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Athens average daily maximum temperature

Athens, the cradle of western civilization, is one of the world's oldest and most famous cities which puts it high up on many people's list of must-see places. World renowned as a centre of arts, philosophy and learning, modern day Athens is also the economic, financial and industrial centre of Greece. The metropolis is one of the best known in the world, fusing an advanced modern infrastructure with its splendid classical architecture and highly visible cultural heritage.

car Hire Athens Airport

Like most of the services available here, Athens hotels and Athens car hire are of a world class quality. An indication of the exceedingly warm welcome which awaits tourists on Athens holidays is that whilst locals can't drive in the city centre, tourists with Athens car hire are free to roam wherever they choose. Tracking down cheap car hire in Athens is a great way to save some extra money as well as give yourself some more freedom to choose what you see and when, including some of the more far-flung sights. The easiest way to get going is to take advantage of the car hire at Athens airport, just remember that you'll need to be over 18 and have an EU or International Driver's license, and you need to carry and display relevant documentation when required.

Places to visit in Athens

The world famous Acropolis should be on the itinerary alongside the Agora of Athens, the Temple of Zeus and Syntagma Square. History buffs can't miss the National Museum of Archaeology, and you can escape to Schinias Beach near Marathon for a day of relaxation.

More and more people are using low cost flights to Athens and then driving outside of the city to a resort by the coast to enjoy their Greek holiday. You can book transfers but also car hire is now also a popular alternative.

General Advice on Hiring a Car

When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in Athens, and any additional charges.


Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in Athens. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in Athens!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.