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Transportation to and from Athens Airport

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What is the distance from Athens Airport to the centre of Athens?

The distance between the airport and Athens city centre is 34 kilometres / 21.1 miles. It is possible to cover the distance in about 30 minutes, however during rush hour the journey time is 45 minutes or more.

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

Public transport

Metro to Athens

The metro is the most practical way to get into the city of Athens. Metro line 3 (blue) runs twice an hour between the airport and metro station Nikaia west of Athens, the metro stations in the city centre are called Syntagma (15th station) and Monastiraki (16th station). These are two of the most well-known squares in Athens. It takes you about 40 minutes to reach the centre of the city. You can purchase tickets from the ticket counters and ticket vending machines at the station of Athens Airport. Before boarding, you must validate your ticket at one of the validation machines close to the escalators that take you to the platforms. Athens Airport’s train station is accessible via a covered pedestrian bridge, from the Arrivals hall it is a 5-minute walk.

Metro tickets
Tickets valid for 90 minutes cost € 9.00 per person. The price of a return ticket that you can use for 48 hours is € 16.00. Young people below the age of 18 years, students younger than 26 years and seniors over the age of 65 years can buy a ticket for half price. Children up to 5 years can use public transport in Athens for free. The last metro from Athens Airport leaves at 23:30 hours, the first metro from the city centre departs around 05:35 hours. If you want to go to Athens main railway station, you can take the regional train. It takes 40 to 45 minutes to get to Larissa Station. Please consult website and timetable metro line 3 for more information.

Top 5 activities in Athens

1. Acropolis (Parthenon) entrance ticket and guided walking tour
2. Acropolis Museum entrance ticket
3. Greek food walking tour through the streets of Athens
4. Delphi guided day trip from Athens
5. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Athens, Piraeus and Athens Riviera

Tickets for the world famous Acropolis cost € 20, it gives you access to the Acropolis and Slopes (Theatre of Dionysus). You can also buy a combined ticket for € 30, allowing you to access the Acropolis and Slopes, Ancient Agora, Roman Agora, Hadrian’s Library, Olympieion, Kerameikos and Aristotle’s School (Lykeion), this ticket is valid for 5 days. Tickets can be purchased online and at the entrance gates, persons up to 25 years from EU countries have free admission to the Acropolis and other sights (50% discount for non-EU). 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!

Bus to Athens

It is also possible to travel by bus from the airport to Athens (and Piraeus). Piraeus is a port city, located within the urban area of Athens. There are four bus lines, namely Airport Express bus X93 (Kifissos Intercity Bus Station), Airport Express bus X95 (metro station Syntagma), Airport Express bus X96 (Piraeus) and Airport Express bus X97 (metro station Elliniko). Don’t be confused by the name ‘Express’, because the buses make many stops on their way to their final destination. The journey time to Bus Terminal Kifissos (Bus Terminal A) is 65 minutes, this is one of the two major bus stations in the capital together with Bus Terminal Liosion (Bus Terminal B, travel time: 50 minutes). Both bus stations are accessible by bus service X93. Syntagma and Elliniko metro stations can be reached in 60 minutes and 45 minutes respectively.

Bus X96 takes you in 90 minutes to Piraeus. You will reach bus stop New Faliro at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium (football Olympiakos) and Peace and Friendship Stadium (basketball and volleyball) in around 80 minutes. Prices are the same, € 5.50 for a single trip. Persons younger than 18 and older than 65 only have to pay € 2.70, this also applies to students. Children up to 5 years can travel for free. The bus stops at Athens Airport can be found near exit 4 and exit 5 of the Arrivals hall. Please consult Airport Lines Athens Airport for more information.

TIP: If you plan to use public transportation in Athens and Piraeus regularly during your visit, a 3-day Tourist ticket might be interesting. This card gives you 72 hours access to all (trolley)buses, subways, trams and city trains in the metropolitan area of Athens. A return trip to and from Athens Airport by metro or bus is also included in the price. The costs are € 20.00 per person.

To and from the ports of Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio
Athens Airport is widely used by people who want to visit one of the many Greek islands. The harbour of Piraeus (Port of Piraeus) is one of Europe’s largest passenger ports. From here several Greek islands are accessible by boat, most ferries depart in the direction of the Saronic Islands (including Aegina), Crete and the Cyclades archipelago (including Paros and Naxos). Piraeus has three passenger terminals for cruise ships, known as Terminal A – Miaoulis (main terminal, gate 11), Terminal B – Themistocles and Terminal C – Alkimos.

Airport Express bus X96 runs between Athens Airport and Piraeus. It is better not to remain seated till the last stop, get out a few stops earlier at the bus stop Agios Spiridonas. A local bus or taxi will take you from this bus stop to the cruise passenger terminals. You can also travel by metro from Athens Airport, then you have to change at metro station Monastiraki to metro line 1 (green). The regional bus services of KTEL take travellers from the airport to the ports of Rafina and Lavrio (change buses at Markopoulo Mesogaias), buses depart in front of the Arrivals hall opposite Hotel Sofitel. Please consult website Piraeus Port Authority for more information.

Car sharing

There is no car sharing service available at the airport. If you are planning to rent a car in Athens, take a look at our car rental tips and see the full list of all car rental companies at Athens Airport!

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Tickets

Ticket

The Acropolis Museum Ticket & Access to Ancient Excavation

Visit the New Acropolis Museum, founded in 2009 to exhibit all major finds from the Sacred Rock and its foothills. Divided into 4 main galleries, the collections feature items formerly held in other Greek museums and returned from foreign museums.

Ticket

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.

Ticket

Athens: Acropolis & Top Attractions Tickets with Audio Guide

Make the most of your time in Athens with skip-the-ticket-line access to the Acropolis. Upgrade with optional entry to the Acropolis Museum, Ancient Agora, Roman Forum, Kerameikos, Temple of Zeus, or the National Archaeological Museum.

Activities

Activity

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.

Activity

From Athens: Full-Day Cruise to Aegina, Poros and Hydra

Escape the hustle and bustle of Athens on a tour around the islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina in the Saronic Gulf. Enjoy delicious lunch and live entertainment onboard a state-of-the-art boat.

Activity

Athens: Guided City Highlights Bike Tour

See the sights of Athens by eco-friendly bike at a relaxed pace on a 2.5-hour sightseeing tour. Pedal past must-see locations and hidden spots, including the Panathenaic Stadium and Roman Agora.

Tours and transport

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.

Tour & transport

From Athens: Temple of Poseidon and Cape Sounion Tour

Take a guided tour of Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon. Pass idyllic beaches, see some of the most gorgeous ruins of Ancient Greece, and learn about Ancient Greek history.

Tour & transport

Athens: Saronic Islands Day Cruise with Lunch & Audio Guide

Discover the islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina on a full-day cruise from Athens. Enjoy views of the Greek coast from the open deck of a cruise ship and explore Hydra with an app audio tour.

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