Getting There & Getting About

International Airports

Internal Transport

A number of airlines offer flights on many domestic routes around Greece, and private charter flights may also be booked.

It is very cheap and easy to travel on the many frequent ferry and boat services round the islands. The main ports near Athens are Rafina and Piraeus, although there are regular sailings to the islands from the smaller ports of Thessaloniki, Patras, Kavala, Igoumenitsa, Alexandroupolis, Kyllini and Volos. It's a good idea to buy tickets in advance during high season, as inter-island travel is very popular. Routes from Piraeus include frequent services to most islands in the following groups: Cyclades (e.g. Santorini, Naxos and Mykonos), Argo-Saronic, Dodecanese (e.g. Rhodes and Kos) and the Northeast Aegean (e.g. Lesbos and Lemnos), plus Crete and several other mainland ports. Routes from Rafina include nearby Evvia, plus some islands in the Cyclades, the Dodecanese and the northeast Aegean. Hydrofoils are a faster (although more expensive) alternative to ferries.

The two main railway stations in Athens are Peloponnissos (with trains to the Peloponnese - the southernmost part of mainland Greece) and Larissa (with trains to northern Greece, Evia and Europe). The Balkan Flexipass offers travellers 5, 10 or 15 days' unlimited rail travel within one month in Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Romania, whilst the InterRail One-Country Pass offers travel for 3, 4, 6 or 8 days in one month within Greece. Supplements are required for some high-speed services.

Greece has a good road (mostly paved) network, and most major international car hire firms operate throughout Greece. The maximum speed limit is 50 kph (30 mph) in built-up areas, 110 kph (60 mph) outside built-up areas and 120 kph (75 mph) on motorways.

Coach travel is generally inexpensive, and services link Athens with all the main towns in Greece. However, coaches on the islands tend to be less reliable, and there is no motorised transport at all on some small islands.

Athens city centre is well served by frequent trolleybuses and buses, and tickets can be purchased at kiosks and booths located around the city. The tram system cuts through the city from Syntagma Square right through to the coast and there's a route from Peace and Friendship Stadium to the southern point of Glyfada. There is also a reliable underground system that consists of three major lines: the first line runs north-south between Athens (suburb of Kifissia) and Piraeus daily 0500-0015; the second runs between Aghios Antonios and Aghios Dimitrios and the third runs between Monastiraki and the airport. The city's large fleet of yellow taxis are inexpensive, although if you hail a taxi down in the street, it is not unusual to share the ride with other passengers going in a similar direction. Prices increase between midnight and 5am.

Thessaloniki city centre is well served by frequent buses and construction of the long-awaited metro began in 2006, and should be completed by 2012. This will be a single line running east-west with 13 stations. Taxis in Thessaloniki are dark blue and white; as in Athens, they are plentiful and inexpensive.