Practical Info For The Traveler to Greece

Electric Current: The standard in Greece is 220V AC (50Hz). Appliances from North America require a transformer and British ones an adaptor.We recommend that you pack one together with your electrical appliance, so that you do not have to spend valuable time looking for adaptors and transformers during your stay.

Time: Greek time is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, an hour ahead of Central European Time and seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Along with the rest of continental Europe, the clock is advanced one hour during summer from the end of March to the end of September almost a month earlier than the UK, the US and Canada. Therefore, keep in mind that the time difference with these countries is one hour greater for some weeks in April and October.

Telephone: OTE (the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization) OTE offices are open from 08:00 to 14:00 . Kiosks and OTE offices sell phonecards that can be used in public phone booths. The most popular phone cards are Chrono karta, and Web & Smile that also can be used to access the internet.

Internet: Most tourist’s, resorts have one or several internet cafes where one can go online. Hotels of a higher standard may also internet access for residents.

Opening Hours: Banks: 08.00 to 14.00 Monday – Friday. Shops: Mon, Wed, Sat. 09.00 – 15.00. Tue, Thu, Fri, 09.00 – 14.00 / 17.00 – 21.00. Public Offices: 08.00 – 14.00. NB. Opening times vary from towns and villages; in tourist areas, they have extended opening hours.

Credit Cards / Money: All major credit cards accepted, although in villages and the smaller islands cash (Euro) is the best alternative.

Postal Service: Signs denoting post offices are usually bright yellow, as are post-boxes. If you need to send a letter, there are stamp vending machines and post-boxes outside all central post offices. Parcels sent abroad are inspected, so do not wrap and seal them beforehand. Brown paper, soft padded envelopes and cardboard boxes are available at post offices.

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