and charter services are available in most cities on mainland Greece and offer a great way to see this historic country.
Traveling by Boat:
Traveling around Greece by boat is both fast and affordable. With numerous islands and plenty of coastlines, Greece offers many options for traveling by water. Regular ferries run from mainland Greece to the multiple surrounding islands and countries. More routes are offered during the busy summer months and it is advised that you purchase your tickets in advance. Yachts and sailing vessels can also be hired, either with or without a crew and offers a unique vacation idea.
Traveling by Taxi:
Taxis are available in most major towns and cities throughout Greece and are usually cheap compared to other European cities. If a taxi is hailed from the streets, don't be surprised if you share the cab with other people going the same direction as you. Depending on where you are the color of the taxi will vary as will the way the fare is calculated. Some taxis will have a meter while some will have a set fare depending on your destination. Taxis in Athens will be yellow while in Thessaloniki they will be dark blue and white. Tipping is not expected but certainly will be accepted by the driver. Tip only for good service.
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