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About Athens Intl. Airport

Athens, which bears the traces of the Greek mythology, Roman architectural works and Ottoman culture on its streets, has a special importance among the oldest settlements in the world. Athens International Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, which is the largest airport of Athens, the capital Greece and one of the oldest cities of Europe, was opened in March 2001. The name of the airport was inspired from the famous Greek politician. The airport has two terminal buildings.

Getting to the City Center from Athens Intl. Airport

The capital of Greece, Athens, is one of the cities that informs much of today with its history and culture, and for this reason attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. Over 15 million visitors pass through the only airport of Athens, Elefterios Venizelos International Airport. It’s possible to reach Athens centre, located 20 km away from the airport by metro, train, taxi, rental car, and bus. 

Bus

Elefterios Venizelos International Airport is one of the airports with the most convenient methods of reaching the city centre. You can reach the central locations of Sintagma Square, Athena Academy, and Agios Fanourious by taking the X95 from the bus stops located in front of the airport administration building. The journey to the city centre should take around an hour. Once you are at the 16th stop, Evangelismos Hospital, you can take either walk, or take the 732 bus for three stops, to reach Sintagma Square.

You can also reach various areas in Athens from the airport by taking buses 54, 608, 622, 732, and 815.

Train – Metro

There’s been a recent switch in Athens from Greek to Latin alphabet for station names, however the Latin alphabet is not yet used everywhere. This is why it’s probably a good idea to keep an idea of how many stops you need to go when using public transport. You should pay attention to this detail is you take the train from Venizelos Airport to the centre.

The M3 line goes all the way to Sintagma from the airport. Sintagma is the 15th stop. Once you’ve reached Sintagma Square, the home of the Greek Parliament, then you can reach Omonia, another important centre, in just 3 stops by taking the metro. There is also a train line going directly to Port Pire from the airport.

Taxi

It’s possible to reach everywhere in the city by taking a taxi from the airport, however the fixed fare is only applied to Sintagma, Monastiraki, and Omonia. The good conversation of Athenian taxi drivers can be an additional bonus.

Car Rental

You can explore the various areas of Athens and Greece by renting a car at Venizelos Airport. The airport does offer its own car rental service alongside the many car rental agencies. Once you’ve rented your car you should travel 9km along the A64 and then join up with the Attiki highway. This will take you directly to centre of Athens.  

Last Updated: 19 Feb 2018
Getting to Athens Intl. Airport from the City Center

Greece's capital, Athens, is one of the cities that has effected today's world with its history and culture. With this attribute, it hosts millions of tourists from around the world. Athens' only airport, Elefterios Venizelos International Airport, however, is an important airport to which 15 million of people who visit the city arrive through. 

For transportation here, you can get on the bus number 732 from the Sintagma and Omonoia squares in the city center of Athens, getting off on the third stop, Evangelimos Hospital stop and changing on to bus number X95, arriving at the airport after about an hour-long trip. X96, however, provides transportation to the Pire Port and from Pire, to the airport. 

Rail System

Passing through Monastiraki and Sintagma, located in the city center, the M3 line takes you directly to the Airport. However, from the Omonoia Square you can get on the M1 line to get to Monastiraki switching to line M2 which will get you to Sintagma from where you can get on a bus to the airport. 

The M3 line also can get you to important places like the Benaki museum, Athens Academy and Athens Concert hall.

Private Vehicle

Athens, unlike western European cities, does not have orderly streets and boulevards. Because of this, your chance of getting lost is very high.Attiki Road will get you to the A64 which takes you to the Airport. You can get to the Airport via private vehicle in 30 to 40 minutes and park it in the 1360 capacity parking lot.

Airport Information

Hosting more than 15 million visitors annually, the airport offers its passengers and their close ones places to spend their time  fruitfully. With health and maintenance facilities located within the airport, there is also a small archaeological and Acropolis exhibition.

There are also galleries where temporary exhibitions take place in the Airport. It is rich in terms of eating, drinking and shopping. There is a large Duty Free in the airport where you can find everything related to the Mediterranean culture and cuisine.

Last Updated: 28 Jul 2017

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