Hiring a car and driving in Rhodes Greece

Your best chance to safely explore Rhodes island at your own pace and preference is by renting a car. With an area of 1412 square kilometers, Rhodes is one of the largest islands in Greece. The driving distance from it’s most northern part - Rhodes Town - to the most southern point - Prasonisi - is 92 km or 108 km depending on the route you will choose.

At the same time, many of the island’s best kept secrets - it’s many small villages, historic monuments and other interesting places to visit are located far from the main roads, in the mountains which are accessible only by smaller, occasionally windy roads. All of them are in very good condition, however public transportation schedules vary and is in some occasions available only 1-2 times a day. Your best chance to safely explore Rhodes island at your own pace and preference is by hiring a car.

Some essential information for driving in Rhodes

Driving licences:
foreign drivers should possess an International Driving Permit, but national licences printed in English are often accepted.

Driving side:
In Rhodes you drive on the right and overtake on the left.

Speed limits:
In Rhodes, the top speed limit is 80km/hour (50 mph) on the two major highways, Rhodes/Lindos and Rhodes/Kalithea. In other built-up areas, you can drive up to 50km/hour (30 mph), while on provincial roads, all vehicles must not exceed the 80km/hour (50 mph) speed limit. All of the above limits can of course be otherwise indicated on the driving routes.

Alcohol limits:
0.05% (BrAC 0.25 mg/L)% and 0.02% for drivers who have held a license for less than 2 years, motor cycle and professional drivers

Driving age:
18 years (21 years if you wish to arrange car rental).

Seatbelts:
Are compulsory in both front and back seats at all times.

Mobile phones and GPS devices:
It is not allowed to use a mobile phone while behind the wheel in Rhodes, no matter what the use (making a call, accessing the internet or sending a text message). GPS can be used.

Fuel payment:
Petrol stations accept cash and credit cards.

Traffic and parking rules in Rhodes:
This can be trucky. Finding an empty parking bay is a continuous challenge in Rhodes City, especially during high season months. A parking area is indicated by a blue road sign, with a white "P" on it, and parking places are usually marked with white or blue lines. Once you have parked your vehicle, in most places you have to purchase a ticket from the nearest automated machine. Parking outside of the city of Rhodes is at most times free of charge. Driving in the Old Town of Rhodes is not allowed (only residents may use their cars inside the Old Town).


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