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Mycenae and Epidaurus Day Trip from Athens

Mycenae and Epidaurus Day Trip from Athens
Duration:
10 hours
From:
USD 98.83
Explore the remains of the ancient city of Mycenae a major centre of Greek civilization from 1600BC to 1100BC and visit the small village of Epidaurus famous in ancient times for being a place of healing.

Private Cruise to Poseidon Temple at Sounio Cape with Snorkeling and Swimming

Private Cruise to Poseidon Temple at Sounio Cape with Snorkeling and Swimming
Duration:
7 hours
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USD 806.51
Cruise along the stunning coast line of Attica on a round-trip private tour from Athens to the beautiful temple of Poseidon at Sounio. Cape Sounio is a promontory located 69 kilometer (43 mi) south-southeast of Athens, the second most visited ancient ruin site after Acropolis .

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Athens Airport (ATH) Car Rental


Welcome to the car rental Athens Airport information page with information on Athens Airport car rental options, including which side do you drive on, transmission types, local Athens driving stress, licences, and more. You may also compare your Athens Airport car rental options and search for the best available Athens car rental rates in the search box below.


Athens Airport Car Rental Advice & Driving Tips




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Athens Airport Car Rental Desk Locations

If you are brave enough to drive in Athens, or want a car to get around the surrounding areas, there are quite a few major Athens Airport car rental companies represented.

 

Athens Airport car hire desks are located in the Arrivals hall in the main terminal.


Athens Airport Car Rental Companies

Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, Sixt


Athens Driving Information


 
Driving is on the right side of the road.


 
Athens Airport rental cars may be either automatic OR manual transmission. Make sure to verify when booking if you are not comfortable with a manual transmission.


 
Your local drivers' licence is required.


An International Drivers' Permit (or IDP) may be required, especially if your local drivers' licence is in a language other than the local language (you may inquire when you pick up your car).


 
Athens Driving Stress Level: 9/10

Driving in Athens is chaos. Remember how ancient the city is, as it was never designed for cars, let alone heavy traffic. The roads around the city do not follow any logical pattern and traffic congestion at any time of the day is common. Many streets are not signposted and, well, they are in Greek! Parking is extremely hard to find as well. 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.

 

If you want to drive, stay away from the city centre, otherwise you'll find yourself frustrated and, possibly, stuck. Is that any way to spend a vacation? The heart of Athens is very walkable anyways.

 

On the other hand, if you hire a car at Athens Airport, you 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 Airport Car Rental Recommendations


 
IHateTaxis.com does not recommend a Athens Airport car rental.

If we haven't scared you yet, let's be clear: an Athens Airport car rental is not recommended for driving in the city of Athens! Only consider an Athens Airport car hire if you wish to explore Greece outside of Athens.



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Last Updated: 24 Feb 2017