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As the capital of Greece, Athens is the nation's most important city and has been attracting travellers for countless centuries. While it may not be as popular as many other European capitals, it has seen a steady rise in the number of visitors over the past few years, particularly after the Athens Olympic Games of 2004 - the first time Olympic Games in Athens since 1896. With a population of nearly 4 million, Athens is the largest city in Greece. Unfortunately, it has also become one of the most polluted cities in the continent as well.
Athens is one of the longest inhabited cities, dating back 3,000 years or more. During the glory years of Ancient Greece, it was one of the most important city states in the world. Today, historical monuments such as the Parthenon on the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Temple of Hephaesus and the Agora are the landmark attractions which continue to draw visitors from across the globe.
The municipality of Athens, the city centre of the Athens Urban Area, is divided into several districts. Some of the more interesting ones are:
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Originally built in the 5th century BC the Parthenon (Παρθενών) is the most famous ruin in all of Greece and is located on the Acropolis. This building was built as a temple to Athena in Athens. This building also represents an enduring symbol of Athenian democracy. It has many excellent examples of ancient Greek architecture and art work on the inside. The temple has had many forms in the different eras of occupation ranging from a temple to Athena, to a christian church to a mosque. Today it is one of the most popular tourist sights in all of Greece.
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The Academy of Athens, the National Libarary of Greece and The University of Athens are the 3 neoclassical buildings that make the so called Trilogy of Athens. Build by brothers Theophil and Christian Hansen these buildings are an absolute must for the lovers of architecture.
One of the best museums about the ancient greek civilization in the whole world, the National Archeological Museum houses true treasures about all the eras of Greek history as well as many exhibits from ancient Egypt.
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The combination of pollution and high temperatures (up to 43 °C), makes summer a bad time to visit Athens. Winters are mild with occasionally some frost at night, but usually above zero. Spring and autumn have very nice and warm conditions and nights are pleasant as well. In general, Athens is a dry and sunny city during these times with some showers possible but rarely rainy all day.
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|Rainfall||56.9 mm||46.7 mm||40.7 mm||30.8 mm||22.7 mm||10.6 mm||5.8 mm||6 mm||13.9 mm||52.6 mm||58.3 mm||69.1 mm|
Athens International Airport (ATH) is the main airport in the city and is the main hub for the national airline of Olympic Airlines. Destinations with this airline include Alexandria, Amsterdam, Berlin, Cairo, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Johannesburg, London, Montreal, Moscow, New York, Paris, Toronto and Vienna. Aegean Airlines has several flights within Europe as well, including Rome, Milan and Düsseldorf. Many European airlines have direct flights to Athens. Easyjet is a low-cost airline serving Athens from London, Berlin, Paris and Milan.
Olympic Airlines has domestic flights to many destinations from Athens including Alexandroupolis, Chania, Chios, Corfu, Heraklion, Ioannina, Kalymnos, Karpathos, Kavala, Kefalonia, Kithira, Kos, Limnos, Milos, Mykonos, Mytilene (Lesbos), Naxos, Paros, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Sitia, Thessaloniki and Zakynthos. Aegean Airlines has a share of domestic flights as well.
To/from the airport
The Hellenic Railways Organisation operates a network of train, most of them originating and terminating in or near Athens. Trains north stop in Thessaloniki, Livadia, Paleofarsala, Larissa, Plati, Edessa, Florina, Seres, Drama, Komotini and Alexandroupolis while trains south stop in Kiato, Xylokastra, Diakofto, Patras, Olympia, Argos, Tripoli, Megalopolis and Kalamata.
Be aware though that driving in Greece is not as easy as you think, Greek drivers are speeding and overtaking many times without any warnings. There are some good highways like the Corinth - Athens and the Athens - Larissa highways. In Athens itself, traffic jams occur mainly at early morning and late afternoon rush hours, but traffic is heavy throughout the day as well.
There are dozens of ferries to and from Piraeus, the port of Athens and located within the municipality.
Check the Greek Travel Pages for an impression about companies, schedules and prices, as the choice is very wide. Or check the Greek Ferries website or another one about Ferries between islands in Greece. This applies to both international and even more so domestic connections to many of the islands. Routes from Piraeus usually go to the Argo-Saronic, Cyclades, Dodacanese and the Northeast Aegean island chains and also to Crete and other mainland ports as far as Thessaloniki.
