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Flights to Greecebring you to a land of myths and legends, where iconic archaeological remains share their space with rugged coastlines, olive groves, and seas littered with inviting islands.
Whether you want to get away from it all in the wild beauty of the Ionian islands, experience Athen’s sophisticated cafe culture or dive headfirst into the all-night party scene of Mykonos, Greece will always oblige.
During the school summer holiday period of mid-July to the end of August cheap flights to Greece are very hard to find indeed. It’s not just the airfares that soar either: the temperature is at its hottest and crowds are at their thickest.
June and September offer better options for cheaper flights, and the weather is perfect on the islands in these months. In October you are likely to hit a stormy spell, especially in western Greece or in the mountains, but the southerly Dodecanese and Crete are extremely pleasant.
December to March are the coldest months, and many restaurants and attractions close down for the season. Flights are at their cheapest during these months and there are many fine days to enjoy if you visit in winter. The mildest winter climate is enjoyed by Rhodes and in the southeast of Crete.
As spring slowly warms up, April and May are superb for wild flowers and green landscapes: it’s a great time to visit to avoid the crowds and enjoy a bargain flight.
Whilst the season you book your flights to Greece in does affect the cost of your plane ticket, there are ways you can search for flights on Expedia that will help you find the best deals.
After you have searched for a flight you can compare prices on other days by clicking ‘Show flexible dates’. By choosing a flight date just a day or two away from your initial selection can often dramatically reduce the cost.
It is also possible to include ‘All London airports’ in your search, rather than just Heathrow, for example. This helps to bring a number of other options that may be cheaper. Similarly, clicking on ‘Nearby airports’ will show you other flights from airports close to the one you have selected.
There are international airports located on the Greek mainland and every major Greek island, so you’ll have no trouble finding direct flights for destinations such as Kos, Corfu, Kefalonia or Rhodes. For other destinations in Greece, you may first need to fly into Athens, before taking a connecting flight to a smaller domestic airport.
Here are some flight times from the UK to Greece:
Greece is served by 15 international airports, with the mainland capital of Athens the largest by far. Athens airport sees 22 million passengers arrive and depart each year.
The airports in Heraklion, Thessaloniki and Rhodes all serve over three million passengers, with Chania, Corfu, Kos, Santorini, Zakynthos and Mykonos all seeing between one and two million passengers each year.
If you are looking to connect on a local flight to reach a national airport then Athens is the key hub for transfers.
The carriers offering flights to Greece from the UK include:
Train networks are limited, but buses cover most mainland routes and provide basic connections on the islands. For shorter trips there is a plentiful supply of taxis, but the best way to explore Greece is to rent a scooter or car. Having your own transport on the islands can really help you make the most of their coast and interior.
If you are looking to island hop there are many ferries, catamarans or hydrofoils, which will eventually get you to any of the sixty-plus inhabited Greek islands. Thesedo, however, get booked up in the peak season do make sure you reserve your passage in advance.
Internal flights are pretty expensive – and also in high demand in the summer months – but they will save you a lot of travel time. You can get from Athens to Rhodes in just an hour compared to 12 hours by boat.
Just a stone’s throw from ancient Sparta, the stunning medieval ruins of Mystras never fail to impress. Equally captivating are the cobbled streets and whitewashed houses of Lindos on Rhodes, overlooking surrounding harbours and a beautiful coastline.
If you fancy getting active the Samaria Gorge in southwest Crete is a 10-mile long canyon that offers a pleasant few hours of strolling through forests of ancient cypresses and pines, between vertical cliffs and on to Agia Roumeli on the Libyan Sea.
If it’s a taste of the ancient Greek history that you are looking for then you should feast your eyes on the ancient theatre of Delphi. Built on a hill it was designed to give spectators a view of the entire sanctuary and the spectacular landscape below.
Tourists from the UK will not need a visa to visit Greece for stays of up to 90 days.