Αthens Travel Information
How to reach Athens?
Greece is a global destination and famous for the Greek summer because of the numerous beautiful Greek islands. But Athens is a dream destination for a lot of people worldwide due to the ancient Greeks culture and the numerous historical spots. So as an international destination there are several different ways to get in the capital of Greece. The options vary depending on your departure point.
The fastest, cheapest, and the most popular way to travel to Athens is by plane. Athens International Airport is the largest international airport in Greece, serving the city of Athens and region of Attica. Athens International Airport is currently a member of Group 1 of Airports Council International (over 25 million) as of 2019, it is the 26th-busiest airport in Europe. You can explore the website of Athens International Airport to find information not only for flights but also for hotels and transportation.
How to reach Athens city center from the airport?
Τaxis are available at the designated Taxi waiting area located by exit 3 of the arrivals level. The route from the Airport to the city center takes about 45~50 minutes depending on the city traffic. The fare from the airport to Athens city centre inner ring is fixed:
05:00am–24:00pm €35.00 (approx)
00:00pm–05:00am €50.00 (approx)
The price includes everything: luggage charge, tolls fee, VAT, meter start, airport charge. You don't have to pay anything more than the above. Still, the taxi driver has to start the meter in case you decide to change destination and your drop-up point is not in Athens centre. The same fixed fares apply when you pick a taxi from Athens centre to go to the airport. For further information, you may visit the Athens Taxi Driver website or the Athens Airport Taxi website.
Public transportation is directly connected to the Airport. You can either use suburban railway, metro or buses to get to your hotel. Four bus lines (X93, X95, X96, X97) connect directly to the Athens greater area, X95 starts from Syntagma square, X93 connects the airport to intercity bus stations (KTEL Kifissos Bus Terminal and Liosion bus terminal), X96 to Athens main port Piraeus and X97 to Elliniko metro station the Southern terminal of Line 2. Buses disembark passengers at the departures level and depart from the arrivals level between exits 4 and 5. To get to the downtown of the center getting metro with direction to Elliniko will be the most easy way after your trip if you choose to use public transportation.
Tickets and ticket cards have different costs so you can have a glance at the cost before your arrival. You can easily choose will option is better for you by visiting https://www.athenstransport.com/english/tickets/ with details about the cost of your transportation during your stay in the city. You can buy them by using the Automatic Ticket Issuing Machines (ATIMs) in all METRO and TRAM Stations and from Ticket Offices
Another important information due to the global health crisis of coronavirus is the direction of the relative ministry for the rules while using public transportation. As of June 12th, 2020:
Passengers are required to wear face masks/coverings (simple medical masks or cloth masks) while using Athens Transport or waiting at stations.
Passengers are asked to keep safe distances while using the transport system, pay by credit/debit cards instead of cash if possible and follow instructions of the personnel.
Bus passengers cannot use the front door to get on or off the bus.
Metro and Tram do not run for the extended 2-hour service after midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. All lines of all means of transport run according to their published timetables.
Click here to see the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Advice for travellers by the National Public Health Organization
According to the evolution of the pandemic rules are changing so you can visit https://www.athenstransport.com/ to get the latest information you need to know to protect yourself and others.
You can download and use the available mobile applications of Athens public transportation. OASA application will give the necessary information on routes, timetables and stops for urban transport buses in Athens.
Athens Metro Guide & Subway Map + Route Planner is the quick and easy way to navigate your way into and around the city using the subway service.
Athens Offline Map and Travel Guide is another application with free maps designed specifically for travelers. You can find a variety of applications according to your preferences and the information you need to know most about the city.
You can easily find more details on the recommended following links to know Athens and the ways to explore the city more easily.
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Explore the city :
Athens International Airport: https://www.aia.gr/traveler/
Suburban railway: http://www.trainose.gr/en/passenger-activity/suburban-railway/
Urban railway transportation: http://www.stasy.gr/index.php?id=1&no_cache=1&L=1
Athens metro: https://www.ametro.gr/?lang=en
Athens Metro Guide & Subway Map + Route Planner:
Athens Offline Map and Travel Guide: