Car Travel in Athens

Greek drivers can be feisty, but standards today are the closest they've ever been to standard European style—except on the coastal roads late at night. Locals have welcomed the accessible and generally reliable public transport, while taxi fares remain affordable, and cycling is in fashion, so driving (especially with gasoline at high prices) is less popular. Driving is on the right, and although the vehicle on the right has the right-of-way, don't always expect this to be obeyed; in fact, be prepared to discover how creatively the rules can be bent.

The speed limit is 50 kph (31 mph) in town. Seat belts are compulsory, as are helmets for motorcyclists, though many flagrantly ignore the laws. In the downtown sectors of the city do not drive in the bus lanes marked by a yellow divider; if caught, you may be fined. You're better off leaving your car in the hotel garage and walking or taking a cab. Gas pumps and service stations are everywhere, but be aware that all-night stations are few and far between.

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