How Safe Is Athens for Travel?

Athens, Greece
Safety Index:
66

Athens is the most populous and the largest city in Greece with a population of 3.7 million inhabitants.

It is the city where the western civilization began, but today, it is the capital of Greece with numerous landmarks and highly popular tourists’ sights, including the Acropolis, the Parthenon temple, the Acropolis Museum, along with the National Archaeological Museum, The Ancient Agora, Syntagma Square, the Temple of Olympian Zeus among many others.

Its antiquity and all these sights dating back thousands of years, making it well-visited since people from all over the world come to admire the beauty of the ancient ruins mixed with the newly made restaurants, hotels, and bars.

Warnings & Dangers in Athens

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : LOW

Athens is considered a very safe city, even for solo female travelers. The crime rate is very low and as long as you take normal precautions, you will feel safe here. Most visits are trouble-free, but the theft of passports and wallets are common on the metro and in crowded tourist sights.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Fake taxis can sometimes be a problem in Athens, so tourists need to insist on the meter and make sure the rate is correct. If you realize that he/she has overcharged you, you can always report this to the tourist police, once you take the receipt and registration plates. You should be aware of the possibility of taxi sharing, which is not common in other countries.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Regarding the fact that it is a top tourist destination, pickpocket risk is at a very high level in Athens. Special attention should be paid to the buses and the Metro. Also, be aware of street crime, like purse-snatching, especially around banks and ATMs.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Natural hazards, like earthquakes, can happen in Greece but are very rare. During the summer months when the weather is too hot, forest fires often occur.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

The possibility of being mugged or kidnapped in Athens is at a very low level. There are some dangerous parts of the city, but you will be informed about them by your travel guides.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

The risk of a terrorist attack in Greece is at a low level, but still, it cannot be ruled out. Demonstrations and riots are considered a part of everyday life, so tourists should avoid them in order not to be arrested.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : HIGH

Scammers, who try to take advantage of tourists, are frequent in Athens, especially close to the landmarks. Tourists should pay attention to people offering help with their luggage. Recently, there have been some reports of the friendly stranger bar scam in Omonia, Syntagma, and Plaka, which are very well visited by tourists.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

As the whole of Greece, Athens is a safe city for women travelers. There are almost no reports on personal attacks, including sexual assault and rape against foreign women in Athens. Of course, vigilance is necessary as in any other major city in the world.

So... How Safe Is Athens Really?

Athens is the city with a rich history and the magnificent Acropolis is there as a reminder of that.

Its parks, squares, museums are only some of the must-see sights that attract people from the whole globe.

Being safe, even for women traveling alone, and with a low crime rate in general, it is an inviting city that offers tourists a historic walk and the exploring of Athens’ charming neighborhoods while in the city.

There are some areas throughout the city with a lot of pickpockets, so you should take precautions to protect your belongings.

Your valuables, like money, credit cards, and passport, should never be shown in the street or bars.

As long as you know that some areas may not be as safe as others, like Omonoia and Exarcheia, because there are a lot of beggars, drug dealers and thieves, just try to avoid visiting them, particularly at night.

Useful Information

  • Visas - If you stay less than 90 days, you do not need to have a visa when entering Greece. The EU nationals can stay longer in the country, but they need to have a valid passport. To find out whether you need a visa or not, there are useful websites that can help you.
  • Currency - The official currency in Greece is the Euro. You may exchange your money at banks or Foreign Exchange Bureaus. You should be aware of the restrictions on the amount of money you can withdraw per day. In comparison with other European capitals, Athens is considered a cheap city.
  • Weather - When the weather in Greece is in question, the best time to visit Athens is from May to September. Winters are mild and rainy, and summers are hot, but not that hot as some places in Greece's interior.
  • Airports - The new Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is 27 km away from the city center, and since it was opened in 2001, it is one of the most attractive European airports.
  • Travel Insurance - You should get a travel insurance policy that may become necessary during your trip. It protects you in case of illness, accident or baggage loss.
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Athens Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 10° C
Feb 11° C
Mar 12° C
Apr 16° C
May 21° C
Jun 25° C
Jul 28° C
Aug 28° C
Sep 25° C
Oct 19° C
Nov 15° C
Dec 12° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
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131416202529333229231815
Low
°C
77811162023232015118
High
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555761687784919084736459
Low
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454546526168737368595246

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3 Reviews on Athens

  1. Lots of pickpockets and street scams. Do not ever visit!

    Street scams and pickpockets are everywhere. They would try every means to unzip your bags and pants and steal your wallets and phones, especially on the metro. Taxi drivers would also trick you. Some of the streets look sketchy as hell where gangsters gather. My advice is do not ever visit Athens. There are lots of other European cities much worth visiting where you do not have to stay alert every second and feel safe traveling around.

  2. Not a good review.

    Athens, and Greece in general, is not so safe for women in every place, definitely not “Low”. There are many incidents were women have been mistreated, catcalled and even harassed or raped. Recently someone in Crete deliberately hit a US scientist with his car in order to rape her and then murdered her!! (google it) Generally incidents with tourists being caught up in a violent fight and sometimes even killed can be found in the news almost every year. Possibility of being mugged also is not “very low”, especially in some neighbourhoods.

  3. Pick pocket paradise

    My husband s wallet was just picked by a group with baby and old people in the metro on the very day we arrived to Athens. They pushed and pushed and when my husband noted his wallet had lost and right away he asked the group to returned to him but in vain. No one in the metro helped and on reporting to the tourist police office, there was no service at all and they even shouted to the other reporting tourists.
    So my advice is: don’t go to Athens. Tourists are not protected so why spent money there? There are a lot of good cities all around the world. I m not returning for sure.

Rated 1.67 / 5 based on 3 user reviews.

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