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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources


Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
To get more information on visa and entry requirements, visit the website of the ministry of Foreign affairs of Greece.
Diplomatic Representations
List of Greek embassies.
IATA Travel Center

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

In Athens there are trolley buses (ILPAP), regular buses (ETHEL) and three metro lines. Tickets for buses and trolley buses can be purchased from the Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA) at various booths and kiosks situated around the city. Only Bus Line number 040 (Syntagma - Piraeus) and the bus lines to the Airport operate 24-hour schedules. The two Tram lines are perfectly integrated with the rest of the Athens metro network, the underground and the suburban line, creating an urban network of rail transport 156 km long.
In Thessaloniki there is regular bus service. Tickets can be purchased from the Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organization (OASTH) desks.
Athens has a reliable subway system (ISAP) that consists of three major lines. The old line runs north-south between Athens (suburb of Kifissia). Line 2 runs between Sepolia and Dafni and line 3 runs between Ethiniki Amyna and Syntagma. Tickets can be purchased at every Metro and ISAP station. The construction of the Thessaloniki metro started in June 2006 and should be completed by late 2012.
Maps of Urban Networks
Map of Athens and Thessaloniki metro
Map of Athens tram

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Athens - Eleftherios Venizelos Intl (ATH) 27 km / 17 miles EUR 28-32 / 40-60 min EUR 3.20 / 60-85 min EUR 6 / 40-50 min Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

The rail network serves the main towns.
The maritime network is extensive. Safety conditions for ferry and car-ferry links conform to international regulations. They are very frequent, especially in summer.
Frequent delays are typical at Athens airport, as the airspace is saturated particularly in the summer period.
Rail Companies
Hellenic Railways Organization

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Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Olympic Airlines Major Yes Yes
Aegean Air Major Yes Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

The main motorway network links Athens to Patras (Peloponnese) to the south and Salonika to the north. The motorways are generally good quality but the rest of the road network is sometimes in bad condition. The fatal accident rate is the highest in the EU countries, mainly because of speeding and the bad state of the roads. However, the accident rate is steadily decreasing over the past 20 years.
Road Maps
Road map of Greece
Find an Itinerary

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Different Forms of Tourism

- In Athens : the Acropolis
- Péloponnèse : Mycènes, Epidaure, Olympie
- The Mount Athos
- The Cyclades : Mykonos, Thilos, Santorini
- The Dodécanèse islands : Rhodes
- Crete.
For art and culture, visit the Greek National Tourism Organisation (in Greek).
Evros and Axios rivers, Mt Olympus, The Pindus Mountain. For further information visit the Greek National Tourism Organisation.
Monastery complex of Meteora
Monastery complex of Aghio Oros (Mount Athos)
Patmos : Monastery of Aghios Ioannis Theologos and the Cave of the Apocalypse
For further information visit the Greek National Tourism Organization (in Greek)
There are many spas all over the country.
Discover the fabulous beaches of Greece and the Greek Islands, just one of the many reasons that Greece is one of the most spectacular destinations on the planet. There are volcanic red, black, and white sand beaches, pebble beaches, crystal clear blue Aegean waters and interesting covers to explore.
For sea tourism (including water sports, cruises, yachts, marinas) please click here
Winter Sports
Over the past decades skiing has witnessed a spectacular rise in popularity among Greeks.  At present, 19 ski resorts operate on the mainland meeting modern standards, which lend themselves to the development of winter tourism and are particularly popular with both Greek and foreign visitors.
Outdoor Activities
Rambling, Diving, Bicycle touring, Golf
Tourism Organizations
Greek National Tourism Organization

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
No vaccinations are required before entering the country. For visitors at high risk of rabies infection, vaccination should be considered. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travelers over six months of age coming from infected areas.
Although Greece is geographically situated in southeast Europe, health precaution measures that apply in this country’s case are the same as those for traveling to Western Europe. Tourists visiting Greece in the summer must keep in mind that the sun radiation and the heat may be very intense.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
The American government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
The Current Travel Warnings given by the American State Department

Emergency Numbers

Police 100
Fire 199
Ambulance 166

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Athenes (GMT+2 in Winter, GMT+3 in Summer)
Summer Time Period
From March to October.

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
The average temperatures in Athens are in January of 10°C and June of 30°C.
For Further Information
Greece guide

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall



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Food Specialties
- Kourabiedes (butter biscuits): a thick, moist biscuit served traditionally on New Year’s Day.
- Tiropita: flaky pastry with Feta which is the traditional Greek cheese (a mild, ewe’s milk cheese).
- Feta salad: a salad of tomatoes and cucumbers with feta.
- Dolmatdakia me rizi: stuffed vine leaves.
- Tzatziki: yoghurt and cucumber, used in Greece as an hors d’oeuvre or as a sauce to accompany aubergines, fried courgettes or grilled fish.
- Moussaka: aubergine gratin.
- Melitzanosalata: aubergine salad.

In addition, you can find a wide variety of olives such as Kalamata or Bolos, accompanied by a glass of Ouzo which is the traditional Greek drink.
Wines are made throughout much of Greece, but the most traditional is the white Retsina. Other popular whites include Boutari and Cambas, which come from the island of Santorini.  The island of Crete is also known for a variety of good red wines.  The most popular Greek beer is Mythos.
Ouzo is by far the most popular aperitif in Greece and it has a strong anise-flavor.  This liqueur is served with a small glass of ice water, and when the two are combined they form a cloudy refreshing drink. It is very common to have an ouzo during appetizers.
Dietary Restrictions
No restrictions.

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Domestic Currency
ISO Code
To Obtain Domestic Currency
The currency in circulation since 1 January 2002 is the Euro.
There are banknotes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros. The face value of coins in circulation is 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 EUR and 2 EUR.
Possible Means of Payment
Mainly in cash. A credit card is also useful, but is only taken in the larger establishments. ATMs are easily accessible and open 24h/24.

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Official Language
Other Languages Spoken
French and English.
Business Language
Getting Some Knowledge
Learn basic Greek.
Free Translation Tools
Foreignword : Translator of words and text

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Useful Resources

To Find an Accommodation
Greek hotel;
Pretty Greek Villas; Homellidays
Panhellenic Camping Association
Hostelling International
Athens Hotel Association
Athens Attica Association
To Find an Apartment
Only apartments

To Find a Job
Manpower Employment Organization (OAED)

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