On some routes, faster hydrofoil services operate. There are two classes on most ships (first and second) and couchettes are available on night trips. In summer, book well in advance.
Although remember that time schedules are not an exact science in Greece. Therefore many ferries leave early or more often extremely late from port. This means do not depend on time schedules ever! Always get to port a little early and be prepared to wait.
Canary yellow taxis are a common sight in Athens and are a reasonably priced way of getting around (if you can avoid the traffic jams). The starting fee is €1.19, after which the meter ticks up at €0.34/km ("rate 1") or €0.64/km ("rate 2"), with a minimum fare of €3.20. Rate 1 applies through Athens city limits, including the airport, while rate 2 applies outside the city and from midnight to 5 AM. Legal surcharges apply for calling a cab by radio (€1.60), trips to or from the airport (€3.20) and heavy bags (€0.32). Tipping is not necessary, although it's common to round up to the nearest full euro.
Public transport is very good and convinient in Athens. During daytime you can expect very frequent routes but chances are that you will encounter many full metro trains during rush hour. Most of the bus lines stop operating around midnight and Metro lines around 00:30am. Friday and Saturday the metro lines extend their operation until 2:30am. There are also a few bus lines tha operate 24/7. For the complete schedules you can visit the OASA webpage. To plan a route just put it on google maps and it will show you what bus/metro/tram/trolley to use.
The simple €1.40 ("integrated") ticket lets you travel on any means of transport - metro, suburban trains, trams, trolleybuses, buses - with unlimited transfers anywhere within Athens (except the metro airport line east of Doukissis Plakentias and the airport buses) for 90 minutes, and you can also get a €4 ticket valid for 24 hours, a €14 weekly ticket or a 3-day "tourist" ticket for €20 that includes one round-trip to the airport.
There are three metro lines:
Line 1 - Piraeus – Kifissia, connects the port of Piraeus and the northern suburbs of Athens via the city centre. Be sure that you keep an eye on your personal stuff when using this line and be prepared for people getting in the train and asking for money. Note that line 1 is a rather old line (lines 2 & 3 are the new subway system of Athens).
Line 2 - Attiko Metro]): Anthoupoli – Elliniko connects western and southern Athens.
Line 3 - Aghia Marina – Doukissis Plakentias – International Airport connects the south-western suburbs with the northern suburbs (Halandri and Doukissis Plakentias stations) and the International Airport.
The Suburban Railway is a new addition to Athens's public transportations network. The line starts at Piraeus, passes through the main line train station (Larissis) in Athens, and forks at Ano Liosia west to Corinth and Kiato and east towards the airport.
Athens offers some of the best and worst urban walking in Europe. Several major streets have been recently pedestrianized, and a mostly car-free archeological walk which starts at Vasilisis Amalias Street, passes in front of the New Acropolis Museum, Acropolis, Herodion Theatre, Thiseio (Apostolou Pavlou Str), Ermou Street and ends at the popular area of Kerameikos (Gkazi) where numerous bars and clubs are located. Pleasant walking can also be had in Plaka, especially its upper reaches, and in much of Kolonaki, and the National Garden can provide a welcome respite from the heat and noise of the city center. On the other hand, Athens' horrendous traffic can make crossing the street in many areas a hair-raising proposition, and even walking down many major streets can be an unpleasant experience of noise and pollution. Cars and motorbikes parked blocking the sidewalks (illegal but ubiquitous) can also make a stroll difficult. Fortunately, much of the traffic-plagued area of the city can be avoided by judicious use of the new Metro, which goes most places a visitor would want to see or to walk around in.
Athens is certainly not the city to go around with a bicycle, as it does not have much bicycle lanes and the car drivers tend to drive quite aggressively. Nevertheless (or maybe because of this) riding a bicycle in Athens has become lately some sort of a political (counter-)action, especially by young people with an alternative lifestyle. In general, tourists not familiar with the terrible Athenian traffic are not advised to use a bicycle as a principal means of transport. Small rides are safe though in the long network of pedestrian streets around the Historical Centre of the city and can be quite enjoyable indeed.
Adrianou, which runs along the north side of the Acropolis from Thissio in the west to Plaka in the east, is packed with tavernas. Many are touristy and a little on the pricy side, so try to pick one that also has locals as customers. Expect to pay a little extra at any place that has views of the Acropolis!
