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.
Riding in Greece
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.
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.
- Build up areas: 50km/hour
- Country roads: 90km/hours
- National roads: 110km/hours
- Highways: 130km/hours
- 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.
There are plenty of road signs in the main roads, but less in the small country / mountain roads we visit with our motorcycle tours.
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 stationsGreece has one of 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 widely accepted in fuel stations but riding 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.
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.