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Athena

Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens

Practical Info about Athena

Getting around the city

Most tourist sites are within the city centre, which is easy to get around on foot; however, there is an extensive public transport network consisting of buses, trolley buses, minibuses and a fast new three-line underground metro service. The metro is especially useful to get to Piraeus to catch a boat to the islands. Transport is cheap, but often overcrowded, especially during the siesta rush hour (1-3pm), and operates until midnight. A limited night bus service operates along major routes. Bus and metro tickets are not transferable, but a daily pass can be used on both. Although taxis are plentiful it may be difficult to get one during the siesta rush hour, and it is not unusual to share the ride with other passengers. It is often easier to phone ahead for a cab. Taxis are inexpensive, but always check that the meter is on and set to the minimum fare of €1 as drivers often attempt to overcharge tourists. Legitimate surcharges can increase the final bill, but these should be displayed on the dashboard. Driving in Athens is not recommended; cars are banned from the commercial centre, and parking anywhere is near impossible.

Time

GMT +2 (GMT +3 between last Sunday in April and last Sunday in October).

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 volts and 50Hz. A variety of plugs are in use, including the European-style two-pin and the round three-pin.

Currency

The official currency is the Euro (EUR), which is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change are widely available and major credit cards are accepted. ATMs are widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining euros.

Communication

The international access code for Greece is +30. There are often surcharges on calls made from hotels and it is generally cheaper to use OTE (Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation) offices for local and international calls. Calls can also be made from public card phone booths and cards can be bought from kiosks or OTE offices. Local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts, and are cheaper than accessing the internet from hotels.

Emergency number

Emergencies: 112 (General European emergency number). Other emergency numbers in Greece: 100 (Police), 166 (Ambulance), 171 (Tourist Police)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

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2014 2015
New Years Day 1 Jan 1 Jan
Epiphany 6 Jan 6 Jan
Independence Day 25 Mar 25 Mar
Orthodox Good Friday 18 Apr 10 Apr
Orthodox Easter Sunday 20 Apr 12 Apr
Orthodox Easter Monday 21 Apr 13 Apr
Labour Day 1 May 1 May
Assumption of the Virgin Mary 15 Aug 15 Aug
Ochi Day 28 Oct 28 Oct
Christmas Day 25 Dec 25 Dec
St Stephens Day 26 Dec 26 Dec

Climate

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Athens is one of the sunniest cities in Europe, with a semi-arid climate and little rainfall, although short, heavy showers do fall during the winter months (mid-October to mid-April). Summers are very hot and smoggy, and heat waves are common during July and August when the mercury soars to over 104°F (40ºC). Winters are mild and sunny although frost can occur and nights can be cold. The best time to travel to Athens is during the cooler, fine weather of spring and early summer, between late April and early June. Autumn (September and October) can also be a pleasant time. Although summer can be oppressively hot it is still peak tourist season and the period when the beaches and attractions are most crowded.

Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport

www.aia.gr

Getting to the city

Metro Line 3 connects the airport with Syntagma Square and Monastiraki. The airport is also served by six public bus routes, which connect to destinations in the greater area of Athens and Piraeus, with buses running frequently day and night. Athens International is connected to Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station) by the Suburban Rail line.

Car rental

Avis, Hertz, National, Budget, Europcar and Sixt are all represented at the airport.

Airport taxi's

A taxi to the centre of Athens costs €15- 25 and takes roughly 30-60 minutes. There are plenty of taxis to be hired at the ranks in front of the airport terminals, and fares are charged on a per kilometre basis. Rates are doubled between midnight and 6am.

Facilities

The airport features banks and ATMs, currency exchange services, a tax refund desk, travel agencies, conference facilities, a business centre, a tourist information desk, numerous shops and restaurants, a food court, and an archaeological museum.

Parking

There is short and long-term parking available in the airport: short-term parking is on the arrivals level and costs €3.80 for the first hour (up to 20 minutes are free); while long-term parking is found across the access road in P3 and costs €50 for the first week and €5 per day after. Long-term parking is connected to the terminal by a free shuttle.

Internet

Wifi is available and free for the first hour, additional browsing time can be purchased at the Business Centre on the arrivals level.