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Finding a Rental Car at Athens International Airport
Travelers can choose from five car rental companies when landing at Athens International Airport: Enterprise, Avis, Budget, Hertz, or Sixt. Cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans are available for rent. The companies are in the Main Terminal Building on the Arrivals level, which is near the landing area.
International visitors must remember to pick up an International Driving Permit from the AAA or the American Automobile Touring Alliance to make renting a vehicle as seamless as possible. Though some companies only require a driver's license, this document may help streamline the process and offer better insurance coverage.
Road Rules and Navigation in Athens
Visitors leave the airport on motorway 62. Just before Koropi, drivers can take a right and head up 6 toward Athens or turn left to head down the 89. Traffic picks up approaching Athens.
Traffic is at its peak during work and shopping times, so this may affect a trip from the airport. Expect heavy motorbike traffic and generally unqualified, aggressive drivers. Many drivers take traffic laws as a gentle suggestion (double parking is a common occurrence), and tourists may be unaware of their surroundings or not know where they are going. There are also many blind curves in the mountains and rural areas north of Athens, so drivers should stay alert even when passing through the city once traffic thins out.
Demonstrations and protests may also affect travels. Drivers should avoid parking on the street between Athens Polytechnic University and the American Assembly during the academic year and check for other announcements about protests and demonstrations before arriving. Those leaving Athens before or returning after a holiday (Easter is particularly popular) can count on sharing the road with many other drivers.
In general, the peak time for accidents is from 5 to 9 p.m. Drivers should be ready with local emergency numbers as well as the number of the rental company.
Visiting Athens, Greece
Greece has heavy traffic. There are also many one-way streets and hard-to-see street signs, so drivers should carefully plot out their routes before leaving. August is an excellent time to visit Athens, as most locals are vacationing elsewhere. It rains the most in December, so be ready to drive with extra caution during that time. Parking lots and garages are available, but street parking is often the best option. Be ready for tight parallel parking!
The Parthenon, Acropolis, and Temple of Zeus are must-see destinations for all visitors. Guests should also visit the National Archaeological Museum. Walking tours are a fantastic way to experience the city, and there are many free and paid options. Brettos and The Clumsies are excellent bars downtown, and The National is a good choice for Mediterranean food. Visitors can take a day cruise or a trip to Delphi if they want to spend a quieter afternoon outside of the city.
Those heading back to the airport pass gas stations outside of Koropi. Drivers can stop at one of these locations if needed to refuel per their contract before returning a rental at Athens International Airport.
No matter what's on the itinerary, visitors to Athens can see it all with a discount car rental from Skyscanner.