Travel to Greece F.A.Q.'s


Greece Travel FAQ's What is the best time of the year to travel to Greece ?

It depends on where you want to go. The best months to visit the islands are May, June, early July, late August, September and early October. Avoid the dates July 20th to August 20th which are the busiest of the tourist season, and late October because the weather gradually deteriorates. If you want to visit the mainland, then March, April, May, June, September and October are suitable months. July and August are both very warm and busy.

Greece Travel FAQ's Passports & Visas: What is required ? Overall E.U nationals and US/Canadian citizens do not need a visa. US/Canadians visitors must have a valid passport that will be in effect at least another 3 months after the end of their trip. For more information, please contact the appropriate consulate or embassy.

Greece Travel FAQ's Is an international driver's license needed?

E.U Nationals: No; US/Canadians: Opinions vary. Up until recently, a valid driver's license was sufficient but more and more car rental companies require an international one. We suggest you have one issued prior to your departure. Car Club AAA can issue this license. One must be 18 years old and have a valid driver's license. They will take 2 passport size photos for the International License: $6.00 for members - $8.00 for Non. The drivers fill out an application. Costs $10.00 for the permit. This should take about 15-20 minutes depending on traffic at the AAA office.

Greece Travel FAQ's Health requirements

No vaccinations or immunizations are needed when travelling to Greece.

Greece Travel FAQ's What is the voltage in Greece ?

220 V (pls. bring your transformer with you)

Greece Travel FAQ's How can one spend one's holidays in Greece during the Winter period (November-February) ?

The winter months in Greece are much milder than they are in Northern Europe, but still we get heavy rains, low temperatures, strong winds and snow (in the north). The majority of the tourist related enterprises on the islands - hotels, shops, restaurants - close down, the transportation to/from/between the islands becomes irregular and weather dependent, the sights and museums close earlier and many hotels on the mainland close down for renovation and maintenance. Good destinations are Athens, bigger islands with many permanent inhabitants like Crete and Rhodes, and certain mainland areas inGreece that offer Winter activities (e.g. ski centers) or can be easily visited throughout the year like Delphi, Nauplion, Meteora, Karpenissi, Mani etc...

Greece Travel FAQ's What should I pack ?

It depends on the time of the year and the kind of holiday you have booked. Overall, bring casual clothes with only a few informal pieces for evening outings. If you go on a cruise, ask for the evening dress code. In all cases, bring good, sturdy shoes and your hat.

Greece Travel FAQ's Bus and train schedules to the mainland

Both these companies are owned by the state. Tickets are sold almost exclusively through publicly owned outlets. Recently the following sites have been set up on the Net. We cannot guarantee their accuracy but it will give you an idea of what is available:

Bus service: http://www.KTEL.org
Train service: http://www.OSE.gr


Greece Travel FAQ's Discounts on ferries, hydrofoils and planes

Domestic airfare: age groups entitled to discounts are children until the age of 12, youths between the ages of 12 and 24, and senior citizens over 60.

Domestic ferries: age groups entitled to discounts are children from age 4-10. Children under 4 are free of charge, when not occupying a bed in a cabin.

Domestic hydrofoils/catamarans: age groups entitled to discounts are children from age 4-10. Children under 4 are free of charge, when not occupying a seat.

Eurail passes: they are applicable on international sea routes only.

International airfares: here the cases are too many to be listed under a regular FAQ list. Please contact us when having a specific request.

Greece Travel FAQ's How much should a taxi cost ?

The taxis in Athens have a meter that starts at EUR 1,19 and the minimum fare is EUR 3,16. The fee when taking a taxi from ports, railway stations and main bus stations is EUR 1,07. For every piece of luggage over 10kg there is a supplement of EUR 0,40. After midnight the per kilometer tariff is almost doubled.
Specifically for rides from/to the Athens Airport to/from the city center (ring) depending on the time of disembarkation from the taxi, the flat rate is EUR 35 between 05:00-23:59 while the night fare is EUR 50.
You can only pay cash. Taxi drivers will provide you with a receipt upon request.

Greece Travel FAQ's Country codes you should be familiar with

GR = International 2-letter code of Greece

EUR (): International 3-letter code for Euro

GRD = International 3-letter code for the Greek drachma (also occasionally written DRS; information in effect till end 12/2001)

+30 = when calling Greece, dial 0030 and then the area code and the number.
For our office, one dials 0030-2109227772.
If you are calling from the US or Canada, please dial 01130-2109227772.