23 Most Common Tourist Scams in Greece

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Home of the gods, Greece is indeed a place of marvel in Europe.

The country offers extensive coastlines and islands in the Aegean, Ionian, and Mediterranean Seas, an ancient culture which has had a significant influence on Western society, and is the birthplace of the Platonic ideals, the Socratic Method and the Olympics.

However, there are a number of crooks in the country carrying out petty crime and scams against tourists.

So read on to learn how to protect yourself in the Hellenic Republic!

 

 

A. TOURIST ACTIVITIES

1. Street pickpockets

 

How it works:

Just in late 2017, a major pickpocketing gang that was raking in earnings in excess of €3,500 a day was busted.

You can find them roaming at:

  • Athens: Plaka area, Kaningos Square, Syntagma Square, pedestrian bridge from Piraues metro station to the other side of the seaport, Arch of Hadrian
  • Crete: Heraklion

These thieves work in gangs, and will hang around to spot anyone carrying an expensive or neglected phone / jewelry / valuable / bag and where it is stored.

Once they mark a target, they will surround you and work like this:

  • One keeps a lookout and blocks passer-bys from seeing the scene.
  • Another pushesdistracts the target (e.g. drop something and ask you).
  • A third steals your valuable / slashes your bag and then passes it on.
  • The last hides the loot under a jacket / items and then escapes with it.

 

What to do:

Stay alert and watch out for suspicious characters, though that is easier said than done.

The best solution is still, to not make yourself look like a target. 

Make it impossible for thieves to steal from you with these methods:

  • Carry a photocopy of your passport instead of the actual one.
  • Carry small amounts of cash in a cheap spare wallet that you wouldn’t mind losing. Do not leave it in your back pocket.
  • Conceal small valuables in a money belt / hidden pouch, large valuables in a slash-resistant and lockable anti-theft bag.
  • Leave most valuables in your hotel / hostel / apartment safe, secured with hotel safety tools.
  • Get a good travel insurance (e.g. World Nomads, trusted by Lonely Planet and National Geographic – check our review) which covers loss of valuables.

 

2. Photo taking scam

Image source: latimes.com

 

How it works:

There are scammers who hang around tourist attractions looking for tourists and offering to help you take a photo.

Should you accept, they will help you a photo and then demand a ridiculous sum of money.

 

What to do:

Reject such offers – you can simply ask a fellow tourist / another stranger to help you take a photo for free.

 

3. Ring scam

 

How it works:

This is a scam popular in France (as video above shows), but one you can find it in Greece as well.

A gypsy will coincidentally find a gold ring on the floor, point at the “18k” hallmark on the ring and offer it to you.It goes something like this:

Scammer: “Sir, did you drop this ring?”
You: “No, I did not”
Scammer: “Well, you can give it to your wife (phrased in a way that there is no harm for you to take it, and you can even benefit from it). It will make her happy. They might also insist that their religion prevents them from keeping the ring.

If you do, the gypsy will demand money in return:

Scammer: “Sir, I am hungry, could you give me some money / change for a croissant?”

If you give, they will ask for more. Sometimes, the scammer might walk away and reappear 5 minutes later to ask for money.

Besides a gold ring, it can be anything else that looks valuable or expensive.

And besides asking for money, while pestering you, an accomplice will steal from you from behind.

 

What to do:

Don’t engage. If it is not yours, don’t take it.

Keep a lookout for suspicious people and gold stuff on the ground! It is mere useless polished brass.

And as mentioned earlier, arm yourself with a money belt or hidden pouch and an anti-theft bag to conceal your valuables securely.

 

4. Would you like to get a drink?

Image source: hipgreece.com

 

How it works:

You may be approached on the streets by a friendly stranger who offers to bring you to a bar full of beautiful ladies (common at Syntagma).

There are many ways this scam can play out:

  • First, the drink might be outrageously priced.
  • Next, you may get swamped by the working girls who will order outrageously priced lady drinks on your tab.
  • Finally, drinks that they get you might also be spiked and you will be robbed when you are unconscious.

Based on reports, it seems like Hollywood Bar in Athens is THE bar where scammers like to bring their victims to.

 

What to do:

Do not head to a suggested bar together with a random stranger on the streets.

But if you do want to make new local friends, some questions to ponder:

  • Does the restaurant / bar seem legitimate (see TripAdvisor)? Are there customers?
  • Is the stranger reading from a script? Evasive about things?
  • Is he / she only bringing you to a particular restaurant or bar?

