Solo Travel in Greece

Solo Travel in Greece

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There are so many beautiful destinations to explore in Greece. Solo female travel Greece for ancient temples, breathtaking islands, and a vibrant contemporary culture. Below is our guide on how to travel solo in Greece including the best places to visit in Greece, where to stay, Greece transportation and the best Greece tour companies to use, and examples of a Greece trip itinerary.

Find out how to get from the airports, the best Greek islands for solo travel and what to do in each place. If you are unsure of the best places to travel in Greece alone, this article should help. All companies included have been recommended by solo female travellers and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. Just choose the relevant section or read the full article. 

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Oia village at Santorini island. Greece

Solo Travel in Greece

Is Greece safe to travel alone? Yes, Greece is generally very safe for solo female travellers as Greek people can be friendly and helpful. Men can be more forward than in other Western countries but if you politely indicate your lack of interest, they will apologise and leave you alone.

When you solo travel to Greece, especially Athens, be careful at night and keep a close eye on your belongings, just as you would in any other large city. If you're wondering is Athens safe to travel alone? Although the neighbourhoods of Monastiraki, Omonia, Psyrri, and Mextaxourghio boast some of the city’s most colourful and alternative nightlife, don’t venture out late at night on your own, especially in poorly lit areas. The boundary between “safe” neighbourhoods and “unsafe” neighbourhoods can be difficult for non-locals to distinguish.

One area that women are not allowed to visit is Mount Athos on the Halkidiki peninsula. This holy monastic region of Greece has barred women for centuries and we’re not allowed within 500m of its coast.

Whether you like to party, sail, relax on a beach or discover more about Greek culture or Greek history, this country has something for any kind of solo. We've given it 4 out of 5 stars for safety, ease of travelling around and meeting others.

Greece is a wonderful country to explore independently but if you're unsure where to visit in Greece and want to do it with some company, you may prefer to join one of the tour groups to Greece, especially if you are planning on Greek island hopping.

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Places To See in Greece

Ancient sites, temples, breathtaking islands, and a vibrant contemporary culture make Greece a must-visit stop on any itinerary. The country offers something for everyone and there are places to go in Greece for any kind of solo whether you are a history buff, beach lover, foodie, night owl or nature enthusiast.

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Athens and Pireaus at sunset (photo @ Kristin Wieben)

Things To Do in Athens, Greece

Most trips to Greece begin in Athens, one of the most popular cities and places to visit in Greece. The city is steeped in history, has numerous colourful neighbourhoods, and is the ideal base from which to explore the rest of the country.

As for things to see in Athens, you’ll definitely want to visit the Acropolis, and Acropolis Museum, one of the best things to do in Greece. This famous archaeological site is one of the tourist attractions in Greece, and is home to the world-famous Parthenon.

Your ticket to the Acropolis allows you free access to the nearby Ancient Agora (or marketplace), which was the focal point of civic life in ancient Athens. Today, the agora is a lovely and shady oasis in the middle of the city’s chaos and great place to curl up with a book on a hot afternoon. The agora’s museum, inside the restored Stoa of Attalos, provides a fascinating glimpse into everyday life in ancient Athens.

For solo travel in Athens, just wandering the neighbourhoods of the city centre could amuse you for days, and the (air-conditioned) National Archeological Museum is especially good on hot afternoons. Athens also has fantastic nightlife, but a grab a buddy from your hotel or hostel before venturing out alone into the wee hours of the night.

During the summer months make the most of the open-air cinemas (the films are in English), and the beach bars and clubs along Posidonos Street.

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Athens Lycabetus Hill from the Acropolis (photo @ Kristin Wieben)

Day Trips From Athens

From Athens you can take a day trip to visit the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio. The temple itself is even more beautiful than the Parthenon, and its dramatic setting on a cliff overlooking the sea is breathtaking with a clean, inviting, and uncrowded beach literally right next door.

Delphi, the reputed home of the famous ancient oracle, is another excellent day trip from Athens. About 2.5 hours away from the city, Delphi is in the mountains, and its ancient ruins and gorgeous natural setting provide a perfect escape from the city’s summer heat. Numerous tours head to Delphi daily, as does the country’s national bus company, KTEL.

