Should I rent a car?

A car is not only unnecessary in Athens, it will be a nuisance as you will have to find parking (it’s scarce!) and make your way in congested streets lacking clear signs and directions. Instead, the most convenient and easy way to get around is by taking the very efficient metro, the bus, or walk around. Distances in the city center are not great, and you can walk to most touristy attractions in less than 30 minutes. In case you do want to get around quickly, you can find a taxi without any trouble, and it is also inexpensive. See here Tips about taxis.

(If you do rent a car, don't forget to get parking cards from the kiosks and put them in the front window of the car to avoid getting heavy fines or even get your car towed away.)

HOWEVER, if you wish to take day trips around Athens (see getaways from Athens), a rented car is highly recommended. You can of course use intercity buses but renting your own car will allow you to get to more places at your own pace, and in the comfort of your own vehicule.


You can rent a car in Greece at the Athens International Airport and in Athens city center or in places like Rhodes and Mykonos. No matter which car you rent, you need to be assured that the cars are in safety and quality standards, here is a good selection of cars at the best prices I always use them both for work and travel.

Tip: if the price of the Sixt rental car is good - take it!! we have a very good experience with them, they are very nice, and always they have good cars.

    • the street in Athens city center for car rental is Syngrou Avenue.

Important Note: Legally, in order to rent and drive a car in Greece, you need to have an international driving license. Some rental companies will not insist on it, but others will.

(don’t forget to get parking cards from the kiosks and put them in the front window of the car to avoid getting heavy fines.)