The Frequently Asked Questions page is divided in the following separate sections:
a) Questions regarding general information about your travel to Greece. These are not necessarily related to the rental business, but they can help you with your planning ahead.
b) questions more specific to our rentals, such as do you need an International Drivers Permit or not?
c) questions about the organized tours.
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Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”, IATA 3-letter code: ATH, www.aia.gr/traveler/
Yes. In very rare cases you might find yourself in situation where a credit card will not be accepted. Such situations could occur in small and remote villages. We suggest that you carry some cash with you. ATM’s can be found at many places. We suggest carrying some cash. See also answer below.
Cash can be withdrawn from ATMs that are found at almost any city that we pass through. If your national currency is other than Euro, the ATMs will dispense Euros. The exchange rate and the transaction cost at an ATM is lower than what you will find in other exchange offices/kiosks. For this reason we recomend to always use ATMs for getting your Euros! They are safer, they are cheaper.
Local shops, gas stations, super markets etc, most often will NOT accept payments in non-Euro cash, unless you find yourself at a very, very, touristic and popular destination. But still, this is not guaranteed.
Yes, we will keep your luggage in our facilities for the duration of the trip, at no cost for you. MotoGreece will not be held liable in case of loss or theft, though.
No, we do not arrange or sell flight tickets or ferry tickets.
a) a valid passport. b) VISA: please consult with your embassy. c) a credit card, which is absolutely required for the damage deposit of a rental vehicle. d) driver’s license e) non-EU citizens: if your driver’s license is not in English language, then you must bring an International Driver’s Permit or a formal translation of your driver’s license in English language, which (the translation) must be issued and signed by a government authority such as your embassy.
The IDP is a formal document that is used in international travel. It contains the details of your driver’s license translated in many languages, done so in a standardized format, so that it can be recognizable by authorities of different countries. Sometimes, without an IDP you will not be allowed to rent a vehicle abroad! In Greece it is required if your national driver’s license is not in English language or if it is not as per the standards of the European Union. You must consult with your national or local automotive club/federation, in your country, in order to get one. You will not get it in Greece. Plan well in advance for this, sometimes the IDP might take days or even weeks (!) to get issued.
FAQ about our Rentals
a) a valid passport. b) VISA: please consult with your embassy. c) a credit card, which is absolutely required for the damage deposit of a rental vehicle. d) driver’s license e) non-EU citizens: you must bring an International Driver’s Permit.
Yes, if your national driver’s license has not been issued in the European Union.
You must consult with your national or local automotive club/federation, in your country, in order to get one. You will not get it in Greece. Plan well in advance for this, sometimes the IDP might take days to get issued.
The IDP is a formal document that is used in international travel. It contains the details of your driver’s license translated in many languages, done so in a standardized format, so that it can be recognizable by authorities of different countries. Sometimes, without an IDP you will not be allowed to rent a vehicle abroad!
If you are a non-EU citizen and you rented in the past in Greece without an IDP then both you and the rental business were breaking the law. It is as simple as that.
The fine is 1000 euros for you and 1000 euros for the rental business, should you get caught by the police. Also, in the unfortunate event of an accident, the insurance company has every right to decline coverage.
Most of the times, Yes you can, provided of course that we know this in advance, so that we make an appointment! This has to be arranged during your reservation procedure.
Insurance excess is the maximum liability of the renter, in case of self-damage to the motorcycle or loss of the motorcycle. For example, if a motorcycle is listed with an insurance excess of 2000 euros, this means that if the renter causes damage to the rented motorcycle that is estimated at any amount above 2000 euros, the renter (client) only pays the first 2000. The rest (2001+ euros) are covered by insurance. But for any damage or loss that is caused by the renter, which is estimated to cost any amount up to 2000 euros, then the renter (client) has to pay it all. Excess are VOID when you ride off-road.
Well, we can’t stop you, right? Keep in mind though, that if you do go off-road then there is no insurance coverage, nor for 3rd party liability nor for damage waiver! You will be 100% liable for any kind of damage to the motorcycle or to 3rd parties.
Don’t forget, that even if we might not be in a position to know if you did ride off-road, any damage to the wheels (including rims, spokes, tyres) and to any part of the motorcycle that is considered “undercarriage” (for example lower engine oil sump, exhaust pipes, bash plates, lower parts of swing-arm etc) are NOT covered.
The damage deposit is different to the insurance excess, in these details: a) it is lower than the excess. Why ? We do this to facilitate an easier rental procedure for you, since in this way there is a less amount of money reserved on your credit card. But, the important thing to keep in mind is that you are still liable to MotoGreece up to the excess amount, not just up to the deposit amount. b) the damage deposit is the amount that is pre-authorized on a credit card, not the insurance excess.
The retention period of the damage deposit is a) firstly, for the whole duration of your rental period. b) secondly, once you return the motorcycle to us and we inspect it and find it to be ok, we will prepare a “release order”. The release order is sent to the organization that handles all card transactions.
We send this order on the same day that we accept the return of the motorcycle, provided that it is a working day and working hours. At that point, our part of the release procedure is over.
c) It is now up to the organization that receives the release order, to process it and pass it on to your bank. MotoGreece is in no way in control of this step of the process. Usually, it takes them (the card transaction company) 5 or 6 working days. d) The final step is up to your bank to complete the release order.
We may be able to deliver the motorcycle to your hotel in Athens free of charge, under the following conditions:
a) up to 2 motorcycles per transfer. Sorry, but we cannot deliver larger number of motorcycles.
b) your hotel must provide adequate parking space. This means: we cannot obscure traffic or pedestrians or cause any inconvenience to other vehicles, while we leave the motorcycles on that spot and make all the rental procedure with you. Keep it in mind, as many hotels downtown Athens are located in narrow and at the same time very busy roads.
c) the hotel needs to be in close proximity to a subway/ metro station. Usually a 10-minute walking distance will suffice. Otherwise, we will have to charge a fee for the transfer.
d) the transfer has to be requested in advance, during your booking procedure.
Yes you can !
But we need to know this in advance, at least 20 days before your intended arrival. There are a couple of bureaucratic steps that need to be taken, that’s why we need this time. Also, there are certain restrictions that do apply in comparison to renting and riding within Greece.
FAQ about the Tours (Guided or Self-guided)
Formal requirements are : a) you must be at least 26 years old. b) you must have “category A” rider’s license ( = unrestricted) in effect for at least the last 2 years.
Then, you must read our “Tour Grading” system. Each tour has a different grade, which is clearly shown in the description of the tour.
This varies. Each tour may have a different level of difficulty and the estimated riding hours per day can be different. In the description of each tour you will find a clear statement of the estimated average daily riding hours. This is also related to the tour grading. Please see previous answer.
You are free to break away and ride on your own. A detailed route plan, a paper map and GPS coordinates, will be provided to you, so that you can stay on track and find your way to the hotel or the next scheduled stop.
Yes, but you have to keep in mind that the seats are a few and are served in a first-come basis. We can not guarantee that a seat will always be available. For non-riding partners who want to follow the entire tour in the support vehicle, we must be notified in advance!
One (1) medium sized suitcase per person.
We are bikers and we get wet. We ride.