Getting from Athens International Airport to Athens, Greece (20 km or 12 miles away)
Honestly, this is probably one of the most boring topics that I write about. I seriously dread discussing transportation options to and from the airport, but this information is pretty important. I mean, the last thing you want to
do after spending twenty hours on a plane is try and figure out the cheapest way to get from the airport, to your hotel. I’m usually so exhausted after the flight, that all I want to do is stumble into bed. I have absolutely no desire to sit there and do calculus equations to try and determine the cheapest way to get to my hotel, from the airport. I also don’t want to spend an hour and a half tracking someone down to get information about local transportation options. And sure, I could take a taxi, but those are so expensive. Instead of spending that money on transportation, I’d rather spend it on something important, like food. So it is for these reasons, and many more, that I have created this list of 4 Ways to get from Athens International Airport to Athens, Greece.
Take Metro Line 3 from Athens International Airport to the city center. Trains run every 30 minutes and operate 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to
11:30 p.m. The trip from the Airport to Syntagma station (Athens center) takes about 40 minutes.
There are several ticket options available to you. You can buy a single ride, metro ticket to the airport are €10 for adults and €5 for children under 18, adults over 65, and students under 24. There is also a €20 , three day tourist ticket that includes one round trip ticket to the airport.
All these ticket options can be purchased at metro stations, transportation kiosks, and newspaper kiosks. As you board your transportation method of choice, simply validate your ticket as you go through the machine (Bus and Trolley tickets are €1.20 and cannot be used on the metro).
24 Hour Express Buses
Express bus routes rum from the Athens city center (and greater area) to the Athens International Airport (AIA) “Eleftherios Venizelos”. Service operates on a non-stop basis, seven days a week, including holidays All inbound trips to the airport disembark at the Departures Level, while LL outbound buses depart from the Arrival Level.. Bus tickets are sold at the info/ticket-kiosk that is right outside of Arrivals,( between Exits 4 and 5), or onboard at no extra cost.
There are four routes:
Χ93 (65 minutes) : Kifissos KTEL (long-distance buses) Station – Airport
Direct connections to the intercity bus (KTEL) are available at terminals KIFISOS and LIOSION. Link to the suburban rail station at KIFISIAS
X95 (60 minutes) : Syntagma (city center) – Airport
Direct connections to Syntagma Square at Athens city center are available. Link to metro line 2 and the tramway at SYNTAGMA station. Connect to metro line 3 at NOMISMATOKOPEIO, ETHNIKI AMYNA, or SYNTAGMA stations.
Χ96 (90 minutes) : Piraeus (sea port) – Airport
This is a direct connection to Piraeus port terminals. Link to metro line 1 at ISAP N.FALIRO station and PEIRAIAS stations. Connect to the suburban rail station at PEIRAIAS station. Links to the tramway occur at PLATEIA GLYFADAS, EDEM, and FLISVOS stations.
Χ97 (45 minutes): Eliniko Metro Station – Airport
Connections to metro line 2 are available at AG.DIMITRIOS, and DAFNI stations.
Regular Express Bus tickets are €6 while reduced ticket rates are €3. Tickets can be purchased from bus drivers aboard the bus or at local metro stations.
WARNING: Travel times are estimates only and do not account for local traffic conditions, which change daily. Allow
extra time for traffic when planning your journey to and from the airport.
Proastiakos (Suburban Railway)
The Suburban railway connects to the Athens airport and the Athens Central Railway Station at Larissis Station and at Acharnai Railway Center.
Routes are available from the Airport to Kiato (and vice versa), Kiato to Patras bus connections, and from Piraeus to Athens are available through the Halkida line.
Generally, travel times to (and from) the airport are about an hour and 45 minutes, with tickets costing €14; tickets that can be used on the metro as well. Like with the metro, tickets can also be purchased at metro stations, transportation kiosks, and newspaper kiosks.
Tip: The Suburban railway departs every 15-25 minutes from the Athens International Airport railway station to the Placentas station. From here, you can change trains and continue to the city center on Metro Line 3, headed towards Egaleo.
***This transportation options is mainly for those heading into the suburbs. If you would like to go to the city center, this option is not for you.
Taxis are available at the Taxi waiting area that is located at Exit 3 of the Arrivals Level. A taxi from the airport to the city center costs a flat rate of €35 between 5:00 a.m. and midnight. That rate increases to €50 between midnight and 5:00 a.m (charges are determined by the time you arrive at your destination and include all surcharges and extras).
**Locals have informed me that while tourist resources claim the above, the reality is that there is no regulated taxi fare. Drivers will charge whatever they want and scam you if they realize you’re a tourist. BE AWARE!!!
In my humble opinion, the metro is the easiest way to travel to and from the airport. Obviously a taxi would be even easier, but the price tag is a bit steep. Plus, the metro journey always takes about 40 minutes since the metro is not as heavily affected by traffic as some of the other forms of public transportation. But ultimately, the choice is yours. So choose wisely.