Kolonaki Square (Plateia Kolonaki; its official name is Plateia Filikis Etaireias, but no one ever uses it) is bordered with cafes whose customers tend to be drawn from the class of mature Athenian movers and shakers for whom the neighborhood is the traditional in-town home. Most of these cafes serve desserts and/or light meals as well as drinks, and most of them are expensive. They tend to be liveliest late at night. One of the best established, and most prestigious, is Lykovrisi. Not many foreigners show up in these cafes, but the visitor may find they make for interesting people-watching.
Athens has a wide variety of accommodation options, from camping and hostels, right up to 5 star luxury hotels.
|Achilleas Hotel||Lekka 21||Hotel||-|
|Airport Hotel Les Amis||Varis Avenue & Sokratous 16-20 Vari-Athens||HOTEL||77|
|Albion Hotel||20th, Akominatou str||Hotel||-|
|Alma Hotel||5 Dorou st. Gr - 10432||Hotel||-|
|Amaryllis Inn||25, Menandrou Str Pireos||Hostel||-|
|Amazon Hotel||19 Mitropoleos & 7 Pentelis St., Syntagma||HOTEL||-|
|Apollo Hotel||10 , Ahilleos Str Metaxourgio Sq||Hotel||73|
|Aristoteles Hotel||15 Aharnon str.Vathi sq||Hotel||78|
|Art Apartment||Olympias 20,10446 Athens||Apartment||-|
|Athens Atrium Hotel & Suites||21 Okeanidos Str Aghios Sostis,Nea Smirni||HOTEL||-|
|Athens Backpackers||12 Makri Street 11742 Athens||Hostel||86|
|Athens City Hotel||232, Patission Street||Hotel||-|
|Athens Easy Access||Satovriandou 26 Athens||Hostel||-|
|Athens Evripides Hotel||79 Evripidou Street||Hotel||-|
|Athens House Hostel||Aristotelous 4||Hostel||65|
|Athens International Youth Hostel - Victor Hugo||16 Victor Hugo||Hostel||70|
|Radisson Blu Park Hotel Athens||10 Alexandras Ave.||HOTEL||-|
|Athens Studios||3a Veikou St Makrigianni 12 Makri St Makrigianni||Hostel||84|
|Athenstyle||Agias Theklas 10, Monastiraki Athens||Hostel||83|
|Home Travelers - Athinaikon||40 Evripidou street||HOTEL||79|
|Avra Hotel||3 Nireos Street||Hotel||-|
|Carolina Hotel Athens||55 Kolokotroni Street||Hotel||-|
|Cecil Hotel||39 Athinas Str 105 54||Hotel||79|
|Chris Hotel - Athens||6 Potamou Str Nea Kifissia||Hotel||-|
|Delphi Art||Ag. Konstantinou Street 27, 104 370 Athens Ag. Konstantinou Street 27, 104 370 Athens||Hotel||-|
|Dioskouros||6 Pittakou Street Acropolis, Plaka||HOSTEL||80|
|Dryades Hotel||Emmanuel Benaki 105 & Drydon 4, Exarchia||HOTEL||-|
|Economy Hotel||5 Klisthenous 10552 Athens||Hotel||82|
|Emmantina Hotel||33, Possidonos Avenue Glyfada 166 75||Hotel||-|
|Epidavros Hotel||14, Koumoundourou Str.||Hotel||79|
|Eridanus Hotel||78 Pireos Street||Hotel||-|
|Faros Hotel-Piraeus||140, Notara Street||Hotel||-|
|Fivos||23 Athinas Street Monastiraki||Hostel||73|
|Galaxy Hotel Athens||39, Posidonos Ave.& Kalamakiou||HOTEL||-|
|Galini Palace||K.Karamanli 95||Hotel||-|
|Golden Sun Hotel Athens||72, A. Metaxa Avenue, Kritis Sq.||Hotel||-|
|Hostel Aphrodite||12 Einardou & Michail Voda Corner 65||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostel Lozanni||54 Kapodistriou Street||Hostel||75|
|Hostel Zeus||27 Sofokleous St||Hostel||72|
|Alassia Hotel - Athens||50, Socratous Str.||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Anemoni||65-67, Evripidou Street, Piraeus 65-67, Evripidou Street, Piraeus||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Anita||25 Notara Str. Piraeus||Hotel||79|
|Hotel Argo||23 Notara str. Athens-Piraeus||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Athens Cypria||5 Diomias Str. 5 Diomias Str.||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Candia||40, Th. Deligiani Street||Hotel||-|
