Athens Easy Hostel

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Greek dancing near Kapnikarea on Ermou St.Greek dancing near Kapnikarea on Ermou St.

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Getting around in Athens

by heriany

Hi,

I will be in Athens during winter for 4Days 3Nites. Is this sufficient to roam around in Athens?

From Athens, I will be heading to Italy>Rome via ferry. How far is the distance from the Athens central to Patras ferry terminal? I'm holding a Eurail Global pass and the bonus is FREE for crossing ferry from Patras to Bari. At this instance, do i have to make ferry seat/sleepers reservation in advance before my departure?

Thanks for your help!

Re: Getting around in Athens

by hawkhead

I assume the Patras ferry terminal is in Piraeus? In which case, take the metro to Piraeus - it is a 29 minute journey. From the metro station to the ferry terminal? I'm sorry but I cannot help you but I have no doubt that other VTers will know.

Re: Getting around in Athens

by hawkhead

Whoops, Sojourner, I misread the post. Patras is 215 kilometres from Athens, according to Wikopedia.....

Re: Getting around in Athens

by lynnehamman

Yes- 4days/3nights is plenty of time to see Athens.
There is a 'Little Red Train' that goes around the Plaka/Acropolis/Syntagma Square areas-it stops off at all the interesting spots, including museum and Acroplis, and markets.Commentary on board (in English)...
Ticket (for full day) is 6 euros, and we found this way of getting around very handy. If you hop off anywhere, there will be another red train within every half hour, so no long waits.

Re: Getting around in Athens

by heriany

thanks guys for the info....really appreciate!

Re: Getting around in Athens

by Rachel972

There's a good KTEL bus from Athens to Patras. If you get tips for a train from A to P, you have to be very careful to check not only if it's free for you, but mainly if it really does go at the date you need it. The presence of the rails and an outdated timetable is not enough, the buses are much more dependable in Greece.
Also you'll get many tips from tourists who know Greece only in summer, and timetables are different. We went through Patras on our way, and from what I saw it's not a place to spend more time than you need.

Check ferry cruising times, and train from Bari to where you want to go, to see if you have time left for Rome.

Travel Tips for Athens

Entrance tickets

by Pieter11

A wonderful thing about Athens is that you only need one single ticket to visit almost all major archeological sites in the city. You can buy a ticket at every entrance of the following sites:

- Arcopolis
- Ancient Agora
- Theatre of Dionysos
- Roman Agora
- Kerameikos
- Temple of Olympic Zeus

One ticket is only E 12,- for an adult. For this amount of money you can visit almost the whole of Athens. Student have free entrance. Other groups of people have other rates too, E 12,- is the highest rate.

Visit the Acropolis, the Zeus...

by delon

Visit the Acropolis, the Zeus Temple ruins, the old Olympic Stadium, Walk along the busy streets and shop till your out of money. The people are really nice and Athens is all the more beautiful by the night esp. the Acrospolis and the Zeus Temple ruins. I also enjoyed shopping in Athens as you can find a lot of different souvenir items in the hundereds of shops along the streets. What was really amusing was that as I would enter any shop, the owner would immediately reduce the price of any article I would set my eyes upon, by about 20-40 %. Lots of little sculptures (of Greek mythology characters) and delicate artwork, ceramics to shop.

Of Medicines and Pharmacies

by physiar

Pharmacies are within easy reach all over the city and by law they are required to leave a list of pharmacies that are open at the time they are not. So you may rest assured that you will find at least one open at any given time.

From memory I can recall the exact location of just one pharmacy, but remember seeing at least five. The one I know exactly where it is is located across the street from the Cathedral (Mitropoleos). I remember others in an arcade (near the meat market?) and on one of the major roads in central Athens behind the Parliament building.

If you are looking for one, you should ask for a FARMAKEION (far-mac-eon), but I strongly suggest stocking up on medicines for teh length of your trip, for two main reasons -
(a) Brands available at home and in Athens may be different (and a change of brands may be undesirable in certain particular instances, including the pill)
(b) what may be bought over-the-counter at home might be a prescription-only-medicine in Greece.

Certain drug names vary between countries too, as can be illustrated by paracetamol (European version) and acetaminophen (American name).

All of the above in name of Safe Travels!

Museum of Cycladic Art

by Kodi01

More than 1,000 objects are displayed in this museum dating from 3,000 B.C. to AD 400.

They provide striking evidence of a culture of the Aegeans some 5,000 years ago.

This is the museum that had the Salvidor Dali exhibit. I was able to see the exhibit of Salvador Dali most impressive art works.

Food Glorious Food

by cheekymarieh

One of my favourite things about Athens (and Greece in general) is the food. You must sample some of the local dishes. These include:

Starters:

Tzatziki - yoghurt and cucumber dip

Dolmades - stuffed vine leaves

Avgolemono - chicken and lemon soup with egg

Main Courses:

Pastitsio - pasta with meat and cheese

Moussaka - meat and aubergine wth sauce

Kalamari and octopus

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