Find cheap car rental deals in Athens, Greece
Greece's capital is one of the oldest cities in the world – a living museum packed with dazzling historical sites. Grab a great deal on car rental with Orbitz, and not only can you explore the whole city, but the stunning region surrounding Athens will also open up to you.
You've landed in Athens and you're keen to explore. Before you head out, read our guide on crucial information for renting a car here.
You have to be at least 21 to rent a car in Athens, although bear in mind that you may incur a surcharge if you are younger than 25 years old. Some rental companies in Athens also have a maximum rental age of 70 years old.
Athens, a popular city with a high tourist turnover, hosts numerous car rental agencies. Use the search function on Orbitz to choose the best deal from companies such as Europcar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Dollar, Europcar, Budget, Avis and more.
Make sure you bring your driving license with you, as well as a credit card. This will be used for blocking out a security deposit. Keep any paperwork you're given in the car with you.
Visitors traveling from outside the EU should take an International Driving Permit with them.
On-street parking is rare in Athens – if you see it happening, it's possibly illegal. Use the parking lots around the city to stay within the law.
In Greece, they drive on the right side of the road. Note that in three-lane highways, the middle lane is for overtaking only.
Athens is the home of some of Europe's most iconic ancient monuments, and the regions outside the city are just as rich with historical attractions. Keep reading for three highlights to explore with your rental car.
Athens' most charming neighborhood sits in the shadow of its most famous attraction – the mighty Acropolis. Wander among the marble columns of the Parthenon, pause in the Theater of Dionysus, then prepare to lose yourself in the maze of Plaka's atmospheric, cobbled alleyways. To find out more, visit the beautifully designed Acropolis Museum.
The city of Corinth perches next to its awe-inspiring canal, which carves up the landscape from one end of the isthmus to the other. Drive here to explore the ruins of an ancient city or to visit the dramatic hilltop fort of Acrocorinth. Thrill-seekers can get their fix by bungee-jumping into the canal gorge.
Drive north for two hours on a day trip to the magnificent mountain ruins of Delphi. Once one of the most significant cities in ancient Greece, today it is a spectacular UNESCO-protected site. Come to see the Temple of Apollo and the Archaeological Museum, and stay to marvel at the views of the surrounding peaks.