Important Information about Greece


All major cities are equipped with points of telephone conversations. It is most convenient and cheap to use street telephones. A call is also possible from the number, but it will cost a much larger amount.

When making international calls in Greece, IP-telephony cards (for example, Interconnect) are actively used. In order to access the Internet, it is worth visiting an Internet cafe; tourists will find it in almost any Greek city.

Phones that you can call in Greece in case of emergency:

100 – police

199 – fire brigade

166 – ambulance

107 – information service on duty pharmacies


Greece is known for its fur coats and other high quality fur products. But in order to avoid problems at customs, it is better to purchase fur coats at large factories or in stores.

In addition, in Greece you can please yourself with high-quality knitwear, leather goods and leather shoes, gold and silver jewelry for a small price. Tourists also bring home souvenirs: marble and alabaster figurines, vases, as well as ceramic and lace products, embroidery. See liuxers for Greece customs and traditions.

Among the food products purchased in Greece, the most popular are olive oil, honey, and olives.


Tipping in cafes and restaurants is left at the good will of the visitor, they make up 5-10% of the order value. But sometimes a service charge is included in the bill.

Taxi drivers are usually not tipped, but on certain holidays (such as Easter and Christmas), passengers will have to pay extra on top of the usual fare. The hotel porter, maid, and other staff are supposed to be rewarded with a small fee (about 1 euro).

Money and valuables

Tourists should not leave money and valuables in hotel rooms, the administration is not responsible for them. Some rooms are equipped with mini-safes, and if they are not available, the hotel provides safes in the administration office, where you can leave valuables and large sums of money.


It is worth remembering that the price of a room in hotels in Greece includes VAT (8%) and utility taxes (4%). In the case when one person rents a room for two, he pays 80% of its price.

Guests of Greece can stay in rooms in a private house or in a separate apartment. Campsites may be suitable for young people.


Since 2002, the national currency of Greece has been the euro (EURO). Banknotes of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 euros are used, as well as coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cents.

Cash is exchanged exclusively in banks or special points. Banks of the country work on Monday-Thursday from 8.00 to 14.00, on Fridays from 8.00 to 13.30. On weekends and holidays, banks do not function, but you can contact the exchange offices. During the exchange procedure, a percentage of 1% to 2% is charged.

The shops

Greek shops are open from 8:00 to 13:30 and from 17:30 to 20:30 (a little longer in summer), and supermarkets from 8:00 to 18:00 all days except Sunday. In busy tourist cities, shops do not close until late in the evening and even on weekends. As for pharmacies, they work every day except Sunday, but they often close very early.


Traveling around mainland Greece is best done by bus. Tickets can be easily bought at newsstands or at stops (for one trip – about $ 0.3). For multiple trips, it is more convenient to purchase a monthly pass.

The main cities are also connected by rail.

Taxis in Athens are easily recognizable by their yellow color, while those in Thessaloniki are blue and white.


The voltage in the networks of Greece is 220 V, 50 Hz.


Time zone in Greece: GMT +2 (-1 hour from Moscow).

Important Information about Greece