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WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greece

ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES & MUSEUMS

FREE admission days:

  • first Sunday of November, December, January, February, March
  • March 6th, April 18th, May 18th, June 5th, October 28th
  • last weekend of September

They remain CLOSED on the following days:

  • January 1st, March 25th, Good Friday Morning (open at 12:00), Easter Sunday, May 1st, December 25th & 26th.

TRANSPORT

TRAIN You can arrive to Thessaloniki by train from Budapest/Beograd/Nis/Skopje or Bucarest/Sofia The routes and schedules are on google. The tickets are cheaper if you buy them online 2 days in advance. Especially for Athens-Thessaloniki, there are offers starting at 9ε, from the 26th of the previous month. (If you want to travel in May, look for offers the 26th of April). Eurail, InterRail, RailPlus BalkanFlexipass & CityStar are valid, and you can also use them in SuperFast Ferries & Blue Star Ferries

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

TELEPHONE: Greek numbers have the international calling code +30 followed by 10 digits. +302xxxxxxxxx are landlines and +3069xxxxxxxx are mobiles. Here are listed some ways to make a phone call, from the cheapest to the more expensive price per minute.

  • Public card phones accept prepaid cards such as the chipped Telekarta, which costs 4E and includes 96' to landlines (0,038Euro/52"), or 26' to mobiles. You can also use other prepaid cards without a chip, but no credit cards.
  • Kiosks have pay phones where you can put a coin and make your call. Rate to be confirmed...
  • Roaming with a EU SIM costs 0,12Euro/30" (+your local tax) because of EU roaming regulations. If you don't have an EU number yet, you can get a UK or Estonian number which doesn't charge incoming calls in most countries. These SIMs are sold also in Greece, such as planetsim.
  • Greek SIMs are given for free (or 1�) at the exit of metro stations or in the street. All packs cost between 0,486 and 0,594 Euro/min. It's more expensive than roaming because it's not regulated, but some packs will give you discounts if you recharge more than 5Euro. While most packs charge per minute, these packs charge per second: Cosmote frogmobile, or Wind Q telecoms.
  • Roaming might work with SIMs of USA, Canada, Russia, Australia, Switzerland, Turkey, Israel, but prices are usually more expensive than with a EU number. Check with your provider if they offer phone calls or SMS only, and if there is some roaming offers.

INTERNET:

USEFUL NUMBERS: 171: Tourist police

QUIET HOURS:

  • Summertime (April-September) : Siesta from 15:00 to 17:30 and night from 23:00 to 07:00.
  • Wintertime (October-March) : Siesta from 15:30 to 17:30 and night from 22:00 to 07:30.