Riding in Greece

Useful information about riding in Greece

Although Greece has a negative reputation as a driving destination, anyone ridden here before will tell you what enjoyment a motorcyclist can get by riding our mountainous “back country”, crossing our small coastal B-roads or journeying through remote olive groves and tiny traditional villages. We gathered some information here, to assist your preparation and let you in a bit more into our culture.

  • Which side of the road?

    We drive on the right side of the road.

  • Pedestrians ans zebra crossings

    Greek drivers do not respect the pedestrian’s priority!!!
    Although the law is the same as all European countries, very few drivers in Greece stop at zebra crossings without traffic lights for pedestrians to cross the road.
    Before you brake at a zebra crossing check your mirrors:
    The car following you might have a different opinion!

    In most of the cases, pedestrians will wait on the side for you / car to pass. On the other hand, pedestrians do cross the road at any point, not using the zebra crossing, so they might surprise you!

  • Traffic lights

    Another bad habit of drivers in Greece is ignoring the orange light. They will continue or even worse accelerate, and most of the times pass with a red light….
    So in traffic lights:
    Before you brake at an orange light check your mirrors:
    The car following you might have a different opinion!

    Do not hurry and before you start at a green light, check that all cars have stopped.

  • Speed limits

    Speed limits for motorcycles over 125cc are the same as passenger cars:
    Build up areas: 50km/hour
    Country roads: 90km/hours
    National roads: 110km/hours
    Highways: 130km/hours
    Reduced speed limits might apply in some cases – watch the signs.

  • Emergency phone numbers

    Odyssey Tours offers to its costumers a 24 help line. But in case that you are visiting Greece independently the following emergency lines could be helpful:
    Police : 100
    Fire brigade : 199
    Ambulance : 166
    The European Emergency Number – 112 is also operational in Greece.
    You can call all the above numbers from all land phones free of charge, even from public pay phones without a card.
    You can also call from mobile phone free of charge even if your provider is not available in the area.

  • Road signs

    Almost all road signs in Greece are bilingual. (Greek and English).
    There are plenty of road signs in the main roads, but less in the small country / mountain roads we visit with our motorcycle tours.

  • Roundabouts

    Very few roundabouts work like the rest of Europe (you stop before you enter).
    You can spot those roundabouts from the big and plenty “STOP” signs…
    In all the other roundabouts (without signs) the vehicle entering has priority….for a few meters….It is strange, but it is the law….

  • Fuel stations & fuel

    Fuel stations
    Greece has the greatest number of fuel stations per citizens in the EU!
    There is not a national opening hours rule – it depends on the season and the area.
    What you should have in mind, is that most stations are open from 06:30 to 21:00 from Monday to Saturday and there are some stations open overnight and on Sundays in each area.
    Credit cards are not widely accepted in fuel stations in the countryside, so you should always carry some cash with you for fuel.
    Unleaded petrol (Αμολυβδη – Amo’livdi) in Greece has a RON 95 and is found in all fuel stations.
    Most of the fuel companies offer premium petrols with different commercial names and RONs like Shell V-Power (98RON) and V-Power Racing (RON 100), BP Ultimate 100, EKO Speed 100 etc. These fuel are of course more expensive.

  • Police and fines

    The law about traffic violations is very strict and fines very expensive…
    The law enforcement is another story!
    In most cases, you will get a cheaper fine (!) or just an advice! Your escort will tell you more details about this section.