Free Athens Travel Guide

Athens is the capital city of Greece, part of the European Union. It is the largest Greek city, with around 50% of the population living here. 

Located in a peninsula in the southern part of Greece, Athens is surrounded by the Aegean Sea, the Evoikos Gulf, the Saronic Gulf, the Gulf of Corinth. By land, Athens has Mount Pendeli and Mount Parnassus in the north, Mount Hymettus to the east and Mount Egaleo to the west.

The Greek Capital has a Mediterranean climate, with an average of 250 days of sunshine per year. December is the wettest month, while January is the coldest. July is the driest month, while August is the hottest.

If you are wondering when to visit Athens, keep in mind that since it is one of the most important cities in the world from a cultural point of view, there will always be lots of other tourists. However, try to avoid visiting Athens during the summer months, as the Greek Capital becomes busier with everyone passing through the city on their way to the Greek islands. In addition, it’s very hot. Therefore, it’s probably best to visit Athens during late spring, or early autumn.



Free Athens Travel Guide (Table of Contents)

1. How to get to Athens
2. Getting around Athens
3. History of Athens
4. What to see in Athens
5. Neighborhoods of Athens
6. Eating in Athens
7. Day trips from Athens
8. Currency, banks, and ATMs
9. Health and safety in Athens



How to get to Athens

How to get to Athens from the airport
How to get to Athens from the airport

If you are arriving by air, you will land on Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport, 33 kilometers away from Athens. To get to town, you can choose between several public transport options, as well as some private ones.

How to get to Athens from the port
How to get to Athens from the port

Find out how to get to Athens from the ports of Piraeus, Rafina or Lavrio. 

How to get to Athens by train
How to get to Athens by train

Find out how to get to Athens using the national railway services.

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Getting around Athens

Public transport in Athens + map
Public transport in Athens + map

Find out how much tickets cost and choose the most convenient option for the length of your stay.

Private transport in Athens
Private transport in Athens

Thinking about taking a taxi in the Greek Capital? Or perhaps about renting a scooter or a car?

Keep in mind that all the main monuments, archaeological sites, and museums are placed in the center of the city of Athens. Athens can easily be visited by walking from one touristic attraction to the next!

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History of Athens

History of Athens
History of Athens

You can see reflections of the complicated past of Athens at every step: in archaeological sites, museums, and streets. It’s useful to learn a bit about the history of Athens before travelling to the beautiful Greek Capital.



What to see in Athens

Archaeological sites
Archaeological sites

Explore what remains of ancient Greece by visiting the incredible archaeological sites of Athens.

Museums
Museums

Discover famous Athens museums, but also interesting niche ones.

Art galleries
Art galleries

Discover the large art galleries of Athens, as well as some small and beautiful private ones.

Top 5 churches in Athens
Top 5 churches in Athens

These 5 churches in Athens are beautifully built, and they all have lovely stories to tell.

Libraries and bookshops
Libraries and bookshops

Visit the great libraries of Athens and explore the lovely bookshops of the Greek Capital.

Buildings and parks
Buildings and parks

Important buildings and parks you need to know about before wandering the streets of Athens.

Squares and streets
Squares and streets

Take a stroll on streets full of life and color, and get lost in the busy squares of the Greek capital.

Markets
Markets

With fresh Greek produce, antiquities, handmade jewelry or flowers, they really give you a taste of true Athens!

Electronic map of Athens
Electronic map of Athens

A handy electronic map for the budget traveler, with all the the important things to see in Athens highlighted and detailed.

When planning your trip to Athens or anywhere else in Greece, keep in mind the following Greek national holidays: 1 and 6 January, 25 March, the first Monday after the Greek-Orthodox Easter, 1 May, the Monday after Pentecost, 15 August, 28 October, 25 and 26 December. On these days you should expect most places to be closed.

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Neighborhoods of Athens

Plaka / Acropolis area
Plaka / Acropolis area

The most well-known area in the Greek Capital is the Acropolis of Athens, and the nearby streets of Plaka.

Monastiraki
Monastiraki

Take a stroll on busy streets with colorful shops or stop at a lively tavern with a view over the Ancient Agora.

Thissio
Thissio

Explore the Athenian’s favorite neighborhood when they go out to grab a coffee or take an afternoon stroll.

Koukaki
Koukaki

Hike up Philopappos Hill and visit the prison of Socrates. You can also spend the afternoon in a traditional café, having strong Greek coffee.

Syngrou-Fix
Syngrou-Fix

Visit the National Museum of Contemporary Art, then explore the establishments of the cheap foodie district of Athens!

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Eating in Athens

Eating in Greece
Eating in Greece

Learn about Greek food establishments and when the Greeks like to eat. Have fun at a Greek night!

Traditional Greek food and drinks
Traditional Greek food and drinks

Taste mouth-watering traditional Greek food and delicious Greek drinks.

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Day trips from Athens

12 amazing day trips from Athens worth every cent
12 amazing day trips from Athens worth every cent

Explore the Saronic Islands, Peloponnese, and many other amazing destinations from Athens!

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Currency, banks, and ATMs

Greece adopted the euro in the year 2002. No other currency is accepted.

Banks are normally open from Monday to Thursday between 08.00 and 14.30, and on Fridays between 08.00 and 13.30. There are also some banks which are open until later. Here is a short list:


ATMs are easy to find on the streets of Athens if you prefer having cash on you. If not, credit and debit cards are accepted in larger hotels, restaurants, and shops. However, when crossing paths with a smaller, family-owned business, you might have to use cash. If you don’t have cash on you and you’re in a smaller establishment, do check if they accept card payments before ordering your food, for example.

If you are going on a day trip from Athens, it might not be as easy to find an ATM so make sure you have enough money on you when you leave.

Personal checks are not accepted.

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Health and Safety in Athens

Tap water

The water quality in Athens is very good. Therefore, you can safely drink the tap water. You can save money and promote sustainable tourism by refilling your bottle as necessary instead of buying a new one from a shop.


Pick-pocketing

Pick-pocketing and minor theft are as common in Athens as in other major cities in the world, where tourists are abundant. Avoid being a victim and:

  • don’t display your valuables while riding the public transport
  • keep your valuables in a bag that you keep to your front in crowded places
  • make sure you don’t leave your bag in the car, if you rent one
  • don’t keep your ID / passport / important documents with your money
  • don’t keep all your money in one place
  • don’t wear expensive jewelry.

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