Some other tricks you can use:

  • Pretend that you have company by suggesting to go another place where you have a few friends at.
  • Ask for prices before ordering. Only drink what your waiter or you have poured.
  • Take a photo together.
  • Leave your valuables in your hotel / hostel / apartment safe secured further with hotel safety tools.

If you fell into the trap:

  • Pay with a credit card but call the bank to dispute your charges immediately after leaving.

 

5. Free flowers

Flower against the Mediterrenean Sea

Flower against the Mediterranean Sea

 

How it works:

Another variation of common scams in Europe such as the friendship band scam in Italy, you might find a lady approach you offering free flowers.

Despite your insistence not to accept it, she will hound you persistently to say it is free.

To keep her away, you decide to accept it but once you do, payment will be demanded.

 

What to do:

Decline firmly.

 

6. Fake (luxury) products

Image source: infraredatelier.wordpress.com

 

How it works:

A scam everywhere around the world, you will find these peddled by touts around the Plaka and Monastiraki areas.

You might also find street touts pushing these products such as fake perfumes, iPhones and iPads around tourist attractions.

If you wish to buy, bargain, because the prices are not worth it.

 

What to do:

Avoid buying.

 

7. Unpriced food and beverage items

Athens outdoor cafe

Athens outdoor cafe

 

How it works:

At certain cafes or restaurants, you might find unpriced menus and that should be a big red flag.

When the bill arrives, you will be in for a shock.

 

What to do:

Dine only at places with clearly displayed prices.

You can do some online research or check with your hotel / hostel staff on recommended places locals go to eat at.

If researching is too much of a hassle, you can also consider joining a fun local food tour!

  • TourRadar: all the best multi-day tours by established names like Intrepid Travel, G Adventures, Trafalgar, etc can be found here with best price guarantee.
  • GetYourGuide: best day tours platform in Europe – excellent curation of tours, tickets and transport with best price guarantee.
  • Your hotel / hostel affiliated tour operator: reliable but generally not the best or cheapest.

 

8. What time is it?

 

How it works:

If you are asked what time it is in Greece, be very careful.

Should you take your phone out to check, it may be snatched immediately.

 

What to do:

Feign ignorance and walk off.

 

B. TRANSPORT

1. Public transport pickpockets

Image source: ipernity.com

 

How it works:

Metros are favourite hunting grounds of pickpockets in Greece. Frequently targeted places include:

  • Metros: Blue metro line / train to and from Athens Airport, green line to and from Piraeus (the Athens Port), Larissa station, Monastriaki station, Syntagma station, Omonia station.
  • Bus: X96 bus in Piraeus particularly at Karaiskaki Square, Airport Bus (78) in Thessaloniki.
  • Ferry: at Piraeus.

Methods include:

  • They block you at the train’s doors or at the escalator by pretending to tie their shoe lacespretending to drop something (phone, cigarette, etc), and an accomplice steals from you from behind.
  • Some time it perfectly such that they can snatch your stuff and jump out when the doors are just about to close.
  • They trip you or bump into you at escalators. Next moment, your valuables are gone.

 

What to do:

Stay alert and watch out for suspicious characters, though that is easier said than done.

The best solution is still, to not make yourself look like a target. 

Make it impossible for thieves to steal from you with these methods:

  • Carry a photocopy of your passport instead of the actual one.
  • Carry small amounts of cash in a cheap spare wallet that you wouldn’t mind losing. Do not leave it in your back pocket.
  • Conceal small valuables in a money belt / hidden pouch, large valuables in a slash-resistant and lockable anti-theft bag.
  • Leave most valuables in your hotel / hostel / apartment safe, secured with hotel safety tools.
  • Get a good travel insurance (e.g. World Nomads, trusted by Lonely Planet and National Geographic – check our review) which covers loss of valuables.

 

2. Ferry tickets scam

Image source: greeceturkeytours.com

 

How it works:

Beware of friendly strangers and such kinds of offers on the streets (common all around the world, e.g. Morocco, Philippines, etc).

You may be approached by a stranger on the street, who makes small talk with you to try to gain your trust. (e.g. where are you from, oh I know someone / something there as well!).

Once trust is built up, he will recommend a friend’s / family member’s tourist agency where they are running a promotion on exclusive ferry tickets to a quiet island.

Should you accept, upon getting to the agency, you will find that the tickets were in such great demand that unfortunately, they have been sold out already.

As such, the scammer will now recommend an expensive cruise package or fancy hotel stay instead.

