Greece with a Baby or Toddler

Hiring a car is an excellent way to see a lot more of your holiday destination, and it also makes it easier to cart around your baby supplies.

Just bear in mind that the driving rules in Greece are different to other countries and you will need to be prepared to share narrow roads with an assortment of vehicles, from lorries to mopeds. Petrol stations are not plentiful so make sure you keep your engine topped up with fuel.

Although it’s sometimes possible to hire a car seat, you can’t be sure that it will meet the safety specifications that experts advise. The safest option is to take your own and make sure it’s properly fitted.

Buses run on most of the islands, and trains run on the mainland. They don’t always seem to follow timetables though, so allow extra time for your journeys.

Getting around the islands can often be easier by boat. There are plenty of ferries and smaller boats hopping from cove to cove or island to island, and it’s a fun way to see more of your destination. There are also ferries which run between the Greek Islands and Turkey. From Kos you can take a day trip to Bodrum and from Rhodes, to Marmaris. Make sure that babies and toddlers do not ingest any water in Turkey, do not have ice in drinks and do not eat salads and fruits that have been washed in tap water.

Children younger than four should travel for free on buses and boats, and there is usually a discount for older children. You should bring your own food and water when you’re travelling by ferry as it’s not always provided.