CHEAP FLIGHTS TO GREECE
The All Important Law of
airplane tickets are broken up into groups. Each
flight has for example a dozen low cost seats,
twenty a bit more expensive, thirty even more
expensive, and fifty a lot more expensive. The
cheaper tickets are sold first and then the next.
So you can find yourself sitting next to someone
who paid $500 for his ticket while you paid $1000!
But he booked early and you didn't. So if you know
you are going to Greece book now and rather then
give an extra five-hundred dollars to the airlines
you can spend it in Greece!
great fares to Greece in the off-season and unless you are just
going to lay in the sun and bake the weather can be pretty nice
in November and even through the winter if you are lucky. Here's
another secret. When the airlines are strapped for cash they have
to find the best deal you can and if at all possible book with a
human being. You can spend all day entering dates into an on-line booking
site or you can just ask someone who knows.
versus On-line Booking sites
on-line booking sites like Travelocity, Orbitz and even some of
the airlines will offer you flights and also deals on hotels. I
recommend not booking the hotels no matter how seductive the deal
looks. I get more e-mail from people who booked hotels when they
booked their flights and were frantic because they could not line
up the ferries with the islands they were booked at. You may save
a couple euros but then you are on your own. No ferry that day...
You don't like the hotel or the location... Who are you going to
call? With a reliable Greek Travel agency you not only get
discounted rates on the hotels, they know the ferry schedules, can
get your tickets, can make changes when necessary, and can give
you advice and coaching. Plus they are familiar with the hotels
and can let you know if the one that looks so great in the ad is
suitable for you. For reliable travel agents in Greece see www.athensguide.com/agency.html
GREECE BY CAR, TRAIN AND FERRY
Many people coming from Europe and Scandinavia
drive or take a train to one of the coast cities
of Italy where they can catch a ferry to Greece.
The shortest ferry trip is from Brindisi and that
is where most of the boats leave from, sometimes
six a day. A slow ferry will take about 15 hours
to Patras and 8 hours to Corfu. There are several
boats a day. There are also ferries from Bari
which take a little longer. The Ancona ferries
take about 22 hours to Patras. There are ferries
from Venice and Trieste too and these take about
36 hours. I have taken the ferries from Brindisi
and Ancona. You can usually get tickets pretty
easily if you are going deck but if you have a car
or want a cabin you should book in advance. For
ticket info try
From Patras there is a bus and a train that leave
from where the boats dock. The train is slower
than the bus. There should be bus info on the
ferry but if you book in advance ask for the info
from the travel agency. If you get off the ferry
in Corfu you can fly to Athens or take the bus by
way of Igoumounitsa.
There was a ferry from Haifa, Israel but that ferry
that used to come from Alexandria, Egypt has been
discontinued. There is no ferry from Istanbul. If
you want to come from Turkey you can fly, take a
train or bus to Athens or go from Avalik to
the island of Lesvos, Cesme to Chios, Kusadasi to
Samos, Bodrun to Kos or Marmares to Rhodes. From
any of these islands there is a daily boat to
Pireaus, the port of Athens.
AND OTHER HELPFUL GREECE INFORMATION
have been asking me about Travel Insurance Protection
due to what appears to an airline industry lingering on the brink.
the schedule changes and surcharges being added, things are evidently not
going well with the airlines. Therefore, travel insurance just might not
be a bad idea. It is pretty inexpensive and will
take away some of the anxiety of travel. … If you go
You Buy Travel Insurance there is a link to help
Stories of Cheap International Flights and The
Christmas in Athens That Wasn't
about a couple of my experiences while flying to
Here's a helpful tip. Make photo-copies of all your travel documents like passports, tickets, visas etc. That way if you lose them it will be a lot easier to prove you had them in the first place.
Read my Guide to Flying to Greece which will answer many of your questions and make you realise that any anxiety you have is normal.