Transportation in Athens
Athens International Airport
Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” is located in Spata, 33 km southeast of Athens and serves all international and domestic flights. The airport is easily accessible from the city center via motorway, express bus or metro. The express bus line X95 (direction Syntagma) serves Athens city center. A ticket for the airport express line costs €3.20. It allows unlimited travel by all public transport means (incl. bus and metro) for 24 hours from the time of validation.
An average taxi ride from the airport to the city center should take approximately 40-50 minutes, depending on traffic. The rate for a taxi ride from the airport to the city center is fixed at 35€ per taxi per way. Taxis are available at the taxi station operating just outside the airport arrivals area.(www.aia.gr)
Transportation in Athens: Metro (Metro Lines 2 & 3)
Athens Metro network (www.ametro.gr) consists of 2 lines (Line 2 and Line 3) and 23 stations, serving 500,000 passengers daily with trains arriving every 3 minutes at rush hours and every 5-10 minutes at all other times. An additional line (Line 1) of the ISAP network, which already existed in Athens connecting the Port of Piraeus to the northern suburb of Kifisia, commutes another 415,000 passengers per day. The Athens Metro connects Syntagma Square to the Athens International Airport in 27 minutes.
Hours of operation:
Lines 2 and 3 operate daily from 05:30 – 24:00.
Line 1 operates daily from 05:00-00:30.
With a 1.40€ ticket you can move around using one or more means of transport within 1 hour and 30 minutes. While inside the train, announcements are made before every stop. Metro tickets are sold at the stations’ cashiers and by automatic tellers. Remember to validate your ticket before you move on to the platform.
Transportation in Athens: Suburban rail
The suburban train of Athens connects the center of Athens (Larissis train station) to the Athens International Airport via 9 stations in 41 minutes. The suburban train operates from 04:26 to 23:36, with departures every half an hour. The coaches are modern and offer plenty of facilities for the comfort of passengers.
Transportation in Athens: Tram
The tram’s 5 routes operate daily on a 24-hour basis, serving 47 stations. Tram vehicles arrive every 8 minutes between 06:00-01:00 and every 40 minutes between 01:00-06:00. (www.tramsa.gr)
Transportation in Athens: Buses
The broad bus network of Athens covers almost every point of the city and the suburbs with 7,500 stops. The fleet consists mainly of modern buses, environmentally friendly, with air conditioning and facilities for the elderly and passengers with special abilities. (http://www.athensinfoguide.com/gettingaroundbus.htm)
Useful tips: Tickets must be bought before boarding (from bus terminals and from the majority of kiosks) and validated in the designated machines (orange coloured) within the vehicles.
To stop a bus for embarkation you must make a hand signal to the driver. To disembark you have to notify the driver by pressing the “stop” button in time. The OASA Call Center (185 – dialing from within Greece) operates from 07:00-21:00 on weekdays and from 09:00-17:00 on weekends.
Transportation in Athens: 24 Hour Bus Lines
- 500 Piraeus – Kifissia
- Χ14 Syntagma – Kifissia
- 040 Piraeus – Syntagma Ano Patissia – Pagrati – Ν. Elvetia Glyfada – Peristeri (Agios Antonios)
- X93 Kifissos Interurban Station Buses – Athens International Airport Εxpress
- Χ95 Syntagma – Athens International Airport Εxpress
- Χ96 Piraeus – Athens International Airport Εxpress
- Χ97 Dafni Station – Athens International Airport Εxpress There are several express bus routes to and from Athens International Airport. Thermal Buses run daily from 5:00am to 23:00pm.
Transportation in Athens: Taxis
Taxis are yellow with a red-letter taxi-sign on top. Have in mind that taxis in Athens can be stopped on their way with a hand signal (just like buses) and they often take more than one passenger at a time embarking and disembarking at different points. For exclusive use of a taxi you are advised to call a “radio taxi”. In any case you can request a taxi from your hotel’s concierge.