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One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Athens is filled with famous historical and cultural landmarks. Driving in the city centre can be tricky but day trips to the outskirts are highly recommended.
Nationally, Athens can be reached via the Pathe motorway (A1), which starts in Patras and ends in Tsoliades (Evzoni). The E75 is a highway that can also be taken from Thessaloniki when coming from either Istanbul or Sofia. The closest Greek town to Athens is Thessaloniki which is only a six-hour drive away. Athens experiences heavy traffic congestion on all roads forcing the government to enforce driving restrictions in the city centre. Travellers should expect many delays, especially during peak hours.
The offices of most of the car companies in Athens can be found at the international airport, at the central railway station and at a few other city locations.
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Travellers should remember to bring a valid driver’s licence, an International Driving Permit for foreigners, the credit card used to make the booking and a valid passport when collecting their car.
Athens is a great place to go sightseeing because there are so many sites to see. Most of the city’s attractions can be seen by foot. From famous structures like the Parthenon and the Acropolis to the Olympic park and the myriad impressive museums, this city has a way of keeping visitors enthralled.