If you’re driving, it’s worthwhile to spend an extra hour or so on the road to visit the hot springs at Thermopylae. Thermopylae was, of course, the sight of the famous ancient battle where the 300 Spartan soldiers made their heroic stand against the invading Persians. Nothing remains today to indicate that the battle ever took place but it remains one of the unique places in Greece to visit. The hot springs at Thermopylae are the best place in Greece to soothe your sore muscles and because is it free, it is also one of the cheap things to do in Greece, set in a striking location.

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Rhodes

Athens is also a great base for getting your feet wet in terms of island explorations. The islands of Aegina and Hydra can both be visited in a day from Athens. Aegina, famous for its pistachios, is relatively flat, and renting a bicycle once you arrive on the island is the best way to get around. Hydra attracts a more upscale crowd. Its picturesque port town offers great shopping and eating, and its hilly interior provides many options for hikers and explorers.

After you’ve thoroughly explored Athens and its surroundings, your next choice is whether you want to venture deeper into the mainland or head straight to the islands. If you choose to stay on the mainland, the Peloponnese is relatively close to Athens and will provide you with a good idea of daily life in Greece today.

The city of Nafplio is a breezy seaside resort not far from Athens with easy access for exploring the ancient ruins at Mycenae. If you’re lucky enough to be in Nafplio during the annual summer Epidaurus Festival, you can experience live theatre, music, and dance in the authentic and well-preserved ancient theatre at nearby Epidaurus.

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Hiking in Hydra (photo @ Kristin Wieben)

Other highlights of the Peloponnese include Monemvasia – a city in such a stunning and unlikely location that you won’t believe it really exists. Monemvasia is a well-preserved medieval fortress climbing a 100-meter cliff on a tiny island just off the mainland. Today it is filled with tiny guesthouses, restaurants, and art boutiques.

The best place in Greece to pay homage to today's Olympic Games is Ancient Olympia, in the western Peloponnese, near the west coast. The ancient city is about 2 hours from Pilos, a laidback area packed with turquoise sand beaches, cool forests, and abundant hiking opportunities.

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Gorgeous Santorini

Thessaloniki 

Thessaloniki is the country’s second city and at the time of the Byzantine Empire it was said to be the wealthiest. It is located in the north of the country and there are some beaches here but the city is most known for sightseeing. It is also popular with the party GatG thanks to its nightlife scene and waterfront bars, which also offers a good place to walk during the day. The main things to see in Thessaloniki are the White Tower on the waterfront, Hagios Demetrios – a church known for its mosaic panels, the colourful houses of Ladadika, the Arch of Galerius, and the UNESCO-listed Rotuna.

From Thessaloniki, it’s 57 miles to Mount Olympus National Park, where you can hike and climb to your heart’s content, spotting birds and wildlife. There are also mountain refuges where you can stay in the evenings and continue your hike the following day. If you’re travelling here from Athens it is accessible with public transport.

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Lindos in Rhodes

Greek Islands

If you’d rather head straight to the islands for your Greece vacation, you have literally hundreds of options. As in the Caribbean, the Greek islands are grouped together. The best Greek islands for solo travellers and the most popular islands are Zakynthos, Corfu and Kefalonia in the west.

To the east are Rhodes and Kos which make up some of the Dodecanese islands. Santorini and Mykonos, Greece, are located in the central Aegean islands. Rhodes is the largest of this group of islands. Things to do in Rhodes include: exploring the Old Town and the historic medieval street of the Kinghts, visiting the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Colossus of Rhodes, walk the medieval walls or cool off at the Water Park. There are day trips from here to Kallithea to bathe in its thermal springs, or to Lindos to see the beautiful white houses. It's one of the best Greek places to visit.

One of the most popular Greek islands to visit is Santorini, with its villages perched atop sheer walls dropping down into the sea (the result of a massive volcanic eruption). Santorini is romantic with some of the most beautiful sunsets but it can get crowded, especially in Fira with its maze of steps.

Kamari is gorgeous and is a good place to meet others to experience the Greek nightlife (expect some traditional Greek dancing and plate smashing). For the adventurous GatG things to do in Santorini are to rent an ATV to drive around the island; definitely one of the fun things to do in Greece!

