Hitch-hiking in Greece: advantages and disadvantages
Greece is a country blessed with some of the most stunning landscapes that not only Europe but the world has to offer. Travelling across this beautiful land you will soon forget about the doom and gloom of back home. The E-90 from the border of Turkey to Thessaloniki is busy with truck traffic, making it all the more likely to hitch a ride and although wild camping is illegal, there are plenty of beaches and hidden away place on which to pitch a tent and no-one will bother you. Apart from that, buckle up and get ready, you’re in for a bumpy ride.
The biggest disadvantage about hitch-hiking in Greece is that simply cars do not stop. Well, perhaps that is a bit of an exaggeration. More accurately: cars stop very very very irregularly. Whilst we did have some success travelling from the Turkish border to the city of Thessaloniki, the journey from Thessaloniki down to the Larissa was torturous. The journey from Larissa to Athens – impossible. We acknowledge that this was only our experience. We would love to hear about yours.
English is also not widely spoken in Greece outside of the big cities, and we found that some people knew German so bear this in mind when there.
In summer Greece is hot, so always try and find shade and drink lots of water.
In the week that we spent in Greece we visited 3 places, and hitch-hiked a total of 658 km.
This was our route:
written by: Jon