|Direct transportation to Delphi:
Complimentary direct bus transportation from downtown
Athens to the conference site will be provided for the 2nd PLS
participants on Monday, July 12.
Departure time and location:
Alexandrou Avenue, at the bus stop on the southern side of the Hilton Hotel.
Square, at the kiosk in front of the main entrance of the department store
Hondos Center (shopping mall).
Passengers are kindly requested
to be there on time.
|Return transportation from Delphi
to downtown Athens will be provided
on July 17, in the afternoon.
1. Arrival in Greece
1.1 Arrival at Athens Airport
The Athens "Hellinikon" International
Airport is located in the south east of Athens, approximately 12 kilometres
from the city centre, and very close to the seaside. Daily flights connect
Hellinikon airport with all important national airports, as well as with
all European capitals and many other major cities all over the world. Three
passenger terminals exist, one on the east, one on the north and one on
the west of the runways. The West terminal is used exclusively by Olympic
Airways for international and domestic flights, the East terminal serves
all other airline companies, and the third one is used by charter flights
during high season.
If you wish to go from the airport
to downtown Athens, you have
Bus service to the city centre:
Buses No 091 and 092 connect West and East terminals to the city centre.
Buses run every 20 minutes between 05:00 and 23:00, and every hour between
23:00 and 05:00. Bus tickets can be purchased before boarding the bus,
at the special kiosks outside the airport, or on the bus (fare: GRD 250
between 05:00 and 23:00, GRD 500 between 23:00 and 5:00, 1USD = ~314 GRD).
The City terminal is located in Omonia square, but there are intermediate
stops at Syntagma (see map of Athens). Keep in mind however that it can
be quite difficult to find a taxi, in downtown Athens, especially during
rush hours. For public transportation in Athens see Living
Transportation by taxi:
Taxi (yellow cab) ranks are located at both airports. A taxi fare to the
city centre costs approximately GRD 2500-3000 during the day.
1.2 Arrival by train or bus
There are two railway stations in Athens:
The "Larissa Railway Station", which serves national and international
trains coming from the north of Greece, and the "Peloponissos Railway Station",
which serves only national trains coming from the south of Greece. They
are located very near to each other, not far from Omonia square (see map).
The stations are served by trolley bus No 001 and many buses.
Bus terminals for buses arriving from
various Europeans cities (Belgrade, Prague, Sofia, Budapest, etc.) are
located at different places in Athens, depending on the city of departure.
Information about the exact time and place of arrival of your bus may obtained
from your travel agent.
1.3 Arrival by ferry boat to Patras
The city of Patras, which is connected
by ferry-boat to Brindisi, Ancona and Venice, is located at about 120 km
from Delphi. Public transport from Patras to Delphi is rather complicated
and is not recommended. If you will be travelling on your own car though,
getting to Delphi is very easy, and the road, although not a highway, presents
no difficulties and is very picturesque.
Ferry-boats connecting the port
of Rio (9 km from Patras) to the port of Antirio (about 20 min. of crossing
time) run continuously between 05.30 and 23.00, and every 30 min during
the night. From Antirio (or Andirio), follow the road along the coast to
the east, passing through the historical town of Nafpactos, the picturesque
town of Galaxidi
and the harbour of Itea (see map).
The distance from Antirio to Delphi is 111 km and the drive will take about
Alternatively, you can drive to
Egio (40 km from Patras) and then take the ferry boat to Agios Nikolaos
(about 45 min of crossing time), keeping in mind that ferries from Egio
run only at 08.30, 12.00, 15.30 and 20.00; moreover, this timetable is
subject to alteration (tel: 0266-71231). The distance from Agios Nikolaos
to Delphi is 64 km.
Participants who will
not be able to use the complimentary bus transportation to Delphi, may:
Use the public transport: Buses
to Delphi leave from the "Long Distance Bus (KTEL) Terminal B", 260 Liossion
str., tel: 01 8317096, at 07.30, 10.30, 13.00, 15.30, 17.30 and 20.00 and
from Delphi at 05.30 (except Sunday), 07.30 (only Sunday), 09.00 (except
Sunday), 11.00, 13.30, 16.00 and 18.00. One-way ticket costs 2,900 GDR.
The distance from Athens to Delphi is 180 km, and the time needed for this
drive is about 3 hours
Rent a car: To get to Delphi
take the highway to Lamia (Northern Greece), get off the 2nd exit to Thiva
(85 km), and continue on the national road to Levadia, Arachova and Delphi
Take a taxi to Delphi: approximate
fare for the Athens-Delphi drive: 30,000 GDR
Living in Athens
2.1 Tourist Information
The Greek National Tourists Information
Service (GNTO, EOT in Greek) has offices in major cities around the world,
which will provide you with information about Athens and Greece in general.
Information is also readily available world-wide through in most travel
agents and bookstores. For any further questions you will find the staff
at the GNTO offices in Athens and in many major tourist resorts throughout
Greece very helpful.
