Access to Growth Markets

Critical to any business is the access to customers and markets. Greece boasts a transportation infrastructure that can seamlessly transport goods to local customers or global destinations, by road, rail, sea, or air.

Greece’s focus on moving people and goods efficiently and cost effectively has been a high priority. The Egnatia Highway is one example. One of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe, this 680-kilometer project connects the Adriatic, Aegean, and Black Seas. The highway is recasting the region’s entire commercial transport network as it provides a streamlined east-west corridor and multiple north-south connections — all part of the trans-European Highway network.

In addition, Greece’s shipping industry, the most renowned in the world, transports raw materials and finished products 24/7. Its busy ports are a vital gateway to Western and Southeast Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Greece’s 15 international and 26 domestic airports are key to moving passengers and cargo in and out of Greece. Athens International Airport has been awarded European Airport of the Year and is recognised as 2nd best in the world in its class (AETRA survey, 2004).

The rail network in Greece, integrated with the EU rail system, is an important link for north-south service. Travel time from Athens to Thessaloniki has been reduced to approximately 5 hours.

The Greek transportation infrastructure
Rail — Total: 2.265 kilometres
Road — Total: 117,000 kilometres, of which 1,485 kilometres are new North-South and East-West highways
Sea — 16 international ports, serving Greece, Europe, the world
Air — 15 international airports, 26 domestic airports