|City Plaza||Acharnon 78||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Claridge Athens||4 Dorou||Hotel||49|
|Hotel Congo Palace-Athens||81 A Poseidonos Avenue Glyfada||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Delfini||Leocharous 7 Piraeus||Hotel||72|
|Hotel Diethnes||52 Peoniou St 10440 Athens||Hotel||74|
|Dorian Inn Hotel||15 - 19 Pireos Street||Hotel||77|
|Hotel Filoxenia Athens||50 Aharnon str.||Hotel||-|
|Hermes Hotel||19 Apollonos Plaka / Syntagma||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Jason Inn-Athens||12, Assomaton Street,||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Kinetta Beach||57th km Old National road, Korinthos Kinetta||Hotel||-|
|Hotel London||Poseidonos Ave 38, Glyfada, Poseidonos Ave 38, Glyfada,||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Melia||14 Chalkokondili and 28 October||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Neos Olympos||38 Deligianni street||Hotel||76|
|Hotel Palmyra||70, Possidonos Avenue, Glyfada||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Parthenis||21 Kon Karanmali Ave, Voula||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Phidias-Athens||189, Kountouriotou str., Piraeus,||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Piraeus Dream||79-81 Filonos and 78-80 Notara Streets, Piraeus 79-81 Filonos and 78-80 Notara Streets, Piraeus||Hotel||-|
|Plaka Hotel||7 Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos St||Hotel||-|
|Plaza Non-Smoking Hotel||17 Alkyonidon Avenue Voula 166 73||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Rio Athens||13 Odysseos Str., Karaiskaki Sq||HOTEL||77|
|Hotel Solomou||Solomou 72||Hotel||78|
|Hotel Stanley||1 Odisseos str, Karaiskaki Square,||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Tropical||74 Possidonos Avenue,||Hotel||-|
|Ideal Hotel Piraeus||142, Notara Street||Hotel||-|
|Ilion Hotel||7, Agiou Konstantinou Str||Hotel||-|
|Iniohos Hotel||Veranzerou 26||Hotel||-|
|Ionis Hotel Athens||41 Chalkokondili St||Hotel||-|
|Jason Prime||3, Nikiforou st.,Omonia Square||Hotel||-|
|Kiani Akti Hotel||40 Agias Marinas Ave.||Hotel||-|
|King Jason Hotel||26 Kolonou Str, Kerameikos||Hotel||-|
|Lilia Hotel||131 Zeas Street,Piraeus||Hotel||-|
|Magna Grecia Boutique Hotel||54.Mitropoleos Street||Hotel||-|
|Mare Nostrum Hotel Club Thalasso||Vravronos Ave.Vravrona Attica Greece||Hotel||-|
|Marina Hotel Athens||13 Voulgari St.||Hotel||77|
|Metropolis Hotel||46 Mitropoleos Street||Hotel||-|
|Miramare||Vas.pavlou 4 voula athens Voula||Hotel||74|
|Mistral Hotel||105 Al. Papanastassiou Street||Hotel||-|
|Nafsika Hotel Athens||21, Karolou str Athens||Hotel||-|
|Nicola Hotel||14, Olenou street||Hotel||-|
|Niki Hotel||27 Nikis street||Hotel||-|
|Noufara Hotel||45, Iroon Polytechniou Ave||Hotel||-|
|Odeon Hotel Athens||42 Pireos Street||Hotel||-|
|Omiros Hotel Athens||15 Apollonos Str Syndagma Square||Hostel||-|
|Pagration Youth Hostel||75 Damareos Str. Pagrati||Hostel||75|
|Pan Hotel||11, Mitropoleos Street||Hotel||-|
|Pergamos Hotel||14 Acharnon Str. 104 33||Hotel||71|
|Pikermi Hotel-Athens||107, Marathonos Avenue||Hotel||-|
|Plaza Vouliagmeni Strand Hotel||14 Litous Street||Hotel||-|
|Proteas Hotel||9, L. Latsoni str. Athens||Hotel||-|
|San Remo Hostel||No.8 Nissirou St., and T.Delligiani St., 104 38 Athens||Hostel||74|
|Stefanakis Hotel-Athens||17 Afrodites Str.||Hotel||-|
|Students & Travellers Inn||16 Kydathineon Plaka||HOSTEL||84|
|Tempi Hotel||29, Aiolou street||Hotel||78|
|Triton Hotel||8, Tsamadou street, Piraeus, Greece||Hotel||-|
