This guide on how to get from Athens airport to downtown It shows you the best means of transport so you can make the transfer to the city or your hotel in the fastest and cheapest way.
The Athens Airport, officially called Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is located 20 kilometers east of the city and is also well connected by public transport (metro, train and bus) and private (taxi and direct transfer) to the city center .
Based on the experience of our trip to Greece where we landed in the capital, we show you all the options of how to get from Athens airport to downtown, so that you choose the most comfortable or the one that best suits your needs. We start!
The M3 subway line, which runs every half hour and is operational from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., will take you to the city center in 40 minutes for 10 euros a person, 18 euros if you are two and 24 euros three. There is also a tourist ticket that costs 22 euros and allows you unlimited use of the metro, bus and tram for 3 days.
He Metro is the fastest way to get from the airport to Athens, by avoiding the heavy traffic that is usually found in the streets of the city.
We believe it is a great option if your hotel is close to the Monastiraki stops, which connects with the green line that leads to the Port of Piraeus, or Sintagma, which connects with the red line that leads to the Acropolis and Plaka neighborhood.
The only drawback is that you have to be attentive to all your belongings, especially when opening and closing car doors, to avoid any theft or theft, something that is quite common, unfortunately.
A good option to stay in Athens is the hotel we were in, the Phaedra Hotel, located in the charming Plaka district and 10 minutes from the entrance to the Acropolis. In addition to its magnificent location, the hotel has a 24-hour reception and views of the Acropolis from some rooms.
Acropolis of Athens
A taxi from Athens airport to the center has a fixed price of 38 euros between 05h and 00h and 53 euros between these two hours.
To take the taxi go directly to the official stop indicated with signs and ignore any proposal of cheap transfer.
In addition to all these means of transport, the airport also has a train line that links to Larissis Central Station although this alternative is only useful if you want to travel to another city in the country by train.
Once you have decided the transfer, we recommend organizing the routes around the city with these guides optimized by days: