Heralded as “the birthplace of democracy” Athens is an unmissable destination for history, archaeology, culinary, and mythology fanatics. A walk throughout the city will take travelers on a journey through the millennia – with ancient ruins from the Neolithic period to the Byzantine era. Its location near the Mediterranean Sea makes Athens an ideal stop in between Greek island-hopping adventures. Getting to and from Athens Airport is easy – where you go next is up to you!
Where is Athens Airport?
Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos is Greece’s largest international flight hub. It serves as the main base for the country’s national airline company, Aegean Airlines, and other local carriers. The airport is one of the busiest in Europe, welcoming over 25 million passengers each year. As a result, there are a variety of convenient options for getting to and from Athens Airport.
Traveling between the airport and city center is one of the most economical options, especially if you’re traveling solo. There are four lines that offer this route, operating 24/7. Most travelers board the X-95 line that connects Syntagma Square, in the heart of Athens, to the city’s international airport. A one-way ticket will cost you €6 and the journey takes about 1 hour, depending on traffic.
Metro Line 3 departs directly from Athens International Airport every 30 minutes between 6:30 am and 11:30 pm. At the airport, you’ll easily find the station when you exit the arrivals gate. Just take exit 3 and the escalator will bring you to the sky bridge. There, you’ll find automatic machines to purchase your tickets. A one-way ticket costs €10 for adults and €5 for children under 18 and adults over 65. You can also get a round-trip ticket (valid for 7 days) for €14.
If you’re traveling in a group of three or more, taking a taxi can be less expensive than taking the bus or metro – not to mention more convenient! To get a taxi at the airport, simply follow the signs or step outside of the arrivals gate and turn right. The Athens Airport Taxi has a flat rate to the city center of €38 during the day and €54 after midnight. For a truly hassle-free journey between Athens Airport and the city center, you can pre-book your taxi and get door-to-door service. For the same fee of a regular Athens Airport taxi, this pre-booked service will have a driver pick you up directly at the arrivals gate and drop you off at your hotel, assisting with your luggage along the way. You can also request other essential services when you book – such as a Greek sim card!