Crazy, right or wrong?!
Was wondering with all this talk of cheap alternatives to get from London to Athens, whether or not driving there would be a feasable idea. It would take a few days at least, but if we arranged a group of people in London and split the costs, what do you think?
To drive from London to Athens can be done. It would probably take about 24 hours of actual road time or so, but also it would take you through what used to be Yugoslavia, which has been a little unsettled in recent history. Also, I am not sure, but I don't think that they are part of the EU, so you'd probably need a carnet de passage. I am not sure on that though, I am still learning about how that works over there.
Sounds like a great idea, thanks. Seriously paying thought to organising a group in London to go forward with these travels. Just gotta track down some fuel prices to make sure it's worth the soujourn.
You can drive right the way down without a carnet via several different routes. Unless you are in some particularly fancy car which just shouts "steal me" to the locals, you are unlikley to have any problems. The Ex Yugoslav states are essentially no trouble to drive through excepting a few bridges which are still out and occassional large holes in the road which need avoiding...
The only real problems are potential petty theft/car crime (but no more so really than London or anywhere else), and sometimes driving standards in the Southern European countries can be not quite to the level you are used to. Occassional border crossing can take a bit of time as well, but providing you have everything you should (every country hasdifferent requirements as to what you should have with you - carry them all in all countries or you can guarentee you'll be caught out within 10km of crossing into the one country you don't have the right bits for) and the paperwork is fine, patience will get you across with no problem.
Other than that, take as long as you want and have a great time doing it.
Hi all. I am also trying to find the best route to drive to Greece from the UK. During my web serf I came across the following web site which you might find interesting. You do not need to drive through Ex Yugoslavia etc as there is a really good ferry service from Italy to Greece. Good luck!
There is a ferry that takes cars that runs from venice to patras, which is a couple of hours drive from athens if i remember correctly. The ferry takes 36 hours, i don't know how this compares driving the whole way, but it would brake up the trip a bit.
If you get a cheap ticket you just sleep on the floor inside the ferry so take bedding and make sure you take enough cash with you for the trip. When i went over on it in 2000 there was no ATM or cash withdrawl facility, fortunately it was before the euro and i had different bits and pieces of currency left over from my travels that i could change into drachma's. You have to buy your meals so if you forgot to grab some cash beforehand you could get pretty hungry after 36 hours bouncing around the Adriatic sea.
Hope this helps a bit.
To drive through Yugoslavia and the dalmation coast is beautiful as well. Alternatively there are many ferry routes from Italy to southern or northern Greece. These usually are: From Ancona to Corfu or Hgoumenitsa. From Printesi to Hgoumenitsa and Patra. In addition you can go through florence, Rome and Pompei getting you to Bari where you can pick up a ferry to Patras (my preffered route). There are also high speed ferries which take 12 hours, but would cost you a bit more.