Airport bus, Athens
If you are not considering to take the metro or a taxi to the city centre, then the bus can be is your choice.
Line X95 Syntagma
Line X96 Piraeus
Line X93 Kifisou Avenue
Line X97 Dafni
easy transportation from the airport to the bus stations(that goes to different parts of Greece),which is Liosion bus terminal(Liosion KTEL) for the buses going to Central Greece and Thessally, and Kifissia bus teraminal (Kifissos KTEL)are for the Peoponesse,Northern Greece, & Ephirus bound buses,until the Syntagma square,where many of the hotels are and somewhat the city center or until Peraius where the port is.Every buses had a corresponding numbers & lines.Bus X95 goes to Syntagma Square,Bus X96 runs to Peraius,Bus X92/93 goes to Kiffissia.
Buses are can be found right outside the arrival area(then look to your right),in which there is a kiosk where you can buy a ticket.
From Airport to the city centre you can get bus number 95X which is just outside the exit of airport. Ticket office is in front of bus stop and the ticket costs 5 €.
It is supposed to take you to the central Syntagma square, but be prepared that the square may be closed for protests or strikes and it will leave you next to a metro station not far from the square.
Airport Bus provides with a convenient and economical way for airport transfers. X95 is the most famous of several routes that runs all the way to Syntagma Square - the city center, and vice versa, round the clock. Other routes are X92 (Kifisia), X93 (Kifisos Intercity Bus Station), X96 (Peiraias), and X97 (Dafni Metro Station).
Bus can be found just outside the arrival lounge, without even crossing the road, with a kiosk for ticketing. One-way ticket costs upfront 3.2 euro, compared to 6 euro metro ticket, regardless of the destination and the journey takes 45-90 minutes depending upon the traffic. This bus is exclusively for airport transfers, however, there are pre-designated stops on each route in between the two ends. For X95, the intermediate stops are Vas. Sofias Avenue, Mesogion Avenue and Attiki Odos. There is also enough space for luggage in the bus to accommodate your vacation suitcases/ backpacks.
One downside is the Athens traffic, which cause some delays, especially in the busy hours, but this may be a good trade off keeping in view the long approcah of the airport metro station. The other downside is the rush of travellers on the bus, this can be easily avoided by waiting for the next one as these buses are frequent, one per 10 minutes in busy hours. However, the bus has advantages over the metro; easy approach, economical, and round the clock, and therefore are popular among travellers.
We use two express lines from the airport.
- If you travelling to PIREUS take bus no. X96 /1h/ /PAROS,CRETE, CYKLADES/
-If you travelling to KIFISOS coach station take a bus no. X93 /1h/ /IONIAN Islands -ZANTE,KEFALONIA,CORFU/
Line E 95 Syntagma Square- Express bus from Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport to the center of Athens (Syntagma) and via Vas. Sofias Avenue, Mesogion Avenue and Attiki Odos
Airport bus ticket- 2,90 euros (one way)
Catching a bus from the airport into the city of Athens is so easy to do. However, just before you leave the terminal, pick up a brochure explaining the various routes, and bus numbers. They are free, and plentiful, and found in the numerous plexiglas display units.
Bus tickets are 'only' purchased from the little blue and yellow kiosh just outside the terminal doors. They say that bus drivers also sell the tickets, but that was not our experience. You will generally find a number of angry people milling about, because the attendant isn't there. Be patient, you save big bucks.
Tickets cost 2.90 euro, but are valid for twenty four hours on all public transport in Athens. Board the bus, validate your ticket (little machine) and the driver may tell you to place your luggage in a certain designated area. DON'T, hold it in your lap, because you will lose sight of your belongings, and people are getting off at other stops along the way. Be safe, not sorry. The bus tends to get over crowded.
The brochure will advise which stop to get off at, if you know where your hotel is. Probably a good idea to know that before boarding however.
The ride into the Plaka area (for example)takes just over an hour or so, and just ask other passangers where you are. Many people do understand English in Athens.
Return tickets may be purchased at the airport, but are just as easily purchased at other little public transportation kioshs spotted here and there in the city centre.
A bus will cost 2.90 euro, a taxi at 'least' thirty euro. They both take the same period of time. The taxi will deliver you directly to your hotel, the bus uses a common drop off point. Your choice...
Caution...If you get caught without a ticket, you are fined 29 euro, payable on demand. If you forget to validate your ticket, the same penalty applies.
The X95 is the best way to travel f to Syntagma square.
The bus leaves from Gate No 5 of Athens Airport and reaches Syntagma square in around 50 mins.
The service is for 24 hours and service is every 15 minutes.
The fare as of Aug 2010 is Euro 3.20
This is anice, comfortable and cheap way to travel to the centre of the city .
Syntagma is walking distance to Plaka, and The Acropolis.
BUSES TO AND FROM THE VENIZELOS AIRPORT
There are several bus lines to and from the airport. All buses depart from the designated area on the inner curbside of the arrivals level of the Main Terminal Building right outside the Exit (doors 4-5).
