Greece Transport

Get in

Air

The most cheapest and easiest way to get Greece is by air. Greece has 16 international airports, but only those in Athens, Thessaloniki, Rhodes and Iraklio (Crete) take scheduled flights. Other international airports are located at Mykonos, Santorini (Thira), Hania (Crete), Iraklio (Crete), Kos, Karpathos, Samos, Skiathos, Hrysoupoli (for Kavala), Aktion (for Lefkada), Kefallonia and Zakynthos, which are used exclusively for charter flights.

Athens (Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport; www. aia. gr) handles the vast majority of flights, including all intercontinental traffic.

Thessaloniki (Macedonia International Airport) has direct flights to Amsterdam, Belgrade, Berlin, Brussels, Cyprus, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, İstanbul, London, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Stuttgart, Tirana, Vienna and Zürich.

Iraklio (Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport)

Rhodes (Diagoras Airport)

Olympic Airlines (www. olympicairlines. com) is the country’s national airline, and most flights to Athens and Thessaloniki are with Olympic or the flag carrier of the country of departure. Olympic is not Greece’s only international airline. Aegean Airlines(www. aegeanair. com), a member of the Star Alliance network, covers almost all domestic flights and also operates international routes to Greece from a growing number of European cities. Athens is also well-served by airlines from all over Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Southeast Asia, with flights to their respective hubs.

Train

International train are back to work, you can take a train to Sofia, Belgrade, and Skopje.

The state train company is Trainose (Τραινοσέ).

Thessaloniki is Greece's hub for international rail service. Trains connect Thessaloníki to Sofia (3 daily), Bucharest (1 daily), Istanbul (2 daily) and Belgrade via Skopje (2 daily).

There are special fares as Balkan Flexipass and other offers e. g. the City-Star Ticket form Czech Republic to Greece.

Bus

Though it's limited, international bus service can take you to or from neighboring Albania, Bulgaria, FYR of Macedonia, and Turkey, as well as Serbia, and Georgia.

Ferry

From Italy, several ferries depart for Greece daily. Ferries to Patras (Pátra), Igoumenítsa, and Corfu (Kérkyra) leave throughout the year from the Italian port cities of Venice, Trieste, Ancona, Bari and Brindisi.

From Turkey there are ferries: from Marmaris to Rhodes, from Cesme to Chios, from Bodrum to Kos, from Kusadasi to Samos.

There are also ferries connecting Piraeus and Rhodes to Alexandria (Egypt), Larnaca and Limassol (Cyprus), and Haifa (Israel).

Get around

Air

Aegean Airlines , which dominate the nation's domestic air travel industry , offer an extensive route network within the country, including service connecting several islands to the mainland.

Train

Trains are a better way to get around, but the national rail system (OSE) is extremely limited.

Bus

Intercity buses are a very popular option for domestic travel. KTEL is the national government-subsidized network of independent businesses which cooperate together to form a dense route system serving almost the entire country. The system is efficient, reliable, and relatively inexpensive. It serves both long and short distances, including routes from major cities to islands near the mainland, such as Corfu and Cephalonia (in such cases, the ferry crossing is included in the price of the bus ticket).

Taxi

There are many taxis in Greece, but in the large cities, Athens in particular, getting one can be quite a challenge! Taxi drivers are known for being quite rude and not taking you if they feel like it. You hail taxis like in any other large city, but in Athens many taxis will refuse to take you if they don't like your destination. If you need a taxi during rush hour, it can be next to impossible to find one going outside the perimeter of Athens(they all say they are going home, or worse, they ignore you).

Car

Exploring the country by automobile can be an extremely rewarding experience, allowing you to explore the incredibly scenic and varied terrain of the country's coastlines, interior, and islands, at your convenience. Roads are usually well-marked and well-maintained. Automobile rental agencies are present throughout the country, especially in major cities and in highly touristed areas. The automobiles offered are overwhelmingly manual transmission; automatics do exist, but it is advised to reserve one in advance. Gasoline/petrol prices are very steep, as in Germany or Italy. Some automobile rental agencies and insurance policies do not allow taking the car out of the country. However, driving in Athens and other big cities can be a frustrating, and finding parking can be very difficult. And having a car greatly restricts your flexibility when island-hopping.