 

What to do:

Do not buy from streets touts or unofficial sellers. If an offer sounds too good to be true, it is.

Only buy a ticket through these sources:

  • Direct from company / official counters.
  • Licensed retailers.
  • Your hotel / hostel if such a service is provided.
  • Day tour platforms like GetYourGuide – best in Europe – excellent curation of tours, tickets and transport with best price guarantee.

 

3. Faulty motorbike / ATV rentals and insurance scam

Image source: blog.santomaris.gr

 

How it works:

Similar to the scam in Thailand or Vietnam, there are rogue shop operators who rent out faulty motorbikes / ATVs.

When you return the vehicle, they will demand that you pay a repair fee.

Or you may have gotten into an accident due to the vehicle being faulty in the first place, causing further damage to the vehicle and being asked for a larger repair fee.

The even more unscrupulous ones will try to disguise a basic insurance plan as a full insurance coverage plan.

However, should you get into an accident, the insurance would not cover that and you would have to pay any exorbitant amount which they demand.

 

What to do:

Inspect the vehicle and test drive it before signing the contract.

Also read through the insurance contract and terms and conditions carefully.

Take a photo before use as well, especially potentially problematic spots like existing scratches.

 

4. Overcharging taxis

Image source: athensairporttaxi.com

 

How it works:

A common and fast one to pull off, there are taxi drivers who claim that their meter is down.

Then, they charge you an outrageous price at the end of the trip.

Taxis waiting at airports and touristy areas are infamous for pulling this off by charging close to double the usual fare.

 

What to do:

Board the legal taxis which are yellow, have lights on their roofs and use a meter, unless you know the price well and are able to haggle and agree on a price at the start of the trip.

You can estimate the fair price of any route by checking:

  • With your hotel / hostel staff.
  • An online taxi fare estimator / online travel forums.
  • Taxi booking apps like Beat.

Take a photo of the car plate and also of the driver’s license in case anything goes wrong.

If all these are too much effort, you can also consider:

  • Get a rental car through AutoEurope – over 60 years of industry experience, super reliable with best price guarantee.
  • Pre-arrange vehicle pick up through your hotel / hostel or through day tour platforms like GetYourGuide (best in Europe).

 

5. Airport taxi touts

Image source: news.gtp.gr

 

How it works:

You will find airport touts, who offer you a ride on their unofficial taxi without having to queue. This happens everywhere around the world and in Europe (e.g. Turkey, Hungary, etc).

Don’t fall for the persistent demands of these guys, who target those tired and in a rush.

They will rush you to their car, promise a discounted fee to entice you, get you to your destination and then demand an exorbitant fee.

The scarier ones might even drive you to somewhere secluded and then proceed to rob you.

 

What to do:

Do not take an unofficial taxi. If you do take one, take a photo of the car plate and the driver’s license in case anything goes wrong.

Else, consider these other options:

  • Get a cab from the official line.
  • Pre-arrange vehicle pick up through your hotel / hostel or through day tour platforms like GetYourGuide (best in Europe). 
  • Get a rental car through AutoEurope – over 60 years of industry experience, super reliable with best price guarantee.
  • Use a taxi booking app like Beat.

 

6. Rigged meters

Image source: athenswalkingtours.gr

 

How it works:

Sometimes, taking a cab with the meter running is not necessarily the most reliable bet, as there have been reports of taxis with rigged meters.

Watch out for these red flags:

  • Tampered / missing meter seal
  • Only fare is displayed (without distance and waiting time)
  • Not being able to find taxi name, taxi operator number, taxi car plate number inside the cab
  • Driver clicking something, probably a hidden switch
  • If driver drives slowly at a high speed area to prevent the meter from jumping too wildly

 

What to do:

Stay alert on the ride. If you suspect something amiss, note the taxi name and car plate number.

Also, ask for a receipt as Greek legislation dictates that a receipt containing the fare, taxi registration number and driver’s name is supposed to be given out at the end of the trip.

 

7. Sleight of hand

Image source: gbtimes.com

 

How it works:

Always be careful when handing over notes (big ones especially) to taxi drivers.

There have been reports where the driver might pretend that you have given a smaller note by swapping your notes with a smaller note which he has.

He then asks you to top up.

 

What to do:

Count aloud the notes while passing it over to the driver slowly.

Watch the driver count and stay focused as he may try to distract you.

