Below are a few of the many ways to enter Greece.The purpose of this page is to give people thinking about a trip to Greece the ability to plan their route practically. You will be able to see more of Greece along the way thus saving time and money.
The very means of transport one uses to enter Greece will influence what you will be able to see and may help avoid unnecessary back tracking to major transportation hubs such as Athens or Piraeus.
Travelers entering Greece via ferry from Italy for example, have the option to go directly to the Greek mainland (either to central Greece from Igoumanitsa near Corfu, or to the Peloponnese from Patras) without going to Athens first.
From Patras you could travel to the major sites of the Peloponnese such as Olympia, Epidavros and Mycenaea and then continue on to Crete via Gythion (ferry schedules permitting). From Crete you could fly or ferry to many islands and the mainland.
If coming from central Europe and the Balkans overland, explore the car hire options and train routes and tour Northern and central Greece on your way to the islands. From Thessaloniki, one can, in summer at least, ferry to the central Cyclades and from Kavala in near by Thrace reach the islands of Thassos and Samothrace.
Travelers already in Northern Europe and the U. K. have many options to consider as their way to enter Greece. If already in Europe you definitely should consider some of these alternatives to a direct flight to Athens International Airport (ATH). Sooner or later you'll want to get to Athens perhaps, but on the way, why not see some of the ancient treasures of Greece without going to Athens first?