By Briana Seftel
Don't be daunted by Greece's transportation, which at first look can be confusing and intimidating. As long as you know how you want to see the country (ferry, bus, car or a combination) getting around in Greece can be as easy as spinach pie!
Inter-island travel means taking ferries, catamarans or hydrofoils, which will eventually get you to any of the 60+ inhabited isles. Most ferries depart from three Athens ports; when planning a vacation to the islands, keep in mind ferry travel can take entire days.
If you are traveling during peak season (mid-July and August) always book your tickets in advance online. Tickets during less crowded times can be purchased on site at the port.
Since train travel in Greece is not well organized, the most popular inter-city travel method is by bus. Buses cover most primary routes on the mainland and provide basic connections on the islands.
With a varied and often steep terrain, Greece is a hiker's paradise. Many of the most popular routes are well-maintained, but if you plan on going off the beaten path, a good map is essential.
Biking in Greece can be an excellent way to see the country. Some routes are very demanding because of the hilly terrain, while others are less strenuous, but still beautiful.
Driving in Greece is not for the faint-hearted. Many Greek drivers do not pass their driving tests or follow rules, meaning a simple drive through the countryside can be tricky.
Small motor scooters with automatic transmission, known in Greek as mihanákia or papákia (little ducks), are good transport for all but the steepest terrain. Avoid driving in Athens!
There are many regional airports in the mainland and the Greek islands. Flights can be relatively expensive, but can save literally days of travel. A flight from Athens to Rhodes is just one hour one way, versus 13-17 hours by ferry.
If you want to seee several islands on your vacation, an escorted vacation package is a good bet. Check out our escorted packages to Greece and leave the planning to us!