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General Info
CLIMATE
Zakynthos has a mild Mediterranean climate with plentiful rainfall during the winter, promoting the dense vegetation, a principal characteristic of the Ionian Sea area.

TELEPHONE
The national prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad.  All numbers in the capital Athens start with the prefix 210 and are followed by 7 digits (e.g. 210-3227400).

The Area Code for Zakynthos is: +30 26950.

If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country’s national prefix (i.e. 0049 for Germany, 0044 for England etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

CURRENCY
Euro €
Euro Coins: 1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver color), 10, 20 and 50 cents (gold color) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper color)
1 euro = 100 cents / centimes.
Euro Bank Notes: Are available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change for 200 and 500 Euro Notes.

Getting There
BY AIR
The Airport of Zakynthos, “Dionysios Solomos”, is connected with the mainland and various countries abroad.

Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos: www.aia.gr
Zakynthos Airport: +30 26950 28322, www.hcaa-eleng.gr

Olympic Airways: For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit Olympic Air website www.olympicair.com
Athens Office: +30 210 355 0500, 8018010101

BY BOAT
Frequent routes connect the port of Zakynthos with the port of Kilini (western Peloponnese) and the trip lasts about 1 hour. The island is also connected with the island of Kefalonia.

Ionian Ferries: For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit Ionian Ferries website: www.ionianferries.gr
Tel.: +30 210 3249 997, +30 210 3319 079, +30 211 2215502
E-mail: info@ionianferries.gr
Tickets Kilini-Zakynthos Tel.: +30 26230 92422, +30 26230 92100,
+30 26230 92385, +30 26230 92488
Tickets Zakynthos-Kilini Tel.: +30 26950 41500, +30 26950 22083,
+30 26950 49500

Zakynthos Port Authority: +30 26950 28117, 28118
Kilini Port Authority: +30 26230 92211

Local Transportation
LOCAL BUSES
Long Distance Buses (KTEL) connect the town of Zakynthos with almost all the island’s villages and settlements.

KTEL Athens-Zakynthos Tel: +30 210 5129432
KTEL Patras-Zakynthos Tel: +30 2610 220993
KTEL Thessaloniki Tel: +30 2310 595416 and 595465
KTEL Zakynthos Tel: +30 26950 42656 and 22255

TAXI SERVICE
Zakynthos: +30 26950 48400, 22280, 28104, 23788, 28261

RENT A CAR/MOTORBIKE
The best way to enjoy the beauty of Zakynthos is by renting a car or a motorbike. The scenery rewards you with scenic landscapes, traditional villages and beautiful sea shores. The roads, though, require attention as they usually are narrow and not well maintained.

Local Services
BANKS & ATMS
In the city of Zakynthos you can find branches of most Greek banks. You can also find bank branches or ATMs in some villages.

MONEY EXCHANGE
Banks exchange all major currencies, traveler’s cheques or Eurocheques. Post offices exchange cash, but not traveler’s cheques, and usually charge lower commissions than banks. Travel agencies and larger hotels exchange cash and traveler’s cheques but usually charge a higher commission. Credit cards are accepted in shops and restaurants, however, in local cafes, especially in villages you will probably have to pay in cash.                                                                              

POST OFFICE
The Greek post office is called ELTA. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.

Zakynthos Post Office
Tertseti & Kouskou Str., Zakynthos
Tel.: +30 26950 44875

POLICE STATION
Zakynthos Police Station
62 Lomvardou str., Zakynthos
Tel.: +30 26950 2210 and 26950 24473

Laganas Police Station
Tel.: +30 26950 55068

Municipality of Zakynthos
www.zakynthion.gov.gr
D. Roma Str., Zakynthos
Tel.: +30 26953 61300

Useful Number
•    Tourist Police: 171, +30 26950 24483-4
•    Hellenic National Meteorological service: +30 210 9699101-3
•    Elpa (Car breakdown tourist information service): 174
•    Kilini Port Authority: +30 26230 92211
•    Zakynthos Port Authority: +30 26950 28117, 28118

INTERNATIONAL PRESS 
                    
International Press can be found mainly in the largest villages and settlements, but we suggest you look for it in Zakinthos Town before starting your trip.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS
•    Police: 100
•    Fire Department: 199
•    Ambulance: 166, +30 26950 23166

HEALTH
Agios Dionysios General Hospital:

1 G.Mothoneos str., Perivola Area, Zakynthos
Tel.: +30 26953 60500

PHARMACY
Except for the city, in almost every big village you can find at least one pharmacy. Pharmacists are also well-qualified to deal with the majority of minor medical complaints or to prepare prescriptions. The opening hours are listed at the front doors or in the windows of each Pharmacy. For your convenience find below an indicative list with pharmacies:

Vitsos Nikolaos
77 Al. Roma Str., Zakynthos Town
Tel.: +30 26950 28404

Prekeze Maria
Argassi
Tel.: +30 26950 26469

Hartas Angelos
60 An. Tavoulari Str., Zakynthos Town
Tel.: +30 26950 22300

Gianniotis Efstathios
15 Ag. Lazarou Str., Zakynthos Town
Tel.: +30 26950 23411

Grigoropoulos Minas
Laganas
Tel.: +30 26950 51811


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