1. What´s the usual speed limit while driving in Thessaloniki?
The standard speed limit in urban areas, including Thessaloniki, is 50 km/h. However, in the highways leading to and from the city, the speed limit is usually 130 km/h.
2. What license do I need to drive a campervan in Thessaloniki?
In order to hire and drive a campervan in Thessaloniki, you need to be in possession of a driving license. If your license isn't in English or Greek, an international driver's permit is recommended.
3. Are there many speed cameras in Thessaloniki city?
Yes, there are several speed cameras installed throughout the city, so it is advisable always to abide by the speed limits.
4. Are there toll roads to take into consideration while on the journey?
Yes, there are toll roads when driving in Greece, including roads connecting Thessaloniki with other cities. The cost of the tolls usually varies depending on the distance of your travel.
5. What are the key driving rules and safety regulations to keep in mind?
Apart from observing the speed limit, it is compulsory to always wear your seatbelt while driving. Child seats are mandatory for children under the age of 12 or shorter than 1.35 m. Always carry your driving license, insurance documents and identification while driving.
6. Where can one park the campervan in Thessaloniki?
Thessaloniki has several designated parking areas for campervans. It´s also possible to park in private campgrounds. Parking on public streets may have restrictions.
7. What time is rush hour in Thessaloniki?
The rush-hour traffic in Thessaloniki is usually between 07:00 AM and 09:00 AM, and then 02:00 PM to 07:00 PM. During these hours, traffic can be heavy, especially in central areas.
8. What are the rules for overtaking on Greek roads?
Overtaking is only allowed on the left, and on a dual carriageway or motorway, the left-hand lane is specifically reserved for this purpose.
9. Are there service areas I can rest or park the campervan overnight?
Yes, Greece has numerous authorised campervan sites and service areas where you can stop and rest or park overnight. Always ensure you follow the rules and regulations of each site and avoid wild camping as it´s illegal.
10. Which side of the road does Greece drive on?
In Greece, you drive on the right-hand side of the road.
11. Are winter tyres required in Thessaloniki during winter?
Winter tyres are not required by law in Greece, but are highly recommended when driving in snowy conditions, especially in mountainous regions.
12. What should I do in the case of a traffic accident in Greece?
In case of an accident, you must stop and not leave the scene. Call the police immediately and report the accident to your campervan hire company as soon as possible.
13. Are there any special rules for driving a campervan in Greece?
Special rules apply regarding the weight and dimensions of your campervan and may affect where you can drive or park. Always be aware of the specifications of your vehicle.
14. Can I use hands-free devices while driving in Greece?
Yes, using hands-free kits is permissible in Greece, but using any handheld device while driving is strictly prohibited and can result in fines.
15. Are there restrictions in driving a campervan in the historic centre of Thessaloniki?
Yes, there are restrictions on driving heavy vehicles in the historic centre, but smaller campervans may be allowed. Always abide by the posted signs and rules.