Getting to Athens
Athens and the Region of Attica are served by an award-winning international airport that is connected to an extensive ground transport network. The public metro and bus serve the airport, along with private taxis and chauffeurs.
Arriving in Athens
At the crossroads between continents with fast international connections to the world’s financial centers and the fastest growing emerging markets, Athens has never been more accessible. The Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (AIA) had more than 25.6M passengers in 2019, an all-time record for the airport increasing nearly 28% in comparison to 2016 and the 19th busiest airport in Europe in 2020. The award-winning Athens International Airport serves 130 countries and is the gateway to dozens of Greek islands and mainland destinations. Currently, 85 airlines operate at Athens airport.
For more information www.aia.gr
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.
Metro Line 3 (the blue line) 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 €9 (€4.50 for children, teenagers, over 65).
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 €5.50 (€2.70 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 International Airport with Larissis Station, the central Athens railway terminal, where connections are available by rail to the Port of Piraeus. Trains also depart from the airport to Doukissis Plakentias station. You can transfer to the Athens Metro network using the same ticket.
Proastiakos Suburban Railway: Website / Tel. +30 210 527 2000
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 (tolls and fees).
From the Ports
Piraeus is the main port in Athens, located 10km southwest of the city centre and 45 km from the airport.
Boats depart year-round to the Argosaronic islands (Hydra, Spetses, Poros, Aegina and Salamina), the Aegean Sea (Cyclades, the Dodecanese) and Crete.
Lavrio Port provides 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
Metro Line 1 (the green line) runs from the port of Piraeus and meets Athens Metro line 3 at Monastiraki Station, where connection is available to Syntagma Square.
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.
Taxis line the port, especially in the summer months. During high season you may have to wait in line. The ride from Piraeus to the city centre is around €25.