About Athens



Greek is the official language of Greece. English is widely spoken.

Local Time

Greek time is Eastern European Time Zone (UTC+02:00).

Climate & Weather

Athens has a mild Mediterranean climate. In October, the temperature varies from 16°C - 24°C. The average daytime temperature in Athens in October is 19°C.

Currency and Banking hours

The currency of Greece is the Euro.

All banks operating in Athens offer foreign currency exchange services and quote the exchange rates of the Euro against all major foreign currencies daily. Foreign currency can also be exchanged at El. Venizelos Airport on arrival. Banking hours are Monday to Thursday from 8:00 to 14:30 and Friday from 8:00 to 14.00. ATMs are available in all bank branches and accept cards from most banks of the world.

ATMs and Credit Cards

Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are located outside most banks. Cash can be withdrawn there, all days 24 hours (24/7). National and foreign Maestro Cards (Cash Cards) as well as Mastercard, American Express, VISA and Diners are accepted. Money can also be changed at the airport. Major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere.

Electricity supply

Voltage in Greece is 220V at a frequency of 50 Hz. Plugs are continental style, two-pin. A plug adaptor should be taken along for incompatible electric / electronic appliances that will be used.


Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places and on all public transport. However, in general pubs and restaurants have a designated outdoor smoking area.

Opening hours

Shops open from 09:00 and close around 15:00 on Monday and Wednesday. On Tuesday, Thursday & Friday shops opens from 09.00 to 14.00 and at afternoon from 17.30 they remain open until 21.00. On Saturdays shops open at 09.00 until 15.00. Malls are opened daily from 09.00 to 21.00 and on Saturday from 09.00 to 20.00.

Restaurants and cafes have varying opening hours, but lunch is most often served between 12:30 and 14:30. Dinner is usually served from 18:00 until late in the evening.

Emergency Numbers

Whilst in Greece, European Union citizens may seek any help they might need (police, ambulance, fire brigade, coast guard) by dialing the number 112 from anywhere in Greece. The number is answered by English-speaking staff, and may be dialed from public telephones or mobile telephones.

Tourist Information

Find all the historical and basic tourist information about the Greek capital on the Greek National Tourism Organisation official web site’s page on Athens.

Explore the contemporary City of Athens through the Official City of Athens website,

You may also download the free Athens- Attica Travel Guide, featuring the city's best attractions, sights, activities and inside travel tips! Also essential help when planning your trip including how to get there and tours around the capital of Greece!