Pincher wrote: »
Just worried about tourist scalping in general. Unfortunately, the con artists and pick pockets hang out where tourists go. I hear Athens was a rip off joint even before the recession.
The Parthenon has free entry days! E.g. 6th March in memory of Melina Mercouri. EURO12 full price, OAPs EURO6.
Hotel and flight should be OK, but how do I avoid getting ripped off getting from the airport to the hotel?
I suppose I could wait till retirement and do a cruise, but on-shore excursions are even more of a rip off.
MSE_Helen wrote: »
"The euro has weakened even further over the last week and £1 can now buy you €1.34 at the spot rate..."
Read the full story:
Is it worth changing euros for the summer holidays now?
Click reply below to discuss. If you haven’t already, join the forum to reply. If you aren’t sure how it all works, read our New to Forum? Intro Guide.
Kernow666 wrote: »
like how MSE assumes everyoneis in london and can collect in person to get this rate
duncansoton wrote: »
Taxis are fixed tariff from the airport to downtown Athens - 35 Euros. Taxis generally I've found to be amongst the cheapest in Europe.
There is a bus which costs 5 Euros each and goes to Syntagma Square or the metro costs 10 Euros per person.
The costs for the Parthenon alone is 6 Euros - 12 Euros is the integrated price for 6 separate sites. Senior or student entry is half those prices, so take ID/photocopies.
Athens is generally a very cheap city, if you do decide to go perhaps research more and leave some preconceptions at home and you'll have a better time
savvymalc wrote: »
If you are unsure as to when to buy your foreign currency for your holidays the solution is simple. Buy half now and the other half nearer to when you travel. This is basic "ForEx hedging" for us ordinary folk and I'm surprised we don't hear this advice all the time...
PeacefulWaters wrote: »
Given the relative stability of the major currencies, even in uncertain economic times, I'm much more an advocate of getting a decent card (Halifax Clarity for example) and withdrawing at destination.
Your hedge plan loses merit because the exchange rate obtained buying currency in the UK is invariably terrible compared to a zero loaded card transaction.
Pretending to play the currency markets with a few hundred quid of holiday spending money is a mugs game. Seeking out value isn't.
Applications are open via British Gas
This week's MSE Forum highlights
Via selected £1-£3 Kellogg's promo packs