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Greece consists of the mainland and about 3,000 small and big islands covering an area of 131,957 sq. km.
Greece is GMT+2, Greece 12:00 – London 10:00 – New York 05:00
Euro is the official currency of Greece. Foreign currency, traveller’s checks and Euro cheques can be exchanged at the exchange bureaux at the airport, upon arrival at the hotel or at banks located throughout Athens.
Banks are open from Monday to Thursday 8:00-14:30 and on Friday 8:00-14:00; on Saturdays and Sundays they are closed. ATMs are widely available in Greece for Master, Diners, American Express or Visa cardholders.
All major credit cards are accepted in almost all hotels, shops and restaurants. Stickers in the front windows will advise you as to which cards are accepted.
Monday-Friday 9:00-20:00 non-stop
Monday and Wednesday 9:00-14:30
Tuesday-Thursday-Friday 9:00-14:00 and 15:30-20:30
Monday- Friday 9:00-21:00
On Sundays all shops are closed, except tourist shops.
The climate in Greece is mostly dry and temperate. Especially in Athens, Southern Greece and the islands, the climate is typical Mediterranean with warm and dry summers and mild winters. During June the temperature in Athens ranges from 22-28 oC.
Electricity is 220 V/50 Hz. Plugs are the standard continental ( DIN) type with two round pins.
Emergency treatment is free to all in public hospitals. Public and private hospitals can be found in big cities. Small and large islands usually have hospitals and health centres.
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The international access code for Greece is +30. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 001 for the USA or Canada, 0044 for the United Kingdom). Public payphones are available all over Greece and use phone cards, which can be purchased from kiosks. For information concerning mobile phone use in Greece (telephone transmissions are based on GSM technology), please ask your provider.
Tap water is generally drinkable in Athens. For places outside Athens water quality varies, so please ask your hotel reception.
For taxi and restaurants the service charge is included in the price. You may add a tip at your own discretion to indicate appreciation of exceptionally good service.
Transportation in Athens
ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos, is located 33 km southeast of Athens and is easily accessible via Metro and buses. Public transport to Athens is provided by express airport bus connections (Express Line E95 Athens Airport Express/Syntagma) on a 24-hour basis. You can also take the Metro (Blue line only) to take you to Syntagma Square the very centre of Athens.
METRO ticket cost per ride (from or to the airport): 8€ for one person
Athens Metro network consists of 2 lines (Red Line and Blue Line) with trains arriving every 3 minutes at rush hours and every 5-10 minutes at all other times. The Athens Metro connects Syntagma Square to the Athens International Airport in 30 minutes (Blue Line only).
Hours of operation: Lines operate daily from 05:30am to 00:00pm.
Please follow the link below for the detailed timetable of the Athens Metro:
While inside the train, announcements are made before every stop.
Metro tickets are sold at the stations cashiers and by automatic tellers.
Remember to validate your ticket before you move on to the platform.
Using any kind of transportation in Athens area cost 1,40 €, for a duration of up to one and half-hours. You may change transportation type, as many times you like within this time;
you must validate your ticket at the beginning of the fist ride.
Tickets must be bought before boarding (from bus terminals and from the majority of kiosks) and validated in the designated machines (orange coloured) within the vehicles. To stop a bus for embarkation you must make a hand signal to the driver. To disembark you have to notify the driver by pressing the stop button in time. The OASA Call Centre (185 dialing from within Greece) operates from 07:00-21:00 on weekdays and from 09:00-17:00 on weekends. For further information please refer to:
Conference center access
The Conference Centre is situated in Athens downtown, 20 min walking distance from Syntagma Square.
It is easily accessible using the Athens Metro Network; Metro Station “MEGARON MOUSSIKIS”, line 3 (see maps).
Using a private car: