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Flying to Athens

Airlines offering direct flights to Athens from the UK include British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair, Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines. Delta operates non-stop flights from the USA. Flights tend to be more expensive in July and August. 

Flight times:

From London – 3 hours 40 minutes; New York – 10 hours; Los Angeles – 16 hours (including stopover); Toronto – 9 hours 40 minutes; Sydney – 22 hours (including stopover).

Travel by road

Summary:

In Athens, traffic drives on the right and the minimum age for driving is 18 years. Speed limits are 110kph to 130kph (68mph to 81mph) on motorways, 90kph (56mph) outside built-up areas and 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas. It is illegal to carry spare petrol (benzina) in the vehicle. A national driving licence is acceptable for EU nationals but nationals of other countries may need an International Driving Permit. EU nationals in possession of a Green Card, which provides international third-party insurance, are permitted to import a foreign-registered car, caravan, motorcycle, boat or trailer for a maximum of six months (or up to 15 months for a fee). A Green Card is no longer a legal requirement in Greece for visits of less than three months; however, without it, insurance is limited to the minimum legal cover. You must carry car registration documents at all times. The Greek Automobile and Touring Club – ELPA (tel: +30 210 606 8800; www.elpa.gr) provides members of associated national automobile clubs with 24-hour assistance on main roads.

Emergency breakdown service:

ELPA (tel: 10400, in Greece only).

Routes:

The PATHE (Pátra, Athens and Thessaloníki) motorway runs from Pátra in the west via Athens to Thessaloníki and Tsoliades on the FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) border. To reach both Istanbul and Sofia, drivers must head north on the E75 to Thessaloníki. From there, Istanbul is east on the E90, crossing the border at Kipi, while Sofia lies northeast on the E79, crossing the border at Promahonas.

Coaches:

There are two domestic long-distance bus terminals in Athens – terminal A, Kifissou 100, and terminal B, Liossion 260. Buses link Athens and all the main towns in Attica, northern Greece and the Peloponnese. Bus schedule information for the Attiki region is available from KTEL (tel: +30 210 880 8000; www.ktelattikis.gr).

 

Travel by rail

Services:

From London – 3 hours 40 minutes; New York – 10 hours; Los Angeles – 16 hours (including stopover); Toronto – 9 hours 40 minutes; Sydney – 22 hours (including stopover).

Operators:

From London – 3 hours 40 minutes; New York – 10 hours; Los Angeles – 16 hours (including stopover); Toronto – 9 hours 40 minutes; Sydney – 22 hours (including stopover).

Journey times:

From London – 3 hours 40 minutes; New York – 10 hours; Los Angeles – 16 hours (including stopover); Toronto – 9 hours 40 minutes; Sydney – 22 hours (including stopover).