Greece is a beautiful and diverse country with a rich history and culture. Whether you are planning a vacation or a longer trip to Greece, it is important to know how to get around and explore all that the country has to offer. Here are some ways to get around in Greece:
On the mainland:
Renting a car is a convenient and flexible way to get around in Greece. A car is especially a good option if you are planning to visit multiple destinations or are staying in a remote location. Several car rental companies operate in Greece, and you can easily book a car online or at the airport. It is important to note that driving in Greece can be a bit challenging so don’t forget to read our driving guides for Greece. And when you’re planning a bigger trip during the busy summer months, don’t forget to read our guide on planning a road trip in Greece.
The public bus system in Greece is an affordable and reliable way to get around, especially between cities and towns. There are several regional and national bus companies in Greece, and you can easily purchase tickets at the bus station or online. Keep in mind that bus schedules can be limited, especially in smaller towns. It is important to plan ahead. And although you should always be on time for your bus ride, don’t be surprised if the bus will follow a more Greek schedule.
The train system in Greece is limited, but it is a convenient and affordable way to get around certain parts of the country. The main train line runs from Athens to Thessaloniki, with stops in several cities and towns along the way. You can easily purchase tickets online or at the train station. Make sure to check the train schedule upfront because even between the two major Greek cities, there are only one or two trains per day.
Taxis are widely available in Greece and are a convenient way to get around, especially if you are in a hurry or need to travel late at night. Taxis in Greece are generally safe, but it is important to agree on a price before starting the journey. You can also use ride-hailing apps such as Uber or Beat to hail a taxi in Greece.
Between the islands
Greece is an island nation, and ferries are a popular and convenient way to get around the country. There are several ferry companies that operate in Greece, and you can easily book tickets online or at the port. Ferries are a great way to explore the Greek islands and visit destinations that are not easily accessible by land. Check out our guide on how to go ferry hopping in Greece.
On the islands
Greece is a pedestrian-friendly country, and many cities and towns are easily explored on foot. Walking is a great way to discover hidden gems and immerse yourself in the local culture. Just make sure to wear comfortable shoes and carry a map or use a GPS navigation app to help you navigate. Did you know that there is a Greek island on which no cars are allowed? The island’s name is Hydra and you can only get around by horse, donkey, or simply by foot.
By scooter or quad
On the most famous Greek island, it is very common to rent a scooter or quad to get around. The benefit of these two, is that they are much easier to navigate over the terrible island roads. When you’re visiting a Greek island that is not too big, a scooter or quad can be the perfect means of transportation for you.
What do you choose?
In conclusion, there are several ways to get around in Greece, and the best option for you will depend on your budget, destination, and preferences. Whether you choose to rent a car, take the bus, ferry, train, taxi, or explore on foot, there are plenty of options to help you discover all that Greece has to offer.
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