How to Get to Greece

By | October 6, 2021

Plane: Traveling to Greece by plane is the fastest and probably also the cheapest option. The vast majority of flights to Greece land in Athens. From there there are flight connections to every European capital. From Thessaloniki there is Direct flights to Amsterdam, Belgrade, Berlin, Brussels, Cyprus, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Milan, Moscow, Paris, Stuttgart, Tirana, Vienna and Zurich.

Airlines that offer flights to and from Greece are, for example, Olympic Airlines (OA), Aegean Airlines (A3), Aeroflot (SU), Air Berlin (AB), Air France (AF), Alitalia (AZ),British Airways(BA), Cyprus Airways (CY), easyJet (U2, Egypt Air (MS) Iberia (IB), KLM (KL), Lufthansa (LH), SAS (SK) and Turkish Airlines (TK).

Airports: Greece has 16 international airports. Scheduled flights are only available at Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH) in Athens, Macedonia International Airport (SKG) in Thessaloniki, Diagoras Airport (RHO) Rhodes and Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport (HER) in Heraklion Crete dispatched.
There are other international airports in Greece on Mykonos, Santorin (Thira), Crete (Hania), Kos, Karpathos, Damos, Skiathos, Hrysopoli (Kavala), Kefallonia, and Zakynthos. The airports are served exclusively by charter flights, mainly from Great Britain, Germany and Scandinavia. There are also charter flights to the other Greek airports.

Ship: from Greece there are numerous ferry connections to Italy, Albania and Turkey, among others. Petrakis Lines, for example, offers trips between Corfu and the Albanian port city of Saranda. There are ferry connections to Italy to the port cities of Ancona, Bari, Brindisi and Venice. Companies that offer trips between Italy and Greece are, for example, Agoudimos Lines, ANEK lInes, Blue Star Ferries, Fragline, Hellenic Mediteranean Lines, Italy Ferries or Minoan Lines.
An overview of all ferry connections, current timetables and online services is available on the Greek ferries website or from the shipping companies.

Rail: Greece is part of the Eurail network and the Interrail pass system. Trains from Greece to Bulgaria run daily from Athens via Thessaloniki Sofia. From Sofia there are connecting trains to Hungary (Budapest) and Romania (Bucharest). Trains run from Thessaloniki to Skopje (Macedonia) several times a day. You cross the border between Idomeni and Gevgelija and continue the journey from Skopje to the Serbian capital Belgrade. Visit weddinginfashion for Economy of Southern Europe.

In the summer months there is a weekly train connection between Thessaloniki and Moscow. However, there is no direct train connection between Istanbul, Turkey, and Athens. Passengers must therefore use the daily train from Thessaloniki.
If you want to take the train from London to Athens, the journey first takes you to Paris, from there to the Italian port city of Brindisi, then by ferry to Patras in Greece and then from there to Athens.

Car: many travelers who drive to Greece in their own car take a ferry from Italy. There are good connections in Venice and Ancona.

A second possible route is through Croatia, Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The main border crossing between Greece and its neighbor Albania is Kakavia, 60 kilometers northwest of Ioannina. Other border crossings are at Sagiada, Mertziani and Krystallopigi. The main border crossings between Greece and Bulgaria are Promahonas, Ormenio and Exohi. There are connections between Macedonia and Greece at Evezoni, Niki and Kilkis. Travelers can cross the border to Turkey at Kipi and Kastaniens, for example.

Bus: the Greek Railways (OSE) also operates regular bus connections between Athens and the Albanian capital Tirana. OSE buses also run several times a week between Athens and the Bulgarian capital Sofia, as well as between Thessaloniki and Sofia. A private bus company also offers trips from Alexandroupoli to Sofia and Plovdiv.
There are bus connections via Thessaloniki and Alexandroupoli between Athens and Istanbul, Turkey.
There are no bus connections to Greece from Northern Europe or Great Britain, as the bus companies cannot compete with the cheap flight prices.

Best travel time for Greece

Spring and autumn are the best times to vacation in Greece, especially May, June, September and October. A large part of Greece’s tourist infrastructure (hotels, cafes) is closed in winter (between late November and early April), especially on the islands. Ferry and bus routes have now been greatly reduced or completely discontinued. On some of the smaller islands practically everything is closed in winter, the islanders move to mainland Greece for these months.

The travel season starts again before the Orthodox Easter (mostly in April), the first tourists are now arriving. The travel conditions are between Easter and mid-June, when the weather is pleasantly warm in most regions, perfect. The beaches and ancient sites are not yet overcrowded, public transport is almost back to normal and most of the accommodations are accepting guests again.

Mid-June to the end of August is the main season in Greece. The islands are celebrating and all accommodations and attractions have reopened. However, it is also very hot – in July and August temperatures often reach 40 ° C, the beaches are overcrowded, the ancient sites are teeming with tour groups and many accommodations are fully booked.

The high season ends in September, the travel conditions are ideal again until the end of October.

In November the blue sky is covered. November through February are the wettest months and it can get surprisingly cold. Snow falls frequently on the mainland and in the mountains of Evia and Crete, occasionally in Athens. However, there are also many sunny days and some visitors prefer the tranquility that prevails in Greece at this time of year.

How to Get to Greece