Eleven Greek Apps for an Unforgettable Trip to Athens!



Tourists pose for a photo at the Acropolis (file photo)

It’s finally here — your vacation in Athens has begun! But how can you be sure that you are getting the most out of your trip? You need to have information at your fingertips as you are out and about the city, roaming the streets in search of for the best restaurants and top tourists attractions. And first you need to figure out how to get around! Here are the top 10+1 Apps that will help you navigate the city of Athens:

#1 ATH Airport
This app will definitely make your trip in Athens go smoothly. Not only can you check your flight status, including arrival and departure times, the app is also a portal to loads of useful travel information. You can check out directions on getting to and from the airport and parking information, as well as the latest deals from the airport shopping mall for all of those last-minute souvenirs! Another great feature of this app is up-to-date weather information in English. The app is available for Apple, Android and Windows platforms and best of all, it’s free!

#2 Google Maps Greece
Google Maps is another free app available for use on Apple, Android and windows platforms and it functions quite well throughout Greece. It provides up to date information on all of the trendiest areas and tourist attractions in the country, and what to do once you’re there.  You can also use this app to find where the closest public transportation in located, and with a click be taken to the website to get more information. Athens is a complicated city with many small streets and, let’s face it, not all are clearly marked! Having a map to help you get from one destination to the next is extremely helpful.

#3 OASA Telematics
The next app of interest will definitely make your time in Greece easier. It enables you to track not only where the nearest bus stops are, but also gives you the timetables and routes. You can also track the buses location in real time! This is a handy app, free to use, and can be used on Apple, Android and Windows platforms.

#4 ATH-ENA Card
It’s great to know where the bus is, but once it arrives, you need to be sure that you already have a bus ticket, since you cannot buy them on buses in Athens. Using the new (as of 2017) Ath.ena card, (similar to London’s Oyster card) you utilize all of the different transportation systems in the city — trams, buses, and the entire Metro system. The Ath.ena plastic card is also rechargeable at many locations. The Metro is a fantastic way to travel around the city, with clean cars, most of them air-conditioned for those hot summer months. In addition, the Metro is usually on time and it’s easy to navigate. You can purchase all of your transportation ticket needs with your Athens.ena card, including trolley, train, bus, tram and Metro — everything from airport transfers to a 365-day, all-inclusive  transportation ticket. For more information, visit the Athens Transportation website at: https://www.athenstransport.com/english/tickets/

#5 Greek Gods Free
When in Greece you will see many references to mythology — after all, this is the home of the Olympian gods! So, to make the most of your trip and be sure you get your facts straight, bone up on essential mythology with this ‘cheat sheet’! This app helps explain Greek myths and where each famous battle or miracle took place. You can even search and learn about mythological creatures from ancient Greece! How cool is that? It is a free app that is available only on the Apple platform.

#6 Taxibeat
Another great way to see the city is by taxi. It is a convenient way to get from one point to another — especially if your destination is a little off the beaten path! The Taxibeat app is free and can be used on Apple, Android and Windows platforms. Taxibeat is a bit like Greece’s answer to Uber, as the app finds your location via GPS and then lets you call the nearest taxi based on customer reviews and other criteria such as language preferences, smoking/non-smoking, etc. Also, Taxibeat cabs have stickers displaying the company name and logo on the side of them, to ensure that you are getting into a legitimate taxi from the company.

#7 AthensBook
This great app is very much like the Yellow Pages of Athens. It has information on everything that you need to know, from shopping and transportation to the pharmacy, and the closest bars and bakeries. You can also rely on the app to let you know if Athens is in store for any transportation strikes — which comes in handy! It is a free app and Apple and Android users can use it.

#8 AirBnB
AirBnBs are super trendy in Athens at the moment. The only way to get an authentic experience of the city life is to rent from locals during your stay! This app lets you check out all that is available with each AirBnB, such as where it is located and what is included with your stay. You can use it on Apple, Android and Windows platforms, and it is free.

#9 Vodafone Explore Greece
This is like having a personal guide showing you all of the ins and outs of Athens! It’s a handy guide that has suggestions on the best things to do while visiting Greece all year round. You can even get information about tours available and see if there are any cultural or special events going on while you’re visiting. Apple, Android and Windows users can access this app for free.

#10 Foursquare
This app is gaining popularity among Greeks, but for tourists who visit Greece from other countries, it has been booming for some time! Foodies love to share all their great finds in Athens on this platform, so be sure to check out the referrals to find your perfect restaurant and dining experience! It’s a free app and can be used on Apple, Android and Windows platforms.

#11 Google Translate
It’s not an exact science, but this app will definitely help you navigate the streets and communicate a bit with the locals. You can even download the Greek language to your device before your trip and be able to access it without the internet! It’s an extremely convenient app that lets you make Greek-to-English and English-to-Greek translation, and it even has a voice feature which includes correct word pronunciation. It also translates from Greek into phonetically-spelled Latin letters, so you can better understand the pronunciation.