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Flights

Getting around by air

Most visitors to Greece arrive by air, which tends to be the fastest and cheapest option, if not the most environmentally friendly.

Airports & Airlines

Greece has four main international airports that take chartered and scheduled flights. Other international airports across the country include Santorini (Thira), Karpathos, Samos, Skiathos, Hrysoupoli/Kavala, Aktion, Kefallonia and Zakynthos. These airports are most often used for charter flights from the UK, Germany and Scandinavia.

Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport lies near Spata, 27km east of Athens. It has all the modern conveniences, including 24-hour luggage storage and a children's play area.

Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport About 5km east of Iraklio (Crete). Has an ATM, duty-free shop and cafe-bar.

Diagoras Airport On the island of Rhodes.

Makedonia International Airport About 17km southeast of Thessaloniki.

Aegean Airlines and its subsidiary, Olympic Air, have flights between Athens and destinations throughout Europe, as well as to Cairo, İstanbul, Tel Aviv and Toronto. They also operate flights throughout Greece, many of which transfer in Athens. Both airlines have exemplary safety records.

Tickets

If you're coming from outside Europe, consider a cheap flight to a European hub (eg London) and then an onward ticket with a charter airline such as easyJet, which offers some of the cheapest tickets between Greece and the rest of Europe. Some airlines also offer cheap deals to students. If you're planning to travel between June and September, it's wise to book ahead.

Departure Tax

Departure tax is included in the price of a ticket.