Greece is one of the most popular destinations for holidays in Europe, and tourists flock here for its delicious food, Mediterranean climate, historical ruins and fascinating culture. It is also very easy to get around if you want to see more than one place during your stay in the country, which many people do. Here is a quick guide to getting around Greece, which should allow you to see even more of this fascinating country during your time here.
The Excellent Bus Network
The most popular way to get around in Greece is by bus, and this is because the network is very extensive. In general, buses are also considered safe and comfortable.
Long-distance bus journeys are affordable, and all of the major towns are very easy to reach by bus. Even the smallest villages are served by buses, although some places that are really out of the way may only have a few buses pass through them each week. Some buses even travel to the larger islands like Kefalonia and Corfu by including a ferry ride.
When you travel to an island by ferry, the local bus service will often pick you up from the port and take you to the main town on the island. You can also get around the major towns and cities by bus. Just make sure you pick up a schedule from the station when you arrive.
Trains are not as popular as buses in Greece, mainly because the network is so much smaller. In fact, trains are only really a useful way to get around when you are travelling between the major cities like Athens and Thessaloniki. That being said, if you do catch the train to one of the larger cities it can be a quick and easy way to travel.
Go Island Hopping by Sea or Air
Holidays in Greece are perfect for anyone who wants to indulge in a spot of island hopping, and fortunately, this is very easy to do because ferries operate routes to all of the islands. Some ferries are large and modern, whereas some are small – it really depends upon where you are going.
There are many ferries heading from the mainland to the islands every day. The only real issue with ferries is that there are fewer running during the winter, and that they can be affected by bad weather at short notice. Otherwise, you will find them an affordable and reliable way to get between the islands.
If you prefer, you can travel between the islands by air. Olympic Airlines operates most of the routes in the country, so you can often fly to the larger islands and major destinations in Greece with relative ease.
Entering & Leaving Greece
Anyone with an EU passport will be able to pass through the Greek border without any problems and there is no visa necessary. However, there are still customs controls in place for anyone arriving from another country.
Get Around Greece with Ease
Greece is a very easy country to travel around, whether you choose to travel by land, air or sea. Try to visit not just the main cities, but the islands and some of the smaller towns, which will give you a real feel for Greece during your stay. It’s the ideal destination for anyone who likes to see more of the country they’re travelling to, so start planning your trip today.
Yogesh Mankani has enjoyed an extensive career in tourism and travel. His articles mainly appear on travel blogs.