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Mykonos is a popular party island, but it can often be overrun with groups of vacationing lads. Things to do in Mykonos are party! If you're a party GatG, Mykonos town is the best place to go in Greece to spend a few hedonistic nights at the big dance clubs with world-renowned DJS. It's also the best area to stay in Mykonos if you want to be close to the action. Mykonos solo travel is definitely for the sociable solo who wants to meet others.

If you want to mix your lazy beach days with more active pursuits, try these adventurous places in Greece: the Dodecanese: Kalymnos – famous worldwide for its rock climbing, Kos – a wind and kite-surfing paradise, or Nisyros – which offers hikes into an otherworldly volcanic crater. If you’re new to these sports or simply lacking equipment, tour operators on all of these islands can outfit you in style.

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Crete, Hania's scenic harbour

Island hopping in Greece can take time so if you have time for only one island, visit Crete – Greece’s largest island with some of the best beaches in Greece and plenty to offer something for every type of solo. The Venetian city of Hania is arguably the country’s prettiest and has superb shopping and restaurants, while the ancient palace at Knossos will please those with an interest in history.

The island’s most beautiful beaches are on its southern coast and include spectacular Elafonisi, accessible only by the Greek islands ferry or foot.

The island’s mountainous interior provides plenty of world-class hiking opportunities including Samaria Gorge, Europe’s longest (and most beautiful!) gorge. Buses leave from Hania beginning early in the morning for the top of the gorge.

The hike is entirely downhill (which you’ll appreciate on a hot summer day) and ends 16 kilometers later in the isolated beach town of Agia Roumeli where afternoon ferries pick up tired hikers and return them to their hotels and hostels.

Greece is a perfect summer destination and with your money going even further here, it's a good time to visit and put some money back into Greece tourism and their economy.

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Tours in Greece

Tour Companies

G Adventures Greece

Solo travel in Greece is relatively easy but if you feel more comfortable in a group for either part of your trip or the whole duration, here are some of the best Greece tours for solos. G Adventures is a responsible tour company which mainly caters towards budget travellers. Most tours to Greece have an average of 12 people and there is no upper age limit. Once you book your trip you pay extra for any excursions you want to do when you’re there.

Adventures range from sailing around the Greek islands on an Aegean cruise for 8 days, experiencing the best of the mainland and the islands on a 2 week Greek holiday, or a Best of Greece G Adventures adventure from Athens to Santorini over 15 days. I have personally used G Adventures and highly recommend them as a solo female friendly company. 

Intrepid Travel Greece

Intrepid Travel is similar to G Adventures with an average of 12 people on each tour. Over 50% of people who book their trips are solo travellers. They tend to use hotels instead of hostels and have a more comfortable style of accommodation hence the trips can appear a bit more costly than G Adventures. Their Greece trips take you to the best places to go in Greece, from an 8 day Intrepid Athens to Santorini tour, to 22 days including Croatia in their itinerary. Read our Intrepid Travel Reviews

With both tour companies you share a room with someone of the same gender or you can pay extra for your own room.

Busabout – Busabout are a hop-on hop-off tour company that offer a great way of getting around the Greek islands. Their Greek Island hopper begins and ends in Athens and takes you to Mykonos, Paros, Santorini and Ios over 11 days. All accommodation, breakfast and ferries are included and you get to meet some awesome people on their tours of Greece too.

* Check full itinerary, prices and start days for Busabout

Cretan Adventures – Offers adventure Greece tour packages for adventure lovers. Their activity holidays include hiking, trekking and caving in Crete, Santorini, and other beautiful areas of Greece.

Day Tours

Athens Free Walking Tour – The tour guides are so knowledgable and friendly and answer any questions that you have about the city. Tours run every day and you tip the tour guide what you feel the tour is worth at the end. 

Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated Greek tours and activities. Choose from an entry ticket to the Acropolis and National Archaeological Museum, a full one day tour of the Saronic Islands from Athens, or a trip to the World Heritage Site of Meteora from Thessaloniki. There are so many to choose from including Greek island tours and it’s really simple to use. Just check the rating reviews, price and availability then book online.

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Accommodation in Greece

There is a wide variety of accommodation in Greece to choose from whether you prefer a stunning Greek villa, a boutique hotel, apartment, or one of the international hotels in Greece. Stay in your own villa in Crete, or a room with a view of the Acropolis in Athens. 

