Plan Your Trip to Greece: Links on Useful Resources

Plan your trip to Greece

Greece is one of the favorite summer destinations and more than 20 million tourists vote for that every year. However, if you plan to travel without a group, you may find yourself confused with trying to book boat tickets, airplane tickets to islands, museum tickets etc.

Here are some links to useful resources to help you plan your trip to Greece:

1. Which are the 3 Ports of Athens, to take a boat to the Greek islands?

Greece has many ports and for many islands you will find boats starting from different ports. For example, if you are going to the islands of Cyclades, e.g. Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Naxos, you can travel towards there from one of the two ports of Athens: Piraeus port or Rafina port. Actually, Athens has a third one, which is situated in Lavrio town, 60km away from Athens, which is pretty close to a couple of Cyclades islands, such as Tzia and Kythnos island.

Below you can see the 3 ports of Athens: Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio. Piraeus port is in the closest to Athens city. Rafina is about 30 km outside of Athens and Lavrio is around 60km away from Athens town.

PortsofAthens

 

As a general rule: If you are going to any of the islands of Aegina, Agistri, Hydra, Poros, you can only get boats from Piraeus port. If you are going to the islands of Tzia (Kea), or Kythnos, you can get a boat from Lavrio port. For all the other islands (Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Andros, Santorini, Milos, Amorgos, Koufonisia, Donousa, Shoinousa, etc), you can choose to leave either from Piraeus or from Rafina port. Rafina is closer to many islands of Cyclades, compared to Piraeus port, as you can see from the map, but you will have to travel outside of Athens to get the boat.

2. What are the Types of Boats you Can take to the Greek Islands?

Basically, there are two types of boats you can take to get to any greek islands: The slow ones and the fast ones. E.g., you will see that if you want to go to Mykonos and you want to start from Rafina port, there is a boat that takes 4 hours to get to Mykonos and another one that takes 2 hours to get there. The second type is obviously much more expensive.

Moreover, if you are visiting Greece with a car, keep in mind that not all boats accept cars. Some of them do and some of them don’t.

The fast boats are branded usually by Greek Telcos such as Cosmote and Vodafone. E.g. the following one is a fast boat:

Or this one is a fast boat too but it doesn’t accept cars or motorbikes:

The following is a slower boat (even though it says FastFerries!):

3. Where can you Book your Boat Ticket to a Greek island online?

There are a couple of Greek websites that you can use to book online your boat ticket to a Greek island. If you are planning to travel on July and August, please prebook as soon as possible. Demand is very high and you may end up looking for tickets if you don’t plan early.

A website you could use is http://www.viva.gr. Just go to http://travel.viva.gr/en/ferries, input the port you want to leave from (Piraeus, Rafina or Lavrio) and your destination and you will get all the options.

E.g., in the following example you can view the options to travel to Mykonos from Rafina port. You can see how some boats accept cars/motorbikes while some others don’t. You can also see that some boats are faster than others.

Tickets to Mykonos

Also, keep in mind, that if you want to travel between islands, there are some local companies that offer the transportation but you cannot book it online.

4. Get an Airplane to the Greek Islands

If you don’t want to use a boat for your transfer to a Greek island, then you may consider getting an airplane to travel to some of them. Many islands have airports but not all of them. The companies that are flying from different areas of Greece to the greek islands are:

– Aegean Airlineshttp://en.aegeanair.com/

– Olympic Airlines (actually it is the same company with Aegean airlines, due to a merge that took place): https://www.olympicair.com/

– Ryanair: http://www.ryanair.com

– Minoan Air: http://www.minoanair.com/

– SkyExpress: http://www.skyexpress.gr/en-us/home.aspx

– Ellinair: http://en.ellinair.com/

Out of these, Aegean and Olympic airlines are considered the most respected brands in Greece.

To book an airline ticket to a Greek island, you could use http://www.viva.gr, or http://gr.skyscanner.com/, or book directly from the website of the airline company.

The Greek islands and towns with airports are the following (from wikipedia):

4.1 Greek Islands/Towns with Airports

 

