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Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Mykonos

Updated: May 28, 2023


Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Mykonos

Mykonos is a famous Greek island that people come from around the world to visit.


It is a magical place, with beautiful beaches and incredible crystal clear water, to spend hours swimming and snorkeling.


Mykonos offers a fantastic vacation for every budget (yes, you can visit Mykonos on a budget if you follow my advice).


This island is more expensive than other less-known islands in Greece. Still, if you follow my advice, book everything a lot in advance, and avoid the high season (July and August), you will indeed have a fantastic holiday that will remember forever.


Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Mykonos

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Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Mykonos

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Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Mykonos, Mykonos time zone

Time Zone:

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 happen on the last Saturday of March and the last Saturday of October.



Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Mykonos, currency greece

Currency

The official currency of Greece is the Euro. Always bring some cash with you, especially if you are 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 for the actual currency change



Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Mykonos, vaccination greece

Vaccinations


You should ask your family doctor before traveling to Greece and ensure you receive the appropriate vaccinations.

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



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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 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.



Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Mykonos, how to get to mykonos

How to get to Mykonos

Mykonos has one international airport connected to most of the biggest European cities.

Many airlines 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 Skyscanner, the best 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.

Otherwise, if you prefer to get to the mainland by train or bus, check here on Omio for the best solution.


Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Mykonos, greece ferry mykonos

You can also get to Mykonos by ferry from Athens (as I did) or 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 others, like me, prefer to visit more places before and after.

If you plan an island hopping tour, check out here to see which islands are connected, prices, and availability.


Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Mykonos


Plan Your Vacation in Mykonos

Check out all my articles in the "Most Complete Guide of Mykonos" and get all the information you need to make your next travel successful.


Choose the right accommodation for your next dream vacation in Mykonos. From stylish budget hotels to the most luxurious places in Mykonos, there is something for every style and budget.



Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting Mykonos, Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation

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.


Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation, moving in mykonos by bus

Otherwise, you can catch a bus outside the airport that will take you to the Fabrika bus station in Chora (the main town) and then catch a bus to 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.


Best airport transfer websites in Greece

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.


Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation, rent a car mykonos

Rent a Car

If you like driving like me, you can always rent a car. It was the best way to visit Mykonos in my opinion. In this way, I visited all the best beaches in Mykonos, and I didn't miss a thing I wanted to see.


I always look at my favorite rental car websites and see where I find the best deals. Have a look at them here:

DiscoverCars is an excellent website where t compare many different companies, you also get to choose from many different cars. Check here prices and availability.

LocalRent is a website that connects you with local rental cars and is available only in Armenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Cyprus, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, the Czech Republic, and Montenegro. Check out car rental prices here.

When I visited Mykonos, I met with one of the guys from the rental car 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.


Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation, is tap water and food safe in mykonos?

Are 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 to drink water while on Mykonos).

I always carry a reusable water bottle everywhere I go so I can fill it up anytime I have the chance. But while on the Greek islands, it would be better for you to avoid it.

If you are not sure, it’s always safe to ask locals or, in doubt, to drink bottled water. You cannot miss trying an original Frappe Coffee in Greece. You can bring a reusable coffee cup to drink on the go or at the beach.


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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 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.


Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation, natural remedies travel

My favorite 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 an excellent natural remedy always to have when traveling.

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 is not good, and it can prevent you from having diarrhea.

  • 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.


Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation, eating and drinking out in Mykonos


Eating and Drinking Out in Mykonos

In Mykonos, you will find various food, from meat to fish and delicious vegetables.


Check out my article "39 Delicious Food and Drinks You Have to Try in Greece". to learn which are the most delicious foods to try during your vacation in Mykonos.

Prices may vary from location and from bars and restaurants. Like budget restaurants in Mykonos will offer local food at a cheaper price, while sea view restaurants in Mykonos will charge you more (but the view will be stunning).


These are the approximate prices for the most common foods and drinks in Greece:

In Supermarket

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

Restaurant on a budget per person: Around 7/10 Euro

Restaurant medium-range per person: Around 15-20 Euro

Fine dining Restaurant per person: From 60 Euro


If like me, you love sweets, have a look at "20 Most Amazing Sweets You Have to Try in Greece" to have a better idea about what to look for in Greek bakeries.


Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation, tipping in mykonos

Tipping Guide

In Greek restaurants, a gratuity of 10-20% is often added to the bill. Check that you're not already paying the tip before you add more to your payment.


If it's not, a tip of 10-15% is encouraged mostly in tourist places. The tip should reflect the customer service that you received so it is really up to you to decide how much to give.


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Cost of Travelling in Mykonos

Mykonos is a very famous island so if you are looking to save some money. I advise you to avoid it from June to August when it can be very hot, crowded and more expensive.

Flights to Mykonos can be very cheap from September to May (Once I went from London to Athens and a one-way ticket cost me 55 £) so have a look at my favourite flights' website that I use to travel to check flights to Greece, Skyscanner.



In Greece, you can find accommodations for every budget.

The website I love the most to find amazing deals is always Booking.com: which allows you to find and compare worldwide hotel prices provided by leading reservation systems.


It provides aggregated information on over 250,000 hotels in 205 countries, working together with more than 10 online reservation systems such as Booking.com and Agoda.com.

A thing that I like about Greece is that you can have lunch by spending only 5 Euro if you want, and end up feeling very satisfied.

Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation, shopping and souvenirs in Mykonos

Shopping and Souvenirs

The options are limitless in a cultural country like Greece, and you will find many shops selling arts and crafts wherever you go.


Locally hand-crafted ceramics, wood carvings, textiles, and jewelry are perfect as souvenirs from Greece.

If you want to buy antiques, please be careful, beware of fakes, and stick to reputable sellers.

Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation, souvenirs Mykonos

Also, liquors and food are excellent ideas to take home with you, like Ouzo, the famous anise-flavored spirit, honey, herbs for cooking like thyme or oregano, olive oil is delicious in Greece, and obviously olives.

Check my article "58 Wonderful Things You Have to Buy in Greece" to better understand the typical things worth buying.


Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation, is mykonos safe for a solo woman traveller?

Is Mykonos safe for a solo woman traveler?

This island is pretty safe.


During the day, with tourists and locals around the streets, the only thing you will have to worry about are pickpockets that unfortunately can be present in every tourist place.

So I advise having with you an antitheft purse or an antitheft backpack. Prudence is never enough when you are far from home, even in the safest place in the world.​

Overnight I advise a solo woman traveler to keep your eyes open wherever you are because bad things can happen anywhere, anytime, to anybody, so please safety first.

I always contacted locals through travelers' Facebook groups during my solo travels. I have been lucky to meet people who took me around and showed me their city, so I felt pretty safe being out late in the evening because I wasn't alone.


Make sure to follow all my tips to know to visit Mykonos.


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Duty-Free Allowance from Greece

If you are traveling from an EU country, there are no limits on the amount or value of goods you want to take home with you if your interests are for personal consumption.

Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty, and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:

  • 800 cigarettes or 1kg of tobacco

  • 10L of spirits over 22% volume, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine), and 110L of beer

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Greece by travelers over 18 years of age without incurring customs duty:

  • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars, or 250g of tobacco

  • 4L of wine (excluding sparkling wine) and 16L of beer, and 1L of spirits over 22% volume or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22% volume

  • Other goods up to the value of €430 for air and sea travelers and €300 for other travelers

You cannot import meat or dairy products into Greece from outside the EU.


Make sure to avoid those mistakes first-time travelers make in Mykonos. They can ruin your vacation!


Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation

Plan Your Vacation in Mykonos

Check out all my articles in the "Most Complete Guide of Mykonos" and get all the information you need to make your next travel successful.


Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation

How to move around Mykonos

When I plan a vacation, I always plan a well-planned trip.

I am not talking about planning where to be at every time of the day while in Mykonos, but in case you are planning to visit other islands or the mainland, below you will find some links to book anything you need. Because when traveling, it is nice to be spontaneous but not too much, if you know what I mean.


I like to book everything in advance, like accommodation, flight, airport shuttle, bus and train tickets, and ferries, because I have learned during my travels that the sooner, the better.


I always end up saving a lot of money and time because I booked things in advance

So here are some links that will help you to plan at least the essentials


Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation, visiting mykonos by bus

By Bus​


While in Mykonos, you can move around using the Mykonian buses, they all start their journey at the Fabrika Station in Chora (the main town), and they go almost everywhere at a low price of 1-3 euros (it depends on where you want to go).


Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation, rent a car in mykonos

By Car:

An excellent way to visit Mykonos and all the other islands is by renting a car, so you can stop whenever and go wherever you need anytime and see all the best places where to watch the sunset in Mykonos.

The cost of renting a car in Greece is pretty cheap on most of the islands and mainland but more expensive in Mykonos and Santorini, so in case you want to explore every single beach and little village like I love to do, the best way to do it is by renting a car.


Keep in mind that in Mykonos, everything is more expensive, also rental cars.

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I always look at my favorite rental car websites, and I see where I find the best deals.
Have a look at them here:

DiscoverCars is a wonderful website for rental cars. And since you're comparing many different companies, you can also choose from many other vehicles. Check here prices and availability.

LocalRent is a website that connects you with local rental cars and is available only in Armenia, Bulgaria, Greece, Georgia, Cyprus, United Arab Emirates, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, the Czech Republic, and Montenegro. Check out car rental prices here.


Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation, rent a car, scooter in mykonos

If the weather is nice, why not enjoy the beauty of Greece driving a nice Scooter or a Bicycle without the issue of finding a car park?

If this is an option you may consider, I have a fantastic website to advise you to check:

where you will be able to choose between any scooter, motorbike, quad, or bicycle. Check here prices and availability.


Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation, book tours and activities in mykonos

Book Tours and Activity in Mykonos

If you want to check which attractions or museum tickets to buy to visit Greece, have a look at GetYourGuide for activities and Tiqets for museum tickets.

If you are looking for a boat trip in Mykonos or a food experience with Mykonian food I advise you to check out GetYourGuide, a website where you can find every kind of tour or activity to do in Mykonos.


Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation, wifi in mykonos

Is it easy to find wifi in Mykonos?

You won't have any problems finding wifi here, it is available and pretty fast in all hotels and most restaurants or bars.


Going from Mykonos Airport to your accommodation, important telephone numbers mykonos

Important Telephone numbers

  • Mykonos Airport +30 22890 79000

  • Tourist Office +30 22890 22716

  • Health Center +30 22890 23998

  • Tourist Police +30 22890 22482

  • Police Station +30 22890 22716

  • Port Authority +30 22890 22218

  • Bus Service +30 22890 23360

  • Taxi +30 22890 23700


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