There are hostels on the mainland and various islands and you can even pitch a tent at one of the campsites if you prefer to stay in nature. Some accommodation in Greek islands is family-ran too. Plus there’s Airbnb Greece, which connects you to unique travel experiences and isn’t just limited to staying in a local’s spare room. Save $20 off your first stay with this Airbnb link

Hotel Fresh, Greece

Athens – Hotel Fresh ($$)

If you are spending some free time in Athens, this Greek accommodation is a 4 star hotel with a sauna and hamman and rooftop views of the Parthenon and city. Plus you can even pick a room with your own zen garden! It is close to the Acropolis and Syntagma Square so it's in a perfect location, and you get a buffet breakfast included. We think it's the best place to stay in Athens! Prices from £67 per day for a single room.

Aeolos Resort, Corfu

Corfu – Aeolos Beach Resort ($$)

With a beach, massages, aerobics and volleyball, which lady going to Greece alone wouldn’t love this stunning place! Plus it's just a stone throw away from the beach. There's even an amphitheatre here where they show daily entertainment. It's a great place to meet others and you can book excursions here too. Prices from £59 per night for a bungalow with a sea view. 

Adamakis Hotel, Greece

Crete – Adamakis Hotel ($)

This family-run hotel is in the heart of Hersonissos and close to the beach. Popular for Greece solo female travel, the family will make you feel right at home. Each room has a balcony with garden or mountain views as well as mosquito nets. Breakfast is extra but it is a fabulous buffet to start you off for the day. There’s a supermarket nearby and clubs if the quiet gets too much. Rooms are double or twins and come with a private bathroom. Prices from £15 per night for a double or twin room.

Crete – Melissa Apartments ($$)

For those who prefer some solitude on their solo holidays to Greece, Melissa Apartments are ideal. Each room comes with a wardrobe, a kitchenette to cook in, and your own private bathroom. The beach is 1.5 miles away but there is an outdoor pool at the apartments as well as a bar for meeting others in the evening. They offer an airport shuttle and have a tour desk which is perfect if you prefer arrangements to be made for you. Choose from a twin room with either a garden or pool view, or a two-bedroom apartment if you need more space. Prices from £16 per night for a twin room.

My Cocoon, Greece

Mykonos – MyCocoon Hostel ($)

My Cocoon Hostel is a funky hostel located near to the bus terminal and port. It's the best place to stay in Mykonos if you're looking for a futuristic design, and it’s a great location near to a mini-market, bars and restaurants. Little Venice and the Windmills are less than 15 minutes walk away. The staff are friendly and the hostel is kept really clean. There’s a swimming pool and bar which are perfect for those ‘don’t want to leave the hostel days.’

The beds are in an unusual white pod shape so don't expect too much floor space. but some of the rooms do have a terrace or a balcony. Beds are dormitory-style. Prices from £28 per night for a single bed in a dormitory room.

Stathis, Greece

Rhodes – Stathis ($)

Stithies is a family-run hotel in Rhodes Old Town. It is centrally located so you can easily see the Clock Tower, and Collachium within a few minutes walk. It’s also close to the most popular landmarks such as the Acropolis of Rhodes, and the Temple of Apollon. Plus there are restaurants and shops nearby. The family are on hand to help with anything and provide some travel tips for the area.

It is really good value for money and ideal for a quiet night’s sleep. There is a cute courtyard and garden but you do need to eat out though as it’s not possible to cook in the kitchen. Choose from a single room or budget room both a shared bathroom. There is also the option of a room with a private bathroom. Prices from £16 per night for a single room with shared bathroom.

Dream Island Hotel, Greece

Santorini – Dream Island Hotel ($$)

There’s a reason that this place is called Dream Island Hotel. In the heart of Fira this Cycladic-style hotel has amazing views of the sea. There is a bar to mingle with others or a satellite tv in your room to just relax in the evenings. This accommodation in Greece Santorini, can organise your airport transfers too. We think it's one of the best places to stay in Santorini! Prices from £76 per night for a single room with a patio.

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How To Travel Around Greece

Solo female travel to Greece is relatively easy. There are several public transportation in Greece options for both the mainland and the islands. Below are different methods of transport to show you how to travel Greece.

