Travelling to Greece

Each year millions of visitors come to Greece from every place in the world. With airplane, train, ship or car it is easy to arrive in Greece. Here you will find useful information that will facilitate you in organizing your journey, whatever means of transportation you choose. 


The International Airport of Athens “Eleftherios Venizelos” is the largest airport in Greece and is among the most modern of the world. The particular good connection with the centre of Athens and the ports of Pireaus, Rafina and Lavrio allows travellers easy and quick access to and from the airport with:

  • The metro (line 3)
  • The suburban railway
  • The express bus lines
  • A car through the modern Attiki Odos

Regional airports are located in a lot of cities of the mainland and island Greece and service flights inside Greece, international flights but also numerous charter flights especially during the summer months. 

International Airport of Athens “Eleftherios Venizelos”


In the last years many travellers choose to come to Greece through train.

The safety provided by this specific means of transportation and the experience of the journey itself is some of the reasons that travelling with train is still rather popular. 

International Railway Lines

The Greek ports receive each year thousands of visitors from every place in the world. The country is connected by ship mainly with Italy and Turkey, while a large number of cruisers and private ships arrive at every port of the country.

Larger is the port of Piraeus which is connected with all the islands, while other major ports are the one in Thessaloniki, Volos, Patras, Igoumenitsa.

From Italy

Greece is connected to Italy by ship through:

  • Patras to the ports of Ancona, Bari, Trieste and Venice.
  • Igoumenitsa with the ports of Ancona, Bari, Trieste, Venice and Brindisi.
  • The Ionian Islands (Corfu, Cephalonia and Zakytnhos) which are intermediary stops in the connection of Greece to Italy (port of Bari).

From Turkey

Greece is connected daily by ship with Turkey through:

  • Lesvos with Ayvalik
  • Chios to Cesme, from where buses leave to Smyrnaη
  • Samos and Kos to Kusadasi

In addition, there are ships connecting Rhodes to Bodrum and Marmaris, and Kalymnos to Bodrum. 

Greece is connected to Europe and Asia with a modern road network which is continuously improved.

The basic entrances to Greece from the Balkan countries are the following four:

  • from Bulgaria: Exohi Dramas
  • from FYROM:  Evzonoi in Kilkis
  • from Albania:  Kakavia in Ioannina
  • from Turkey: Kipoi in Evros.

The main highways of Greece are the following:

  • Athens - Thessaloniki (Ε 75)
  • Athens - Corinth (Ε 94)
  • Corinth - Patras (Ε 65)
  • Corinth - Tripoli - Kalamata (Ε 65)
  • Patras - Pirgos - Olympia (Ε 55)
  • Thessaloniki - Kavala - Alexandroupoli (Ε 90)
  • Igoumenitsa - Alexandroupoli (Egnatia Odos)
  • Chania – Agios Nikolaos (Crete - Ε 75)

Driver’s License

All the citizens of the member states of the European Union can use the driver’s license of their country. Travelers outside the European Union should have a valid international driver’s license.