Athens Airport Transportation
Transportation options to Athens City & Beyond
There are a few transportation options that tourists can use to get to Athens City from the Athens International Airport. If you are planning to sight-see in Athens then there is virtually no need to rent a car; Athens is a great city for pedestrians as many of the beautiful sights are in close proximity. However, it is important to keep in mind that the terrain of Athens gets hilly especially on your way up to the Parthenon.
There are in essence four transportation options available to help you get from the airport and into Athens - taxis, metro, express buses and regional buses:
The taxi terminal is located just outside the airport arrivals terminal at Exit 3. It is important to have your hotel name written in Greek and once you board a taxi remember to ask the driver to reset the meter. There is a flat rate of 35 Euro day time and 50 Euro night time for going to the center of Athens. For Piraeus Port there is no flat rate but you will be charged around 47 Euro at day and 63 Euro at night.
If you are interested for pre-booked taxis and limousine services look at Athens Airport Shuttle.
The metro is another transportation option available at the Athens International Airport. It is quite easy to use and the charges are very consistent. The train station is connected to the airport although one will require to go a level up from arrivals using an elevator and cross over a pedestrian bridge. You are required to purchase a ticket from the station desk for about 8 Euros per person. One of the main advantages of using the metro is the fact that there are discounts for every additional person. For example, you will only pay 14 Euros for two people, or 20 Euros for three people. Trains run every 30 mins (on the hour and half hour) from 0530-0015 (0200 on Fri & Sat nights) and take 40 mins from/to city centre (Syntagma Square)
You can find here the detailed Athens Airport Metro Timetable.
The express bus station is located just in front of the Athens Airport Arrivals. The express bus X95 is the one that goes directly to the Syntagma square. There is also the X96 that goes directly to the Piraeus Port for 5 Euros. It takes approximately one hour to get to the center of Athens. In total, there are around four bus lines that operate from the Athens International Airport. You can find here details on Athens Airport Bus.
Regional Buses - KTEL Express Service
Five regional buses operate at the airport. All buses disembark passengers at the Departures Level and depart from the Arrivals Level, between Exits 2 and 3, opposite to the Airport Hotel.
For further information, please visit KTEL's site.
Rafina - Airport
Markopoulo - Airport
Lavrio - Airport (transfer at Markopoulo)
Kalyvia - Airport (transfer at Markopoulo)
Keratea - Airport (transfer at Markopoulo)
Without a doubt, there are quite a number of transportation options in Athens, both public and private, to ensure that visitors can navigate through the city sights with very little trouble.