If you rent a car in Thessaloniki you’ll have the chance to enjoy the city's best attractions while you will be able to visit several other places and beautiful nearby cities as well.
For instance, the biggest shopping mall, Mediterranean Cosmos is just 15 minute drive from the city Centre. There is a bus connection of course but using a car you will gain time and convenience. If you visit Thessaloniki during the summer you should definitely visit the unique Mediterranean beaches of Chalkidiki. These beaches are not as famous as others in Greece but, believe it or not, they have nothing to be jealous of.
Tour with a Car in Thessaloniki
Using a car in Thessaloniki will offer you the chance of driving up the coast or head inland to the mountains. With your car you’ll be able to stop and picnic in any interesting location you desire and of course take your time as there will be no schedules to follow.
Some of the most popular destinations are the majestic Meteora, the Royal Tombs and the archaeological museum of Vergina. A less tourist option is the spiritual Mount Athos if you are interested in Religious tourism.
How to Rent a Car in Thessaloniki
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Car rental Requirements
In order to rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your driver's license for at least 1 year prior to the rental date.
Speed limits in Greece
The general speed limits in Greece are as follows:
- City: 31 mph / 50 kmh
- Open Roads: 55mph / 90 kmh
- Highways: 80 mph / 130 kmh
Fuel stations are open from 8am to 8pm while some stations in major cities and on the highway remain open 24 hours.
The average price of unleaded fuel is 1.65€ per litre. For petroleum is 1.3€ and LPG gas around 0.9€
There are no toll fees if you are coming with your car from Bulgaria or FYROM or if you head from the airport towards to city center of Thessaloniki.
You will meet tolls only on the highways from Thessaloniki towards Athens, Alexandroupoli, (along the “Egnatia” Highway System) or Igoumenitsa.
Parking is a major issue in Thessaloniki as the traffic here is considered heavy. If you are using a car, make sure that your hotel or apartment provides private parking. In the Centre of the city there are many parking slots on payment (around 4€ per hour for the first hour and 4 to 2 each next). Parking is allowed during shopping hours, provided you have bought a ticket from a ticket stand.
We recommend that you use public transportation to visit the Centre of the city.