Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Greece

There are so many things to know before leaving for an adventure, that is why I always create a very long article with all the information you need to visit Greece and plan the best travel you have ever planned.

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This article is quite long I know, so be prepared to receive so many tips and info about the fabulous country of Greece.

Down below I added a table of content so you can just jump right to the subjects you are looking for.

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Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Greece

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What is the Time Zone in Greece?

Greece is in the Eastern European Time Zone, 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +1).

During summer, Greece observes daylight-saving, where the time is moved forward by 1 hour, so it becomes 3 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT +3). In winter, the time in Greece is pushed back by 1 hour to Eastern European Time.

These changes always happen on the last Saturday of March and the last Saturday of October.

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what is the currency in Greece?

The official currency of Greece is the euro. Always bring some cash with you, especially on the islands and in little towns.

You won't be paying cash all of the time, as there are shops and merchants in Greece that are well equipped to accept card payments – Visa and Mastercard are more common than American Express. Check here the actual currency change.

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Do I need vaccinations to visit Greece?

You should ask your family doctor before travelling to Greece and make sure that you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations.

Just make sure you’re up to date for recommended vaccinations for your home country and have a look at The Travel Vaccines and Advice here.

Do you want to know more about Greece?

Check out “The Most Complete Guide of Greece“ and read all the articles I wrote about it.

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Which Voltage and Adaptors there are in Greece?

The standard voltage is 220-240 volts. Most of the sockets are European plugs of the two round-pin varieties.

I recommend you buy a universal travel adaptor. You will need a voltage converter and plug adaptor to use other appliances.

Check the Plug adaptor that I use.

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How can I get to Greece?

At the moment, Greece has 15 international airports. They are located mainly on the islands since they are a top-rated tourist destination.

Many airlines connect Greece with the rest of Europe. To check which one connects you to one of the most amazing places in Greece, check out here on Jetradar, a travel search engine that allows users to compare airline prices and offers, specializing in low-cost airfare and find the best deal for your next trip.

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Otherwise, if you prefer to get on the mainland by train or bus, check here on Trainline what could be the best solution to get there.

If you plan to visit an island, you can reach many Greek islands from other countries by Ferry, like Turkey and Italy.

When I visited Greece, I book all my tickets on Ferryhopper, the best website to book ferries in Greece, Turkey and Italy.

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How can I go from the Airport to the city centre?

I think it is always wise to check how to go from the Airport to your accommodation. There are always many ways to choose.

There are shuttle buses that go to the city centre, train lines, or book a private taxi in advance that will take you to your accommodation.

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In every article, "Everything you need to know before visiting (a city)", I listed all the ways to go from that specific city airport to the city centre and how to move around.

I always think it is better to book a private transfer from the Airport to the hotel. So, you can start your holiday right upon arrival and save your time and energy. Have a look at KIWITAXI or at HOLIDAYTAXI.

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By Bus:

You can move by bus, every city is very well connected, and there is a bus company to move around every place.

I always advise booking bus tickets in advance to make sure to plan your holiday in the best possible way. Check bus ticket options and prices on Omio when you can check if the best option is by bus or train.

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By Train:

Not every Greek airport has got a connection to the main city by train, but luckily, most of them have it. I always use Omio while travelling, it is a great website to book buses and train tickets.

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By Taxi:

The best websites I always use to book an airport private taxi is KiwiTaxi and Holidaytaxi, where I always find great prices.

HolidayTaxis: it provides airport transfers by airport taxi, group minibus, shuttle, coach or limousine to over 21,000 destinations and resorts in over 150 countries worldwide.

Kiwitaxi: is a site where one can book a transfer to get from or to the airport in 98 countries, between two tourist destinations or other locations popular with tourists.

Do you want to know more about Greece?

Check out “The Most Complete Guide of Greece“ and read all the articles I wrote about it.

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How to rent a car to visit Greece?

If you like driving like me, you can always rent a car, and in this case, I always have a look at my favourite rental car websites and I see where I find the best deals.

Have a look at them here:


Discover cars is basically a Skyscanner, but for rental cars. And since you're comparing lots of different companies, you also get to choose from lots of different cars.


Rentalcars is an international car rental booking service that is present all over the world, it offers great prices so I highly recommend you to have a look at it.

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Is tap water and food safe in Greece?

It’s safe to drink water in the mainlands from taps and also from drinking fountains that you will find especially in the major cities and parks.

I always carry with me a reusable bottle so I can fill it up anytime I have the chance.

On the islands instead, it would be better for you to avoid it.

If you are not sure, it’s always safe to ask locals or in doubt just drink bottled water.

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About food, honestly, Greece has so much to offer that the only problem you will have is that your stomach is not big enough to eat everything you wish.

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That's why I always carry with me some Milk Thistle, just in case I overeat because, as my mom always says "I eat with my eyes and not with my mouth".

Unfortunately, bad luck happens everywhere, sometimes is not the food but just our stomach that needs to get used to the new cuisine (and let's be honest, we all eat and drink more than usual when on holiday) take some of these natural remedies with you in case you will have stomach upset or food poisoning.

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My favourite Natural remedies for stomach upset or food poisoning that I always have with me when travelling:

  • Milk Thistle: is a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve the symptoms associated with occasional over-indulgence of food and drink, such as indigestion and upset stomach. Milk Thistle is a great natural remedy to always have with you when you travel.

  • Charcoal capsules: recent studies prove that charcoal can be a good help in case you eat something that was not good and it can prevent you from having diarrhea. I never travel without my True Veda activated charcoal food supplement, to make sure to enjoy my holiday and all the food I wish to eat.

  • Probiotics: These are a wonderful help while having food poisoning. Take as soon as you start to have symptoms and also after, for a couple of days at least. My doctor advises me to start taking probiotics a few days before my travel, as a prevention, in case I am going to visit a country where water and food can be easily contaminated.

Before using any of these natural remedies, talk to your doctor.

Do you want to know more about Greece?

Check out “The Most Complete Guide of Greece“ and read all the articles I wrote about it.

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​How is eating and drinking out in Greece?