About Athens

About Athens

This article tries to answer the most frequently asked questions about Athens, and includes its general facts.

More information about Athens

Athens facts & figures

Athens is the capital and largest city in Greece, with a population of around 665,000 people. The city's urban area has a total population of 3 million people. As well as the population surveyed, it is believed that there are close to one million Asian immigrants.

Current local time

Greece is in the Eastern European Time (EET) time zone. The current offset is UTC/GMT +2 hours. It is two hours ahead of London and one hour ahead of Madrid.


The official currency in Greece is the Euro, introduced in 2002.  

Electricity and plugs

The power sockets used in Athens and the rest of the country are type C and F, like in most of Europe. The standard voltage is 230 V.

If you're travelling from the UK, the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, you’ll need a travel plug adaptor. You can either purchase one before you leave, or you can ask to borrow one at your hotel. 


Visitors don’t need any vaccines to travel to Greece.


As a member of the European Union, Greece offers free or cheap healthcare for citizens of the EU with the European Health Insurance Card. The card is free, and you can easily apply for it online. If you’re not an EU citizen, we recommend you purchase a travel insurance.

Helpful telephone numbers

  • Tourist police: 171.
  • Ambulance and fire brigade: 100.
  • Greece area code: 30.
  • Athens area code: 21.