Greece

Greece quick facts

  • Population: 10.8 million

  • Language: Greek

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +30

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Places to visit

Ruins of Olympia
Ruins of Olympia

As ancient as it gets

Olympia is the site of the very first Olympic Games, held in 776 B.C. in honour of Zeus. It’s a top tourist attraction so try and arrive just as the park opens to avoid uncomfortable viewing. Within the site there is a mish-mash of interesting temple remains, including the Temple of Zeus, which once protected Phidias’s famous gold statue of Zeus. Continue your ancient tour to Delphi, which the Greeks once believed to be the centre of the world and see other fascinating archaeological wonders, including the Temple of Apollo.

Olympia and Delphi can be reached by bus from Athens.

Acropolis, Athens
Acropolis, Athens

Athens: Ancient Greek splendour and modern-day chaos

Thanks to the 2004 Olympic Games being held in Athens, birthplace of the competition, the city was given a much needed spring clean. The main pull to Athens is a visit to the staggering Acropolis, which supported a Neolithic community at around 5000 B.C. and has since withstood various wars and natural erosion. Make the ascent up the steps of the ancient structure for splendid views across the modern city, whilst pondering over the transformation of civilisation.

The Acropolis is a 30-minute walk from either the city’s Laríssis train station or Peloponnese station (they are located almost side by side).

Santoríni
Santoríni

Paradise island-hopping

If you know anyone who has ventured to at least one of the Greek islands, then you will already have heard that they are blisteringly beautiful. Santoríni is especially so. This volcanic island beams brighter than all the other islands within the Cyclades archipelago proudly offering sumptuous sunsets, gorgeous beaches and cliff-hanging villages adorned in white. Another beauty is Kefaloniá, the largest Ionian island. You’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven, when you see the island’s Myrtos Beach.

Boats leave daily to the islands from the ferry terminus in Pireás (8km south of Athens), which is next to Peloponnisou Peiraias train station. Please note that ferry's are not included in your Interrail pass.

Party in Oia, Santorini
Party in Oia, Santorini

Party like a god

Thessaloníki has a throbbing night scene, that is particularly lively around the warehouse area of Ladhádhika, near the port. A cool little hangout is Arthouse, which throws out a mix of everything from deep techno to cheery reggae. In Athens, a trendy evening spot is Bios, which has a good schedule of art and theatre performances and cinema viewings, along with live gigs and DJs playing in the basement club. This place attracts young alternative Athenians.

The Arthouse club is a 20-minute walk from Thessaloníki's main train station. Bios can be reached with a short taxi journey from the Peloponnisou Peiraias train station.

Samaria Gorge, Crete
Samaria Gorge, Crete

Spectacular scenery

Home to the Greek mythological gods, Mount Olympus is the largest mountain in Greece and Mytikas is its highest peak at 2,917 metres. Between mid-June and October this magical peak is yours to climb – though make sure you buy a decent map otherwise the Greek gods might have you running around in circles. The Samariá Gorge, in Crete is another favourite with outdoorsy types. Europe’s longest gorge is a stunning World Biosphere Reserve that can be hiked within a day (between May and October) and has some beautiful beaches and lagoons waiting to be discovered.

Boats leave daily to the islands from the ferry terminus in Pireás (8 km south of Athens), which is next to Peloponnisou Peiraias train station. Please note that ferry's are not included in your Interrail pass.

Events

Epidaurus theatre, Athens
Epidaurus theatre, Athens

Athens & Epidaurus festival

June 1 - August 31, 2017

A lively festival of contemporary dance, classical Greek theatre, jazz, traditional Greek music and various other entertainment forms. The majority of performances are held at the ancient Herodes Atticus Theatre.

 

During Friday and Saturday evenings, ancient Greek dramas are re-enacted at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus – the acoustics are especially noteworthy.

Rockwave festival, Athens
Rockwave festival, Athens

Rockwave festival

July 1 - July 2, 2017

This is one of Greece’s most well-known music festivals, held just outside of Athens. It attracts a decent mix of international rock and indie acts as well as local bands.

Take a train to Sfendali, Malakasa Attica. The festival site is in walking distance of the train station.

Interrail passes for Greece

Most popular passes with Greece

Interrail Greek Islands Pass from € 130

The Interrail Greek Islands Pass allows you to explore the Greek islands by ferry. Sail to historic Rhodes, discover the Minoan ruins on Crete or visit the beautiful white villages of Santorini.

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Interrail Greece Pass from € 50

The Interrail Greece Pass is a great way to visit highlights like Athens, Thessaloniki and Olympia. We also offer the Interrail Greece Plus Pass, which includes ferry crossings between Greece and Italy.

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Interrail Greece Plus Pass from € 77

Visit famous Greek highlights like Athens, Thessaloniki, Delphi and Olympia. The Interrail Greece Plus Pass also includes free ferry crossings to and from Italy, operated by the Attica Group.

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Interrail Global Pass from € 175

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 30 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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All Interrail passes with Greece

Here's a list of all Interrail passes for your travels through this country:

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