Greece Trip

How to Plan a Greece Trip from India | 2024

Everything you need to know on planning a Greece Trip from India, including major destinations, weather, flights from India, Visa, accommodation, cost etc.

Introduction to How to Plan a Greece Trip from India.

Greece is one country you could fall in love with over and over again. Beautiful coastlines, majestic monuments, fantastic beaches and truly warm and welcoming people. Greece is a beauty. 

Although Greece is part of Europe, it stands out from other typical European countries due to it's rich culture, history and location.

Planning a Greece Trip is a topic that needs to be talked about separately. It is not something to be clubbed with a typical European itinerary.

FAQ: So How do I go to Greece from India?

FYI. You do not need to buy Greece Tour packages to do your trip. You can plan an entire Trip to Greece from India yourself.

In this guide, we'll show you how. The following are covered.

1) Where is Greece Located

2) Places to visit in Greece

3) Best months to visit Greece

4) Visa requirements for Greece

5) Flights to Greece from India

6) Where to stay in Greece

7) Local Travel within Greece

8) Food to eat in Greece

9) Things to do in Greece

10) Currency and Money Matters including cost of trip to Greece from India

11) Travel Adapter for Greece Trip

12) Other aspects such as Language, Safety, People etc.

1) Where is Greece Located?

Well, you should have a fair idea of the location before your Greece Trip.

To many of us, Greece seems like a far-off destination in some corner of the world. But actually, it's not.


It's closer to India than many of the popular European destinations such as London, Paris, Barcelona etc.

Greece is a typical Mediterranean country. The other countries near Greece are  Italy and Turkey.

It is flanked on almost all sides by the waters of the Aegian, Ionian, and the Mediterranean seas. And that is where the beauty of Greece lies.

FAQ: What country to pair with Greece?

Option 1: You could opt to spend a day or two in other European centers (Paris, Amsterdam. Rome etc.) that your Indian flight is transiting through.

Your schengen visa will help you here.

Option 2: You can spend a few days in turkey and they fly to Greece from there. However, now you need to apply for Visas for both Turkey and Greece

2) Places to visit in Greece

That Athens is the capital is well known. It is a beautiful well laid old European city. However, what Greece is really popular for is it's Islands.

The sunsets of Santorini and the party scenes of Mykonos are particularly enticing to honeymoon couples in India.

But that is not all Greece has to offer.

Here is a tourism map of Greece (from Wikipedia) depicting the various areas of the Country.


See the island groups down south? Many of them are destinations by themselves

One could spend days together in islands such as Crete, Corfu, Chania, and Rhodes and still not get enough of them The Island of Delphi is famous for its Archaeological sites. 

Same goes for Thessaloniki in the north, which holds an important place in ancient history. Greece is a beauty to which one cannot do justice in a single visit.

FAQ: Is 7 days enough for Greece?

Greece is vast when it comes to diversity and experiences. Hence it totally depends on you.

However, if you wish to cover just Athens, Santorini, and Mykonos like most India Travellers, you need 7-8 days

It is outside the scope of this article to talk about each and every destination in Greece. You should custom design your Greece Trip based on the stuff you are interested in.

In this article, we will stick to the basics of travel planning such as visa, flights, food, accommodation etc.

3) Best Months to Visit Greece

Go in summers is a good thumb-rule to have when visiting Europe. Summers in Europe are warm enough, pleasant, lively and teeming with activity.

Considering that Greece is an Island destination, it is all the more important to visit in summers when the waters are warm enough to wade into. Even in early spring, when the land temperatures are pleasant, the waters can be cold.

If you want that warm sunny beach holiday, you better visit once summer has set in. Besides, there is nothing much to do in Greece in the winters anyway.

Here is a temperature chart of Greece for your reference.

Greece Weather

FAQ: So which month is best to visit Greece?

The conclusion is clear. The good times start in May and extend all the way up to October.

Visit in early summer (May) or later summer (Oct). Peak summers are usually crowded with european tourists,

FYI we advise you not to visit Greece in winter. Most places will be shutdown especially on the islands during winter.

4) Greece Visa Requirements

FAQ: Do you need a visa to visit Greece?

Greece is party to the Schengen Agreement. All Indian Passport Holders need a valid Schengen Visa (common to 26 countries in Europe) to visit Greece.

5) Flights to Greece from India

While Greece is geographically closer to India compared to other popular European destinations such as Paris, London, Amsterdam etc, connectivity is a bit of a problem. 

The flight time (excluding transit) from Indian cities to Athens is about 8-9 Hrs

There are no direct flights from India to Greece. There are budget Airlines such as Egyptian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Indigo etc that connect to Athens through Turkey and Egypt (the shortest route). Most of these are Mumbai and Delhi to Greece Flights.