Bus – For getting around the mainland and travelling Greece alone without hiring a car, the country’s bus system, KTEL, is the best way to travel in Greece. KTEL is reliable, comfortable, safe, and goes almost everywhere in Greece, meaning that you can travel from the major cities to islands which are close to the mainland. Be careful, however – Athens has two long-distance bus stations, so be sure to confirm which station your bus leaves from before setting off.

Taxis/Train – Taxis are difficult and unpredictable to use so ask your accommodation to order one for you or download an app instead. The country’s train system is poorly out-of-date and does not serve many locations.

Car – If you're planning on touring Greece on your own, renting a car is also easy, but Greeks drive on the wild side, so watch out! If you want to go to the unexplored places in Greece then having a car can make it easier to reach places off the beaten track. The road infrastructure is good but you do have to pay tolls on the new motorways so it can be expensive. For car rental, we recommend pre-booking car hire with Avis so you can collect your car when you arrive at the airport. 

Ferry – With Greece having so many islands, the best way to get between them is via ferry.  The islands are all so close to each other, a ferry ride or jet makes seeing multiple islands super do-able. There are local boats and ferries that can take you island hopping at a reasonable fee. 

There are connections from Athens with slow boats taking up to 8 hours to sail to Santorini. So opt for a fast ferry if you are short on time. Ferries leave from Athen’s port at Pireaus, as well as from Rafina.

If island-hopping is your plan, be sure to check in advance that ferry routes travel between all of your intended destinations. Traveling between two smaller islands may involve an intermediary stop on a bigger island with a larger port. If you travel outside the summer months ferries may not run as frequently due to poor weather conditions.

Flights – Sky Express offers domestic flights in Greece to several destinations including Corfu, Heraklion, Kefalonia, Kos, Mykonos, Paros, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos and many more.

Check Rome2Rio for how to get to and from each destination. 

Greece Itinerary

There are so many beautiful places in Greece that a week is the absolute minimum you’ll need for a visit to Greece. This will give you a couple of days to sightsee in Athens and the surrounding areas, and a week to explore the rest of the mainland and/or islands.

To really experience all that the country has to offer and for all of the top things to see in Greece, you’ll want to set aside three weeks to thoroughly explore the country and islands. There are so many different Greece destinations and multi-destinations that you can do. Whether you are spending a week in Greece, 10 days in Greece, two weeks in Greece or even 3 weeks in Greece, here are our recommendations for a Greece Itinerary.

Greece Itinerary 7 Days

Athens – 7 nights. See the Acropolis and the flea market neighbourhood of Monastiraki. Spend time in Plaka, one of the city’s historical neighbourhoods which feels like a small village.Take day trips to either Aegina, Poros or Delphi, in the Saronic Gulf Islands. Hire a car and visit Meteora, a magical rock formation in central Greece.

Greece Itinerary 10 Days

Athens 2 nights, Santorini 4 nights, Mykonos 4 nights.

Athens 2 nights, (ferry) Naxos or Paros 4 nights (stay in Naousa to go kayaking or horse riding), Crete 4 nights (hike Samaria Gorge).

Greece Itinerary 14 Days 

Athens – 2 nights, Rhodes – 4 nights, Corfu – 4 nights, Crete – 4 nights.

Athens – 2 nights. Fly to the islands – Santorini – 3 nights. Hike from Fira to Oia (or the other way). Take the ferry between the Cyclades to Mykonos – 3 nights. Visit Delos an uninhabited islands with ruins. Ferry to Naxos / Paros / Milos / or Sifnos (known for its stunning white monastery and traditional pottery tradition. – 3 nights in two places.

* Read our detailed 2 Week Greece Itinerary 

Greece itinerary 21 Days 

Athens 4 nights, Naxos 4 nights, Mykonos 4 nights, Santorini 4 nights, Crete 5 nights.

Greece Travel Guide

If you need a guide book for your solo Greece trip we recommend Rough Guides. Covering Greece tourist attractions, where to go and when to go, things not to miss, itineraries, getting around, festivals and events, history, and maps. Although it isn't specifically for Greece solo travel, Rough Guides are amongst the most comprehensive guides on the market.

If you prefer Lonely Planet click here for all Greece guide books.

The Rough Guide To Greece

If you are planning on travelling to Greece for the first time, the Rough Guide to Greece covers topics such as: book your trip, accommodation, getting there, getting around, food and drink, and travel essentials. They also include what to do in Greece, things to see in Greece, Greece attractions, an itinerary for Greece, whether you are island hopping or planning to delve into the country’s ancient history so you can maximise your time and know exactly where to go. They’re your travel Bible.

