Tips and how to get around
There is nothing more satisfying, magical and adventurous than exploring Greece, an authentic piece of paradise. But, here lies a problem. Most of the time, the gorgeous islands get the most attention, leaving the historic ruins and charming little towns underappreciated. So how do thrill seekers with a burning desire to give it their all, criss-cross this beautiful county?
Luckily, the transport system in Greece is convenient, allowing tourists to reach the wackiest parts with ease. Here’s a step-by-step guide that won’t leave vacationers wanting to tear their hair out when planning a trip to Greece.
How is public transport in Greece?
Over the past decade, public transport in Greece has undergone significant changes. And it erases the stereotype that transfer services here are inefficient and chaotic. Although ferry transport remains the most popular due to the wide range of breathtaking islands, the impeccable growth of airports, roads and railways makes getting around easier.
Now there are buses, trains, planes and taxis which make hopping from place to place less hectic. And adrenaline seekers with enough leg power can use bikes to explore some of Greece’s hidden gems. Each mode of transportation provides a clean and comfortable environment that leaves vacationers with a memorable experience. Some even offer free Wi-Fi!
Different modes of public transport are suitable for exploring various parts of the mainland or the island. But whatever adventurers choose promises a unique thrill. Tickets can be purchased online (most convenient) or before departure time.
What are the transportation options?
Traversing between Greece’s fascinating landscapes and islands is a hassle for many adventurers, especially first-timers. However, there are plenty of transportation options that allow visitors to arrive comfortably and on time at their dream destination. Here are some common options.
Ideal for city trips: buses and taxis
Buses are the most affordable and convenient. They operate under a syndicate of private operators known as KTEL (Kratikó Tamío Ellinikón Leoforíon). KTEL buses are modernized, with comfortable seats, luggage compartments and air conditioners. Identifying the coaches is easy, thanks to their olive green color (as seen in most cities). Large cities have several bus stations serving different regions. Thus, travelers must cross-check their stations to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Taxis are another efficient way to get around Greece as they are easily accessible. Most have yellow undertones, with a TAXI sign on top. They come in handy when traveling from the airport to other destinations or heading to the hotel after a long day of exploring. Unlike buses, they are always available for fun seekers who like to hop from club to club. Despite everything, the prices double between 00:00 and 05:00.
Ideal for long journeys: flights and trains
Olympic and Aegean Airlines control most domestic flights to the islands and parts of the mainland. But there are other competitors like Sky Express which provide vital connections when visiting different islands without a ferry. It is quite difficult to get a flight to the island during high seasons. As such, vacationers must book a month in advance.
Trains in Greece, which are controlled by the Hellenic Railway Organization or OSE, are a smart way to reach some of Greece’s notable attractions. There are regular and rapid intercity trains that cater to the unique needs of tourists. Most intercity trains operate as tourist lines as they traverse scenic routes that connect adventurers to nature.
Ideal for crossing the islands: the ferries
Nothing screams visiting Greece than feeling the warm sun hit your face while standing on the deck of a ferry. They are available in three types. Although car and passenger ferries are slow, they are the most convenient when it comes to maneuvering heavy water. They are also perfect for travelers who suffer from motion sickness as they are not easily swayed.
Hydrofoils, or Flying Dolphins, are more expensive (at least double the cost of boarding regular ferries). The only downside is that they are not ideal for tourists prone to seasickness and are the first to be canceled in case of bad weather. Catamarans, also known as “Flying Cats”, are the most advanced. Although they are the most expensive to transport, they offer pleasure seekers the convenience of a lounge and other modern amenities.
Tips for getting around Greece
The ability to move quickly from one destination to another plays a crucial role in the overall Greece experience. For this reason, travelers should understand some tips when using different means of transportation to get around Greece. They understand:
- Use app services like Taxiplon and Taxi Beat when using taxis to give them an idea of how much to spend or what taxi ID they will use to get to certain places
- Allow some leeway when using connecting flights to avoid frustration in bad weather
- Arrive at the station at least one hour before departure, especially in high season. If you don’t, adventurers may miss a seat or get one that’s not comfortable
- Double-check allowances included on airline tickets, such as carry-on and baggage specifications, to avoid being charged extra cash
- Make sure the taxi driver turns on the meter to avoid paying exorbitant prices at the end of the trip
And that’s all! As seen, all adventurers must navigate this glamorous city accordingly. This includes identifying the best mode of transport for navigating different areas, booking tickets in advance, and arriving at different stations in advance.