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Greek Island Hopping 101: short beginner’s guide


Ferries

The best method of Greek island hopping is by ferry. The travel time between them ranges from 45 minutes – 2 hours.

Ferry tickets need to be bought in advance, at least 24 hours before departure. When it comes to Easter, Christmas / New Year and other peak times, however, these need to be booked at least ten days in advance.

Ticket prices vary depending on the route and on the distance. A great website for checking out prices, ferry schedules, and for buying your ticket is Ferryhopper.com

Driving

Driving around Greece is a great option if you want to explore more of this magnificent destination. Whether you choose to bring your own car or rent one there, it will certainly make your trip more enjoyable.

A few tips:

  • You must be at least 21 years old and you need to have held your licence for at least a year in order to rent a car in Greece
  • With the exception of EU residents, you need to have an international driving license in order to drive in Greece
  • The speed limit in the city is 50 km/hour and on the highways 120 km/hour
  • There’s a zero tolerance policy on drink driving
  • It’s illegal to use your mobile phone while driving
  • Keep to the right-hand side of the road

Buses

If you take a bus from Athens, you can reach all main cities in Greece. There are two main bus stations in Athens: Kifissos and Liossion. 

From the Kifissos bus station you can take buses to cities in Greece, and also to the Ionian islands.

From the Liossion bus station you can reach the Sterea region, the towns of Northern Greece, and the island of Evia.

Trains

Train networks are limited and they’re usually slower than their bus equivalent, so it’s not the preferred method of transportation in Greece. The Greek railway network is run by OSE. On the flipside, train tickets are often times much cheaper than other means of transport, especially if you choose to buy a return ticket, so if you’re looking to limit your spend, this is the best way to go.



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