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How to get to Greece: ferries and flights to Greece

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The most used means of getting to Greece are ferries. There are ferry connections from Italy, Cyprus and Turkey.

How to get to Greece from Italy: Modern ferry ships make the connections between Greek and Italian ports. Ferries to Greece leave from the Italian ports of Venice, Ancona, Brindisi, Bari, and Trieste to the Greek ports of Patras, Igoumenitsa and Corfu.

Internal Transport: The maritime network in Greece is particularly extensive and guarantees transport to all the islands of the Greek territory, as well as to most of the coastal destinations of the continental territory and to some ports abroad.

As regards maritime transport within Greece, ferries and fast ships carry out numerous itineraries. This in order to connect the ports of Attica, Piraeus and Rafina, with the islands, but also the islands between them. Also other ports of Attica and mainland Greece, such as Patras, Kyllini, Thessaloniki, Igoumenitsa, Alexandroupoli, Kavala, Volos, etc. they are connected, by ship, with the islands.

Most of the itineraries are of daily frequency throughout the year. Connections to the islands with the highest tourist turnout are daily (even several times a day) all year round. For the other islands there are usually the evening departure and the night trip, or the departure in the early morning and the return in the evening.

Departures for the Dodecanese, the Cyclades, the Ionian islands and the eastern Aegean are complemented by numerous local itineraries. These journeys are made with smaller ships that are also serving the smaller islands. All islands when they are in the same group are connected to each other. There are, however, some exceptions (eg the Cyclades are in turn divided into 3 groups and the Ionians are not all connectable to each other).


The main airport in Greece is Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in Athens. From Athens airport you can reach all the Greek islands with an airport. There are many other airports in the country. The islands most visited by tourists have their own airport. Among the busiest airports are Thessaloniki airport, and Heraklion and Chania airports in Crete, and Rhodes airport.

From Europe to Greece there are numerous flights. Most of the flights reach Athens airport from where it is possible to continue to any Greek island with an airport.

Internal Transport: Olympic Air (OA) and Aegean Airlines (A3) are the two companies that carry out internal flights in Greece and that connect the Greek islands with an airport.


International Transport: There are international railway connections between Greece and Bulgaria, Turkey, Macedonia, Russia, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Germany.

Internal Transport: The Hellenic Railway Authority is the OSE. The Greek railway network has an extension of over 2,500 km, partly electrified (764 km). Greek railways have three main lines, Athens-Peloponnese, Athens-Thessaloniki and Thessaloniki-Florina.



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