Travel

Travel to/from the airport

Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, It will take you to 30 minutes by car and 40 minutes by train to the city centre. Getting to/from the Athens International Airport and the city center, located about 20 km (12 miles) east can be achieved via:

24-hour express buses: All buses leave passengers at the Departures Level and depart from the Arrivals Level, between Exits 4 and 5. There are four routes:

One-way travel time estimates: X93 (65 min), X95 (70 min), X96 (90 min), X97 (100 min).

Allow sufficient time to travel as traffic conditions may cause delays. For ticket info see Athens Transport tickets and cards.

Metro: Take Metro Line 3 (Aghia Marina – Douk. Plakentias – Airport), which connects the Athens airport with the city center. Trains run every 30 minutes, 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The trip from/to the Airport to Syntagma station (Athens center) lasts 40 minutes. See the Metro timetable to the airport here. For ticket info see Athens Transport tickets and cards.

Proastiakos: The Suburban railway connects the Athens airport with the Athens Central Railway Station and Acharnai Railway Center, and through them to the National Railway network. The Suburban railway departs every 15-25 minutes from the Athens Airport railway station to Plakentias station, where you can change trains and continue to the city center (Metro Line 3 to Aghia Marina), using the same ticket.

Taxi: A taxi from the airport to the city centre costs a flat rate of €35 from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, and €50 from midnight to 5:00 a.m.

Public Transportation

The Athens public transportation network offers you a wide variety of routes, combining many different means, namely the metro, railway, buses, trolleybuses and trams. With a 1,20€ ticket you can move around using one or more means of transport within 70  minutes. You can buy tickets from all metro and train stations as well as from the kiosks on the streets. Alternatively, you can inquire about day or weekly passes that offer public transport at a discounted rate.

The Athens Metro has 3 lines.

  • Line 1 (green line): Kifisia – Piraeus
  • Line 2 (red line): Anthoupoli – Eliniko
  • Line 3 (blue line): Airport – Douk. Plakentias – Aghia Marina

All trains stop at all stations all the time, except of the section Airport – Douk. Plakentias of line 3, where trains run every 30 minutes.

Operating hours are 5:30 a.m. to 00:30 a.m., and every Friday and Saturday night, lines 2 & 3 stay open until 2:30 a.m. You can find information about Athens metro, including timetables, maps, parking and safety information on this website. For ticket info see Athens Transport tickets and cards.