Greece’s currency is the euro (€). All major credit cards are widely accepted in Greece, though some establishments do not accept American Express and Diners.
In Athens, banks are open Monday—Friday from 8 am to 2 pm, except on public holidays. (A few central branches have extended hours and some are open on Saturdays.)
You can find ATMs all around the city that can disperse cash from your accounts at home, but they will charge you €2-3 per transaction.
Foreign currency can be exchanged at most Greek and foreign banks and at exchange bureaus located at Athens International Airport, Piraeus port, and around the city centre. You will need your passport to exchange money. Travellers checks and credit cards are also widely accepted.
There is no service charge at bars and restaurants, so do leave a tip for the staff, especially if you are pleased with the service. The amount you tip is at your discretion, and depends on the bill. Anywhere between 5% and 15% is the norm, but definitely not the rule.
Cost of Living
These are indicative prices for everyday products and services:
- Single ticket for public transport: €1.20
- Museum tickets: €3-€12
- Theatre tickets: €25-€50
- Cinema tickets: €7-€10
- Sandwich from €2.50
- Souvlaki from €1.80
- 1 litre bottle of water: €1
- Coffee to go from €1.50
- Coffee at a cafe: €3.5- €5
- Beer at a bar: €3.50-€5
- Three-course meal at a mid-range restaurant: €20- €40