Transportation in Greece

There are many travel options in Greece.

Airports are located in the two capitals of Greece and at a number of key cities.

The Olympic is the Greek national airline that services most areas, but there some private airlines that are economical and available all the year round.

In Athens, there is the major airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, which is the link to all domestic and foreign destinations. There are a great number of airlines that service passengers from this airport including Aegean Airlines, Cyprus Airways, Easyjet, Alitalia, British Airways, Eurocypria, Hellas Jet, Helios and Olympic Airways – just to name a bunch.

A train journey is the best way to see Greece. The Greek Railways organization is reliable and fast. Travelers typically buy tickets at the terminal on the day of their departure, but during major holidays such as Christmas and Easter it is advisable to get them further in advance. Also, during busy summer months — such as August — getting a ticket weeks or months in advance is a good idea. Thessalonica is the terminal for international routes, while Athens for national routes.

Public transport is easy to get all over Greece. There are buses in all cities, towns and villages that offer passengers an economical way to get around. Bus tickets are available at the bus terminals only as the modern buses do not have a conductor any more.

Ferries are a common means of transport as Greece consists of numerous islands. Ferry fares for passengers are low but for cars there is an extra charge.

The most commonly utilized ferries are operated by Minoan Lines, Superfast, Blue Star, and ANEK Lines.

For sport lovers, sail boats and speed boats can be rented at most every port in Greece.

If you prefer private transport, cars to rent are the most popular option. There are a lot of rental companies available in Greece, such as Avis, Hertz and KOSMOS Rent a Car. It should be noted that the Greeks drive on the right side of the road and drivers need an international driver’s license to drive in the country. Rental car agencies rent their vehicles to all drivers over 18, while motorcycle rental companies may allow younger drivers.

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