Most visitors to Greece fly into one of its sixteen international airports. The country has air links to every major city in Europe as well as direct flights to and from Australia, Canada, the US and several Asian cities. Quite a few tourists also arrive by ferry. Greece has connections with various Agean ports in Turkey, with Bari, Brindisi and Otranto in Italy and with various Israeli and Cypriot ports. And, your final option for entering Greece is overland. There are road connections from Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Turkey and train connections from Macedonia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey. If you do avail of the European pass on either train or bus you will either enter via Macedonia or take a ferry from Italy, the price of which is included in the pass.
While it is cheap, the public bus system in Greece is also prone to overcrowding. On most of the islands the stops are central and destinations are displayed clearly on the front of the bus. There is a long distance bus service called KTEL which is an association of regional operators. These usually leave from central points in the major city and you will find information about them from the Greek Tourist Organisation. You can also get an express bus between the major city and these can be booked through the various travel agencies. The final way in which you can see the country from a bus is by going on a guided bus tour and there will be information about these wherever you are staying.
The train system in Greece is slow and confined to the mainland. Despite this, second-class fares are almost fifty per cent cheaper than bus fares and it is a much more comfortable way to check out the scenery. It is worth noting that if you are taking the train you are advised to book your ticket in advance as tickets bought on board can almost double in price.
Finally, when it comes to visiting the islands, an extensive ferry network connects them to the mainland. Of course, there are a wide variety of vessels completing the sailings from those of the more luxurious variety complete with discos and bars, to those which well let’s just say they’re not quite so sleek. There are also dozens of companies and each has its own schedule so try to get your hands on either Hellenic Travelling or the Greek Travel Pages. Your tour guide should be able to provide you with one of them