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Athens Tour Ideas

Historical Athens Walking Tour Including the Changing of the Guard

Historical Athens Walking Tour Including the Changing of the Guard
Duration:
3 hours
From:
USD 52.25
Discover what makes Athens so unique on this 3-hour tour led by a local guide. Dive into the Greek capital’s storied history at Syntagma Square, where you’ll see the eye-catching Changing of the Guard ceremony. Walk the perimeter of the Acropolis of Athens, a UNESCO World Heritage site; pass through the Ancient Agora of Athens; and see the Panathenaic Stadium. Then, get a taste of modern life from a local’s point of view in Plaka — or Athens Old Town — and Kolonaki. Numbers limited to 12, ensuring a small-group experience.

Sweet Bites and Sights Acropolis and Plaka

Sweet Bites and Sights Acropolis and Plaka
Duration:
3 hours
From:
USD 49.98
You are a restless foodie but you don't want to miss the Acropolis or an exciting stroll through the Athens old town “the Plaka”? Then this is the ideal tour for you.

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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 Dec 2016