Low emission zone Athens

Important!

Athens has two environmental zones: Athens Big Ring, Athens Small Ring

Name of the environmental zone: Environmental zone Athen Big Ring - Greece

Type of environmental zone: Zone of air protection, depending on weather conditions and activated if the pollutant values exceed, for example, >50 µg/m³ for particulate matter.

Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Weight: > 2.2 t
Country of registration: Greece
Vehicle class: M1, M2, M3, N1, N2, N3
2019: Year of first registration < 1996
2020: Year of first registration < 1997
2021: Year of first registration < 1998
etc.

Not allowed to drive (permanently): Information currently unavailable

Fines: 200 €

Area/extension of the environmental zone: The zone covers the entire urban area.

Special features: Vehicles registered abroad (e.g. rental cars) are only affected by the driving ban if they stay over 40 days in Greece.

Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Traffic Division of Attika (Dievthysi Trochaias Attikis)
Th. Diliyianni 24-26, 4th floor, Athens

Exemptions: Information currently unavailable

Name of the environmental zone: Environmental zone Athen Small Ring – Greece

Type of environmental zone: Permanent, 30.09.2019 - 17.07.2020, Monday - Thursday 07 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 07 a.m.-3 p.m.

Not allowed to drive (temporarily): Information currently unavailable

Not allowed to drive (permanently): Weight: > 2.2 t
Country of registration: Greece
Vehicle type: car, motor home (M1), bus (M2, M3), van (N1), truck (N2, N3)

on even days (e.g. 02.10. or 24.11.):
Weight: ≤ 2.2 t
Country of registration: Greece
Vehicle type: car, motor home (M1), bus (M2, M3), van (N1), truck (N2, N3)
Plate number: odd (1,3,5,7,9)

on odd days (e.g. 03.10. or 25.11.):
Weight: ≤ 2.2 t
Country of registration: Greece
Vehicle type: car, motor home (M1), bus (M2, M3), van (N1), truck (N2, N3)
Plate number: even (0,2,4,6,8)

Fines: 200 €

Area/extension of the environmental zone: The roads that border the ring are viewed from above (north) clockwise:
Leof. Alexandras, Leof. Vas. Sofias, Messogeion, Michalakopoulou, Merkouri Spyrou, Vryaxidos, Ymittou, Ilia Iliou, Frantzi Am., Kallirrois, Tsaldari Pan., Hamosternas, Tsaldari Pan., Peiraios, Iera Odos, Leof. Konstantinoupoleos, Achilleos, Karolou, Marni.

Special features: Each year a new time period is set for the environmental zone. Usually from September to July of the following year.
Vehicles registered abroad (e.g. rental cars) are only affected by the driving ban if they stay in Greece for more than 40 days.
Electric (hybrid) vehicles, as well as LPG or CNG vehicles with at least EURO standard 4 and maximum 140 g CO₂/km may always enter the zone. This also applies to vehicles with EURO standard 5 and maximum 140 g CO₂/km as well as with EURO standard 6.

Contact of the environmental zone and exceptions: Traffic Division of Attika (Dievthysi Trochaias Attikis)
Th. Diliyianni 24-26, 4th floor, Athens

Exemptions: Information currently unavailable

Low Emission Zone

Do I need stickers or registrations?

No. Here you do not need to buy a sticker or apply for registration. You only have to follow the rules of entry.


Our Green-Zones App helps you to avoid penalties.

Unfortunately there are no exact street signs known. Therefore it is difficult to know when you are in the environmental zone.


Our Green-Zones App helps you to avoid penalties.

Good to know...

All current driving bans and further information are available in our Green-Zones App.


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