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Flights to Greece you can book in 2020

Looking for flights to Greece? Here's everything you need to know before you book.

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Picture-perfect Greece is known for its coastline, ancient ruins and delicious food. It is a dream for island hoppers and boat-lovers with around 200 islands surrounding the Greek coast. The mainland has a lot to offer as well with mountain ranges, golden beaches and archaeological sites.

Many popular airlines fly to Greece via the Middle East, but you can also travel with low-cost carriers via Asia. This guide will give you all of the insight you need for booking flights to Athens. If you want to explore Greece beyond Athens, you'll need to pass through Athens International Airport to get a connecting flight.

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How much are flights to Greece?

From cities around Australia, you won't have to fork out more than $2,000 for flights to Athens. If this is not your final destination and you plan to fly to islands around Greece, be sure to consider the cost of extra flights. Low-carrier European airlines do offer domestic flights, so although these fares won't break the bank, it's worth considering how much all of your flights will add up to. To bring down the flight fares, keep an eye out for flights with a longer duration time as they tend to be a few hundred dollars cheaper.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Greece?

The cheapest time to jet off to Greece is in January and February. Travelling to Athens at the start of the year is ideal for avoiding crowds, visiting historical sites and museums and having the best opportunity to book tours and activities. January and February sit within low season, which means you won't be competing with as many travellers for flights, accommodations and activities. The weather may not be as nice as what it appears in images when you do a quick Google search of Greece, as grey skies and rain will be frequent, but if you're heading to Greece for a cultural experience, then saving some extra dollars will be worth it.

How far in advance should I book my flights to Greece?

If you're travelling from Sydney or Melbourne, you'll find booking seven weeks in advance gives you the greatest opportunity to nab a great price. Travellers departing from Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane are more likely to secure a good deal when booking three to five weeks in advance.

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How long does it take to fly to Greece?

If you're flying to Athens from:

  • Sydney: 21 hours, 25 minutes with a stopover
  • Melbourne: 21 hours, 20 minutes with a stopover
  • Brisbane: 21 hours, 40 minutes with a stopover
  • Perth: 18 hours, 5 minutes with a stopover
  • Adelaide: 20 hours, 25 minutes with a stopover

If you're flying to Santorini from:

  • Sydney: 24 hours with two stopovers
  • Melbourne: 26 hours with two stopovers
  • Brisbane: 25 hours with two stopovers
  • Perth: 22 hours with two stopovers
  • Adelaide: 26 hours with two stopovers

If you're flying to Mykonos from:

  • Sydney: 25 hours with two stopovers
  • Melbourne: 26 hours with two stopovers
  • Brisbane: 27 hours with two stopovers
  • Perth: 22 hours with two stopovers
  • Adelaide: 25 hours with two stopovers

Which airlines fly to Greece?

No airline offers direct flights from Australia to Greece. It's common to fly with two or three airlines on your journey, especially when flying to islands like Santorini and Mykonos. If you are flying to Athens, your stopover will be in the Middle East or Asia. When adding Santorini or Mykonos as your final destination, you will also have a stopover in Athens too.
  • British Airways: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney
  • Emirates: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney
  • Etihad Airways: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney
  • Qantas: Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney
  • Qatar: Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney
  • Virgin Australia: Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Townsville

Where is the airport in Greece?

Athens International Airport (ATH) is about 33 kilometres from the centre of Athens. Taxis are the easiest way to get around and are reasonably priced as well, especially if travelling in a group. You'll find the taxi rank outside Arrivals Exit 3. They charge a flat rate to the city centre, which is more expensive between midnight and 5am.The Metro Line 3 connects straight to the airport and takes around 40 minutes to Syntagma, the central square in Athens, or an hour to Piraeus port (change to line 1 at Monastiraki). Metros run every 30 minutes from 6:30am-11:30pm. Express buses run 24 hours a day from the Arrivals level. You can purchase a ticket at a kiosk or on board. The X95 goes to the centre of Athens and takes around 45 minutes. The X96 will get you to Piraeus port.

Piraeus Port has numerous ferry services to the Greek islands, including ferries to Crete, Rhodes and Mykonos. It is advisable to book online in advance, especially if you're travelling in summer. Corfu is on the opposite coast to Athens. To get there, you can rent a car and drive across the mainland (around seven hours) and then take a ferry from Igoumenitsa (one to two hours).

To get to islands in Greece, you'll need to reach Athens first. Direct flights to destinations, including to Santorini or Mykonos, will only add an extra hour of flight time to your journey.

Do I need a visa to travel to Greece from Australia?

Travellers who hold a valid Australian passport and do not intend to stay in Greece for over 90 days do not need a visa to enter the country.

Am I required to book an onward or return flight from Greece?

Although there are no strict rules or regulations in place for having proof of onward or return travel, you should arrive in Greece with proof of these travel documents in case you are asked on arrival.

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