27.8 million tourists visited Greece in 2022

Greek City Times Fira Santorini

Inbound travel traffic to Greece in 2022 amounted to 27.8 million, showing an increase of 89.3% compared to 2021, which had reached 14.7 million, according to data published by the Bank of Greece.

In contrast, the average expenditure per trip of tourists decreased by 11.9%, reaching 618.8 euros from 702.4 euros in 2021. In particular, travel traffic through airports in 2022 increased by 81.5%, while that through road stations by 133.1%. Travel traffic from EU-27 countries reached 17 million travellers, showing an increase of 67.9% compared to 2021, while travel traffic from non-EU-27 countries increased by 136.6% and reached 10.84 million.

Travel traffic from euro area countries rose by 57.2% and that from EU-27 countries outside the euro area by 96.4%.

More specifically, traffic from Germany showed a rise of 45% to 4.35 million travellers and from France by 49.6% to 1.76 million visitors.

Concerning countries outside the EU‑27, traffic from the United Kingdom increased by 181.9% to 4.48 million holidaymakers and that from the USA by 174.9% to 1.09 million travellers. Finally, traffic from Russia decreased by 69.8% and amounted to 36.1 thousand travellers.

The inbound traffic last December amounted to 580.1 thousand travellers, a 52.5% rise compared to the corresponding month of 2021. The travel traffic through airports increased by 43.3% compared to December 2021; and through road border stations by 77.1%.

The increase in inbound travel traffic came from a rise in traffic from EU-27 countries by 44.6% and non-EU-27 countries by 58.1%. In more detail, the travel traffic from the euro area countries amounted to 163 thousand travellers, an increase of 27.6%. Travel traffic from the EU-27 countries outside the eurozone also showed an increase of 113.2%, which amounted to 67.6 thousand travellers.