Demonstration Alert – Transportation Strike and Demonstrations on May 1, 2023

Demonstration Alert

Location: Athens and locations throughout Greece

A transportation strike has been announced for the May 1 Labor Day holiday in Greece.  Public and private sector employees will hold demonstrations related to the Greek Labor Day holiday as well.

In Athens, demonstrations are planned at 11:00 a.m. in Syntagma Square and at the same time in Piraeus at Pasalimani.  In Thessaloniki, demonstrations are planned at the Statue of Eleftherios Venizelos at 11:00 a.m.  Additional demonstrations are expected to take place throughout Greece during the day.

The following strikes are scheduled for Monday, May 1, 2023 (12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m.), unless otherwise noted:

  • Ferry and boat employees will be on a 24-hour strike.
  • The National Railway will be on a 24-hour strike.
  • The Attica/Peloponnese Suburban Railway will be on a 24-hour strike.
  • Trolleys will operate only from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
  • Buses will operate only from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Other organizations may decide to join the transportation strike for May 1, 2023, without warning.  Please monitor and local media for last minute strike notifications. 


Actions to Take:

  • Review your travel plans.
  • Contact your airline or travel company for assistance.
  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Keep a low profile.   



U.S. Embassy Athens

+(30) 210-721-2951


U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki

+(30) 2310-376-300


State Department – Consular Affairs

(888) 407-4747 or (202) 501-4444


Greece Country Information

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