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How to Save Money on Your Trip to Greece

You don’t have to be super rich to enjoy Greece. Even with a small budget, you can still have the time of your life.

Here are some tips on how to save money without sacrificing an amazing trip to Greece:

Car Rentals
Be sure to rent your car before you arrive in Greece. This is because rates for car rentals in Greece are all in Euro and you may end up paying premium both on the basic rate, and then on the hefty dollar conversion. For the best rates, forget the expensive automatic transmission and go manual, but only if you are comfortable with Greek drivers, mountain roads and traffic.

Go in May
The time of year in which you schedule your visit will dramatically impact your costs of travel in Greece. Choose the right month and you can easily cut your travel costs by a third or even more. May is a great choice, and budgeters should also enjoy April, although the waters may still be a little cold. That said, for many people, visiting Greece during its off season only adds to the quality of their overall experience.

Go in September
Another great budget choice is to visit Greece in the month of September. During this time, the weather is great and prices are just beginning to drop as the crowds of tourists become fewer. However, because the Aegean has soaked in an entire summer of sun, its waters are still warm and provide perfect temperatures for swimming.

Go in October
October is another great time to explore Greece. The water is still warm enough to swim, while the weather is still generally great. Recently, more and more island hotels are choosing to stay open through October.

Free Museum Days
Plan your tours around free museum days to save money. There are a number of days when you can enjoy free admission to tourist attractions in Greece. Although, such days also tend to be the most crowded, they will help you stretch your budget.

Combo Tickets
Whenever you travel to an area in Greece that is rich in attractions such as archaeological sites, be sure to inquire about combo tickets. There are combo tickets available that provide access to the Pantheon, Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Roman Agora. The ticket is valid for a couple of days and will save you almost a third off the standard ticket price.

Go by Ferry
If you have more time than money to spend, go by ferry instead of flying. There is an overnight ferry to Herkelion, Crete from Piraeus, which is convenient and it saves you a hotel room night. You could also take the hydrofoil to Santorini from Crete which saves you both money and time as you don’t have to arrive early at the airport to be processed for a very short flight.

Cheap Flights
It is possible to get some great deals on airfare to Greece as long as you know where to look. And once you land in Greece, take the airport bus which will save you a lot that you could have spent on taxi fares.