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Hiring a Car in Corfu – What you need to know

Renting a car in Corfu, Greece is the most convenient way to travel around the island. Corfu is popular among tourists for its winding roads, lush green landscape and historical landmarks. However, it is also one of the few places where drivers can hire a car with ease, but there are some rules to be followed:

Driver’s Age

The legal driver’s age for renting a car in Greece is – 21 to 70 years.

Driving License Permit

The driver should have a minimum of 2 years of experience and be the holder of an international driving license permit from the local AAA office. To get the permit, a driver must have a valid driver’s license along with a small fee and two passport photos.

Insurance Coverage

Most car rental services in Greece are known for offering tourists with a loss damage waiver and unlimited miles coverage. This means, in the case, of any damage caused due to an accident or fault on the driver’s part, the driver is liable to pay for the charges.

Additional Fees and Restriction Charges

Tourists are advised to check with the car rental company for additional fees or restriction charges incase they plan to drive outside Greece.

Driving Rules

You must also make it a point to familiarise yourself with the country’s driving rules. Speed limit for instance, is 50 km/h in the city, 80 km/h on the open roads and 100 km/h on highways.

Here are some basic driving tips that you must be aware of when driving around in Greece –

Right Hand Traffic

Vehicles in Greece have their steering wheels on the right side. This is unlike other countries for example: UK, Australia and South Africa, where people drive on the left side.

Toll Fees

Be prepared to pay the toll fees on the Greek highways, where the normal charges can range from 2.40 to 3.50 euros.

Parking

On-street parking could be difficult during the peak seasons. You may find some parking areas reserved only for permanent residents and you may need to pay a parking meter.

The rules are similar to those in other countries, making hiring a car an easy option for your visit to Corfu. After all, what better way can you see all that the island has to offer? Cruise around at your own pace and enjoy the beautiful island.

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