|Verori Hotel-Athens||69 Sakelariou Str.||Hotel||-|
|Zorbas Hotel||10 Gkyilfordou St. Victoria Square Athens 10434||Hostel||79|
|Athos Hotel||3 Patroou Street||Hotel||-|
|Acropolis Museum Boutique Hotel||48 Sygrou AV, 11742 Athens||Hotel||-|
|Soph & Chris Northern Backpackers||Agias Theklas 12 Monastiraki||HOSTEL||78|
|Acropolis House||Kodrou 6-8, Plaka||Guesthouse||-|
|Athens Delta Hotel||27, KERAMEON STR.||Hotel||-|
|Diros Hotel||21 Agiou Konstantinou||Hotel||-|
|Blue Sky Hotel||Eleftherias 26 & Zamanou Glyfada||Hotel||-|
|Faros II Hotel Piraeus||Kolokotroni 117 Piraues||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Savoy Piraeus||93 Iroon Polytechnioy Ave Piraneus||Hotel||-|
|Hostel Argo||Victor Hugo 25||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Koridallos||2 Od. Androutsou & Pipinou Str||Hotel||-|
|Balasca Hotel||45 Liosion Street||Hotel||-|
|Acropolis View||10 Webster str.&Robertou Galli||Hotel||-|
|Palmyra Beach Hotel||70 Possidonos Avenue Glyfada||Hotel||-|
|Achillion Hotel||Agiou Konstantinou 32||HOTEL||79|
|Athens Center Square Hotel||15, Aristogitonos & corner of Athinas street, Monastiraki||Hotel||77|
|Hotel Efesos||30 St. Konstantinou str Athens||Hostel||78|
|Arethusa Hotel||6-8 Mitropoleos Str.& 12 Nikis Str||Hotel||-|
|Oscar Hotels||25, Filadelfias & Samou Street||Hotel||-|
|Centro Residence||123, Aharnon Street||Apartment||-|
|My Place in Athens||12 Kallergi Metaxourgeio||Apartment||-|
|Angel Suites Hotel||Timoleontos Vassou 22||Hotel||-|
|Athenaeum Athens||89-93 Syngrou Avenue||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Lido||Nikiforou 2||Hotel||-|
|Sparta Team||Menandrou 21 Athens||HOTEL||75|
|Athens Moka Hotel||38 Stournari Street||Hotel||-|
|Chic Hotel||25 Pireos str||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Olympic||1 Souri st. and Vassileos Georgiou Av Halandri||Hotel||-|
|Stalis Hotel||10 Akominatou Str||Hotel||-|
|Anixi Boutique Hotel||17 Marathonos Avenue Anixi||HOTEL||78|
|Myrto Hotel||40th Nikis St. Plaka||Hotel||-|
|Parnon Hotel||20 Tritis Septemvriou 21 Chalkokondili str||Hotel||-|
|Cosmos Hotel||16 Psaron street||Hotel||-|
|Civitel Olympic Hotel||2a Kifisias Avenue & Pentanassis Maroussi||HOTEL||-|
|Civitel Attik Rooms & Apartments||13 - 15 Eptalofou str. Maroussi, Athens||HOTEL||-|
|Golden Age of Athens||57 Michalakopoulou Avenue||Hotel||-|
|Acropolis Ami Hotel||10 Iras str. Acropolis||HOTEL||77|
|Diva Hotel||Kefallinias & Sporadon 13||HOTEL||-|
|ADAMS hotel||6 Hairefontos st||Hotel||-|
|Centrotel Hotel||Paioniou 11a||Hotel||-|
|Avra Hotel-Athens||3, Nireos Street,Paleo Faliro ,||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Alma||5, Dorou Str. Omonia Sq.||Hotel||-|
|Nefeli - Alimos||Van Vaik 5, Alimos||HOTEL||-|
|Athens Odeon Hotel||42 Piraeus Street Kerameikos||Hotel||-|
|Kimon Athens Hotel||Apollonos 27||HOTEL||74|
|Hotel Nefeli||Xatzimichali 2 Plaka||Hotel||-|
|Athens Colorful Urban Home||Kamaterou Street 3||GUESTHOUSE||73|
|Cecil Hotel||39 Athinas Str||Hotel||-|
|King Jason Hotel||26, Kolonou st Kerameikos||Hotel||-|
|Jason Inn||12, Assomaton street Psirri||Hotel||-|
|Tasos Apartments||Makrygianni 45||APARTMENT||-|
|Piraeus Inn||189, Kountouriotou st. Piraeus||Hotel||-|
|Chic Comfort||Agiou Louka 41||APARTMENT||-|
|Your Cosy Home in Athens||Str. Popliou nr. 10-14||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|City Circus Athens||16 Sarri street||HOSTEL||90|
|Athens House Hostel||Street Aristotelous no 4||Hostel||-|
|Hotel des Roses||SQUARE KIFISSIA Miltiadou 4||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Chris||6 Potamou Str Nea Kifissia||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Elite||Peiraios 23||Hotel||-|
