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Money and costs

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Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed and domatio (Greek B&B): less than €60
  • Meal at markets and street stalls: less than €15
  • 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)
  • 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


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.

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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 overland takes more planning but isn't impossible. Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Greece

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 change annually and can be announced as late as May. In high season it's smart to book ahead.

Bus Generally air-conditioned, frequent, and as efficient as traffic allows; good for travel between major cities.

Car & Motorcycle 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 road smarts; some of the islands are becoming over-run with hire vehicles.

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