Greece - Traveling
Organizing your trip
Means of transport recommended in town
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.
Means of transport recommended in the rest of the country
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.
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Traveling by yourself
Different forms of tourism
- Péloponnèse : Mycènes, Epidaure, Olympie
- The Mount Athos
- The Cyclades : Mykonos, Thilos, Santorini
- The Dodécanèse islands : Rhodes
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)
For sea tourism (including water sports, cruises, yachts, marinas) please click here
Health and safety
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.
Time difference and climate
- 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.
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.