Cheap Flights to Greece
The perfect destination for historians and travellers is Greece, one of the most ancient civilizations in the world with history going back to the Bronze Age in 1300 BC. Although a small country, Greece is swamped with everything any tourist could want: ancient ruins, culture, soaring mountains, forested hills and golden beaches along the Agegean, Ionian and Mediterranean seas. Cheap flights to Greece are highly sought after thought the year. Greece’s sovereign land comprises some 6,000 islets and islands dotted within the Aegean and Ionian seas with only 227 of these being inhabited.
Greece’s largest cities comprise Athens, the capital, Thessaloniki, Patras, 3rd largest city and regional capital of Western Greece, and Piraeus. Athens, the centre of Greek civilization is a modern city still overshadowed by 5th century BCE landmarks.
Inclusive of its islands, Greece has over 40 airports, the busiest of which are Athens, Heraklion, Rhodes and Thessaloniki. From South Africa travellers can fly with numerous airlines including Lufthansa, Air France, South African Airways and Qatar.
Greek regions comprise varying weather patterns. The normal Mediterranean dry, hot summer is followed by rainy mild winters. You’ll have pleasant weather during May and June, September and October while July and August can be sweltering with temperatures above 30°C. Northern Greece provides a more continental climate with snow on the highest peaks during winter.
When to fly to Greece
Visitors on tight budgets with adversities to crowds that want to experience Crete’s beaches and archaeological monuments should plan to fly between April (after Easter) and late June when the weather is warm. During this period it is hard to find cheap flights to Greece but we can guarantee you the best deals on our site. September and October still afford similar advantages. High season from June to September has great weather, high prices, plenty of crowds, activities and numerous events taking place, including the Athens Festival.
Getting around Greece
Flying within Greece is expensive but travellers wishing to do so have Olympic Airways, the national operator that services flights between islands and cities plus Cronus and Aegean airlines, operating on a smaller scale to major tourist destinations. These flights need to be booked in advance, particularly during the summer period.
Travelling in public buses, operated by KTEL, is the most popular mode of travel, as Greece’s doesn’t have an extensive rail system but KTEL offers a broad network of long-distance options that virtually cover all of Greece, connecting minor towns and villages to main centres. Besides KTEL there are intercity express buses. Be prepared for slow, cramped long-distance journeys and purchase tickets in advance.
Unless you’re experienced, hiring a vehicle is not advisable or enjoyable when manoeuvring through narrow and crowded streets with roads in the mountains equally precarious and not in the best condition.
To get around quickly in cities, taxis are a better option than buses and usually quite affordable. Advantageously many taxi drivers are acknowledgeable on sights, capable of providing guided tours.
Ferries provide an extensive network and are prevalently used to get to the islands from the mainland. The advantage of ferry routes is the inclusion of a four or five port route that allows you, on a round ticket, to disembark at a port of your choice, spend a day or more, then board the same ferry and continue. But as ferry services are erratic and sometimes delayed, patience is required.
Express vessels between the islands and mainland ports are Hydrofoils or Flying Dolphins. The cost is higher than normal ferries but they’re more comfortable and much faster.
Greece – insider information
- Athens: The Acropolis of Athens, the Parthenon and the Acropolis Museum have every tourist visiting. In olden times the city of Corinth was one of the wealthiest and largest cities. View ancient remains of temples, forum baths, a basilica, the Temple of Apollo and 4km east of modern Corinth, the Corinth Canal.
- Thessaloniki: Stroll through Aristotelous Square and down Nikis Avenue to the Statue of Alexander the Great fringed with cafés, shops and bars. View the 33.9m high 16th century White Tower, and worthwhile visits are to the Ancient Agóthe, the Palace of Galerius and the Byzantine Bath.
- Piraeus: Meander through this main port and ferry centre of Greece thats filled with ships, hydrofoils and ferries. View sculptures from the Bronze Age to Roman times at the Archaeological Museum of Piraeus.
- Chania: 2nd largest city of Crete and capital of Chanias regional division comprises the Etz Hayyim Synagogue, the Nautical Museum of Crete and the Archaeological Museum of Chania, previously the Venetian Monastery of St. Francis.
- Originally a Mycenaean city, Thebes in Boeotia is rich with Greek legends, religion and mythological tales of Dionysus, Cadmus, Oedipus, and others.