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What To Pack For Greece

If you’re unsure what to pack for your Greece solo trip, we have created a guide of our favourite solo travel products to help you decide what to pack. One of our favorite travel accessories for Greece is P20 suntan lotion. This is perfect if you are planning a sailing trip around the Greek islands. Find out why we love this below and click on the link to discover all of our favourite travel products:

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Riemann P20 Suntan Lotion

P20 is great for active Girls about the Globe. Whether you’re sailing or just sunbathing, you apply it to your body before you go out and it lasts all day. It comes in factor 15 to factor 50, and covers all skin types for up to 10 hours. You still get a great tan if you’re in the sun all day and you only need to apply it once. It’s water resistant too.

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Best Time To Go To Greece

Winter in the country can be cold and rainy so the best time to solo travel Greece is between June to September for the best weather. July and August are the hottest months and also the busiest so you may want to avoid mid-July to the end of August when it is peak season. Santorini, Greece, can be visited as early as April and up to November, as the weather stays warm until then.

You may find that some of the ferries reduce their services from September and October. If you are visiting during this time, the best way to travel around Greece is either by car or bus and just exploring the mainland, or visiting the most popular islands such as Paros or Santorini but check ferry times before.

The chart below shows the average maximum day temperatures for Athens (from January to December). Find out the weather for other areas including the islands here.

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Travel insurance for Greece

Travel Insurance For Greece

Greece is a great country to visit but it is always recommended to take out travel insurance for your Greece vacation, especially if you are planning to hike or travel by ferry.

For any solo trips to Greece, I recommend True Traveller for UK and European residents, and World Nomads for U.S. and worldwide citizens. Both companies allow you to buy insurance when you are already on the road, and offer different plans depending on your needs including additional baggage cover.

From the Airport

Greece Airports

Greece has so many airports making it easy to fly to most of the islands. The two main airports on the mainland are Athens, and Thessaloniki in northern Greece. Popular islands such as Santorini, Rhodes, Zakinthos, Kos, Corfu are all serviced by airports as well as many of the others.

Athens Airport – The easiest way to reach Athens from Athens International Airport is via the city’s excellent metro system. Tickets cost approximately £8 and take 45 minutes, departing every hour. Taxis cost up to £45 for the 30 minute journey.

Express buses also travel between the airport and various points in the city. They leave every 20 minutes and are less expensive than a metro ticket from the airport costing approx £4 but expect a longer travel time especially during rush hour (at least 1 hour 10 minutes). Check OASA for the bus and metro timetables. 

Thessaloniki Airport – From Thessaloniki Airport you can take the shuttle which departs every 30 minutes and takes 27 minutes into the city. Check shuttle times here. Taxis cost approximately £29 and take only 17 minutes. You can also travel from Macedonia airport to Thessaloniki overland.

With too many airports to list, check Rome2Rio if you are flying into one of the island airports to find out how to travel to the airport and back.

starFeel more confident traveling to Greece alone with someone waiting for you at the airport when you pre-book a transfer with Hoppa, a reliable and safe service for solo females.

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Travelling Onwards

 Travelling Onwards (check for visas before you travel)

Travelling Greece alone is a fantastic experience but if you have extra time, you could also combine Greece with its neighbouring countries. From ferries to buses and trains, below is how to travel to another country after you have spent time in Greece on your own.

Greece to Albania – You can either catch a ferry from Corfu to Saranda in Albania for £23 or there is a bus that will take you from Athens for £35 for the 9 hour journey.

Greece to Macedonia – A twice daily bus service will take you into Skopje from Thessaloniki and takes 3.5 hours. There is a possibility of a train service from Thessaloniki to Belgrade in Serbia which stops off in Skopje, Macedonia.

Greece to Bulgaria – From Thessaloniki you can reach Sofia by train in 6 hours. There is also a daily bus service between the two which takes 5 hours.

Greece to Turkey – Ferries operate from Rhodes to Marmaris, Chios to Cesme, Samos to Kusadasi and Kos to Bodrum. Crazy Holidays Bus runs a daily service between Thessaloniki and Istanbul.

