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Driving in Greece - speed limits and basic traffic regulations in Greece

In spite of a rapidly improving quality of road network, Greece still ranks very high in the road accidents number, when compared to other European countries.

A number of initiatives have been undertaken by the Greek authorities in order to increase the road safety in Greece, amongst them tightening of speed limits control.

When driving in Greece, you will encounter traffic police patrols as well as speed cameras - on the mainland, as well as on the Greek islands – on more than one occasion. For a relaxed and safe holiday, be informed about the speed limits and basic traffic regulations in Greece beforehand.

Speed limits Greece
Unless indicated otherwise, the speed limits in Greece are:

  • build-up areas: 50 km/h (30 mph)
  • outside of towns: 90 km/h (56 mph)
  • motorways: 130 km/h (80 mph)

See the map of motorways in Greece (click to enlarge).

Greece- alcohol limit and basic traffic regulations
In Greece, driving under influence of alcohol or other substances may result in heavy, paid on the spot fines, or even withholding of the drivers permit.

The legal alcohol limit in Greece is 0.5%. For the drivers who had their license issued for less than two years the limit is 0.2%.

Find below other basic rules to keep in mind when driving in Greece:

  • in Greece you drive on the right hand side of the road
  • the use of seatbelts is compulsory for all the occupants of the car
  • babies and young children should be transported in a suitable child seat; children under 10 cannot use the front seat
  • the use of hand held mobile devices is not allowed while driving in Greece
  • the minimum driving age in Greece is 18
  • a valid UK drivers licence is accepted in Greece
  • drivers and passengers of motorcycles, mopeds and quad bikes in Greece are requires to wear a suitable helmet.

Read more about speeding and other traffic infraction fines in Greece. (updated soon)

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Driving in Greece - speed limits and basic traffic regulations in Greece
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Published: Tuesday, January 22 2013
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