Here is a sample of the flight fares from May 2024

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Most of the non-budget reputable Airlines from India connect through their hubs in West, and Central Europe. E.g. Lufthansa flies via Frankfurt. This is a longer route considering that Greece is located in south-eastern Europe.

if you intend to take any of these non-budget airlines, you may want to spend a day or two in one of these European cities such as Amsterdam, Paris or Brussels. You are connecting through them anyway. You can easily find local flights to Athens from these popular hubs (probably cheap budget airlines too).

The incremental costs and not much, and you won't need a separate visa considering you already have the Schengen Visa. You get to add another destination to your trip without much hassle and cost.

How to book flights for your Greece Trip

Go to Skyscanner and input your destination and dates and it will show you the cheapest flight.

However, skyscanner may not be a comprehensive source of all available flights. 

Pro Tip: Go to Airport Website of the neatest metro city (e.g. Mumbai Airport Site) and you may find flights that are generally not available on aggregator sites such as MMT or skyscanner.

Some of these Airlines may very well have connections to your destination of choice.

If you plan to fly budget Airlines such as Egyptian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Indigo etc, you can directly head to the website of the respective airline and make the booking. The return journey should cost around Rs. 65,000.

If you plan to book through other popular airlines with hubs in Europe, the fares could be higher depending on the day of travel.

Book return tickets from a popular European city first. This should cost around Rs. 50,000. You can then book separate tickets from this city to Athens through cheap budget airlines at competitive rates.

6) Where to stay in Greece

Like in any other European city, you can find all kinds of accommodation in Athens. Everything from Airbnb to Five Star hotels are available.

However, the story is different in island destinations. Many of these small islands have limited accommodation options. Popular islands such as Santorini and Mykonos charge higher rates especially if staying at scenic locations.

Other not-so popular destinations such as Milos, Paros etc may not have too many options to choose from.

Here are the details of some decent accommodation options available in various places in Greece.

In Athens, you can find a decent airbnb accommodation for Rs 3,500 per night for a double room. 

Airbnb costs from June 2024 given below

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However, the rates are quite higher in places such as Santorini and Mykonos as shown below for June 2024

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If you are travelling as a group of 4 or more people, we highly recommend you consider staying at an Airbnb. Rent one of those Greek Cycladic houses.

Imagine having an entire Greek house all to yourself, with a kitchen to cook, and a living room to hangout at. 

7) Local Travel within Greece

Those who have been to Europe already know that public transport is pretty well developed there. This applies for Greece too. Even for the popular Islands such as Santorini.

Athens has metro lines, buses and lot of taxis. Besides it is a beautiful city to explore walking. Lot of parks and historical monuments and structures around every corner.

All the main centers of Santorini are well connected by buses, and they are not too expensive.

If you are travelling to other not-so popular islands such as Paros, Naxos etc, local transport could be a bit difficult. Public transport many not be available easily, and taxis would be expensive.

Most travelers hire cars or bikes when travelling to such places. In fact you can  even travel from one island to another by transporting your car/ bike on the ferry. This is a common practice among travelers.

Please note that the Greeks drive on the right side of the road. If you do not have experience with this, you would need some time getting used to it

We suggest that your research in advance regarding the public transport infrastructure available on each island before travelling. If you wish to travel to not-so touristy islands, be prepared to rent a car/ bike.

To summarize here are your options when in comes to local travel:

Between Islands: Flights and Ferries

  • Flights:
    • Lot of budget airlines available. However, the seats get filled early during peak season.
  • Ferries:
    • There are 2 kinds of ferries. Fast and Slow.
    • Slow ferries are large ships with restaurants, bars etc. They are more stable in the sea but take more time.  If you rent a car or bike, you can even transport these on the large ferries as you move from Island to Island.
    • Fast ferries are smaller ships that move faster. However, they can be quite unsteady if the seas get rough.
    • You can choose to take a flight from athens to Santorini and return by Ferry for the experience.

Within the City/Islands

  • Taxis are available in plenty and could be expensive.
  • Metro line is present in Athens.
  • In other cities, you would have to rely on buses or walk.
  • Popular Islands such as Santorini have bus services between popular spots.

8) Food in Greece

Mediterranean food is mouth watering. If stuff such as Souvlaki, Gyro, Pita bread and hummus/ other dips, Mediterranean salads seasoned with fresh olive oil, Greek desserts etc sound enticing to you, you are going to have a hell of a good time in Greece.

The food is delicious and you have plenty of options from street food to five star restaurants.