GNTO addresses in Athens are:
Head Administrative office
2 Amerikis Str., Syntagma sq.,
Tel. (301) 3223111-9
Information bureaux in Athens
2 Amerikis Str., Syntagma sq.,
Tel. (301) 3310561-2, Fax: (301) 3252895
Athens Festival Office
4 Stadiou Str., Syntagma, Tel.
3221459 & 3223111-9
2.2 Transport in Athens
The public transportation network includes
trolley-buses, a large number of buses connecting different areas of Athens
and Athens suburbs, and an underground electric railway. Tickets for buses
and trolley buses are sold at newspaper kiosks (periptera), at special
booths or stands found in the main squares of the city and at several bus
stops. They may be used on all local buses. A monthly personal transport
card that permits unlimited travel on all public transport can also be
issued (photograph required). At the time of printing (November 1998) one
ticket costs 120 GRD, reduced student price 60 GRD, and the normal price
of the transport card is 4.500 GRD (1 EURO = ~324 GRD).
Maps of the bus routes may be obtained
from special ticket kiosks at the city centre (Akadimias str.). Bus
hours of operation: 05:00-00:30 every 10 to 30 minutes, depending on
the route and the traffic conditions. Some special routes (night buses)
also operate after midnight approximately every hour.
The electric railway is, by far, the
quickest means of transportation. Presently, there is only line in operation,
namely the line connecting Piraeus to Kifissia via Omonia square. Two underground
(metro) lines are under construction and will start operating by the end
of 1999. Operating hours: 05:00 - 00:15 every 5-10 minutes
Compared to the cost of commuting by
bus, getting around by taxi (yellow cab) is rather inexpensive in Greece.
Taxis can be hailed from the street and the fare is displayed on a meter;
however, it can be sometimes quite difficult to find a taxi, especially
during rush hour. Taxis can also be hired from various local offices, both
in central Athens and in the suburbs.
Greece's monetary unit is the Greek
drachma (GRD). There are 200, 500, 1000, 5000 and 5000 GRD banknotes, and
coins in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 GRD. At the time of printing
(June 1999) 1 EURO equals approximately 324 GRD.
All major Credit Cards (VISA, DINERS,
MASTERCARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, EUROCARD, JCB) are welcome in Greece. Most
of the shops accept payment by credit card. Traveller's cheques or Eurocheques
issued by all major companies are also widely recognised. You can cash
the travellers' cheques at all Greek and foreign banks and big hotels.
A means of identification is necessary for the transaction. Banking
hours: Monday to Thursday 08:00 to 14:00, Friday 08:00 to 13:30 (closed
on official holidays). Certain banks in the centre of Athens are also open
in the morning during weekends. An automatic teller (ATM) accepting all
major credit cards is located at the basement of the Administration Building
2.5 Business hours in Athens
Shops: On Tuesday, Thursday
and Friday stores are generally open from 9:00 till 14:00 and from 17:30
till 20:30 p.m. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays stores are only open
from 9:00 till 15:00 p.m. and do not open again in the afternoon. Some
big department stores and supermarkets remain open during weekdays from
9.00 to 20.00 and on Saturdays from 9.00 to 18.00.
Pharmacies: Pharmacies follow
in general the same hours as shops, except that they are closed on Saturday
mornings. Most medicines are available only by doctor's prescription, except
for simple remedies, such as aspirin, which is available not only in the
drug stores but also at the little kiosks which exist everywhere in the
Restaurants and Tavernas:
Open for lunch from 12 or 12:30 to 16:00. In the evening, restaurants open
at about 21:00 and close between midnight and 1:00 am. Fast food and kebab
("souvlaki") shops usually serve food all day long, and some of them stay
open till late at night
Coffee shops and bars: Open
all day from about 8:00 a.m. until late in the night.
Cinema & Theatre sessions:
All cinemas in Greece show original versions of movies, subtitled in Greek,
and usually have shows starting at approximately 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. In
winter some cinemas also offer earlier performances (starting between 17.00
and 18.00). Theatres have one performance per day during the week at 8:00
or 9:00 p.m, and are closed on Mondays. On weekends there are usually two
performances, the first one starting at 6:30 p.m. and the second at 9:30
Music, Art Exhibitions, Lectures:
Central newspaper kiosks (at Syntagma, Kolonaki and Omonia square) sell
the weekly entertainment guide (Athenscope) in English and French. The
guide lists restaurants and bars, cinemas, theatres, musical events (classical,
jazz, rock, ethnic, folk, etc.), art exhibits and other activities occurring
during the week in Athens and its suburbs. A wide variety of foreign newspapers
and magazines is also available.
Museums: Unless otherwise
indicated all state museums are closed on Monday. Opening hours are generally
between 9:00 a.m. and 14:30 or 15:00 p.m. The following archaeological
sites, museums and art galleries are strongly recommended:
Acropolis Archaeological site and
Acropolis museum. Tel. 321 0219, Opening hours: Summertime Mon.-Fri.