 

8. Long-hauling cab driver

Image source: enetpress.gr

 

How it works:

For scammers, this is an easy one to pull off. This is because many tourists do not know their bearings well in a foreign city, so rouge drivers can simply take a longer route to your destination.

Once caught in such a scam, it is difficult to get out as the driver can simply insist that the route is the correct one.

What is worse if you get a driver who stops at multiple other locations instead of the one you requested, suggesting you purchase something as these are places where he gets a kickback.

 

What to do:

For longer routes especially, it’s a good idea to read the maps / use GPS to get a sense of your bearings.

Do some research to find how long and what route the driver should take, or you could simply ask your hotel / hostel staff about this.

Firmly reject any suggestions to stop by certain places.

 

9. Car break-in

 

How it works:

Should you rent a car, do park at bright areas or closed / guarded car parks.

This is because there have been reports of thefts of car radios which are then resold at the Monastiraki flea market.

 

What to do:

Park at bright or guarded areas / a paid lot that has security cameras instead of in open car parks.

Also, back your car into the parking lot to make opening the trunk difficult.

Do not leave any valuables / items indicating that you are a tourist exposed in the car:

Finally, get travel insurance (e.g. World Nomads, trusted by Lonely Planet and National Geographic – check our review) for two key purposes:

  • Monetary compensation for any loss of valuables.
  • Medical coverage in case you are assaulted.

 

C. MISCELLANEOUS

1. Fake police

Street along Skopelos

Street along Skopelos

 

How it works:

There are two potential variations of this:

1. Straight up accusation

  • Fake police officers will flash their police badges, and ask to check your money and ID.
  • They claim that there are many counterfeit notes around in the area.
  • If you pass them any, they either steal your cards or notes, swap your notes with fakes, or run off with it.

2. Tag team

  • There will be a scammer who pose as a local or tourist and will chat you up.
  • After a short while, fake police officers appear, accusing both of you of a crime.
  • They demand to check your money and identification, which the scammer posing as local / tourist will give up and encourage you to do so as well.

 

What to do:

Firmly reject any offer to go someone’s house for tea, or anywhere an overly friendly local may suggest.

If you have not obviously broken the law, be very skeptical when a “police officer” approaches you.

Three steps you can use to shake them off:

  • Verify badges and identification. Threaten to call the police hotline (end of this article).
  • Never give your passport if asked. Show only a photocopy of it.
  • If they want to fine you or check your bags, insist to only do so at a police station (use your GPS to find it or check with a local) with a lawyer or someone from your embassy.

Next, you should have hidden your valuables in a money belt or hidden pouch and use a cheap spare wallet with not much cash inside.

This way, the scammers may simply let you go since you do not seem to have much cash.

 

2. ATM theft

 

How it works:

There have been reports of robberies at ATMs in Omonia, Metaxourgio, Monastiraki and Syntagma.

Besides robberies, ATMs can also be rigged, generally in two ways.

First, the card skimmer and pinhole camera / keypad overlay set up:

  • A card skimmer is installed over the card slot to capture your card details.
  • The pinhole camera / keypad overlay is used to capture your PIN.

Second, the card trap:

  • The card slot can be rigged with cheap tools to trap your card.
  • When your card is stuck, someone will come over and tell you that if you retype your PIN, your card will be unblocked.
  • Obviously, your card will still be stuck, but the scammer will now have seen your PIN.
  • Should you head into the bank / somewhere to seek help, the scammer will unblock your card and escape.

 

What to do:

Avoid using ATMs at dark, secluded areas. Use only at controlled environments such as in banks.

Scan the area for suspicious looking characters and cover your PIN when typing it in.

Also, although not directly relevant, consider using a RFID blocking wallet.

That will prevent your cards’ details from being skimmed by thieves with a mobile RFID reader / scanner.

 

3. Fake apartment listings

Image source: independent.co.uk

 

How it works:

Fake apartment listers and fake apartment platform sites are some of the worst scums in the world.

Do be wary of these red flags:

  • Prices that are too good to be true.
  • Illogical descriptions because they copy and paste without any edits.
  • Dodgy sounding reviews.
  • Payment only by bank transfer off the booking platform.
  • Or payment to a foreign bank account or via Western Union (sure sign of scam as transfers are irreversible).
  • If the “owner” refuses to provide more details or to allow for a tour of the place.

 

What to do:

Only book via legitimate accommodation platforms such as:

  • Booking.com: Frommer’s tests have found the site to offer the best selection and rates amongst competing sites most of the time.
  • Homestay: if you are up for gaining genuine insights of Greece by staying with a local host!

