Before you go to any country you should learn some basics but also double check those important things such as Visa and Vaccines.
| 🛂 VISA |
Depending on where you’re from, you may need a visa for the Schengen area. Check here.
Majority of countries do not need a tourist visa and will automatically receive 90 days in any 180-day period.
| 💉 VACCINES|
Click here to make sure you’ve got the necessary jabs!
National Language is Greek. Try and learn common phrases such as hello, goodbye, please and thank you here.
Euro. Code: EUR.
Check your exchange here.
Here’s a list of things you should know before you travel to Greece.
In this article you’ll find:
Cultural | Dress Code | Driving | English
Insurance | Toilets | Transport | Water | Weather
Money: + Tipping + ATMS
Fun Facts: five fun facts!
- It’s illegal to take photos of military facilities. Just in 2018 a man was arrested. News Article.
- Do not input your own opinion into Greek Economics or highly-controversial name disputes. Discuss it via listening to responses, or asking open ended questions.
- A greek insult is known as Moutza. Don’t use it. Read about it on Wiki here.
- You will generally not see your bill at a restaurant, until you specifically request it.
- Majority of tourist destinations you will be able to wear shorts + singlets without any issues.
- You will be requested to dress modestly in places of worship, especially if you’re going to the Monasteries. Some will have wraps, but it’s always considerate to have your own.
- You’ll be driving on the right-hand side and people will pass you on the left.
- Indicators are rarely used, Zebra Crossings are rarely stopped at.
- I’m putting this in driving, but pedestrian crossings don’t always go at the same time, meaning you will be on the island until it changes. Keep an eye out!
- Have an International License if renting a car.
Australia, it depends on which state you’re from. Click your state provider for more info: VIC: RACV NSW: NRMA QLD: RACQ SA: RAA NT: AANT WA: RAC TAS: RACT
- Major cities and tourist destinations, you’ll have no issues speaking English.
- Most Greeks over the age of 45 have been learning basic english since primary school.
- You should always have travel insurance when going overseas. At least just to cover you for medical.
- For short trips I tend to use Tick Insurance (affiliate and for AUS)– it’s 4/5 stars with FeeFo and although I’ve never had to claim – it’s super within budget.
- Register your trip details with Smart Traveller (Australia.)
- Majority speaking, you cannot flush your toilet paper. Use the bins provided. This is mostly due to not all homes are on main sewage lines.
- You may come across a ‘squat’ toilet occasionally. If you’ve ever travelled to Asia, you will have had your fair share – if you’re new to them (don’t worry!) just face the door if you’re squatting and face the wall if you’re standing! Want visuals? Watch a video on youtube here.
- Walk: Tourist areas are often clumped pretty close to each other so if you don’t mind a 15-20 minute walk, this is your cheapest option.
- Car: depending on the season, you may wish to rent a car on an island or in a smaller town. I wouldn’t recommend driving in the larger cities unless your familiar with similar driving styles.
- Taxis are the most commonly used for getting from point A-B for longer distances. You should always ask for the meter before getting in a taxi. Ask your hotel/hostel what the rough price should be.
- Scooters (electric scooters) both Athens and Thessaloniki have electric scooters you can use via App with Lime. See information here.
- RideShare – Greece uses Beat. It’s a ride-share application. Download at home and upload card once you get to Greece. You may need to call your bank.
- Buses: All Cities, including islands. They often don’t have a main station, but have a few stations which run transport to different places.
- If you are caught in Greece without a validated ticket, it is 60 x the price. Yes, not six, sixty.
- The Athens Transport page has all information here.
- Thessaloniki does not have daily/weekly tickets. It’s best to plan your trip.
- If you’re going to be taking a lot of transport – you should look at a 5 day consecutive transport ticket which is €9.00
- Tram/Light Rail: Athens. Information here.
- Trains; Metro: Athens.
- In the larger cities such as Athens and Thessaloniki you are able to drink the tap water.
- Cities such as Delphi that run of mountainous spring water is also okay.
- For smaller rural areas and islands, although not environmentally friendly; you should be drinking bottled water.
|Nov – Mar||Apr – Jul||Jul – Aug||Sep – Oct|
|Low Season:||Although low season will typically be fewer tourists, lower costs- there will be a range of attractions that will be closed for construction and revamping for the summer period. |
Mid Season is where the Ferries are increasing, hotels and businesses are opening more.
|High Season||High Season is where you’ll need to book a few months in advance, especially if you’re travelling as a group. There will be tour buses, cruise buses and loads of people. All tourist destinations will be busy, but open later than Low of Mid season.|
*Remember to contact your bank and let
them know you’re going overseas!*
- You should always have some cash and other cards securely saved somewhere in case of any issues.
- Australia: I personally use my ING Visa while overseas and withdraw from that as it gives me rebates on all international atm fees (including the ones charged.)
- Some restaurants will have a bread/cover charge which covers your table + often includes water too. It is not worth arguing about, it’s usually a euro per person.
- If you get exceptionally good service, you can round up. It’s a personal choice, and it will not go unappreciated. It’s not required.
- Cash is extremely prevalent in smaller, family-run shops.
- In rural areas and smaller islands, it may be hard to find a working ATM for all cards.
- Majority of tourist areas will accept a card at stores, but keep smart and remember that cash is key.
– Cafes & Restaurants
– Hostels, Hotels & Airbnb.
– City Centres, Train Stations, Bus Stations.
Two-wire plug that has two round pins.
Voltage: 220 Volts. Plug C and F. – used in Europe.
| 🥫 FOOD|
– Dolmadakia: stuffed grape leaves with rice & meat
– Moussaka: similar to a lasagne, made with eggplant and meats.
– Tzatziki : strained yogurt, garlic, olive oil as well as fresh dill
– Souvlaki : street food available as skewers, pitas in chicken, pork mostly. Falafel occasionally.
– Ouzo (alc) a liquor that tastes like liquorice.
– Mythos (alc) the second largest brewery in Greece.
– Biral a carbonated drink similar to cola.
– Freddo Coffee literally cold coffee.
- Greece is the leading producer of sea sponges.
- The first Olympic Games took place in 776 B.C.
- The official name of Greece is the Hellenic Republic.
- Greece has nearly 6000 islands in total, but if going off a minimum size it is around 2000
- Alexander the Great was Greek.