Getting into the land of gods and myths, you really want to see everything and everywhere, but the budget does not always allow it. There is no need to despair, because there are many ways to save on museum tickets or even get to some attractions for free! Today we show you how.
The easiest and most reliable way to get a discount in Greek museums if If you are a student, use an ISIC card that confirms your status as a student abroad. The card is valid in Europe, Japan, China and some countries in South and North America. Specifically, in Greece, you can get a discount of up to 50% on almost all museums. You can apply for it from ISIC representatives, it is better to find out about the details of obtaining a card in your city on the official website.
Sometimes in Greece you can get a discount to museums with a regular Russian student card – be sure to try it!
Go out of season
During the high tourist season, which lasts from April to November, most Greek attractions double their price tag. Love history but want to save money? Then go to this country in the off-season. The weather will be suitable for walking, and the price will be pleasing to the eye.
Buy a single ticket
There is a single ticket system in 17 regions of the country. You can buy a subscription to several museums and archaeological complexes at once. The validity of the ticket varies from 2 to 5 days, and the cost is from 3 to 30 euros. If you plan to visit more than three or four historical sites, then it is more profitable to take a subscription.
Download the application guide
An ideal option for those who do not like group tours, but prefer to wander the streets of Greek cities on their own, is a mobile application with an online guide. For example, in Izi Travel you can find excursions to different parts of Greece, up to the island cities. By the way, when you view the route itself, we advise you to look into the comments with reviews! Often tourists leave secret cheap places in Greece in them.
What places you can visit for free
Since Greece is the birthplace of mountains, you should definitely look at the beauties of the country from the top of one of them. Many hiking trails are free, and even the famous Mount Olympus can be climbed without spending a dime! However, you should understand that if you are not an experienced hiker, it is better to turn to professionals for help. Sometimes a tour from the city, which includes transportation, a tour, an entrance ticket, a guide and equipment, is cheaper than an independent trip.
There are also places in Athens that you can enter for free, such as the Museum of Musical Instruments, the Museum of Pavlos and Alexandra Kanellopoulos, and the Museum of Folk Art and Traditions. In addition, admission to all museums in Greece is free every Sunday from November 1st to March 31st, as well as on certain holidays, such as January 1st, January 6th, March 25th, May 1st, August 15th and October 26th.
A few more life hacks on how to save money in Greece and beyond
Experienced travelers have known about this for a long time, but if you are traveling to Europe for the first time, it is better to take a MasterCard card with you. This way you will avoid commissions when paying in euros, since banks charge money in dollars from Visa cards. Try to have breakfast and lunch in establishments away from the center, prices in such places are inflated especially for tourists, and the food itself does not always live up to expectations. By the way, another way to save money is to order one dish for two: in Greece, usually huge portions.
When choosing where to stay, never be afraid to consider hostels as an option. Today, many of them offer conditions no worse than in hotels.
Do not be afraid that a limited budget will ruin your trip to Greece. In this country, there are many ways to save money, the main thing is to correctly plan the route and calculate everything in advance.