Athens' ElefthÃ©rios VenizÃ©los International Airport (http://www.aia.gr), near the Athens suburb of SpÃ¡ta, is the country's largest, busiest airport and main hub, handling over 15 million passengers annually as of 2006. Other major international airports in terms of passenger traffic are, in order of passengers served per year, Heraklion Nikos KazantzÃ¡kis Int'l, Thessaloniki Makedonia Int'l, Rhodes DiagÃ³ras, and Corfu IoÃ¡nnis KapodÃstrias.
Athens and ThessalonÃki handle the bulk of scheduled international flights. However, during tourism season, several charter and planned low-budget flights arrive daily from many European cities to many of the islands and smaller cities on the mainland.
Olympic Air (http://www.olympicair.com/) previously Olympic Airlines is a private company owned by Marfin Investment Group (http://www.marfininvestme...), offering services to Greece from several cities in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Aegean Airlines (http://www.aegeanair.com/...), which owns half the the domestic market also operates international routes to Greece from a growing number of European cities. Athens is also well-served by airlines from all over Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Southeast Asia, with flights to their respective hubs.
The presence of low-cost carriers in Greece's international market has increased tenfold within the past decade, offering service to Athens and ThessalonÃki from several other European locations, such as Easyjet from London Gatwick, London Luton, Manchester, Milan, Paris and Berlin, Virgin Express flying from Brussels, Transavia Amsterdam, German Wings Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart, Hemus Air Sofia, Sterling Copenhagen, Stockholm, Gothenburg and Oslo, LTU DÃ¼sseldorf, MyAir Venice, Norwegian Air Warsaw, Katowice and Krakow, Wizzair Katowice and Prague, FlyGlobeSpan Glasgow and Vueling Barcelona. Ryanair Bergamo, Rome, Frankfurt-Hahn, Charleroi and Pisa offers service to smaller airports in Greece Volos, Rhodes and Kos.
From Italy, several ferries depart for Greece daily. Ferries to Patras PÃ¡tra, IgoumenÃtsa, and Corfu KÃ©rkyra leave throughout the year from the Italian port cities of Venice, Trieste, Ancona, Bari and Brindisi.
From Turkey there are ferries: from Marmaris to Rhodes, from Cesme to Chios, from Bodrum to Kos, from Kusadasi to Samos.
There are also ferries connecting Piraeus and Rhodes to Alexandria Egypt, Larnaca and Limassol Cyprus, and Haifa Israel.
See Ferries in the Mediterranean
Greece can be entered by car from any of its land neighbors. From Italy, ferries will transport cars to Greece. From western Europe, the most popular route to Greece was through Yugoslavia. Following the troubles in the former Yugoslavia during the 1990s, most motorists from western Europe came overland by Italy, and then took a trans-Adriatic ferry from there. Although the countries of the former Yugoslavia have since stabilized, and Hungary-Romania-Bulgaria form another, albeit a much longer, alternative, the overland route through Italy now remains the most popular option.