Travelling to Athens – Ease of Access

 

Athens International Airport (AIA) “Eleftherios Venizelos”

 

Athens International Airport is connected with more than 30 domestic destinations and over 60 European cities. It also hosts more than 15 direct flights overseas.

AIA is one of Europe’s best airports in its category. In 2019, it has won the following awards:

  • ASQ Awards (ACI World) top position in Europe in the category “15-25 million passengers”.
  • Routes Europe Marketing Award in the over 20 million annual passenger category.
  • Gold Award at Tourism Awards in the category “Strategy & Innovation / Tourism & Culture”.
  • Silver Award at Loyalty Awards in the category “Park & Win”.

 

Getting from the Athens International Airport to the city center

 

Metro:

Metro Line 3 (Blue Line) connects the airport of Athens to the city center. Trains run every 30 minutes, 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The trip from/to the Airport to Syntagma station (city center) lasts 40 minutes.

24-hour express buses:

There are bus routes that connect Athens (X95) and the port of Piraeus (X96) to the Athens International Airport (AIA) “Eleftherios Venizelos”. Service is provided on a non-stop basis seven days a week including holidays (24/7 operation). All buses disembark passengers at the Departures Level (inbound trips to the airport) and depart from the Arrivals Level (outbound trips from the airport). Bus tickets are sold at the info/ticket-kiosk (open 24/7, located outside the Arrivals between Exits 4 and 5), or onboard (by the driver) at no extra cost.

Suburban Railway (Proastiakos):

The Suburban railway (Proastiakos) connects the Athens airport with the Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station) and Acharnai Railway Center, and through them to the National Railway network.

Tip: The Suburban railway departs every 30 minutes from the Athens Airport railway station to Plakentias station, where you can change trains and continue to the city center with Metro Line 3 (Blue Line), using the same ticket.

Taxi:

Taxis are available at the designated waiting area located at Exit 3 of the Arrivals Level. A taxi from the airport to the city center costs a flat rate (including luggage, VAT and road tolls) of €38 from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, and €54 from midnight to 5:00 a.m.

 

Local transportation in Athens:

 

The Athens public transportation network offers a wide range of routes, combining many different means, including the metro. There is also

Metro:

The Athens Metro system encompasses three lines:

  1. Line 1. Green Line, from the port of Piraeus in the south of Athens to the suburb of Kifissia in the north.
  2. Line 2. Red Line, from Anthoupoli in the northwest to Elliniko in the south.
  3. Line 3. Blue Line, from Agia Marina in the west to either
    1. the Airport or
    2. Doukissis Plakentias in the northeast.

Lines 1 and 2 meet at Attiki and Omonoia stations. Lines 1 and 3 meet at Monastiraki station. Lines 2 and 3 meet at Syntagma station.

Please click below the current map of Athens Metro for full view.

 

 

The most common fare products are:

      • A regular 90-minute single ticket for all means of public transport (Airport excluded) costs 1.40€.
      • A daily ticket for all means of public transport (Airport excluded) costs 4.5 €.
      • A 3-day tourist ticket for all public transport means with 1 two-way ticket for the Airport included is at 22 €.

For more information regarding the tickets please click here.

Taxis

Taxis offer a 24-hour service and are quite cheap. They can be hailed down on the street or otherwise picked up at taxi stands around major tourist squares such as Monastiraki and Syntagma. You can also book one calling the radio taxi line.

Most taxi drivers speak English, however you will come across some who don’t. It would not be unusual for a taxi driver to ask you if he or she can pick up other passengers on the way. This isn’t illegal but you do have the right to say no and they must respect your wishes.

The driver is required by law to issue a receipt, however you may have to ask him or her to hand it to you, as many passengers don’t take them.