|Athens International Airport is connected with more than 30 domestic destinations and around 60 European cities. It also hosts more than 15 direct flights overseas to America, Asia and Africa.
|Getting from the Athens International Airport to the city center
Metro Line 3 (Blue Line) connects the airport of Athens to the city center. Trains depart every 30 minutes, 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. approximately. You will need around 40 minutes to get from the Airport to Syntagma station (city center). The ticket costs 9 euros. You can use it for 90 minutes from the time you first validated it.
Suburban Train (Proastiakos)
The Suburban railway connects the Athens airport with the Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station). This station gives you access to Metro Line 2 (Red Line) as well as the National Railway network. The train makes this journey every 60 minutes from around 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The ticket costs 10 euros.
Important note: The Suburban railway departs twice every hour from the Athens Airport to Plakentias station, where you can change trains and continue to the city center with Metro Line 3 (Blue Line), using the same ticket.
24-hour express buses
There is a bus that connects central Athens (Syntagma Square) to the Athens International Airport (AIA) "Eleftherios Venizelos". This bus is called X95. Service is provided on a non-stop basis seven days a week (24/7 operation). This bus disembarks passengers at the Departures Level and starts its route from the Arrivals Level between Exits 4 and 5. The route lasts about one hour. Tickets can be bought directly by the driver at no extra cost. The ticket costs 5,50 euros.
Visitors to Athens can choose from a variety of taxi companies for their transportation. Taxis at the airport are available at the designated waiting area located at Exit 3 at the Arrivals Level. A taxi from the airport to the city center costs a flat rate (including luggage, VAT and road tolls) of 35 euros from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, and 49 euros from midnight to 5:00 a.m.
Among the various taxi services available, one of the most popular is ΒΕΑΤ, the No. 1 free taxi call application in Greece. Through the application, you can find the best taxi drivers in Athens, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. BEAT belongs to the family of FREE NOW, the largest ride-hailing application in Europe.
Download the App from your device's store and register with your phone number. Let the application locate you, then choose your destination and press the green button to find a driver. On the map, you can see the car approaching. Board the Beat and enjoy the journey! You can pay easily with card or cash, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with no hidden fees.
UBER exists in Athens as UBER Taxi. You may use the same UBER application as in any other country in the world. The difference is that your driver will come with a yellow car just like any other taxi in the city. If you want to book in advance an UBER to pick you up from the Athens Airport, you may do so here.
Local transportation in Athens
The Athens public transportation network offers a wide range of routes, combining many different means, including the metro.
The Athens Metro system encompasses three lines:
Line 1. Green Line, from the port of Piraeus in the south of Athens to the suburb of Kifissia in the north.
Line 2. Red Line, from Anthoupoli in the northwest to Elliniko in the south.
Line 3. Blue Line, from Agia Marina in the west to either the Airport or 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.
The most common tickets are:
– A regular 90-minute single ticket for all means of public transport (Airport excluded) costs 1,4 €.
– 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 20 €.
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 places such as Monastiraki and Syntagma. You can also book a taxi by calling on any of the following numbers: 18222, 18300, 18288 or 18180.
There is a huge network of buses and trolleys (electric buses) that operates in Athens and its suburbs. They usually operate from around 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. approximately. You may have more information on the timetables here. One ticket costs 1,20 euro and can be used for 90 minutes from the time you first validated it. It is virtually the same as the one you use at the metro. This is why it can be bought in special kiosks around town but also inside all Metro Stations.
Other means of transportation
There are more means of transportation that can help every traveler explore Athens, such as: car or motorcycle rental, bicycle or electrical scooter rental, as well as some more touristic choices, like the Hop-On Hop-Off bus and the Happy Train.