08:00-18:30, Sat. Sun. & Holidays 08:30-14:30 Wintertime Mon.-Fri.
08:00-16:30 Sat, Sun & Holidays 08:30-16:30
The National Archaeological museum.
44 Patission Str., Tel. 821 7717, Opening hours: Summertime Mon. 12:30-19:00,
Tues.-Fri. 08:00-19:00, Sat,Sun & Holidays 08:30-15:00. Wintertime:
Mon 11:00-19:00 Tues.-Fri. 08:00-17:00 Sat, Sun & holidays 08:30-15:00
The Byzantine museum. 22 V.
Sofias Ave., Tel. 7211027, Opening hours Tue-Sun & holidays 08.30-14.45
Museum of Cycladic and Ancient Art.
4 Neophytou Douka str., Tel. 722 8321-3, Opening hours: Mon. Wed. Thus.
Fri. 10.00-16.00, Sat. (free entrance) 10.00-15.00
The Historical & Ethnological
museum. 13 Stadiou Str. Palaia Vouli 323 7617 Opening hours: Tue-Fri
09:00-14:00 Sat, Sun & holidays 09.00-12.30
The Goulandris museum of Natural
History. 13 Levidou str. Kifissia, Tel. 801 5870, Opening hours: Sat.
and Sun. 09:00-14:00
The National Gallery. 50 V.
Konstantinou Ave., Tel. 7235937-8, Opening hours: Mon. Wed. Thus. Fri.
and Sat. 9.00-15.00, Sun. 10.00-14.00. Closed on Tues.
2.6 Walks, day trips and excursions
The guide "ATHENS - General Information",
published by Documento Editions for the Greek National Tourist Organization,
will help you find your way around the city. It contains very useful and
detailed information concerning ancient and Byzantine monuments and museums,
city walks and shopping, as well as day trips and excursions to the Athens
The Public Telecommunications Corporation
(OTE in Greek) is responsible for operating the telecommunication services
in Greece, which include telephone, telex and data transmission.
To make an international telephone
call from Greece,
Card operating public telephones, or
"cardphones", can be found in central points within the cities, airports,
rail and bus stations, public buildings, and in all N.T.U.A. buildings
and cafeterias. 100-unit phonecards cost 1000 drachmas and can be purchased
at kiosks, shops, N.T.U.A. cafeterias, post and telephone offices (OTE
sign). Late evening phone calls may save you up to 45% off the normal cost.
|first dial …
||followed by …
||and finally …
||Area (City) Code
Useful OTE Services:
|All OTE Services
|Domestic Telephone Directory
|Domestic Calls Information
|Information on International Calls
|International Dialling Codes Information (English, French, German)
2.8 Postal service
Signs denoting post offices are usually
bright yellow, as are post-boxes. All post offices in Athens are open Monday
to Friday from 07.30 to 14:00, except for four central offices (in Syntagma,
Omonia, Mitropoleos square and East Terminal) which stay open until 20:00
and are also open on Saturday mornings.
Electric current in Greece follows
the European standards: AC 220 Volts at a frequency of 50 Hz. Most electric
outlets adhere to the continental standard (Schuko).
Greek Television (ET in Greek), which
is the public broadcasting corporation of the country, offers three channels,
namely ET1, NET and ET3, which are transmitted all over the country. Moreover,
numerous private national (Mega, Antenna, Sky TV, New, Star), as well as
some international (Euronews, CNN, TV5,) channels are also available in
Greek time is two hours ahead of Greenwich
Mean Time and an hour ahead of Central European Time. As in the rest of
Europe, the time is advanced one hour for the summer in March and is set
back one hour in October.
2.12 The Climate
Athens has a rather mild climate. Sometimes
it can get very hot, between June and August (35-37 oC),
but fortunately the air is rather dry. Normal summer temperatures hover
around 25 - 35 oC and winter temperatures
are around 5 - 15 oC. Between January and
early March it can get chilly and windy, and snow may be expected for a
few days. The rainfall is mostly in the form of short showers in winter
and tends to decrease from January to July, increasing again during the
second half of the year.
2.13 Public Holidays
*The dates are according to the Orthodox
|Polytechnion Commemoration Day
|New Year's Day
|Religious School Holiday
|"Clean" Monday* (end of Carnival)
||February or March (7 weeks before Easter)
|National Holiday (Independence Day)
||Holly Friday & Easter Monday
|Holy Spirit Day*
||50 days after Easter
|Assumption of Virgin Mary
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2.14 Personal Safety
Athens is a relatively safe city for
its size. However, normal precautions regarding personal safety should
|First Aid Centre
|Poisoning First Aid
|Doctors on Duty
|Duty Hospitals and Clinics
|Open Line for Drug Addiction
|AIDS Help line