Before heading to Greece, it is essential to know some Greek words about transportation as these will be handy if you want to explore every little corner of this beautiful country.
Every time I plan to head to a new country, choosing a form of transport is one of the first topics I explore, and I ensure I understand my options well. Greece was no exception, and I even got relief when I started researching this topic. As the Greek call, Μεταφορά (Metaforá as transportation in English) is straightforward all across the country. Whether you’re exploring the streets of Athens and jumping from bus to bus or island-hoping in the South from island to island, you’ll discover that there is a transportation method that will help you make your δρομολόγιο (dromológio as an itinerary in English) super easy to follow!
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Standard Modes Of Transportation In Greece
Αεροπλάνο (Aeropláno – Airplane)
This will probably be the first transportation method you’ll use to get to Greek lands: The International Airport of Athens El. Venizelos is the central hub for flights in Greece. However, Greece has many other airports, such as Santorini or Mykonos, where you can schedule your flight.
Being a super touristy country during summer, there is an increase of charter flights that not only head to the capital Athens where many people start their Greek tour, but also take thousands of people every day to the paradisiacal islands of Greece in the Aegean Sea.
Αυτοκίνητο (Aftokínito – Car)
Once you get to a destination, renting a car is always a good choice: you get the comfort and flexibility to go wherever you want, whenever you decide. This mainly applies to the continental side of Greece, where a car can be helpful if you want to explore multiple places quickly. In tourist islands, renting a car is also possible. However, the narrow streets with cliffs on the side may become a challenge if you’re not an experienced driver.
Λεωφορείο (Leoforeío – Buses)
Traveling through Greece by KTEL buses (Koino Tamio Eis Praxeon Leoforion) is one of the most popular ways to travel between cities. Almost all the locations in Greece are reachable by this transport, either directly or by connection.
To make it easier for you to understand, you have to remember that the Greek KTEL buses are divided by area, which means that there are different providers for different parts of the country. For example, if you want to check information about KTEL buses in the Athens area, you have the KTEL Attikis website. However, if you book in the Thessaloniki area, you must book in KTEL Thessalonikis.
Τρένο (Tréno – Train)
The train is also an alternative transport for travel between big cities. However, remember that Greece’s railway system is not the best or the most organized out there. It is very limited in terms of destination. If you ignore this fact and want to go from Athens to Thessaloniki, then you’ll see that this is a very convenient and much more affordable way to get yourself into the next step of your trip.
Πορθμείο (Porthmeío – Ferry)
Suppose you dream of relieving the Mamma Mia movie and want to head to the paradisiacal islands of Mykonos, Crete, Milos, Hydra, or Santorini. In that case, you will eventually catch one of the many ferries that connect the several islands of Greece.
Pro tip: Book your ferry ahead of time, especially if you’re traveling in July or August, as tickets sell out quickly!
Ταξί (Taxí – Taxi)
Taxis in Greece have the classic cab color: yellow! It may be expensive, but it will take you anywhere you want. Although it is not exclusive to Greece, be careful about taxi drivers as some may be a bit sketchy and try to fool you for more money.
Ποδήλατο (Podílato – Bicycle)
Imagine this: you’re driving a bicycle on a hill overlooking the ocean while the sun sets behind the horizon. Sounds like a dream, right? Bicycles are also a great way to explore not only the islands of Greece but also big cities like Athens!
Μοτοσικλέτα (Motosikléta – Motorbike)
If you’re an adventurer, this option is right for you! Travelling Greece with a motorbike is an excellent way to enjoy the environment, especially on the islands where you’ll find that the roads may be a bit narrow for cars. You’ll see many rental spots across the islands that will even allow you to rent 4×4 motorbikes if you want an off-road experience.
Other Greek Words About Transportation
Do you know how to say “travel” in Greek? Or how to even say “road”? Don’t worry. I’m here to help. Now that we’ve explored the most common transportation ways in Greece, let’s learn how to say a few words that may become handy when traveling in Greece.
Words For Travelling By Airplane
Words For Travelling By Train Or Bus
Words For Travelling By Car
Phrases Related To Transportations In Greek
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