Useful Information - Athens

Tourist Information



Currency Exchange

The Greek currency is the Euro.

You will get much better deals when working with cash rather than a debit or credit card with merchants. Also – you will be charged less of a transaction fee if you withdraw Euros from the numerous ATM machines (that can easily be found in any of the towns/cities in Greece) rather than credit card transactions (which can charge a 2-3% transaction fee or more for foreign purchases).

Greek banks have limited hours:
Monday-Thursday from 8:00 AM – 2:30 PM and Friday from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
Some branches are open extra hours in the evenings and on Saturday mornings. It’s important to bring your passport and to expect long queues. Larger hotels, travel agencies and “authorised” bank agents will exchange money, but for extra fees and commissions.




You can use appliances with C and F type connectors in Greece (two-pins), or you will need a suitable travel adaptor.



Time Zone





In October, the average temperature is between 15 and 23 degrees Celsius (between 59 and 73 degrees Farenheit). While it is mild and warm, don’t forget your umbrella as there is increased chance of rain in October.



Emergency Telephone Numbers

Police/Fire/Ambulance: 112