Greece hitch-hikers essentials

A statue of Athena near somebody's front door, Athens, Greece

Greece hitch-hikers essentials

Types of roads

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1) Motorways (Αρίθμηση, A-roads) There are 10 main routes throughout the Greek mainland and Crete, with numerous branches/auxiliary routes. A few are toll roads, such as the A6 Attiki Odos around Athens and unless otherwise states the speed limit is 120 Km/h Hitch-hiking on them is illegal

Greece National Road sign, Greece hitch-hikers essentials

2) National Roads (Εθνικές οδοί) The speed limit is 50 Km/h in built up areas and either 90 Km/h or 110 Km/h out of town. hitch-hiking on them is legal.

3) Country roads are often in poor condition and the traffic is absolutely minimal but hitch-hiking on them is legal.

Road Map

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Speed limit on Greek roads

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Absolutely essential hitch-hikers phrasebook

– hello – Γεια σας (YAH sahss – frm) Γεια σου (YAH soo – inf)
thank you (very much) –  Ευχαριστώ (πολύ). (ef-hah-rees-TOH po-LEE)
goodbye – αντίο. (AHN-dee-oh)
hitch-hiking –  ωτοστόπ (or – TO – stop)
I don’t have money –  Δεν έχω χρήματα (then ekho KHRI-ma-ta)
we don’t have money – δεν έχουμε τα χρήματα (then EH-khoo-meh  KHRI-ma-ta)
money –  χρήματα (KHRI-ma-ta)
Where are you going? – πού πας; (pou’ PA-te)
– I’m going to… – Πάω να.. (páo na..)
– We are going to… – πρόκειται να… (PRO-kei-tai na…)
 I am… – Είμαι.. (yme)
– I am from… – Είμαι από… (yme apó…)
– Pleased to meet you! – Χάρηκα για την γνωρημία (Hárika ya tin gnorimía – frm) Χάρηκα (Hárika – inf)
– I don’t understand – Δεν καταλαβαίνω (dhen kah-tah-lah-veh-no)
– now – τώρα (TOH-rah)
– today – σήμερα (SEE-meh-ra)
– yesterday – χτες (khtes)
– tomorrow – αύριο (AHV-ree-oh)
friend – φίλος (FEE-los)
→Very useful when they ask you where you’re staying. The concept of Couchsurfing is often too difficult to explain, so just say you’re staying with a friend. You can also use this word to express the relationship between you and your fellow travellers.
– Can you stop? – Μπορείς να σταματήσεις; (bo-REI- te na sta-ma-TI-se-te)
– I want to get out – Θέλω να βγούμε. (THEH-loh na v-GOU-me)
– Turn left – Στρίψτε αριστερά. (STREEP-steh ah-riss-teh-RAH)
– Turn right – Στρίψτε δεξιά. (STREEP-steh dheh-xee-AH)
– Straight ahead – ευθεία (eh-fthee-ah)
– here – εδώ (e-DO)
– over there – εκεί πέρα (e-KEI PE-ra)
– beer – μπύρα (MBI-ra)
→You should know this word, you will be often invited for some.
bus station – σταθμό λεωφορείων (STA-si  le-oh-for-RI-ool)
→You  should know this word and listen out for it to avoid situations when your driver, in their best intentions, takes you off the road and drives you to a station.
train station – σταθμό τρένο (STA-si TRE-noo)
ferry – πλοίων (PLI-oo)

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Main Border Crossings


There are four border crossings between Greece and Albania

→The main crossing is at Kakavia. It is situated on the Sarandë and Gjirokastër to Ioannina road, which passes through the border crossing.

The other crossings are at Konitsa, Krystallopigi and Sagiada, more information can be found here

Greece – Macedonia

There are three land crossings between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia

→The main crossing is situated in Evzoni, 70 km north of Thessaloniki along the E75 European route.

→The other crossings can be found at Niki, north of Florina; and Doïrani, 30km north of Kilkis., more information can be found here

Greece – Bulgaria

There are three border crossings between Greece and Bulgaria

→The main crossing is Promahonas, just over 100 km northeast of Thessaloniki, on the European route E79.

→The other crossings are situated at Ormenio, at the very tip of north-eastern Greece, and a tunnel border crossing at Exohi, about 50km north of Drama. More information can be found here

Greece – Turkey

There are two border crossings between Greece and Turkey.

→The main border crossing is Kipoi, and is the most convenient if you are travelling from Greece to Istanbul. WARNING: crossing on foot can be very problematic as there is a mile of no-man’s-land between the two borders and you are not allowed to walk across. We had a hard time trying to find a car that would take us across. You can read about our trials and tribulations at Kipoi/Ipsala here

→The other crossing can be found at Kastanies, on the European route E85. More information can be found here.

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written by: Jon

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