Getting Around Greece

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Getting Around in Greece

Greece is a country with numerous islands, hence waterways is an important mode of transport here. Apart from that, the road and air services are also good.

Getting Around Greece By Air

Greece boasts a well-connected network of domestic flights, making it convenient to explore various regions. Major airports include Athens International Airport (ATH), Thessaloniki Airport (SKG), and Heraklion Airport (HER) in Crete. Airports in towns like Kalamata or Preveza facilitate convenient access to destinations in the Peloponnese and western Greece.

Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air are key players in the Greek aviation scene. Budget carriers like Ryanair and easyJet also serve Greek destinations. Flight frequencies may vary seasonally, with increased services during the summer months to accommodate the influx of tourists. Some routes, especially those to smaller islands, may have reduced services in the off-peak season.

Getting Around Greece By Rail

One of the most inexpensive modes of travel in the country is by train. The national rail system is a bit limited though as most people prefer car or air travel. Greece's main rail routes connect major cities such as Athens and Thessaloniki. The network extends to key destinations in the northern and central parts of the country. There is a suburban rail system known as Proastiakos which serves Attica and its neighbouring regions. There are other new railway lines coming up to improve the connectivity.

Getting Around Greece By Road

Travelling by car is an amazing experience as the roads are generally well maintained and the connectivity is good between major cities. There are also options of availing taxis for transportation. Intercity buses are the best options for travelling within the country. The national network is known as KTEL and it has an extensive network connecting all parts of the country. It is comparatively cheaper than other modes of travelling.

Getting Around Greece By Water

The ferries are the most preferred option for reaching the islands as it is good in terms of frequency as well as reliability. The major ferry companies that operate in Greece are Aegean Speed Lines, ANEK Lines, Blue Star Ferries, Euroseas, Hellenic Seaways, Minoan Lines, SAOS Ferries, Superfast Ferries and Ventouris Ferries. Athens has three major ports, Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio which serve all the major islands in the country. There are also companies like Europe Yachts Charter and Yacht Charter Greece which rents boat to experienced sailors. Read more about island hopping in Greece here.

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