Landing in a city you haven’t been before is always a wonderful feeling, especially for those who can’t live without the thrill of traveling and exploring new places. The thing is, every time someone visits a new city for the first time, vital information is needed. For this reason, we have created a survival guide for Athens Airport, to make your life easier and your stay in Athens even more enjoyable.
Visiting Athens Airport
Athens Eleftherios Venizelos airport- credits: blackboard1965/Shutterstock.com
Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) is an award-winning airport in Europe. It’s large enough to satisfy its customers’ needs, but not as big as hub airports; you don’t need to worry about feeling lost in it. There are many duty-free shops and shops where the visitors can have access too, such as cafes, press shops, souvenirs shops and little stores with traditional local products. Eleutherios Venizelos airport is known for its helpful and kind staff, as well as for the fact that it is easily accessible by both car and public transportation.
Where to store your luggage
A man with luggage at the airport - credits: Netfalls Remy Musser/Shutterstock.com
Dragging your heavy luggage around the city is not ideal. Especially in the summer heat, luggage will not only give you back pain, but also a severe case of petulance. Thankfully, Athens International Airport offers various baggage services to ensure your comfortable stay in Greece, even if you're here because of a connecting flight. Individual porter services are available on a 24-hour basis, to assist passengers with the conveyance of their baggage, while Core4Bag provides luggage storage services. Keep in mind that pricing depends on the size of the bag and how long you're storing it there for.
Renting a car in Athens Airport
A car parked near a beach in Greece - credits: Krivosheev-Vitaly/Shutterstock.com
Currently, there are five car rental companies operating at the Athens International Airport: Enterprise, Avis, Hertz, Budget, Sixt. Their offices are located at the 'arrivals' level of the main terminal building. However, our advice is that you book a car a few days riot to your arrival at the airport, in order to get a good deal. To get your money's worth, book well in advance, especially if you're traveling during high season and/or peak times. Keep in mind that aggregators are really helpful in finding the best offers. “Kayak” and “Carrentals.com” are two popular aggregators, but you can surely find more if you search for it.
How to move from Athens to the airport
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A. By bus
Going from the airport to Athens downtown by bus (24-hour express bus X95) is the cheapest way. The terminal station is next to the Syntagma square, -on Othonos street- which is also the point of departure. The timetable of the bus route -Syntagma to Athens airport- is available online for your convenience. To be informed about the reverse route (Athens airport to Syntagma) you just need to click on the option 'Backward direction' on the website.
(Ticket price 6€ / Reduced ticket price 3€)
B. By the Metro / Suburban rail
Taking the railway (Athens metro or suburban) is the most common and convenient way to access the city center. The only difference between the two aforementioned means of transportation is that the metro heads to Agia Marina (blue line) while the suburban railheads to suburbs or Kiato. Therefore, if one decides to take the suburban rail, they should get off the train at Doukissis Plakentias station and take the metro for the rest of the journey to Syntagma.
(Ticket price 10€ / Reduced ticket price 5€)
Tip: Don’t forget to check all the available tickets and choose the one which perfectly meets your needs.
C. By Taxi
Taking a taxi from Airport to Athens is probably the most expensive alternative since the tariff for this specific journey is 38€ during the daytime (05:00 – 24:00) and 54€ during the hours when no trains and almost no bus transport is available at night.
As far as taking a taxi in Athens for your daily transportation, you should always keep your eyes on the taxi meter; don’t hesitate to ask the driver to turn it on if it’s not. Furthermore, remember that the taxi fare is double at night (midnight to 05.00 am).
Tip: If you want to have a reliable, comfortable transfer from and to the airport, you can always arrange one with us by clicking on this link.
Hotels near the airport
Popular hotel across Athens' International airport - credits: EQRoy/Shutterstock.com
There are a couple of hotels near Athens' airport, which can prove really convenient for those who just have a connecting flight in Athens. Sofitel, Mare Nostrum and Holiday Inn are the most popular hotels for those who prefer staying near the airport. In case you love swimming in the sea, Mare Nostrum is the ideal hotel for you. It’s also a great place to enjoy water sports, as well as engage in fun activities during your short stay in Athens.
Getting from the airport to Piraeus port
Piraeus port - credits: Milan Gonda/Shutterstock.com
Fortunately for travelers who want to go straight to the port of Piraeus, there is a bus 'X96' connecting Athens airport and Piraeus port. Another way to access Piraeus port is through Monastiraki by metro (blue and then, green line). You need to take the metro from the airport, get off at Monastiraki station and get on the train following the green line that will eventually lead you to Piraeus. The duration of the trip from Monastiraki to the port of Piraeus is approximately 20 minutes. In case you want to access the port of Rafina, there is a direct regional bus service (KTEL), which departs from the station opposite Sofitel hotel.
Where to change money in Athens
Changing any currency to euro is fairly easy in Athens. There are many currency stores in the area of Omonoia and Syntagma. More specifically, in Agiou Konstantinou street next to Omonoia square, there are a few stores for currency exchange, where one can buy euros. If your final destination is a small place in the mainland or any Greek island, it will be difficult for you to change your money there. So, don’t forget to do it during your stay in Athens. In addition to that, travelers should remember that paying by card in Greece is not as common as in other European countries. Therefore, carrying some cash with you will prove quite useful. Don't worry if your time is up and you still have some euros in your wallet. There are a number of currency exchange shops in the airport, too!
Athens is undoubtedly a big city with travelers from around the world worshipping the ground it stands on. Hopefully, the information provided here will become a survival guide for Athens Airport, saving you time for more fun in our wonderful, fascinating country!