By carSetting out to tour Greece by car, one has the opportunity to visit outstanding landscapes, to choose by oneself places to stop and in general to have charge of the trip. Greek roads crisscross the whole country, reaching even the most picturesque mountain village. One can hire a vehicle, a simple passenger car, a 4x4, or even a van. Companies renting vehicles offer many options at attractive prices. Ferry boats transport vehicles too so one can enjoy island routes safely and comfortably.
A road trip is an excellent way for the traveller to experience the beauty of Greece. The national road network runs across the entire country, forking onto countless, unique routes. If one so wishes, he may take part in organized trips in a private car, as automobile clubs, showing their love of nature and driving, organize such tours.
As one moves away from the large cities, a huge range of trips is there for the choosing. A tour of the Peloponnese is a particular favourite. The delightful Peloponnesian cities, endless beaches, mountain destinations, picturesque villages, luxuriant nature with rivers and immense forests, the great archaeological sites and Byzantine churches, are an idea attracting many fans.
Getting to know Thrace and mystic Rodopi, touring Macedonia of the great kings, unravelling the secrets of Epirus, visiting Thessaly of the Gods and Centaurs, travelling through Central Greece and Evvoia where cultural traditions are untouched by time; all these experiences will leave the traveller with unforgettable memories, as will a trip by car to any of the countless Greek islands.
During the past few decades the transportation network of the country was modernised and impressively upgraded and, as a result, Greece today has an integrated transportation structure allowing for fast and safe travelling all over the country. Moreover, new projects are continuously being programmed, so that the infrastructures of the transportation grid of the country become more and more reliable.
The operation of the Rio-Andirrio Bridge (connecting the western Peloponnese with western Central Greece), the longest cable-stayed suspension bridge in Europe, and of the motorway “Egnatia Odos” in Northern Greece are of great importance for the improvement of road transportation in Greece.
The main road axes in Greece are listed below, followed by the European road number in brackets:
- Athens - Thessaloniki (E 75 )
- Athens - Corinth (E 94 )
- Corinth - Patras (E 65 )
- Corinth -Tripoli - Kalamata (E 65 )
- Patras - Pyrgos - Olympia (E 55 )
- Thessaloniki - Kavala - Alexandroupoli (E 90 )
- Igoumenitsa - Alexandroupoli (Egnatia Odos Motorway)
- Chania - Agios Nikolaos ( Crete E 75)