Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Mykonos
Mykonos is such a famous Greek island that people come from every part of the world to visit it.
It is indeed a magical place, with beautiful beaches, wonderful crystal clear water, where to spend hours swimming and snorkelling.
Mykonos offers a fantastic vacation for every budget. It is obviously more expensive than other less known islands, but if you follow y advice, book everything a lot in advance, avoid the high season (July and August), you will surely have an amazing holiday that will remember forever.
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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 moved back by 1 hour to Eastern European Time.
These changes always happen on the last Saturday of March and the last Saturday of October.
The official currency of Greece is the Euro. Always bring some cash with you, especially if planning to shop in small shops and tavernas.
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
You should ask your family doctor before travelling to Greece and ensure that you receive all of the appropriate vaccinations.
Just make sure you’re up to date on recommended vaccinations for your home country and have a look at The Travel Vaccines and Advice here.
Voltage and Adaptors
The standard voltage is 220-240 volts. Most of the sockets are European plugs of the two round-pin varieties.
I recommend you to 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.
How to get to Mykonos
Mykonos has one international airport well connected to most of the biggest European cities.
There are many airlines that connect Mykonos 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 or on Expedia, two travel search engines that allow users to compare airline prices and offers, specializing in low-cost airfare and find the best deal for your next trip.
Otherwise, if you prefer to get on the mainland by train or bus, check here on Omio what could be the best solution to get there.
You can also get to Mykonos by ferry from Athens (as I did) or from other islands.
It all depends on where you want to go before Mykonos.
Some tourists prefer to spend all their holiday on this beautiful island while other ones, like me, prefer to visit more places before and after.
If you are planning an island hopping tour, check out here to see which islands are connected, prices and availability.
Plan Your Vacation in Mykonos in the Best Way
Check out all my articles in the "Most Complete Guide of Mykonos" and get all the information you need to make your next travel a success.
Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation
I think is always wise to check how to go from the airport to your accommodation. There are always many ways to choose from.
To go from Mykonos airport to your accommodation I highly recommend you book a private taxi in advance because, unfortunately, Mykonos has only 30 taxis available, so it could be challenging to get one.
Otherwise, you can catch a bus outside the airport that will take you to Fabrika bus station in Chora (the main town) and then catch a bus for your destination.
Buses all start their journey from Fabrika bus station and reach every part of the island and all the famous beaches.
A bus ticket costs only 1.50 euros.
I always think 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.
My favourite private airport transfer websites
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. Check here for prices and availability.
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. Check here for prices and availability.
I recommend checking my articles about all the cities I have visited, where you are gonna find exactly how to get from that specific airport to the city centre and all the information you need before booking and planning your visit.
Rent a Car
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 is 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. Check here prices and availability.
Local rent is a website that put you in contact with local rental cars, is available only in Armenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Cyprus, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, Czech Republic, Montenegro. Check out car rental prices here.
When I visit Mykonos, I met with one of the guys from the rental car straight at the Ferry Port where he gave us our car. Very easy and fast so we did not have to go looking for a car rental, the car came to us.
Is tap water and food safe in Mykonos?
Unfortunately, it is highly recommended to avoid drinking tap water on every Greek island. There are many supermarkets where to buy bottled water (I know, I hate plastic bottles too, but otherwise, there are no other ways for you to drink water while on Mykonos).
I always carry with me a reusable bottle everywhere I go so I can fill it up anytime I have the chance.
But while on the Greek islands, 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.
About food, honestly, Mykonos 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.
That's why I always carry with me some magnesium tablets, 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. Sometimes it 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.
My favourite Natural remedies for stomach upset or food poisoning
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.
Obviously, ask your doctor first if you can take them in case they are not good for you.
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 diarrhoea.
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 advised me to start taking them some days before my travel, as a prevention, in case I am going to visit a country where water and food can be easily contaminated.
Eating and Drinking Out in Mykonos
In Greece, you will find a wide variety of food from meat to fish and delicious vegetables.
Check out my articles about "39 Delicious Food and Drinks You Have to Try in Greece".
In there you will find everything you need to know about the delicious Greek cuisine.
Prices may vary from locations and from bars and restaurants but these are the approximate prices for the most common foods and drinks in Greece:
Bottle 1.5 L water: around 0.70-0.80 Euro
Imported Beer 0.33 L: around 1.90-2.00 Euro
Bottle of Wine: 5-8 Euro
At a Bar:
Coffee-latte: 2.80 Euro
A glass of domestic beer 0.5 L: around 3.00-4.00 Euro
A bottle of wine: 12-20 Euro
Coke in a Can: Around 1.70-1.80 Euro
A glass of Wine: Around 4.00-6.00 Euro