To rent a car on Kefalonia is the most comfortable and independent way to explore the island. You choose where to go at your own pace, are free to stay as long as you wish at that charming little village you discovered or the secluded beach you spotted from the road.
Driving on the roads of Kefalonia can be very enjoyable once you get used to certain local habits regarding driving and parking. You should also know some facts about the roads. If it is your first time in a car or on a bike on Kefalonia you should keep the following in mind
- There are two roundabouts just outside Argostoli. Priority has whoever drives into the roundabout. Once you are in the roundabout you have to give priority to whoever comes in.
- The centre of Argostoli is a one-way system which brings you into town, coming in from the Koutavos lagoon. This road leads you along the harbour front through the centre. A parallel road (above the pedestrian street Lithostroto) leads you out of Argostoli.
- The speed limit for cars: 50km/h in rural areas, 90-110km/h outside (depending on the signposting).
- Many roads on Kefalonia are narrow and windy. If you drive slowly and carefully and are aware of possible goats behind the next corner having their midday break on the road, you will be fine.
- The same goes for driving too fast or under the influence of alcohol – rarely controlled but very expensive. Alcohol limit in Greece is 0,5g/l.
- Important to know: You pay only half of the penalty amount if you pay it within 10 days.
In general driving on the streets of Kefalonia is relaxed. Only from mid-July through August Kefalonia becomes busier due to the Greek holidays. This is the time when the Greeks come by car from the mainland. If you drive defensively and go with the flow you will be fine.