Dioskouros Hotel Athens

Athens Tips and Information

For those that don’t have a guide book, here is some information on Athens we think will be useful for you to know before you arrive.

Let us know if you think there is something we have missed out and should add.

Ø       Everything in Athens is closed on a Sunday including grocery shops, post offices etc., so come prepared if you are arriving on a weekend

Ø       Banks in Athens are open from 8am to 2pm Monday to Thursday, Fridays until 1.30pm and closed on Saturdays or Sundays (except for the airport branches)

Ø       The Acropolis Museum is closed on Mondays

Ø       All archaeological sites and museums are closed on the following dates: 1 January, 25 March, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 December and 26 December. But are open on Sundays

Ø       On some Sundays, access to the Acropolis and other ancient sites is free, check this link (http://www.athensinfoguide.com/open.htm) to find out exactly when

Ø       When visiting the archaeological sites (especially up on Acropolis rock), it is wise wear comfortable flat shoes, as the ground is marble in most of the places and therefore extremely slippery

Ø       An international student card gives discounts to most of the museums in Athens (not all for free) and for the public transportation tickets (50 cent instead of Eur 1 for an 1,5 hours ticket), but NOT on suburban railway, suburban bus or ferry tickets

Ø       Tickets for the metro, train and bus cost Eur 1 and are valid for an hour and a half after purchase on all bus, train and metro lines

Ø       The minimum charge for a taxi is Eur 3 and the double rate/tariff is effective between midnight and 5am

Ø       The Beach is about 30 minutes form Central Athens and is reachable by bus, tram and taxi

Ø       In the summer season be sure to visit also an open-air cinema for an out-door movie experience (movies are mostly with Greek subtitles, not dubbed). Be prepared though for the feature to last a bit longer, as Greeks are used to having, like in a theatre, a short break during the movie

Ø       If planning on travelling to the Greek Islands during the high season (June - August) it is always a good idea to make these arrangements in advance as Ferry boats tickets sell out very fast for this period

Ø       People in Athens and Greece in general tend to go out at night fairly late, from about 23:00 onwards, so keep this in mind

Ø       For nightlife in central Athens go to the areas of Gazi or Psyrri

Ø       For some summer nightlife visit the areas of Glyfada or Voula

Ø       Not to worry if you don’t speak Greek, as most locals speak enough English to get by

Ø       The Greek Tourist Information Office (lots of useful maps and brochures about Athens and Greece) is located very close to Dioskouros hotel, at Amalias 26 (opposite the National Gardens)