Next, some due diligence to be done on individual listings:

  • Search online reviews (e.g. TripAdvisor) and Google the names of the owner.
  • Call the phone number provided on the listing.
  • Grill the “landlord” by asking specific questions, such as room dimensions or something unique as seen in the photos.
  • You can even pretend something exists in the online photos and test if the “landlord” can call your bluff.
  • Search if the property has another online presence or contact number and engage that to see if they are consistent.
  • Test the owner by requesting for a visit from a local friend before booking – it doesn’t have to happen, you just want to test the owner’s receptiveness.

Finally, never pay in full upfront, unless for a reputable hotel.

 

4. Snatch thefts

 

How it works:

Hotspots include the Athens districts of Monastiraki and the railway stations of Larissa and Peloponissos.

Generally, there are two versions of snatch thefts – strike and run, or distract and grab, in many possible contexts:

  • Bikes / mopeds riding past, with a pillion rider doing the snatch.
  • Snatching from behind you, then running into a getaway car to escape.
  • At restaurants, stealing unattended bags / valuables on the chair or table.
  • Hotels airports, where distracted / tired tourists carry all their valuables out.
  • The beach where tourists are relaxed, or when they head to the water.
  • Nightclubs, where “prostitutes” pretend to proposition tourists by grabbing them but are really trying to steal your valuables.
  • Seats beside a train’s doors where a thief gets out just before the doors close.
  • Stealing of bags on overnight trains / buses.
  • Valuables snatched through a car / bus window.
  • Thefts around ATMs.

 

What to do:

At crowded places, even seemingly safe places like at a restaurant or hotel:

While out walking / on transport:

  • Use a cross body anti-theft bag facing away from the road / windows of your vehicle.
  • Do not carry valuables in your hands when walking by the road or when beside a vehicle window / train door.
  • Avoid wearing obvious jewelry which can be easily ripped off.

Other protection measures:

  • Leave valuables in your hotel / hostel / apartment safe secured with hotel safety tools.
  • Get a good travel insurance (e.g. World Nomads, trusted by Lonely Planet and National Geographic – check our review) which covers loss of valuables.

 

5. Your hotel isn’t safe

Terrace

Terrace

 

How it works:

A variation on “the place is closed” scam (e.g. in Brazil, Sri Lanka), you might find taxi drivers who tell you that the hotel you are staying at isn’t safe and that they know somewhere else which is better.

That is of course, a place where he gets a commission.

Further, it is usually a lousy quality hotel that comes with an inflated price.

 

What to do:

Stick to your plan, to determine if a place is really closed, get there to see for yourself.

Further, never take a recommendation from a street tout / driver, get them through legitimate platforms such as:

  • Booking.com: Frommer’s tests have found the site to offer the best selection and rates amongst competing sites most of the time.
  • Homestay: if you are up for gaining genuine insights of Greece by staying with a local host.

 

6. Your restaurant is closed / isn’t good

Image source: travelgreecetraveleurope.com

 

How it works:

One more commonly perpetuated by cab drivers than by a tout on the street, the driver may claim that the restaurant you are going is either closed or no longer good.

However, he knows a place by the sea which is cheap and good.

The place is of course, not cheap and not good and one where he gets a kickback.

 

What to do:

Insist on your original location, especially if you have already done your research.

 

D. KEY SAFETY ISSUES

This is not a fear mongering exercise, as most visits are trouble free as long as you exercise some common sense.

However, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Information below has been compiled from:

                                                     

1. Violent crime, hazards, hotspots, terrorism, civil unrest

Image source: smartraveller.gov.au

 

How it works:

A brief summary:

  • Violent crime: rare. Watch out for petty crime and scams instead.
  • Hazards: potentially, temporary migrant camps in northeastern Aegean.
  • Hotspots: marijuana is grown on remote farms in Crete, the Peloponnese peninsula, Amaliad and Pyrgos.
  • Terrorism: there have been bomb attacks by anarchists and ultra-leftist militant groups.
  • Civil unrest: strikes, demonstrations and protests common, usually in major squares in central Athens, such as Syntagma Square, or in front of the Parliament Building.

 

What to do:

Stay alert, avoid secluded areas, travelling alone at night, and don’t look like an easy victim (e.g. looking like a tourist / flaunting valuables).

Monitor local media in case of any terrorist threats, and avoid participating in demonstrations.

 

2. Medical care

Image source: Wikimedia – C messier

 

How it works:

Medical care is adequate in Greece.

