Subscribe to SmallPlanet

We Need Your Help

Five stars on Amazon! Don't miss Talesmag's first book of essays, on cross-cultural food experiences from Mexico to Mongolia (plus recipes!)
Submit a Real Post Report

Athens



What kind of car do you recommend bringing to post, given the terrain, availability of parts, burglary/carjacking risks, etc.? What kind of car do you advise not to bring?

With the lack of parking, smaller is better here. - Oct 3, 2017
Most cars should be fine on most roads. There are some narrow ones where larger cars would have problems. Motorcycles are commonly used here as well. - Jan 15, 2017
Small cars are helpful since parking in downtown is challenging. Any car may receive bumps, scratches, etc. when parked. Our car is not available locally but the Hyundai dealer was able to find the part we needed. However, there was a significant delay. Consider bringing a car that is available in Greece so you can purchase the parts easily here. - Dec 20, 2016
I brought an SUV but it was a challenge driving downtown on the old narrow streets. Parking is slim, so that was a challenge also. Gas prices are very high around US$8 a gallon, so a smaller car would be better. - Sep 7, 2013
All types of vehicles can be found in Greece, and you will see more Porsches and Ferraris in Greece than NYC! However, due to the VERY expensive gas prices (approximately USD 8.00 a gallon!), most Greeks have smaller vehicles, 2.0 liter engines or less. There is a luxury tax for anything above 2 liter engines, making those above this threshold VERY expensive. Parking in Athens would be another consideration, so I would bring something smaller. SUVs are NOT needed. - Jul 14, 2012
SMALL! - Jun 30, 2010
Small is better. Everyone here drives tiny little cars. I think it would be hard to park a large car, but driving one would not be a problem. Have not had a issue with getting parts yet. - Jan 6, 2009
Don't bring an SUV here -- you don't need one and it will be hard to navigate the tiny streets and park. - Dec 27, 2008
I brought a Jeep Grand Cherokee and I love it. It does use more gas, but it didn't make sense for us to sell a car that was already paid for to buy another one we'd then owe money on. I enjoy being a little higher up than most vehicles since I'm toting a toddler and concerned for her safety. Parking can be difficult but not unreasonable. I've become intimately familiar with the *exact* size of my vehicle and have managed to do everything I've wanted to do here, including going down to the historic narrower streets and been just fine. Something like a Suburban or a wide minivan would not have made it through, but I did okay. - Jun 20, 2008