Greece to Italy – There are daily ferries between Greece and Italy from Corfu and Patras into Trieste, Ancona, Bari and Venice (you may be able to take your car too).

* Ferries also operate from Rhodes and Piraeus to Cyprus, Egypt and Israel. You can also travel to Georgia and Serbia by bus.

Where can I go from here?

planelistTurkey – 1.5 hours

planelistItaly – 2 hours

planelistEgypt – 2 hours

How To Be a Conscious Traveller in Greece

In addition to the universal ways to be a conscious traveller such as reducing your plastic, and shopping local, here are our recommendations for being a conscious traveller in Greece:

  • Avoid dolphin shows at water parks. Take a whale watching or dolphin watching tour, where you can see the mammals in their natural habitat and help towards the funding of their conservation instead. Look for responsible tour companies (see above tour section).
  • If you visit the Ionian Islands, be careful not to disrupt with the breeding sites of the loggerhead turtle. Avoid any boat trips that may collide with the turtles swimming in the water, and be careful on the beaches where they bury their eggs.
  • Visit a community-based project and experience life in a rural community where you can help sustain the local traditions and put money back into the villages.

Social Impact Programs

Take a walking tour with a difference. Urban Athens Collective is a non-profit organisation that provides walking tours in Athens to help visitors understand homelessness. Your tour revenue helps to provide meals for the homeless. 

Explore Athens on an Athens Food Walk whilst helping to fight food waste in the city. Boroume is a Greek non-profit which combats food waste and bridges the gap between those who have too much food and those who need it.

Volunteering in Greece

Support Refugees – Volunteer within in Greece in refugee camps or outside of the camps in a variety of roles. From short term to long term. Choose to sort through donations in a warehouse in Ioannina, carry out food and clothing distributions, or help provide  hygiene, shelter and medical support. Refugee camps needing help are in Thessaloniki, Samos and Lesvos. 

Save the Sea Turtles in Greece by becoming a volunteer. Interact with the sea turtles and help rehabilitate them and return them back to the sea. Volunteer in The Peloponnese, Zakynthos, Crete, and other destinations in Greece. If you only have a day to spare, you can take a tour of the rehabilitation centre of sick and injured turtles in Glyfada. Revenue from the tour is invested in the care, rehabilitation and food for the injured turtles. 

Stay Eco in Greece

Eumelia Organic Agrotourism Farm

This eco farm in Laconia only uses eco technologies such as geothermal heating and eco friendly materials from traditional Greek farm house architecture. Surrounded by greenery it was designed around biodynamic farming and permaculture. They create their own compost, and recycle water using the natural root method.

They also produce their own olive oil, and you can join an olive and olive oil tasting, or visit in November or December to help pick the olives. Eumelia is one of the farms in Greece that also offer wine, gastronomy, retreats and wellness experiences too. Choose from a breakfast, half board or full board option.

Vulnerable Girls in Greece

There are approximately 50,000 refugees in Greece and half are women and children. Reception centres with space for only 6,000 people have more than 6 times the amount of people living in cramped conditions. The International Rescue Committee provides psychosocial support and practical support to help refugees rebuild their lives. Read more here…

(N.b. By purchasing one of our Girl about the Globe products, we donate 10% to the IRC to help support refugee children)

FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions About Greece

Can I drink the water? Tap water is okay in Athens. Use bottled water for elsewhere or take your own water filter with you.

Is tipping expected? A small tip at restaurants is generally expected. Simply round up your bill or leave an extra euro or two if you’ve had a more expensive meal. Taxi drivers do not expect tips.

Fixed price or barter? In most cases prices are fixed and bartering would be considered rude. During the off-season or in out-of-the way places you can occasionally barter with hotel or guesthouse owners over the price of a room.

Any ATMs? Greece has plenty of ATMS which is quite useful as many businesses – even in Athens, do not accept credit or debit cards.

Which side of the road do they drive? The right-hand side.

Good for vegetarians? Greece is a mecca for both vegetarians and vegans. During the Lenten period preceding Easter, most Greeks become temporary vegetarians. This means that the country’s culinary tradition boasts a wealth of traditional veggie options. And don’t forget that almost everything in Greece is cooked with olive oil rather than with butter which makes things easier for vegans as well.

Any seven wonders of the world? The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Peloponnesus. The Colossus of Rhodes.

