Greece hitch-hikers essentials
Greece hitch-hikers essentials
Types of roads
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.
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.
Speed limit on Greek roads
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)
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.
written by: Jon