Diseases to vaccinate against / watch out for include:

  • Insect borne diseases: Lyme disease, tick-borne encephalitis, West Nile virus, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, leishmaniasis, malaria.
  • Food and water borne diseases: travellers’ diarrhoea, hepatitis.
  • Animal borne diseases: rabies, measles.
  • Human borne diseases: HIV.

 

What to do:

If you can’t afford travel insurance (e.g. World Nomads – our review), you can’t afford to travel, as:

  • Emergency health services can cost a bomb.
  • Insurance providers can make complex logistical arrangements to get you the best medical treatment fast.

Vaccinations to consider:

  • All travellers: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, flu shot.
  • Some travellers: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, rabies (outdoor activities, activities involving bats).

Prevent insect bites:

  • Protective clothing.
  • Insect repellents.
  • Insecticide treated bed / cot nets.
  • Plug-in insecticides.
  • Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass.

Food safety:

  • Practise safe hygiene such as washing hands with soap.
  • Only drink bottled water or water that has been boiled.
  • Avoid unpasteurized dairy products, ice cubes, uncooked and undercooked food.

 

3. Natural disasters

 

How it works:

A brief summary:

  • Earthquakes: in an active seismic zone.
  • Flooding: can happen during spring and winter months.
  • Forest fires: June to September.

 

What to do:

Effective preparation and prevention involves staying at the “right” place, travelling at the “right” time and getting travel insurance (e.g. World Nomadsour review) that covers natural disasters.

Check the latest media reportsweather forecasts and sources such as:

Reacting to one:

  • Earthquakes: drop (to hands and knees), cover (head and neck with arms), hold on (to sturdy furniture); expect aftershocks.
  • Forest fires: make yourself seen (e.g. spread out something large and bright), find shelter with little vegetation, stay low to avoid smoke.

 

4. Transport safety

 

How it works:

Greece has one of the highest road fatalities rates in Europe.

A couple of factors to watch out for:

  • Heavy traffic.
  • Unclear signs.
  • Aggressive, speeding vehicles.
  • Not adhering to traffic rules.
  • Difficult terrain.
  • Rental vehicles may not be well maintained.

Other safety concerns:

  • Reports of regional buses and ferries getting into accidents.

 

What to do:

Make sure your travel insurance (e.g. World Nomadsour review) covers travel accidents.

Driving:

  • Only book via legitimate platforms (e.g. AutoEurope – over 60 years of industry experience, super reliable with best price guarantee).
  • Check latest media reports and weather forecast.
  • Stay alert, wear seatbelts, keep doors locked and windows up.

Other transportation:

  • For regional buses and ferries, only engage reputable operators.

 

E. GETTING HELP

1. Emergency numbers to call

Image source: tribune.com.pk

 

  • Emergency: 112
  • Ambulance: 166
  • Fire department: 199
  • Police: 100
  • Tourist police: 171
  • General telephone information: 11888

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2 Comments

  1. Petros Karoutsos

    I am sad to inform you that Uber is not operating in Greece anymore,until further notice. The local taxi alternative is TaxiBeat or just Beat (they changed their name after Mercedes Benz bought them). Anyway they are very reliable. I live in Athens and I only use their service. Just download the Beat app and take it from there. Please beware of gypsies and call for help if you need it. We are plagued by their deeds as well and we will gladly assist you. Greeks in general speak foreign languages so try in your mother tongue first.

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  2. Gino

    Good day,

    I am writing to share my experience with one of the travel agencies (Trip air) who’s main headquarter is in Greece. I have booked a roundtrip ticket via their agency from Philippines to Alaska. A week before the actual trip going to Alaska took place, I contacted them through email informing them that I will not be able to use one of the flight sequences as I need to accompany my auntie to Colorado as she can’t travel alone because she’s sick. They only responded to me when I was already in colorado telling me that I can no longer use my return ticket to the Philippines which will happen in in February 2019 as I failed to use the flight from Seattle to Anchorage. I talked to the concerned airlines and they said they cannot do anything and only Trip air can help me. What I don’t understand is I already paid them in full for the tickets I bought and me not using one of the flight sequences shouldn’t be a problem because I have paid my seat before hand. Now they are telling me that I cannot use my return flight which might need me to book a new one and spend more money where in fact I already paid it in full. Please help me bring this to the attention of the consumer affairs in Greece as I have not heard from the travel agency yet and I feel like I was scammed. Thank you.

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