Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is the largest airport in Greece. At the crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Athens is a city that is easily accessible from virtually any point of departure. Flights from major airport hubs such as London, Berlin, Paris, Frankfurt, Rome and New York come in daily and frequently. The airport is located 30 km from the city centre.
Connections between the airport and the city centre:
Once you exit from the arrival gate, the express buses can be found between exits 4 and 5. The buses leave approximately every 15 – 60 minutes, depending on the line. Service is provided on a non-stop basis seven days a week including holidays (24/7 operation). Tickets should be purchased in advance at the information kiosk. There are four routes:
Journey time depends always on traffic conditions.
Metro line 3
Metro line 3 (blue line) connects the airport with the city centre. To get to the metro station follow the signs in the arrival hall, since you have to go one level up. The metro departs every 30 minutes starting at 6:30 until 23:30. Estimated journey time to Syntagma Square is 30 minutes.
Taxis are available at the designated Taxi waiting area located at exit 3 of the arrival level. There is a flat rate of € 38,00 from 05:00 to 24:00 for transfers from the airport to the city centre. The night flat rate (00:00 – 05:00) is € 54,00. The charge is determined by the time of arrival at the destination and includes all applicable surcharges and extras.
Using the public transport is the fastest and cheapest way of getting around.
The metro lines connect the city centre and the surroundings covering important landmarks of the Greek capital, such as the Acropolis, Athens Airport, Piraeus Port, Central Railway Station and Olympic Stadium. There are three lines: line 1 (green), line 2 (red) and line 3 (blue). Trains operate from 05:00 to 24:00 every day and on Friday and Saturday line 2 and 3 run until 02:00.
Buses serve Athens and its suburbs. Most vehicles are modern and air-conditioned. They run between 05:00 and midnight. Special schedules may apply during summer months.
The trams connects the city centre with the southern seaside. Trams run approximately from 05:00 to midnight daily. There are three lines, which cover the majority of the city's Saronic Gulf coastline. The trams run from Syntagma Square to Faliro / Peace and Friendship Stadium SEF; Syntagma Square to Voula / Glyfada; and Faliro to Voula. The trams operate from 05:30 to 01:00 (Sunday to Thursday) and from 05:00 to 02:30 (Friday and Saturday).
You can purchase a single ticket, which is valid for 90 minutes. There are also tickets valid for 24-hours, three or five days. Tickets for public transport can be bought at ticket machines at all metro and tram stations, ticket offices and many kiosks.
Athens has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate, characterised by dry summers and mild winters. June usually brings plenty of sunshine and an average daily high temperature of 30 °C.
The official language of Greece is Greek, spoken by 99% of the population.
The majority of shops and shopping centres are open from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 21:00 and on Saturday mornings. For suburban and smaller stores the working hours might split. All the stores are closed on Sundays.
Smoking is prohibited in all enclosed and covered public places.
Athens’ tap water is safe to drink and of good quality. If preferred, bottled mineral water can be purchased very cheaply from local supermarkets and kiosks.
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