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Getting to Athens

Athens and its wider region of Attica are served by an awarded international airport which can be reached through the extensive transport network. To get around in the city you can use the metro, bus, tram, and taxi.


At the crossroads between Europe and the Middle East, Athens has never been more accessible. The Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (AIA) is the 27th busiest airport in Europe with more than 21M passengers in 2017, another all-time record for the airport increasing traffic by 8.6% regarding 2016; The award-winning Athens International Airport services 130 countries and is the gateway to dozens of Greek islands and mainland destinations. Currently, 85 airlines operate at Athens airport. For more information

Coming from the Airport

Athens International Airport is located 33 km southeast of Athens. It is easily accessible via the Athens ring road (Attiki Odos). The drive from downtown Athens takes 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic.

By Metro

Metro Line 3 connects the airport to the city centre (Syntagma Square). The journey time is approximately 40 minutes. Trains run every 30 minutes, 7 days a week from 6:30 am to 11:30 pm. One way tickets cost €10 (€5 for children, teenagers, over 65).

By Bus

24-hour express buses connect Athens International Airport with the port of Piraeus and the Intercity Bus Terminal (KTEL Kifissos). These non-stop services operate daily, including public holidays. All buses drop off passengers at the Departures Level and depart from the Arrivals Level. Bus tickets are sold at the ticket booth outside the Arrivals hall (between Exits 4 and 5), or onboard at no extra cost. One way tickets cost €6 (€3 for children, teenagers, over 65).

There are 4 express bus routes from the airport:

→ Χ93: Airport - Kifissos Station (Estimated journey time: 65 minutes)

→ X95: Airport - Syntagma Square (Estimated journey time: 60 minutes)

→ Χ96: Airport - Piraeus port (Estimated journey time: 90 minutes)

→ Χ97: Airport - Elliniko (Estimated journey time: 45 minutes)

By Suburban Railway

The suburban railway (Proastiakos) connects Athens Airport with Larissis Station, the central Athens railway station in approx. 45 minutes. Trains depart from Athens airport every 15-25 minutes to Doukissis Plakentias station, where you can transfer to the Athens Metro network, using the same ticket.

Proastiakos Suburban Railway: Website / Tel. +30 210 527 2000

By Taxi

Taxis are available outside Exit 3 of Arrivals Level. A taxi from the airport to the city centre costs a flat rate of €35 from 5 am to midnight, and €50 from midnight to 5 am. The rate is determined by the time of arrival at the destination and includes all applicable surcharges.

Coming from the Port

Piraeus is the main port in Athens, located 10km southwest of the city centre and 45 km from the airport.

Boats depart on a year-round basis to the Argosaronic islands (Hydra, Spetses, Poros, Aegina and Salamina), the Aegean Sea ( Cyclades, the Dodecanese) and Crete.

Lavrio Port offers year-round service to Kea, Kithnos, Syros, Tinos, Andros, Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros, Milos, Paros, Naxos, Limnos, Agios Efstratios and Kavala.

Rafina Port offers year-round service to Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Marmari and Evia. In the summer there is an additional service to Syros, Naxos.


+30 213 214 7610 Piraeus

Crete | Cyclades | Dodekanisa | Argosaronikos


+30 229 232 0400 Lavrio

Cyclades | East Aegean Islands


+30229 432 1200 Rafina

Sporades | Cyclades | East Aegean Islands

By Train

Line 1 (overground train) runs from the port of Piraeus and meets Athens Metro line 3 at Monastiraki Station, which takes you to Syntagma Square.

By Bus

Bus 040 runs from Piraeus to Syntagma Square 24 hours a day.

The X80 is an express bus from Piraeus to Syntagma, running every half hour from 7am to 9.30pm.

By Taxi

Taxis line the port, especially in the summer months, so you should have no problem picking up a cab on arrival. During high season the demand is high, so you may have to wait in line. The ride from Piraeus to the city centre is around €25.

Contact Details

Athens Development and

Destination Agency


Xenofontos 7, 105 57

Athens, Greece


+30 210 32 53 123

+30 210 52 01 611

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