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Language: Greek | Currency: Euros (€) | Local time: EEST | Avg. Flight time: 3.30 hrs
There are international airports located on every major Greek island, so you’ll have no trouble booking direct flights to Greece if you’re heading to Kos (KGS), Corfu (CFU), Kefalonia (EFL) or Rhodes (RHO). For other destinations in Greece, you may first need to fly into the key hub of Athens (ATH), before taking a connecting flight to a smaller domestic airport.
If this is the case, why not extend your layover so you can enjoy a short city break and explore the history, culture and nightlife that Athens has to offer?
Domestic internal flights between the Greek islands and the mainland are almost always operated by Aegean Airlines, and can be a hassle-free way of travelling to your final destination, or flying between islands on a multi-stop trip. However, this may not be the quickest or cheapest Greece itinerary, as internal flights around Greece tend to be less frequent than those departing from the UK.
As of 2016, Ryanair flies to Kefalonia, Kos, Rhodes, Chania (CHQ) and Thessaloniki (SKG) from London Stansted Airport (STN). EasyJet, meanwhile, offers daily flights to Greece from its hub at London Gatwick (LGW), touching down in six different Greek airports. Ryanair also offers competitive rates on flights to Greece from East Midlands Airport (EMA).
If you’re flying from London and use TravelSupermarket to compare prices online, you’ll also be able to find cheap flights to Greece with Norwegian Air and Thomas Cook Airlines. Another alternative is to make a stop in a European city such as Amsterdam or Berlin before continuing on to Greece.
If you’re looking for something a bit different (or simply aren’t the most confident flyer), you could always travel to Greece by train. Yes, really – you can travel via Eurostar and high-speed train from the UK to Italy, where you can then catch an overnight ferry to Greece.
And although flying is obviously the speediest and cheapest way to Greece, approaching the majestic Greek islands in a boat is a fantastic way to start your holiday with some spectacular views.