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Discover Athens with Ease: The Ultimate Guide to Car Hire

Athens, a city where history meets modernity, offers an immersive blend of ancient landmarks and vibrant urban life. As the heart of ancient Greece, it's a city steeped in mythology, art, and philosophy, boasting landmarks like the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Ancient Agora. However, Athens isn't just about historical marvels; it's a buzzing metropolis with a bustling nightlife, exquisite cuisine, and picturesque neighborhoods.

Why Hire a Car in Athens?

Navigating Athens by car offers unparalleled freedom and convenience, allowing you to explore this magnificent city and its surroundings at your own pace. Here’s why hiring a car in Athens can enhance your travel experience:

  1. Flexibility and Freedom: Escape the confines of public transport timetables and explore Athens on your own terms.
  2. Comfort and Privacy: Enjoy the comfort of a private vehicle, especially beneficial for families or groups.
  3. Off-the-Beaten-Path Exploration: Discover hidden gems outside the city that are often inaccessible by public transport.

From Airport to Adventure: Seamless Connectivity

Athens International Airport, located about 33 kilometers east of the city center, is your gateway to this historic city. With a hired car, you can reach downtown Athens in approximately 30 to 40 minutes, depending on traffic. The route is straightforward, mainly along Attiki Odos (A6), a well-maintained toll road providing a swift and scenic journey to the heart of the city.

On the Road: Navigating Athens

While Athens can be bustling, navigating by car is straightforward with some preparation:

  • Road Quality: Athens boasts a network of well-maintained roads and highways.
  • Traffic Insights: Like any major city, Athens experiences rush hours, typically between 7-9 AM and 4-7 PM. Plan your travel outside these times for a smoother journey.
  • Parking: Utilize designated parking areas in the city to avoid fines.

Toll Information and Local Driving Laws

Be aware of toll roads when traveling outside Athens. Attiki Odos, the main route from the airport, is a toll road, with charges around €2.80 to €3.40. Always carry some cash for tolls. Familiarize yourself with local driving laws to ensure a safe and legal driving experience.

Explore Beyond: Day Trips and Scenic Routes

A hired car in Athens opens up a world of possibilities:

  1. Cape Sounion: About 70 km from Athens, it's perfect for a scenic drive along the coast, culminating in the majestic Temple of Poseidon.
  2. Delphi: Approximately 180 km from Athens, Delphi offers a journey through scenic landscapes and ancient history.
  3. Nafplio: Around 140 km from Athens, this charming town provides a glimpse into medieval Greece, with its fortresses and picturesque streets.

Hiring a Car: What You Need to Know

Choosing the right vehicle is crucial. Consider size, comfort, and fuel efficiency based on your travel needs. Familiarize yourself with the rental process and ensure you have all necessary documents, including a valid driver's license and a credit card.

Safety First: Driving Tips and Emergency Contacts

Drive defensively, especially in busy areas. Keep emergency numbers handy, including road assistance and local emergency services.

Ready to Explore Athens?

Hiring a car in Athens isn’t just about convenience; it’s about creating an unforgettable travel experience. With your own vehicle, the historic wonders and hidden gems of Athens and beyond are just a drive away.

Current Rental Rates in Athens

Citroen C1

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 35.20 EUR/day
Citroen C1

7 Days rental at 246.41 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |

Fiat Panda

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 36.89 EUR/day
Fiat Panda

7 Days rental at 258.29 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 38.63 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 270.46 EUR from 21/07/2024

  2 |
  Manual |

Nissan Leaf

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 81.42 EUR/day
Nissan Leaf

7 Days rental at 569.94 EUR from 21/07/2024

  3 |
  Automatic |

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Athens: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Athens is the capital and largest city in Greece.
  • It’s the 4th most populous city in the EU.
  • The iconic Acropolis is found looking over the city.
  • Athens held the first modern Olympics in 1896.
  • It hosts the National Archaeological Museum which houses the largest collection of Greek antiquities in the world.

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Athens car hire information

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Average prices per day in Athens

January€ 44
February€ 40
March€ 38
April€ 57
May€ 72
June€ 80
July€ 155
August€ 170
September€ 112
October€ 78
November€ 67
December€ 48
January€ 34
February€ 33
March€ 31
April€ 43
May€ 52
June€ 60
July€ 120
August€ 117
September€ 78
October€ 52
November€ 43
December€ 35
January€ 85
February€ 82
March€ 73
April€ 92
May€ 149
June€ 156
July€ 335
August€ 325
September€ 193
October€ 140
November€ 134
December€ 96
January€ 75
February€ 70
March€ 54
April€ 80
May€ 109
June€ 111
July€ 243
August€ 255
September€ 161
October€ 115
November€ 104
December€ 67
June€ 318
January€ 32
February€ 31
March€ 29
April€ 42
May€ 49
June€ 54
July€ 108
August€ 108
September€ 73
October€ 47
November€ 41
December€ 33
January€ 113
February€ 88
March€ 85
April€ 103
May€ 144
June€ 163
July€ 329
August€ 301
September€ 189
October€ 141
November€ 123
December€ 96
January€ 47
February€ 40
March€ 37
April€ 61
May€ 78
June€ 96
July€ 186
August€ 186
September€ 128
October€ 79
November€ 72
December€ 50

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