Travel to Greece

Flying to Greece

Greece's main carriers are Olympic Air ( and Aegean Airlines ( 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.

Flight times:

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

Departure tax:

Included in the air fare.

Airport guides

Airport Code: ATH. Location: Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is located 33km (20 miles) southeast of central... Money: The Main Terminal has banks, bureaux de change, automatic exchange machines and ATMs. Read more

Airport Code: RHO. Location: Rhodes Diagoras International Airport is located near the north coast of Rhodes, about 15km (9... Money: ATMs, a bank and a bureau de change are available at Rhodes Diagoras International Airport. Read more

Airport Code: CFU. Location: Corfu Ioannis Kapodistrias International Airport is located around 3km (1.8 miles) to the south of... Money: There is a bank, an ATM and a currency exchange service in the terminal building. Read more

Airport Code: HER. Location: Heraklion International Airport is located 5km (3 miles) east of the city of Heraklion. Money: There is an ATM available in the departures area. There are also currency exchange facilities... Read more

Airport Code: KGS. Location: Kos Island International Airport is located 26km (16 miles) to the west of the town of Kos. Money: There are no banking facilities at Kos Island International Airport. Read more

Airport Code: JMK. Location: Mykonos Airport is located 4km (2.5 miles) southeast of the town of Mykonos. Money: Euronet has an ATM in the terminal building, and currency exchange is available in arrivals. Read more

Airport Code: CHQ. Location: Chania International Airport is located 15km (9 miles) east of Chania city, on the Akrotiri... Money: ATMs and a bureau de change are available within the terminal building. Read more

Airport Code: SKG. Location: The airport is located 16.5 km (10.5 miles) southeast of central Thessaloniki. Money: Several banks offering currency exchange facilities can be found in the main hall of the airport,... Read more

Travel by rail

The national railway company is Hellenic Railways Organisation Ltd (OSE) (

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 ( 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 (, Minoan ( and ANEK Lines (

Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.