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Travel to Greece

Flying to Greece

Greece's main carriers are Olympic Air (www.olympicair.com) and Aegean Airlines (www.aegeanair.com). Major airlines serving airports in Greece include Alitalia, Aeroflot, British Airways, El Al, Emirates, Etihad, KLM, Lufthansa, Norwegian, Ryanair, SAS, Turkish Airlines, Qatar, among others. The cost of flights to Greece peaks from June to August when most Europeans take their holidays. Throughout the rest of the year prices vary according to demand.

Major airports are: Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, Corfu Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport, Chania International Airport, Thessaloniki International Airport, Heraklion International Airport, Kos Island International Airport, Mykonos Airport and Rhodes Diagoras International Airport.

Airport Guides

Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport

Code

ATH

Location

Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is located 33km (20 miles) southeast of central Athens.

Telephone

+30 210 353 0000

AddressSpata Artemida
Attiki Odos
Athens

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Rhodes Diagoras International Airport

Code

RHO

Location

Rhodes Diagoras International Airport is located near the north coast of Rhodes, about 15km (9 miles) to the southwest of Rhodes city, near the village of Paradisi.

Telephone

+30 2241 088 700

AddressDiagoras

Rhodes

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Corfu Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport

Code

CFU

Location

Corfu Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport is located around 3km (1.8 miles) to the south of Corfu town, on the eastern part of the island.

Telephone

+30 2661 089 600

Address
I. Kapodistrias
Corfu

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Heraklion International Airport - Nikos Kazantzakis

Code

HER

Location

Heraklion International Airport is located 5km (3 miles) east of the city of Heraklion.

Telephone

+30 2810 397 129

AddressN Alikarnassos, 71601
Ikarou Street
Heraklion

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Kos Island International Airport

Code

KGS

Location

Kos Island International Airport is located 26km (16 miles) to the west of the town of Kos.

Telephone

+30 22420 56000.

Address
Antimachia
Kos Island

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Mykonos Airport

Code

JMK

Location

Mykonos Airport is located 4km (2.5 miles) southeast of the town of Mykonos.

Telephone

+30 22890 22327

Address
Mykonos Airport
Mykonos

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Flight times

To Athens: from London - 3 hours 40 minutes; New York - 9 hours 10 minutes.

Departure tax

Included in the air fare.

Travelling to Greece by Rail

The national railway company is Hellenic Railways Organisation Ltd (OSE) (www.trainose.gr).

Rail passes

InterRail: offers three types of passes which are Interrail Greek Island Pass, Interrail Greece Pass and Interrail Global Pass. For more information, see Passes for Greece.

Driving to Greece

You can enter Greece via one of the many border crossings shared between Greece and Albania, North Macedonia, Bulgaria and Turkey.

Getting to Greece by boat

There are about 50 seaports in Greece. Ferries from Italy stop at Patras (Pátra), Igoumenítsa, and Corfu (Kérkyra). Ferries from Turkey go to Rhodes, Chios, Kos and Samos. Ferries from Egypt, Cyprus and Israel go to Piraeus and Rhodes. Piraeus (www.olp.gr) also has dozens of daily ferry and catamaran departures for various Greek islands.

Cruise ships

Greek ports (notably Piraeus, Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes and Heraklion) are used by a number of cruise lines. Piraeus, near Athens, is usually where cruises sailing the east Mediterranean begin and end.

Ferry operators

Major ferry operators covering the international routes are Superfast Ferries (www.superfast.com), Minoan (www.minoan.gr) and ANEK Lines (www.anek.gr).