Athens International Airport (ATH)
Car Hire / Rental

(Athens, Greece)

Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH) lies at the conclusions of the E94, E95 and the E96 ring roads, allowing for easy access from almost anywhere in the city.

The city's driver-friendly roads encourage travellers to rent a car for added convenience, allowing freedom when travelling around during their stay. Consequently, the airport has a number of internationally reputable car hire companies.

If you require a rental car for your visit to Athens, we recommend that you arrange it well ahead of your arrival at the airport.

Speed limits in Athens, Greece
Urban areas: 50 kph / 30 mph
Open roads: 110 kph / 70 mph
Motorways / highways: 120 kph / 75 mph

Car Rental, Driving and Parking in Athens

Athens is an extremely historic city and as such, was never designed for the heavy traffic that it suffers. As a direct result of this, driving in the very centre of Athens should be avoided at all costs. The roads around the city do not form any logical pattern and traffic congestion at any time of the day is by no means unusual. Also worth noting, many of the streets around central Athens are not signposted clearly and so it can be a nightmare to navigate this area.

Greek drivers are erratic to say the least and motorbikes manage to squeeze through the smallest spaces imaginable, often at high speed. If you need to change lanes, local drivers in Athens are reluctant to give way and road manners are virtually unheard of. Parking is also problematic and any available spaces soon fill up.

However, those hiring a car at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport will find it extremely useful to explore the area outside of the city. Close to Athens, highlights include Corinth and Nafplio to the west.

Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH)
Car Rental Companies

The following car rental companies are all available at Athens Airport:

  • Avis Auto Rental
  • Budget
  • Europcar
  • Hertz
  • National Rent-a-Car
  • Sixt

Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH)

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