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Transportation in Greece

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Getting there by Air

Main International Airports

Athens (ATH) - located 33km (23 miles) northeast of the city. Transport to and from the airport by buses, metro (subway, underground) or taxi. Airport facilities include: duty-free shops, bank, ATMs, foreign exchange office, post office, business center, car rental.

Thessaloniki (SKG) - located 16km (10 miles) from the city. Transport to and from the airport by coach or taxi. Airport facilities include: duty-free shops, bank, foreign exchange office, post office, car rental.

Corfu (CFU) - located 3km (2 miles) from the city. Transport to and from the airport by local buses, coach or taxi. Airport facilities include: duty-free shops, car rental.

Rhodes (RHO) - located 16km (10 miles) from the city. Transport to and from the airport by coach, taxi and local buses. Airport facilities include: duty-free shops, bank, foreign exchange office.

Heraklion (HER) - located 5km (3 miles) from the city. Transport to and from the airport by bus or taxi. Airport facilities include: duty-free shops, car rental.

Approximate flight times to Athens are: 4 hours from London and 13 hours from New York.

Getting there by Train

There are many train services connecting cities in neighboring countries with Thessaloniki in Greece. The connections include: Sofia, Bucharest, Budapest, Istanbul, Skopje. There are also seasonal connections with Prague and Bratislava.

Getting there by Water

There are international car ferry services between Patras and Igoumentisa in Greece and Ancona, Bari, Brindisi and Venice in Italy and between Rhodes and Marmaris in Turkey.

Getting around by Bus

Buses are the most common mode of public transportation in Greece. The bus network is very good, connecting larger cities and smaller towns. Bus travel is also very reasonably priced, efficient, reliable and convenient. All long-distance buses are operated by KTEL - government-subsidized network of regional businesses.

Getting around by Car

Getting around by car is advantageous (over bus) and convenient in cases where you need to explore more remote places or where there is infrequent bus service. The cons of driving in Greece include narrow roads, extremely twisty roads in mountainous areas and Greek drivers who have a reputation of risky, aggressive driving and who contributed to Greece very high road accident and fatality rates.

Getting around by Water

There are numerous ferries linking Greek islands and many times they are the only reasonable choice of transportation. Ferries are relatively inexpensive and the frequency of services increases during the summer. The main ports in Attica are Piraeus and Rafina, smaller ports include: Alexandroupolis, Igoumenitsa, Kavala, Kyllini, Patras, Thessaloniki and Volos.

There is also hydrofoil service running from Piraeus to many islands. It is much faster than a regular ferry but also more expensive.


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