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Athens travel tips

Greece is considered a safe country for tourists; however, there are a few Athens travel tips to bear in mind. Like most of Europe, Greece is alert to terrorist threat and visitors should be aware of their surrounds and any suspicious activity.  Petty theft, like bag snatching and pickpocketing, can also be an issue while sightseeing or travelling on public transport, so ensure you safely secure your valuables either in your hotel or discreetly on your person. To cover yourself for loss, injury or accident, it’s worth taking out comprehensive travel insurance prior to departure, and ensure any required vaccinations are up to date.

Greece visas

Specific visas are no longer required for many tourists travelling to Greece. Instead, Greece is among the European Union countries subject to the Schengen Convention. This allows Australians to travel throughout Schengen member nations without a visa providing they are planning to spend less than 90 days within the area during a 180-day period.

Greece currency

The euro is the currency of Greece and can be readily obtained prior to your departure or at money changers on arrival. Greece has strict rules on the declaration of cash, so if you're intending to take over €10,000 in or out of Greece to a non-EU country, you must declare it on arrival or departure. This includes cash, travellers' cheques, and money orders.

Athens food

Greek food is based on the Mediterranean diet featuring a mix of seafood, meat and chicken, plus readily available produce like olives, tomato, eggplant and zucchini. Greek cuisine also boasts a vast selection of cheeses including Feta, haloumi and kefalotyri. Like anywhere, check the general condition and hygiene of your dining venue before eating to ensure it's up to par.

Tipping in Athens

Tipping is a common practice in Athens and generally involves rounding up the bill rather than a standard 10-15 per cent. While it's expected visitors will tip taxi drivers and hotel porters, tipping becomes a little trickier in hospitality scenarios. In these instances, keep an eye out for service charges on the bill or automatic rounding up. If these are already incorporated, you do not need to tip.

Greece electrical plugs and voltage

Most electrical plugs and voltage in Greece are the European standard, comprising two round pins and between 220 and 240V. This means you will need an adapter if you're intending on taking Australian electrical items. Adapters can be readily acquired at luggage stores and post offices prior to departure or at the airport.

Language in Athens

Spoken by 99 per cent of residents, Greek is the official language of Athens, but you will encounter many people who also speak fluent English, particularly in the major tourist areas. English is among the languages taught within the Greek education system, meaning most people will at least understand simple English and even menus are often translated at the popular cafes of Athens.

Athens Airports

Located 20km outside the city, Athens International Airport is the main entry point for visitors flying into Greece. Opened in 2001, the airport features two terminals including the main terminal for international and inter-European flights, and a satellite terminal to accommodate additional services at peak times. It's accessible by rail, road, taxi, and bus.