The first thing you should know about Athens is that everyone has an opinion about everything – that is, everyone’s a philosopher in Athens (or thinks they are :P)
In this post I will cover:
– How to get to Athens for cheap
– Cheap and free accomodation in Athens
– Eating Cheaply in Athens and cheap tourist memorabilia
– Seeing Athens Cheaply or FREE
– How to stay long term in Greece
– More ways to save money whilst travelling 🙂
Athens, as most people know, is the cradle of Western Civilisation. Unfortunately, this is not still the case today. Ever since the Christian Church ordered the destruction of Plato’s Academy (the World’s first University) and tried and executed those who preached freedom of thought, Greece has experienced a severe decline.
Even so, Greece still has a magical feeling about it :). I’ve been travelling for a year now, and there’s a certain almost magical feeling I get when I’m in Greece. By that I don’t just mean the beautiful islands, I mean Athens as well. There’s something unique in the atmosphere of sitting in an outdoor restaurant on a warm day, enjoying an ouzo with a souvlaki, whilst listening to the laughter and street music of people walking by :). There’s a strong feeling of connection there I have not got in any other city.
Follow my tips below and have an awesome, memorable, and importantly, affordable experience 🙂
Getting there cheaply
There are several options you may want to consider for getting to Athens. Each has their pros and cons, depending on what your circumstances are – ie are you travelling alone, where are you coming from, are you only interested in Athens or other parts of Greece? You should compare all options below and see which has the best bottom line for you.
This can be cheap, depending on where you are coming from. If you are coming from Sofia in Bulgaria (a country definitely worth visiting) the train ticket for Athens is 50 euros when you first ask, because it includes a sleeper. However, if you are really looking for a cheap experience and are willing to rough it abit like a true backpacker, book a ticket to the Greek city of Thessaloniki instead – this will cost you only 15 euros and is about half way to Athens. Once at Thessaloniki train station, ask for the 15 euro ticket to Athens. You may be waiting a few hours or you may not have to wait at all, either way, it only costs another 15 euros. This means a total of 30 euros instead of 50.
If you are a student, or under 21, be sure to ask for a discount, especially EU students.