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Athens Airport

General information

Athens Airport opened in 2001, it replaced the old Ellinikon Airport. It’s nowadays the busiest airport in Greece, mainly used by Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air, Sky Express and Ryanair. The airport is modern and easy to reach by public transport (metro and bus). Opposite the airport terminal is Hotel Sofitel Athens Airport, ideal for an early departure from Athens Airport.


Where is Athens Airport situated?

Athens Airport is located east of the capital in the municipality of Spata-Artemida. The busiest airport in Greece is easily accessible via the A6/E94 motorway (Attiki Odos).

How many terminals does Athens Airport have?

The airport consist of one main terminal building and a satellite terminal. In the main terminal you will find all check-in desks, Hall A and Hall B. Hall A is used for flights to non-Schengen countries and destinations outside Europe. Hall B is intended for flights to Schengen countries and domestic destinations, e.g. the Greek islands. The terminal consists of two floors, check-in desks 1 to 160 and the security check are on the top floor, the Arrivals hall is on the ground floor. The pedestrian bridge to the Athens Airport metro station is found at the same level as the Departures hall.

TIP: Many well-known museums, sights and attractions require online reservations. If you plan to visit the Acropolis (combined ticket, valid for 5 days) and Acropolis Museum during your stay in Athens, the convenient Athens Digital Pass is highly recommended!

Airport Map

Nearby airports

A good alternative for flying to or from Athens Airport are the following airports, sorted by distance from the airport. You can also take a look at the complete list of airports in Greece.

Airport Distance
Mykonos Airport 135km



The distance from Athens Airport to the centre of Athens is 34 kilometres. By car, it takes 45 minutes to get to the centre of Athens.

From ATH Airport to Athens City centre by Car
34 km
45 min

Travel by car

Public transport

It is possible to travel to and from Athens Airport by public transport. If you opt for public transport to and from Athens Airport you can travel by bus and metro. Visit the Athens Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from Athens Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Athens is about € 40.-. Book your taxi at Athens Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From ATH Airport to Athens City centre by Taxi
34 km
45 min
€ 40.-

Book a taxi

Car rental

At Athens Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Thrifty (The Hertz Corporation), Hertz, National (Enterprise Holdings), Enterprise, Alamo (Enterprise Holdings), Budget, Avis, Sixt and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

Athens Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

Book your parking space

At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at Athens Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at Athens Airport.



Departures and arrivals

Looking for departure times and/or arrival times? Find the latest flight status information for flights departing from and arriving at Athens Airport.

Flight tickets

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Which airlines fly from and to Athens Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at Athens Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • Aegean Airlines
  • Olympic Air
  • Ryanair
  • Sky Express
  • Wizz Air


Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near Athens Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Sofitel Athens Airport, Athens

The 5-star Sofitel Athens Airport’is conveniently located 50 metres from Athens International Airport. It offers a spa and an indoor heated pool with views over the airport. Free Wi-Fi is offered throughout.


Thanos apartments, Koropíon

Located in Koropíon in the Attica region and Vorres Museum reachable within 6.4 km, Thanos apartments provides accommodation with free WiFi, BBQ facilities, a garden and free private parking.


Holiday Inn Athens Attica Av, Airport W., an IHG Hotel, Athens

Located close to the airport in Attica Avenue Highway, Holiday Inn Athens Attica Av, Airport W. offers stylish rooms with marble bathrooms and high speed internet. Guests enjoy free use of the gym, indoor pool and sauna.

Hotels in Athens

Looking for the best hotels in Athens? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Amalia Hotel Athens, Athens

Centrally located in Syntagma Square in Athens, Amalia Hotel Athens is right across from the National Gardens. It features comfortable rooms with satellite & pay TV and Wi-Fi internet access.


Electra Metropolis, Athens

Located in the heart of Athens, just 200 metres from Syntagma Square, the modern Electra Metropolis boasts a small, rooftop pool with waterfall effect, and a sun terrace with views over the city.


The Stanley, Athens

Conveniently located in Athens city centre and just steps from Metaxourgeio Metro Station, Stanley Hotel features a rooftop pool, 2 restaurants and 2 bars, including an open-air bar on the rooftop.

Things to do

It is possible to book tickets, activities and tours in the city and near Athens Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!


Athens: City and Seaside Yellow Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Discover Athens, Piraeus, Riviera & Beaches with the first Greek hop-on hop-off tour bus. Enjoy the views from up top and combine pleasure and education with on-board commentary in 12 languages. Choose a ticket combination of all lines.


Acropolis: Guided Walking Tour with Entrance Ticket

Visit the Athens Acropolis and explore the fascinating world of Ancient Greece on a 1.5-hour walking tour. Discover the UNESCO-listed archaeological site with a licensed guide. End at the summit with free time to explore on your own.

Tour & transport

Athens: Delphi Guided Day Trip with Pickup & Optional Lunch

Travel to the center of Ancient Greece on a full-day tour of Delphi. Site of the oracle, and heart of the classical Greek world, explore the hilltop ruins, the amphitheater, and Temple of Apollo.


  3 reviews

Have you visited Athens Airport lately? So far, 3 airport passengers have written an airport review about Athens Airport. This airport has an average score of 2 out of 5. Provide other airport travellers with essential airport information and tell us about your airport experience.

Latest airport reviews

2 months ago

My checked suitcase was crashed at the airport. I claimed the damage, received all the necessary documentation and was promised replacement in a week. However, when I was leaving Greece the airport service took advantage of the situation and refused to reimburse or replace my damaged luggage. They lied that I haven't submitted the damaged suitcase dimensions. When I began to insist they simply ignored my messages. This was shameful behavior.

1 year ago

The pros of Athens Airport is that it has good and reasonably priced food and beverage options (the food at the self service before passport control on the departure level is decent and you can buy water and toast for subsidised prices even after the security and passport control near the departure gates, i.e a bottle of water for only half a euro!).
There is a baggage storage facility on the arrivals level which is especially useful for those flying to the islands or other destinations for a few days and don't want to carry their suitcases with them.
The cons are that the airport is relatively far. It takes 60 to 90 minutes to reach most destinations on the metro line from the airport. The ticket is for 90 minutes and the train frequencies are less than in the past (perhaps due to covid-19) so it often happens that a traveler buys a 90 minute drive ticket but finds the ticket has expired once he/she reaches his/her destination despite it not being his/her fault the train was delayed at arriving and he/she waited at the platform an extra ten to twenty minutes...
Another disadvantage is that the only accommodation option within walking distance of the airport is the Sofitel Hotel which charges daily rates starting from 180 EUR and has no hourly facilities (or four to six hour slots to freshen up and power sleep) which is an option many other airport hotels in Europe provide.
On the bright side the staff at the airport are all professional with excellent English speaking skills.

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