Greece is a popular destination for Europeans during summer time. Which is not surprising since it is warm here in summer and there is a lot to discover. Greece stands for sun, sea, beach and a healthy dose of culture. The Greek islands are especially popular, such as Crete, Kos, Rhodes, Santorini and many other islands. Although a city trip on the mainland in Athens is definitely worth it! Another advantage as a tourist in Greece is that you get more for your money than in other countries. It’s a relatively cheap country to visit. Still, they also pay with euros in Greece.
USEFUL FACTS about GREECE
BEST TRAVEL TIME
The best travel time for Greece is from May to June and September to October. Temperatures in these periods are softer and you are less affected by mass tourism during July and August. The prices for a holiday are also much lower in these periods than in the months of July and August.
Although most people who travel to Greece book an all-inclusive trip with a travel agency, you can of course also book your flight tickets separately. This is a much cheaper solution. For example, you pay between 15 and 100 euros for a single ticket to one of the Greek islands or Athens. The exact price depends on the season. You can book a ticket as cheap as possible with these tips.
The most popular way to stay in Greece is of course in a hotel and preferably with a swimming pool. Of course, this is not always cheap. And certainly not in Mykonos and Santorini, the most popular and most expensive islands. On these islands you can easily pay 120 euros per night for a decent hotel. While this can already be done for half this price on islands such as Crete and Corfu. You can already find a good Airbnb from 30 euros per night. But you have to search well.
TRANSPORT IN GREECE
RENT A CAR
Renting a car to explore the mainland or one of the islands is definitely recommended. This is because taxis are quite expensive compared to a rental car. You can already rent a car from 40 euros per day. You can rent these cars at the airport, in the tourist zones and even in your hotel. Planning in advance is not necessary in Greece. Please note, because in many organizations the damage to the car is not written down in advance. So take pictures of the entire car before you start driving. Including your dashboard. This prevents problems afterwards.
The bus is also a perfect way of transport in Greece. Because public transport is of good quality in many places. Bus prices may vary from island to island, but they will never be high. Please note, on some islands you have to buy your ticket in advance at one of the local shops (almost every store sells it) or at your hotel. This is for safety reasons for the bus driver who is not carrying cash.
You will hardly encounter trains on the islands in Greece. This is the case on the mainland. For example, there is a very good train network between Athens and Thessaloniki. Buy your train ticket at a counter, because you pay double on the train itself. If you are with more than 6 people, you also have an extra discount of 30 percent. More information can be found at OSE the train company of Greece.
One of the most common ways of transport by tourists in Greece is undoubtedly the ferry. And that is mainly due to the popularity of island hopping. Prices can vary enormously. This can go from 20 euros to 250 euros, depending on the distance and the offer. Make sure you are always on time if you want to take the ferry, because it leaves on time! This is not the case for all transport in Greece.