FLIGHTS TO GREECE
There are many ways to go to the Greek Islands. The fastest way is to catch a flight either from Athens or from another European City directly to the Greek Island of Choice. To find information on flights to specific destinations within Greece, click on the specific links below.
Sometimes, it’s preferrable to go to the Greek Islands that are located near Athens by ferry, hydrofoil or boat. For more specific information, click on the following links to find out about:
If you are visiting Greece, you are most likely looking to fly into Athens International Airport of Eleftherios Venizelos, which is how the vast majority of international travellers arrive in Greece.
A few insider tips for the first-time visitors: Athens International Airport (AIA) was built fairly recently by a German contractor called “Hochtief”. At the time of completion of the airport in 2002, Lufthansa, which is the German National Airliner was given preferential treatment in certain respects. Nothing illegal and nothing that affects your travels. However, keep that in mind when you are booking flights to AIA. If you are flying Lufthansa, you will probably get to a Gate close to the check out point, and you might pay less in Airport Fees (something that we have not verified but out of experience, Lufthansa fares into Athens are somehow very competitive overall).
Other options include flying into Thessaloniki, which is the second largest city, located in Northern Greece, and serviced by many European Airliners directly from cities in Central or Northern Europe.
If you are not concerned with visiting Athens and flying in Greece from somewhere in Europe, you might be able to catch a flight directly to one of the islands.
Yet, depending on where you are flying from, you might find better deals or more convience at one of the options below:
- Olympic Airlines – The official Greek Carrier serving Greece for decades. Olympic was originally founded by Greek Shipping Tycoon Aristotle Onassis (yes, Jackie Kennedy’s second husband) and then acquired by the Greek Government. The Airline is now semi-privatized but still suffers from occasional delays due to strikes but chances are you will get good service and a stellar safety record.
- Aegean Airlines – Greek Airliner serving Athens, Thessaloniki & some islands with various domestic and European Flights.
- EasyJet – For the Budget Traveller. Flights from Athens to London and other European Capitals
- There are other charter flights available and arranged by travel agents and charter agents specializing in travel to Greece. If you are flying from Australia or the United States, you might be able to get a very good deal in one of those charter flights but you might also have to compromise your flight dates.