They are not that expensive to compared to other European cities. A good meal for 2 should cost about 15 Euros. A decent snack can be done at 5 euros a piece.

The icing on the cake is that they are pretty healthy too.

FAQ: What food is Greece know for?

There are 2 very popular Greek dishes that are quite filling, cheap and are available every where:

1. The Gyro: Pita bread filled with meat, veggies and sauces (similar to the Shawarma. It usually costs 2.5 to 3 euros.

Greek Gyro

2. The Tzatziki: Cucumber salad served with Pita Bread. A very tasty appetizer. Costs around the same as the Gyro.

Greek Tzatziki

These 2 could be your go-to dishes in Greece.

What about Vegetarian food?

All the above mentioned dishes are usually available in vegetarian too. However, you may not find too many variations of them to choose from.

What about Indian Food?

A bit of bad news here. It is not easy to find an Indian restaurant in Greece. Even in Athens, you would have to look hard to find one.

However, there are options for other cuisines such as Asian, Italian, Continental etc.

9) Things to do in Greece

As mentioned above, there is no shortage of places to visit in Greece.

If you are travelling to Greece, you are most likely going to make a stop over at Athens. Athens is a beautiful European city with a lot of history and culture to explore.

Here are some things to do in Athens:

  • Take a walking tour of the city and explore it. There are historical structures around every corner
  • Visit the Pantheon and the Acropolis of Athens
  • Visit the market and grab some street food.
  • These are just a couple of things you could do. Athens is a big city with a lot more to explore.

If you are travelling to the Islands, each of the Islands are famous for specific activities.

But either way, you can always laze around on the beach sipping drinks and enjoying good food.

FAQ: Is Mykonos of Santorini better?

Santorini is famous for it's beautiful sunsets and Mykonos for its party scene. Where you go depends on your interest.

10) Currency and Cost of Greece Trip from India

FAQ: What currency is used in Greece?

The official currency of Greece is the Euro

1 Euro = approx. Rs. 89

Most places accept International Credit Cards. So as long as you have one, you are safe.

Your next best option would be to carry USD from India and then exchange it for Euros once you land in Greece. Exchange centers are plenty in most prominent places.

ATMs too are available everywhere.

For a detailed understanding to carry and spend money abroad, read our article on the same.

FAQ: How much money is required to go to Greece? Is Greece expesive for India Tourists?

Well Greece being a European country is on the expensive side compared to Asia.

However, it is cheaper than many other western european destinations such as France, Italy, and Swizerland.

The numbeo cost of living index compares the expenses of cities worldwide (shown below)

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As shown above, cost of living in Athens is lower than Abu dhabi, Rome, and Tolyo  etc but higher than Barcelona.

Here is a list of common items of purchase, and the respective prices of each in Athens (source in Indian Rupees)

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FAQ: So what is the cost of a Greece Trip from India for a couple?

This is for a 10 day Trip from Chennai to Athens, Santorini and Mykonos. It includes all expenses including flights, visa, food, accommodation, local travel etc.

Flights (Chennai to Athens return and Athens to Santorini): Rs 1,03,129

Accommodation (Airbnb): Rs. 60,000

Food and Drinks: Rs 45,000

Local Travel (Ferry, bus, taxi etc): Rs. 26,000

Visa: Rs. 15,000

Total expenses for 2 people for 8 days: Rs. 2,49,129

We have considered the bare minimum expenses above. Pls add expenses based on the type of trip you plan to undertake (e.g. type of hotel you plan to stay in, activities planned etc.)

11) Travel Adapter for Greece

Want to know the electrical requirements (plug, pin, voltage and frequency) requirements in Greece. No worries. We'll tell you if your Indian plug will work in Greece, and what kind of Adapter to carry (If you need one) Just Click here

12) Some other stuff you may want to know

FAQ: Do they speak English in Greece?

Yes Absolutely

The official language is Greek. However, Greece being a tourist destination, most people speak English.

Language will never be a problem for you if you speak decent English. Signboards in English are present in plenty.


Greece is an absolutely safe place to travel around. Even the island destinations have crowd and activity throughout the night in summers.

Just exercise common sense, and you are going to do alright.


We kid you not when we tell you that Greece has one of the most wonderful people on Earth.

They are very welcoming, warm and friendly. It's like hospitality runs in their blood. You will feel right at home  

And that covers everything you need to know about planning a trip to Greece. Think we have missed out something? Do let us know and we will add them.

BTW Have you read our Guide on Packing for your Europe Trip from India. It's is very comprehensive and covers everything from Travel Checklist to How to pack.

Smooth Travels!

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