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|Travelling to Greece|
|Written by Gary Thomson | Posted in Blog Updated 20-Jun|
My son and I travelled to Greece mid May 2012 to embark on our new chosen lifestyle, travel writing and development of these series of Greek Travel websites. We travelled with a view to capture the good and bad bits and then provide tips to fellow travellers by writing about these travels for inclusion in our associated websites. My thoughts were that this would be a simple process to determine simply how to get to Greece to start our adventure….more fool me!! There are a number of considerations when embarking on your trip and I thought it might be helpful to provide a view on our experiences …and then hopefully the happy final outcome of the implementation of our plans.
As a starter, consider the following when planning your trip:
Once you have contemplated that little list then consider these:
Flying to Greece
I compared different flight options and considered that they fell into certain "rough" categories as below:
I then attempted to make a generalised price comparison but finally conceded defeat because the variety was vast and the benefit to you as a reader would have been limited. Instead I have tried to give a general overview of each of these categories but must warn that many of the comments apply to more than one category.
You will be well advised to consider that all airlines must charge somehow for certain aspects for example: If you are aware that all airlines will have to change airport tax for example then you just must look to see WHERE in the screen price this is taken account of.
I decided to use the facility on the site and the results provided by Skyscanner.
Were the results useful? Yes, very... but you should also check each of the results using an independent check.
I used three different journeys as an exercise to determine the best and most cost effective way to get to Greece…with two of us travelling it also meant that any savings were doubled and so if you are a family of four or a Stag or Hen Do then these savings would be proportionally increased!!
I looked at the following journey options in detail:
London Airports - Athens
London Airports - Thessaloniki
London Airports - Corfu
S West Airports - All of the above
Some of the results for these flights were simply extortionate so beware but at the same time do not get distressed.
My eventual result was a flight from London Heathrow at a very reasonable time (11:30 am) to Athens for £ 152 for two one way including baggage, food and £2 donation to charity. This was a scheduled flight with Aegean Airways running every day twice a day and there was a similar flight into Thessaloniki.
Before buying your ticket check out the reviews on the Airline to ensure they meet your expectations. (it is sometimes worthwhile paying a little more for a MUCH better service)
These are normally operated by the main travel agents Thomson, Thomas Cook etc and these usually offer discounted holidays but can cater for flight only passengers.
These are the main carriers; BA, Lufthansa etc
With All of the airlines………….. ensure you read the small print and that you know the check in procedure.
Budget airlines have proven to be a decent option if you are flying into an airport that they support
It should be considered that internal flights and ferries mean that you could use a budget airline in and then transit onwards using the comprehensive internal airline and ferry network of links. Check out Skyscanner banner on the website and the ferry timetable also on the website.
Scheduled airlines from the UK operators tend to be very expensive apart from the Greek Airlines.
Skyscanner definitely worked a treat and further check proved it to be as good or in many cases better than other comparison sites.
We booked flights with Aegean Air and consider this to be as good an option as was available.
Other Travel Options
The whole exercise of sourcing and finally buying my flights required extensive searching and I had to rerun and recheck many different schedules and prices because I had not considered all of the points above!!!
I hope that this brief article allows you to conduct you search much quicker than I did …. And hopefully benefit from some of the tips.
Crazy as it seems my experience was made more difficult because I was actually more flexible than most people....WHY ?
Because I had too many variables to consider and when you mix more than one variable with another variable you end up with a really large number of options to choose from ... and ALL of them will be attractive for one reason or another making the decision particularly difficult!!
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