Transportation in Greece
Due to its popularity as a tourist destination, there are numerous airlines that fly into Greece from all around the world. Athens is the major airport, but there are also a number of other international airports, many of which serve summer traffic. Getting around Greece is quite straightforward, and options include air, rail, road and water.
Catching a ferry to the Greek islands will be one of the highlights of a visit to Greece!
This Greece Transportation Guide lists in detail how to both get to and from Greece, as well as the best ways of getting around the country. A great to see this wonderful country is by taking one of the many interesting local Greece tours on offer. We also have some useful information on Greece so you can learn more about the country. Our individual city sites also have transportation pages, which give more detailed information about getting to and from, as well as around, certain cities and regions. We currently have transportation information for:
Greece Transportation Guide
Getting There and Away
Olympic Airlines (http://www.olympic-airways.com/) is the national airline of Greece. Many other major airlines offer services direct to Greece, specifically from locations in Europe and the east coast of North America. Another domestic airline is Aegean Airlines (http://www.aegeanair.com/), although they only offer limited destinations.
Athens is the major international airport of Greece, however there are also international airports located at Thessaloniki, Corfu and Rhodes. A number of the larger, more popular islands have airports that mainly operate in summer. Included are Heraklion (Crete), Samos, Lesbos and Mykonos.
There is a departure tax of €12.00, plus an arrival tax of €11.20, payable by visitors arriving at Athens airport.
For transport from the airport to the city (or from the city to the airport), we recommend Green Path Transfers, who offer eco-friendly airport transfers in hundreds of destinations around the world, including Athens.
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Flights to Greece
Eurail and Inter-Rail passes are valid throughout Greece. Hellenic Railways Organisation Ltd (http://www.osenet.gr/) is the national railway company, and they feature handy timetables on their website.
There are a number of different entry points to Greece by road. These include Macedonia, Turkey and Bulgaria. If you are renting a car and planning on driving into Greece, check with the rental company as to any conditions or fees they may have for taking the car to other countries.
A common and popular way to enter Greece is via ferry. There are a huge number of ports and shipping lines that link Greece to Croatia, Cyprus, Italy, Russia and Turkey. Some of the main ports include Corfu, Heraklion, Patras, Piraeus (Athens), Rhodes and Thessaloniki. Any of the port towns will offer various destinations and shipping lines - be sure to shop around, as there will sometimes be large variations on prices.
Olympic Airlines and Aegean Airlines are the two major domestic airlines, and fly to various locations throughout Greece.
The best, easiest and cheapest way to travel around the Greek islands is by ferry. During summer there are countless routes in operation, both from the mainland to the islands and also in between various islands. Certain routes are very popular during summer, and as such it is recommended to buy tickets in advance. The two types of tickets available are First Class and Economy, with varying levels of comfort offered, dependent on the vessel. Longer journeys also offer couchette cabins. Greek Travel Pages (http://www.gtp.gr/) is a useful site for ferry timetables.
Rail travel is a common way of travelling around the mainland. Hellenic Railways Organisation (http://www.ose.gr/) is the national railway service. As mentioned above, Eurail and Inter-Rail passes are valid throughout Greece. There are additional Greek passes which may also be useful, such as the Vergina Flexipass or the Greek Flexipass.
The road network is well-established and in good condition, which makes travel either by bus or car convenient. Traffic drives on the right. Some islands do not allow any motorised transport, however others offer a number of options for rentals, including little 4X4 jeeps or scooters. Make sure to check the conditions of scooters in particular, and insist on a helmet.