The prices in most restaurants already include the tip, it is mentioned on the price list. In most of the cases, it is
left to the client’s discretion.
The taxis in Athens and big cities have a meter; in Athens it starts at EUR 1,19. The minimum fare is EURO 3,16. The fee when taking a taxi from ports, railway stations and main bus stations is EUR 1,07. For every piece of luggage over 10kg there is a supplement of EURO 0,40. After midnight the per kilometer tariff is almost doubled. Specifically for rides from/to the Athens Airport to/from the city center (ring) depending on the time of disembarkation from the taxi, the flat rate is EUR 35 between 05:00-23:59 while the night fare is EUR 50.Taxis only accept cash. Taxi drivers are obliged to issue receipts.
All major credit cards (Master Card, Visa, American Express) are accepted in Greece, but small restaurants and shops may only accept cash. Bring enough cash for the first days to cover such expenses as a taxi ride, dinner or a tip and the rest in Traveller’s Cheques or use your credit card. ATMs are widely available.
GR: International 2-letter code of Greece
EUR( € ): International 3-letter code for Euro
+30: when calling Greece, dial 0030 and then the area code and the number (e.g. 0030-210-3232256).
If you are calling from the US or Canada dial 01130 and then the area code and the number (e.g. 01130-210-3232256).
Hydrofoil (also known as «Flying Dolphin»): fast passenger only vessel (speed of about 30 knots, capacity of about 100 passengers)
Catamaran: fast passenger and car vessels. There are two main types travelling in the Greek seas: the HighSpeed ones (capacity of about 650 passengers and 70 vehicles) and the smaller FlyingCat and SeaJet (about 400 passengers, no cars). Catamarans travel at a maximum speed of about 40 knots.
Regular Ferries: The older ones travel at a maximum speed of 19 knots and carry about 1500 passengers and 200 cars. These ferries are being gradually replaced by new, bigger, faster and more comfortable ferries, for example:
the Aiolos ferries – Cyclades, Northern Aegean, Dodecanese (36-40 knots, 1000-1740 passengers, 210-440 cars)
the Knossos and Festos Palace – Crete (32 knots, 2200 passengers, 750 cars)
The Kriti I & II – Crete (1600 passengers, 1200 cars)
the Blue Star Ferries – Cyclades (25 knots, 1500 passengers, 240 cars)
Domestic airfare: age groups entitled to discounts are children under the age of 12
Domestic ferries: age groups entitled to discounts are children from age 4-10. Children under 4 are free of charge, when not occupying a bed in a cabin.
Domestic hydrofoils/catamarans: age groups entitled to discounts are children from age 4 to 10. Children under 4 are free of charge, when not occupying a seat.
Eurail passes: see http://www.eurail.com
International airfares: here the cases are too many to be listed under a regular FAQ list.
Please contact us when having a specific request.
European Emergency Number (reachable also by mobile phones) 112
Doctors on call 105
Tourist Police 171
Greek National Tourism Organisation 1572
First Aid 166
Fire Brigade 199
Airport of Athens («Eleftherios Venizelos») 2103530000
US Embassy (Athens) 2107212951
UK Embassy (Athens) 2107272600
Canadian Embassy (Athens) 2107273400
Australian Embassy (Athens) 2108704000
You may refer to the following:
|Public Holidays in 2016|
|Jan.01||Fri.- New Year’s Day||May.02||Mon.- Labour Day|
|Jan.06||Wed.- Epiphany||Jun.20||Mon. Holy Spirit|
|Mar.14||Green Monday||Aug.15||Mon.- Assumption|
|Mar.25||Fri.- National Holiday||Oct.28||Fri.- National Holiday|
|Apr.29||Good Friday||Dec.25||Sun.- Christmas|
|May.01||Orthodox Easter||Dec.26||Mon.- Boxing Day|
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