X94 connects the Ethniki Amina (Pentagon) Metro Station with the Airport. Passengers can transfer from the Metro line to the Airport Bus at this departure point. This bus stops running before the metro stops running which is around midnight. First bus is 06.30,the last bus at 20.55. They run every 10-20 minutes.
X95 Syntagma Square- Airport Express has its departure point at the center of Athens (Syntagma Square across the park from the Grande Bretagne) and via Vas. Sofias Avenue, Mesogion Avenue and Attiki Odos terminates at the airport. Every 10-30 minutes, 24 hours a day.
X96 Pireaus- Airport Express starts from the Northwest Corner of Pireaus main harbor and goes past Karaiskaki Square (which is almost right across from the metro and where the ticket offices are) and via Posidonos Avenue, Varis-Varkizas, and Varis-Koropiou Roads terminates at the airport. Both the Syntagma and the Pireaus buses run for 24 hours, generally every twenty minutes but every 40 minutes after midnight.
X93 connects the Airport (door 5) with the bus terminals at Kiffissou and Lliosson streets. The interval is generally 35 minutes (65 at night).
X92 goes to Kifissia.
X97 goes to the Dafni Metro Station. (Not the Dafni Monastery... this area is on Vouliagmenis Avenue and connects with Line 2 of the metro.
For Express Lines the ticket costs 3.20 Euros and is good for one trip to or from the airport. You can buy tickets from the driver or at the metro stations or at Public Transport Ticket Offices
From what i read in the reviews and my first time experience in Athens, i had to save that the Athens shuttle is the best bang for the buck. It was only 3.5 euros. I took the X95 shuttle bus to the end of the line at the Parliament Square. The return ticket can be purchased from the booth at the same location. The shuttle runs every 15 minutes. From the Parliament building, my friend and I took a taxi to our location which was about a few blocks from the Omonia metro station which was less than 5 euros. Taxi was relatively inexpensive. I definately would use the service again. Once you depart the shuttle, there are quite a few public options of public transportation. If you turn left upon leaving the bus and walk toward the light (facing the Parliament building), there is a 'Tram' that is on your very right at the light...somewhat in the middle of the street; but not crossing the street. The Tram line only has 2 directions. One, which leads along the sea and the other in the direction of Pireaus port. I dont have the actual end destination. Otherwise, if the tram is not what you need, walk to your left after walking up to the light. The Syntagma Metra station is directly below the first staircase to the left. The Metro has to be the easiest way to travel in Athens if you are not familiar with their bus system. There are only 3 main lines. At the time of this writing, the weekly pass is 10 euros. Your pass covers train, bus and metro trains. You must validate the pass one time before you proceed to the trains. Each validation boxes are located on or near each of the mode of transportation.
The Airport express bus service is another example of the excellent public transportation here in Athens with 6 services from different points around the city going to and from the airport at roughly 20 minute intervals throughout the day and with several of the services also running every 30 minutes at night. The buses are modern and air-conditioned and on most routes use the reserved bus lane as they approach the city, though quite a good idea is to take the metro out of the city proper to pick up the bus from say Ethniki Amyna to make for a faster journey. The six routes are: X92 from Kifissia; X93 from Kifisos Coach Terminal; X94 from Ethnika Amyna Metro; X95 from Syntagma Metro; X96 from Pireaus Port and the X97 from Dafni Metro - the X95 and X96 are definitely 24 hour services but I'm not sure about the others. They buses don't stop at all bus stops but the stops they do stop at are well signed.
The 24 hour services are especially useful for travel out of the city after the Metro closes at midnight. The standard fare is 3.20 Euros. Website below has all the timetables.
On the way back to the airport we decided to take the X-95 bus from Symtgma square to the airport, and we're glad we did .... it cost only 3.20 Euro .... instead of a 40 Euro cab ride .... right across the street the Greek Paraliment building. One buys the ticket at a little booth or from the driver, validate the ticket inside the bus, and sit back and relax ... it runs 24 hrs a day ... we took the bus at 2:30 AM .... it took 45 minutes to get there plenty of time for our 5:00 am departure.
During my visit to Athen in Feb. of 2009 I didn't have the option of using the metro as it was closed for renovation. I instead took the X95 bus from directly outside the arrival terminal and rode it to its termination point at Syntagma Square. The cost was 3.20 euro for a one way ticket and it took about an hour. The bus runs 24 hrs a day at roughly half hour intervals and there usually is plenty of room for your luggage. Although I would have preferred the metro the bus turned out to be both affordable and efficient and being that my hotel was close to Syntagma Square it worked out quite well.
We came to Athens by plane and it take us some hour to get from the airport to the centre of the city.
If u ll fallow the signs in the airport, it is quiet easy to find the bus stop. Use the bus 95X and it ll take u to the very center.
Tickets are possible to get in the ticket office just near the bus stop and it costs 3,60 Euro each. Just dont forget to validate the ticket when u ll get on the bus!
The best/fastest/cheapest way to get to/from the Airport is the express bus. I took X95 to Syntagma Square. It's only 3.20 euros vs 6 euros for the metro and you do not have to drag your suitcase up/down the stairs in the metro station. Bring a large bottle of water with you as the bus drivers sometimes are not very generous with the air conditioning.