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road trip from Greece to Poland

the traveller 4 | 24  
10 Jul 2008 /  #1
I am a greek and in a couple of weeks I am planning my trip to Poland. I am going to make it by car through FYRoMacedonia, Serbia, Hungary and then either Slovakia or Czech Rep.

Could anyone give me any advice on the quality of the roads in Serbia/Hungary/Poland compared to Greece/FYRoMacedonia/Italy/Turkey/Romania/Bulgaria?

From my experience, only Bulgaria is awfully stressing and dangerous. What stands for Poland? Although I have been 4 times, i do not know what it means driving there. Only around Wrocław I remember that the urban roads had a not of holes and faulty paved asfalt on old german stones. How about the roads connecting big cities?

How dangerous is it for my car to get stolen conciderring that it carries greek plates?

Do traffic policemen stop you for typical controls and then "force" you to bribe them to let you go for trivial things, like they do in Bulgaria?

Thanks for the help to come :)
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161  
10 Jul 2008 /  #2
i do not know what it means driving there.

osiol 55 | 3,922  
10 Jul 2008 /  #3

Normal for you because, I imagine, you are quite used to driving in Poland.

By the way, I thought I saw a dog driving a car, but it turned out to be one of those foreign cars where the driver sits on the other side from the one we do here. The dog sitting on the passenger seat looked like the driver.
dnz 17 | 710  
10 Jul 2008 /  #4
I've been stopped by police several times in poland and usually a few Marlboro's see's them on their way, Stories of corruption I have found to be unprecedented and the Police are generally very friendly. Car theft isn't a problem although when i left the BMW outside my house I came out one morning to find a door handle missing along with a fog light:) which just amused me slightly. 100 pln to replace. Polish roads are terrible but not really all that bad in all honesty, If you have alloy wheels try to change them for steelies as I keep bending my wheels and often scrape the underside on normal roads. Make sure you have comprehensive insurance to be on the safe side. Roads connecting big cities in my opinion aren't too bad at all but you need to be on the ball at all times as driving standards aren't all that high.

Keep some Octane boost in the car as the fuel here appears low quality too if you run a petrol, 98 octane in reality seems to be around 95 and my car hardly runs on it.

Enjoy the drive.
OP the traveller 4 | 24  
11 Jul 2008 /  #5
Thank you for the replies! All of you.

Osiol....dogs must be driving also in Greece...elseway it would be hard to explain our EU road accident record really seem to be calm in a situation where an average person would feel at least a bit stressed. I will partly try to adopt your attitude.

"a few Marlboro's see's them on their way"???

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