|Niki Athens Hotel||27 Nikis Street Syntagma & Plaka District||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Green Hill||36th Amarousiou Avenue Heraklion||Hotel||-|
|PRIMA HOTEL||7 D. Falireos Str. Neo Faliro Moschato||Hotel||-|
|Blue Sky Hotel||26 Eleftherias||Hotel||-|
|Oasis Hotel Apartments||27, Posseidonos Avenue||Hotel||-|
|SPARTA TEAM Hotel||21 MENANDROU STREET OMONIA||Hotel||-|
|Pan Hotel||11 Mitropoleos str||Hotel||-|
|Athens Colorful Urban Apartments||Kamaterou Street 3||APARTMENT||-|
|Athens Way||Arachovis 17 Ippokratous 60||HOTEL||-|
|Spiti Apartments||Mylopotas Ios||APARTMENT||-|
|Marina Hotel||Voulgari 13||HOTEL||-|
|MINOA HOTEL||12 Karolou Street Metaxourgeio||Hotel||-|
|Blue Sea Hotel - Alimos||49 Themistokleous street Alimos||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Orion||EM.Benaki 105 & Anexartissias||HOTEL||-|
|Metropolitan Hotel Athens||Syngrou Avenue 385||HOTEL||-|
|CANDIA||Theodorou Diligianni 40||Hotel||-|
|Stacs Accommodation||I. Drosopoulou 105A Kypseli||Apartment||78|
|Stacs Accommodation||I. Drosopoulou 105 A||APARTMENT||-|
Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked. Internet cafes however tend to be expensive, about €1.5-2 per hour.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The cheapest way to call someone abroad is to use a pre-paid calling card and call from a land line anywhere (also from your hotel room). Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks. The calling card is not much more than a phone number and a pin code, which you dial prior to dialing the usual phone number. If you want to call internationally, ask for an international calling card. For one euro you can call for about 45 minutes, so buy a card in the cheapest value (which is about €3). Calling someone for half an hour is cheaper than sending one email from an internet café. Cards expire usually 90 days after first use. You can also use this pre-paid calling card at public phone boxes, which are widely available.
Mobile phones are prevalent in Greek's communication, and if you need to talk with your co-travelers it is advised that you buy a local prepaid plan instead of using roaming, as it is far cheaper. There are at least three mobile carriers, Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone all of which require by law presenting some form of identification in order to activate your prepaid plan. Choose whichever has better reception in your area, keeping in mind that GSM 900, GSM 1800 and UMTS 2100 bands are supported. Data usage is cheap, costing about €3 per 100 MB. Ask the mobile carrier for more information.
Hellenic Post is the Greek postal service. On their website you find more information about options to send letters, postcards and parcels and there is a search function regarding post offices and post boxes. It also has information on services like paying bills, transferring money, financial products etc. Greek post codes are five digits long and are usually written as follows; 123 45. The first three digits are used to identify the city, municipality or prefecture, for example the digits between 100 and 180 relate to the city of Athens. The last two digits identify a street or part of a street. Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:30-14:00, although the largers ones usually have longer opening hours. For sending packages, you can also use international courier services like DHL, UPS or TNT.
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