Olympic Airways operates non-stop flights to and from Athens, daily from New York City. Olympic Airways Operates also flights from Boston. Delta Air Lines operates daily non-stop flights between Athens and New York (JFK). Delta Air Lines will operate seasonal direct flights 4 times weekly between Athens and Atlanta. Athens' New International Airport (ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS)is a convenient intermediate stop for destinations to five continents. Direct flights also operate from major European cities to "Macedonia" International Airport in Thessaloniki in Northern Greece, as well as to Corfu (Kerkira), Crete and Rhodes.
Several tour operators run charter flights to Greece from the U.S. and Canada.For further information contact the Greek National Tourist Organization offices.
Athens International Airport is located 33km southeast of Athens and is easily accessible via Attiki Odos, a six-lane motorway constituting the Athens City Ring Road.
Public transport to Athens and the port of Piraeus is provided by metro, railway and express airport buses, ensuring efficient transport for air travellers and facilitating linkage to key tourist attractions.
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Arriving at the airport
Several ports in Greece are considered busy -by any standards- accommodating sailings of passenger ships, cruise ships and freighters. The ports of Piraeus,Patras, Thessaloniki and Heraklion are all convenient embarkation points to set sail on a Mediterranean cruise or ferry to Italy, Israel,Egypt or the Black Sea.
Timetables and tickets are supplied by the (OSE) Hellenic State Railways Offices at:
- 1-3 Karolou Str. tel.(01) 524-0601
- 6 Sina Str. Athens tel. (01) 362-4402
- 17 Filellinon Str. Tel. (01) 323-6747
- 18 Aristotelous Str. Thessaloniki Tel. (031) 517-517
Passport control: Passports are checked at frontier stations or during the journey.
Animals in Carriages: Small animals, carried in baskets or other suitable containers , are allowed aboard railway carriages. Small dogs may be hand-carried, provided they do not annoy fellow passengers.
The Eurailpass system ends or originates at Athens Railroad station. Four trains with first and second class coaches and wagon-lit depart daily to cities in western and eastern Europe and to Constantinople. This convenient card entitles the American traveler to: free crossing of the Adriatic Sea from Brindisi (port in Italy) to Patras (port in Greece) and vice-versa aboard the ferries of Adriatica lines and Hellenic Mediterranean Lines. Special accommodations (airline type seats or cabins) and port taxes are extra.Passengers who wish to break their voyage at Corfu must declare their intention of "stop-over" upon delivery of ticket. Free rail travel within Greece. Eurail passes and Eurail-Youth passes are not available in Europe and must be purchased prior to departure through Travel Agencies or from the offices of the following organizations in he U.S. and Canada
- French National Railroads
- Compania Italiana Tourismo
- German Federal Railroad
- Swiss National Tourist Office
- Rail Europe (Int'l and Domestic) ,Tel. (1-800) 438-7245, Fax. (1-800) 432-1329
Those wishing to drive to Greece have the option either: To ferry their cars across to one of the country's major ports or, to enter the country overland. The points of entry are:
- Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - Evzoni, 550 kms From Athens
- Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - Niki, 633 kms from Athens
- Bulgaria - Promahonas, 736 kms from Athens
- Turkey - Kastania, 985 kms from Athens
- Turkey - kipi , 892 kms from Athens.
All five border stations mentioned above operate on 24 hour service basis.
The visa on the passport of crew and passengers given at ports of entry is simply a transit visa. It entitles the holder to visit all coastal and inland regions of the country on condition that they spend nights on board the yacht. If a passenger or member of the crew wishes to break his journey and pick up the vessel at some other port, depart the country by some other means, or spend nights ashore, he or she should notify the Harbor Master and obtain a regular passport visa for entering and leaving the country.
The yacht can move freely on the basis of a visa on its transit log, granted the Customs and Port Authorities, on the understanding that any changes effected in the transit log shall be dully reported to the Port Authorities. The transit log is valid for one calendar year and must contain the usual data on hull, engine, names of crew and passengers, statement of foreign currency carried, bunker fuel, food and other supplies. The vessel can remain in Greek waters indefinitely, provided its transit log is renewed each year. For each temporary exit from Greek waters, the procedure of arrival-departure must be repeated.
In case where a yacht is going to lay up in a Greek port for the winter, the captain or crew member who wishes to reside ashore will be required to seek a normal entry visa on his passport. In addition, after expiration of the period during which he is entitled to stay in Greece, he should apply to the appropriate Alien s' bureau or Police Station nearest his place of residence to have an extension granted. When the vessel is laid up, its transit log must be turned in to the Port Authority concerned . As soon as the year has expired, a new log for the next year should be issued to replace it.
These formalities apply to yachts flying foreign flags cruise Greek waters for pleasure.
Entry and Departure Points
Yachts of any nationality entering and indenting to sail in Greek waters should sail into any one of the major ports which have been designated as entry and departure points:
- Aghios Nikolaos (Crete) Tel. (28410) 22-312
- Alexandroupolis Tel. (25510) 28-734
- Cephallonia (Argostoli) Tel. (26710) 22-224
- Corfu (Kerkira) Tel. (26610) 32-665
- Cos Tel. (22420) 28-507
- Glyfada (Attica) Tel (210) 894- 1967
- Hania (Crete) Tel. (28210) 22-600
- Heraklion (Crete), Tel. (2810) 224-207
- Hios, Tel (22710) 22-837
- Itea, Tel. (22650) 32-319
- Kalamata, Tel. (27210) 22-218
- Katakolo, Tel. (26210) 41-206
- Kavala, Tel (2510) 224-472
- Lavrio (Attica) , Tel. (22920) 25-249
- Lemnos (Myrina), Tel. (22760) 22-225
- Mytilini (Lesbos), Tel. (22510) 28-827
- Nafplion, Tel (27520) 27-372
- Patras, Tel. (2610) 277-622
- Preveza, Tel. (26820) 22-226
- Pylos, Tel (27230) 22-225
- Rhodes, Tel. (22410) 27-690
- Samos, Tel. (22730) 27-318
- Syros (Hermoupolis), Tel. (22810) 22-690
- Thessaloniki (Salonika), Tel. (2310) 531-501
- Volos, Tel. (24210) 20-115
- Vouliagmeni (Attica) , Tel. (210) 896-2368
- Zakinthos, Tel. (26950) 22-417
- Zea (Peraeus), Tel. (210) 452-5315