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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘ya-sas ’
( pol )
Greek
Plug combo cf
Electricity
220V/50hz
Apr-Jun
Best time to go
Spring

Money and costs

Currency
Euro (€)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 24, 2018 6:51PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
€100
  • Dorm bed and domatio (Greek B&B): less than €60
  • Meal at markets and street stalls: less than €15
Midrange
€100–180
  • Double room in midrange hotel: €60–150
  • Hearty meal at a local taverna: around €20
  • Entrance fee for most sights: less than €15
Top end (more than)
€180
  • Double room in top hotel: from €150
  • Excellent dining, some accompanied by Michelin stars: around €60
  • Activity such as diving: certification around €400
  • Cocktail: around €12

Visas

Generally not required for stays of up to 90 days; however, travellers from some nations may require a visa, so double-check with the Greek embassy.

Get the latest visa advice for Greece from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
GRC
Thessaloniki
Go Jun–Nov
Mar – May
1996648
0.7
0.03
Jun – Aug
31208869
0.13
0.0
Sep – Nov
22137155
0.13
0.0
Dec – Feb
1135138
0.5
0.02
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Rhodes
Go Apr–MaySep–Oct
Mar – May
19136656
0.17
0.01
Jun – Aug
28228272
0.0
0.0
Sep – Nov
24197565
0.37
0.02
Dec – Feb
16116051
0.3
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Crete
Go Apr–Oct
Mar – May
21136855
0.07
0.0
Jun – Aug
27218169
0.0
0.0
Sep – Nov
24177563
0.1
0.0
Dec – Feb
16106049
0.27
0.01
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Corfu
Go May–Sep
Mar – May
1896549
0.13
0.01
Jun – Aug
31208767
0.03
0.0
Sep – Nov
23147458
0.4
0.02
Dec – Feb
1575844
0.57
0.02
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Athens
Go Jan–Dec
Mar – May
1264231
Jun – Aug
31218869
Sep – Nov
1484635
Dec – Feb
943728
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Greece

Greece is easy to reach by aeroplane or ferry – particularly in summer when it opens its arms (and schedules) wide. Getting to or from Greece by train or vehicle take more planning but isn't impossible. Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Greece

The best price found from United States to Greece is on October 24th, 2018, travelling with WOW air. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

BWI
Baltimore Washington International
from $344.00
JTR
Santorini (Thira)

Getting around Greece

Greece is an easy place to travel around thanks to a comprehensive public transport system.

Air Domestic flights are abundant and significantly cut down travel time. In high season, flights fill up fast so book ahead.

Boat Ferries link the islands to each other and the mainland, including catamarans, well-equipped modern ferries and overnight boats with cabins. Schedules can be unreliable. In high season it's smart to book ahead.

Bus Generally air-conditioned and frequent, buses are a good way to travel between major cities.

Car Rentals are reasonably priced and found on all but the tiniest islands. They give you the freedom to explore the islands, but you'll need a good dose of bravery and road smarts.

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