City served / Location Region ICAO IATA Airport name
International airports
Alexandroupoli East Macedonia and Thrace LGAL AXD Alexandroupolis International Airport “Dēmókritos/Democritus”
Athens / Spata Attica LGAV ATH Athens International Airport “Elefthérios Venizélos”
Chania (Souda) Crete LGSA CHQ Chania International Airport “Ioánnis Daskalogiánnis”
Corfu (Kerkira) Ionian Islands LGKR CFU Corfu Island International Airport “Ioánnis Kapodístrias”
Heraklion Crete LGIR HER Heraklion International Airport “Níkos Kazantzákis”
Kalamata Peloponnese LGKL KLX Kalamata International Airport “Captain Vassílis Constantakópoulos”
Kavala / Chrysoupoli East Macedonia and Thrace LGKV KVA Kavala International Airport “Mégas Aléxandros/Alexander the Great”
Kefalonia Ionian Islands LGKF EFL Kefalonia Island International Airport “Ánna Pollátou”
Kos South Aegean LGKO KGS Kos Island International Airport “Hippokrátēs/Hippocrates”
Lemnos North Aegean LGLM LXS Lemnos Island International Airport “Hēphaistos/Hephaestus”
Mytilene, Lesbos North Aegean LGMT MJT Mytilene Island International Airport “Odysséas Elýtis”
Rhodes South Aegean LGRP RHO Rhodes Island International Airport “Diagóras”
Samos North Aegean LGSM SMI Samos Island International Airport “Arístarchos ho Sámios/Aristarchus of Samos”
Thessaloniki / Mikra Central Macedonia LGTS SKG Thessaloniki International Airport “Makedonía/Macedonia”
Zakynthos Ionian Islands LGZA ZTH Zakynthos Island International Airport “Dionýsios Solomós”
National airports
Astypalaia South Aegean LGPL JTY Astypalaia Island National Airport “Panaghiá”
Chios North Aegean LGHI JKH Chios Island National Airport “Hómēros/Homer”
Ikaria North Aegean LGIK JIK Ikaria Island National Airport “Íkaros/Icarus”
Ioannina Epirus LGIO IOA Ioannina National Airport “Basileus Pýrrhos/King Pyrrhus”
Kalymnos South Aegean LGKY JKL Kalymnos Island National Airport “Pothaea”
Karpathos South Aegean LGKP AOK Karpathos Island National Airport “Ammopi”
Kastoria West Macedonia LGKA KSO Kastoria National Airport “Aristotélēs/Aristotle”
Kozani West Macedonia LGKZ KZI Kozani National Airport “Phílippos/Philip”
Kithira Attica LGKC KIT Kithira Island National Airport “Aléxandros Aristotélous Onássis”
Milos South Aegean LGML MLO Milos Island National Airport “Áfrodite”
Mykonos South Aegean LGMK JMK Mykonos Island National Airport “Dḗlos”
Naxos South Aegean LGNX JNX Naxos Island National Airport “Apóllōn/Apollo”
Paros South Aegean LGPA PAS Paros Island National Airport “Panteleou Paros Airport”
Patras / Araxos West Greece LGRX GPA Araxos National Airport “Agamémnon”
Preveza, Lefkada (Aktio) Epirus LGPZ PVK Aktion National Airport (Lefkada Airport)
Santorini (Thira) South Aegean LGSR JTR Santorini (Thira) Island National Airport “Zefyros”
Skiathos Thessaly LGSK JSI Skiathos Island National Airport “Aléxandros Papadiamántis”
Skyros Central Greece LGSY SKU Skyros Island National Airport “Aegéo”
Syros South Aegean LGSO JSY Syros Island National Airport “Dēmḗtrios Vikélas/Demetrius Vikelas”
Volos / Nea Anchialos Thessaly LGBL VOL Nea Anchialos National Airport (Volos Central Greece Airport)
Other public use airports
Kasos (Kassos) South Aegean LGKS KSJ Kassos Island Public Airport “Agia Marína”
Kastelorizo (Megisti) South Aegean LGKJ KZS Kastelorizo Island Public Airport “Megísti”
Karditsa Thessaly Karditsa Myrina Airfield “Myrina”
Leros South Aegean LGLE LRS Leros Island Public Airport “Dodekánisos”
Megara Attica LGMG Megara General Aviation Airport
Messolonghi Aetolia-Acarnania Messologi Airfield
Sitia Crete LGST JSH Sitia Public Airport “Vitséntzos Kornáros”

 

5. List of Embassies in Greece

Greece hosts embassies from most countries on earth. For detailed addresses and phone contact, you can view this webpage.

6. List of Banks in Greece

If you need to withdraw cash from ATMs, Greece has a huge network of ATMs in every place and island. Banks are either Greek ones or branches of international ones. You will not have an issue, nomatter which one you use.

6.1 The Greek banks are:

The Greek branches of international banks are (source wikipedia):

6.2 Greek branches of international banks

Bank of America

Bank of Cyprus

Bank Saderat Iran

BNP Paribas Securities Services

Citibank International (now it is bought from Alpha bank in Greece)

Credit Suisse Luxembourg

Deutsche Bank

FCE Bank (de)

FGA Bank

Fimbank

HSBC Bank

HSH Nordbank

KEDR Open Joint-Stock Company Commercial Bank

T.C. Ziraat Bankasi

The Royal Bank of Scotland

UniCredit Bank

Unión de Créditos Inmobiliarios (es) (web)

 

7. Greek Mobile Operators

Greece has 3 mobile operators that use the GSM system. Vodafone, Cosmote and Wind. You can buy a greek mobile card with prepaid internet and phone credits, when you arrive in Greece. Otherwise, you can ofcourse use your own and pay the roaming charges. You can find information on the roaming charges at the telcos websites, eg here

WIND offers 3GB / 30 days for 30Euro with a USB stick and 15 Euro without a USB stick Wind Broadband

Vodafone offers 150MB  for 30 days for 7 Euros and is charging 1Euro per day after the 150MB are used up. Vodafone Broadband

Cosmote offers 5GB  for 30 days for 40 Euros and 1GB per day for 5Euros. COSMOTE Broadband

8. Find a Doctor in Greece

We wish that you never have to use this service but just in case, if you need to get a doctor in Greece you can do one of the following:

a. Visit a greek site such as http://www.doctoranytime.gr/ (use Google translate)

b. Call one of the information telephone numbers, such as 11880 or 11888. You pay per minute but you can ask any information you want in English and you will get your reply very easy.

Moreover, every island in Greece has a pharmacy store but they are not open all the time.

9. Book a Greek Museum Ticket?

Greek museums do not offer e-tickets currently, so you cannot prebook them. The lines are not that big usually, so you can buy them on the spot. Just make sure that you check the visiting hours beforehand.

Enjoy your trip to Greece and get a great 10-day travel itinerary to Greece from Guidora, here.

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