Can I flush the toilet paper in Greece? No, due to the pipes becoming clogged. There is usually a bin next to it to dispose of any paper.

Is it safe to travel to Greece alone as a woman? See the Solo Travel in Greece section above.

Map of Greece

Plan a Trip To Greece

If you are ready to plan your Greek trip, here are some useful links to help you plan your trip including airlines which fly there, vaccinations and social impact projects in the country. 

Budget – £45 a day

Like most other European capitals, Athens solo travel can be quite expensive. Islands popular with tourists such as Santorini and Mykonos are quite pricey as well. However, anywhere off the beaten tourist path you can expect prices to be reasonable and well below the European average with the financial crisis resulting in a countrywide reduction in prices.

Current Time in Athens

Facts

Capital – Athens

Population – 10/8 million

Language Spoken – Greek and English

Local Currency – Euro

Do I Need a Visa?

Vaccinations Required

Useful Info

Airlines to Greece

Best Time to Go – May and June.

Which Plug Do I Need?

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece

Events & Festivals in Greece

Local Cost Guide

Local Customs & Etiquette

Sacred Places

post itDid you know? Greece is famous for its olives and its olive oil. Olive trees can live to be literally thousands of years old, and scientists claim that a few of the country’s olive trees likely date back to the time of ancient Greece in the 4th Century. 

 

Useful Greek Phrases

Issues in the Country

Whilst Greece for solo travellers is generally safe and welcoming, the country have experienced an economic crisis that shook things up a bit. The country needs tourists now more than ever, and prices are the lowest that they have been in years. While tales of weeklong strikes stranding travellers on islands are a thing of the past, check the current situation before leaving home.

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Stay Eco

Milia Mountain Retreat in Crete

Pine Tree Studios in Karpathos

Volunteering

Hellenic Wildlife Hospital in Aegina

Support refugees in Greece and volunteer within refugee camps or outside of the camps in a variety of roles. From short term to long term. Choose to sort through donations in a warehouse in Ioannina, carry out food and clothing distributions, or help provide  hygiene, shelter and medical support. Refugee camps needing help are in Thessaloniki, Samos and Lesvos.

Use your green fingered skills on an organic farm in Greece and help farmers with their harvesting. Immerse yourself in the local culture whilst staying with a local family and learning about sustainable living and biological farming. Browse the opportunities and contact one of the hosts.

Social Impact Programs

Save the sea turtles of Greece by touring a rehabilitation centre of sick and injured turtles in Glyfada. Revenue from the tour is invested in the care, rehabilitation and food for the injured turtles. 

Take a walking tour with a difference. Urban Athens Collective is a non-profit organisation that provides walking tours in Athens to help visitors understand homelessness. Your tour revenue helps to provide meals for the homeless. 

Explore Athens on an Athens Food Walk whilst helping to fight food waste in the city. Boroume is a Greek non-profit which combats food waste and bridges the gap between those who have too much food and those who need it.

Cultural Experiences

Dora Stratou Dance Theatre

Mind Body & Soul

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Practice Yoga in Athens

Spa Treatments in Athens 

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6 thoughts on “Solo Travel in Greece

  1. Στελλα Μεταξα-αρμοδωρου

    Check out also Possidi in Halkidiki. It is a 1 hour drive from Thessaloniki city with amazing beaches and value for money accommodation and local tavernas. Thessaloniki is 1 hour drive from Bulgaria and F.Y.R.O.Macedonia. If you want to avoid the car, just take a low cost airline like ryanair, wizz or easyjet to Thessaloniki and get in the public bus (ktel) to Halkidiki Possidi directly.

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  2. Jenn

    Hi! Your blog is lovely and very helpful,good job! Just wanted to mention that Uber is no longer available in Greece for anyone that might be interested and probably will never be again due to a law that favors taxi drivers. Also if you ever visit Greece, have a tour in the beautiful Peloponnese instead of the dreamy islands. It’s totally worth it!

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  3. Aline Santos

    Hi Lisa!
    I’ve been planning my first solo trip to Greece and your post is absolutely amazing!! Thank you so much for all of the tips and details!!

    I’d like to ask you if it’s safe to walk around Makrigianni (on the south side of the Acropolis) and Koukaki areas at night.

    Thanks again, I’ll spread the word about your post!!

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