Travellers booking cheap flights to Greece will be enchanted by the rich history, architecture, landscape and people of this ancient nation. Then there’s the idyllic weather – Greece enjoys a Mediterranean climate with clear, sunny skies for over two thirds of the year. The mainland has more extreme temperatures than the islands which are dotted around the shimmering waters of the Aegean sea, Ionian sea, Mediterranean sea and the Sea of Crete. The most famous of these are the Cyclades Islands which include the popular tourist hot spots of Mykonos, Ios and Santorini. Athens, situated on the mainland, is the capital of Greece, and a treasure trove of ancient and modern attractions, such as the 2,000 year old Parthenon and the New Acropolis Museum. In general, summer is peak season when most travellers arrive on flights to Greece, particularly July and August, when the sun worshippers flock to the Greek Island beaches and tour groups are out in force in Athens, Delphi and Olympia. Christmas and Easter are also busy times, so be sure to book flight tickets and accommodation well in advance.
The low season on the islands is November to March when the rain sets in and temperatures drop. Although this is the best time to find a cheap flights to Greece, you may find that your choice of activities is limited. Some hotels and restaurants will shut for the winter, ferry services may be suspended and some tourist attractions may close. However, winter is high season for skiing, so you will be competing with snow sport enthusiasts for the cheapest flights to Greece.
If you’d rather sightsee around Greece with fewer fellow tourists, then May, before the tourist season kicks into high gear, and September, when it’s winding down, are good times to find cheap flights to Greece. You’ll still enjoy good weather with temps in the 20s and hotels will be charging less. Avoid Athens in August, temperatures can often reach into the 40Cs, it will be crowded and you’ll be paying high season prices. Consider Crete when you’re booking flights to Greece, it is accessible by air and ferry, is mild and sunny all year round and has more winter activities such as guided walks, horse riding and scuba diving.
Flights from Sydney to Greece – 23 hours 25 minutes.
Flights from Melbourne to Greece – 20 hours 25 minutes.
Flights from Brisbane to Greece – 23 hours 10 minutes.
Flights from Perth to Greece – 18 hours 40 minutes.
Many airlines operate flights to Athens International Airport (ATH) from Australian cities. Most involve a stopover via Asia or the Middle East. Australian carrier Qantas flies from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, while Jetstar flies from Brisbane and Sydney. Popular international airlines include: Emirates, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Cathay Pacific and Thai Airways.
Flights to Greece land at Athens International Airport (ATH) 33 km southeast of Athens. Passengers can travel to the city via metro, suburban rail or bus. There is a designated taxi waiting area by arrivals. The port of Piraeus, where ferries depart for the islands, is 45km away and accessible by metro, bus and suburban rail.
(prices quotes are from London)