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Things to know about Athens

One of the greatest Greek cities, Athens, has the potential to make you feel spoiled for choice. With a posse of exhilarating options to choose from, Athens may very well leave you satiated in terms of its travel quotient. The best time to book your inexpensive flight tickets on flights to Athens is during spring and fall. Summer season should be avoided if possible, as Athens seems to be burning up then. Those of you, who are up for an Athens sojourn during the winter months, need only pack a light coat in their suitcase as the weather isn’t really harsh here.

Transportation Basics
The best way of touring Athens is on foot, as most of the attractions are fairly within walking distance. For destination like beaches, one can make use of the local transportation available - trams, buses, trolleys or metro. To go the economical way, invest in a weekly or monthly pass (as your itinerary allows); weekly pass costs EUR 10 and monthly pass costs EUR 35. You can even go for a daily pass at a rate of EUR 3 in which, use of any public transport is allowed.

Point to Note: As you board a bus or a trolley, it is required for you to validate your ticket at the counters, located at the front and back of these vehicles. In case of metro, you can find the counter at the metro station.

Discounts and Deals
With its awe-inspiring list of historic and archaeological places and museums to visit, Athens provides its visitors a fantastic deal on admission tickets. All tourists must consider buying the EUR 12 ticket that gains one admission to all museums along the Unification of Archaeological Sites walkway. The discount deal ticket can be purchased at the following sites - Theater of Dionysus, Acropolis, Temple of Olympian Zeus, ancient and Roman Agora and Kerameikos.

Those of you, who have booked their flights and cheap tickets to Athens for the winter months, especially from November to March, have the pleasure of gaining free entrance to mostly all museums and historic sites.

Although most Athenians speak Greek, but at places with considerable tourist influx, English is also understood and spoken. But having said that, a basic working knowledge of few important words in Greek will hold you in good steam, where you go.

Eating and Tipping
Athenians love to eat, and this statement is best endorsed by the long lines that can be seen at eating joints. The best places to eat are Acropolis Select, Dionysos Zonars, Grande Bretagne, Classical BabyGrand, Archaion Gefseis, Student and Traveler’s Inn, to name a few. Since the locals do not believe in eating their meals hastily, the meals tend to last long, under the dutiful ministration of the waiter. And such watchful attentions deserves to be awarded; Athens style. The locals give away, at times, even twenty percent of their bill cost as tip. As a tourist, if you do not wish to do this, then keep in mind to hand over at least 10 percent of the bill as tip.

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