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.
Airport buses(24 hours)are the cheapest way to and from the airport The ticket price is 3.20 Euro and can bought by the bus driver with many routes
X92 Kifissia –airport
X93 Kifisos station –airport
X94 Ethniki Amina – airport
X95 Syntagma- airport
X96 Dafni metro station-airport
To get to the airport from the centre of Athens (Syntagma/Plaka), the easiest way is to catch service X95, which has its departure point at the center of Athens (Syntagma Square) and route via Vas. Sofias Avenue, Mesogion Avenue and Attiki Odos before terminating at the airport. Service is at every 10-30 minutes and it is available 24 hours a day.
I caught the 5am bus out myself since the Metro was not working at the early hour. Journey is about 40 minutes in the early morning hours. Service is at 3.20 Euros 1 way, circa Sep 2006.
There are other airport buses, departing from other locations:
- Line 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 at 0630; the last bus at 2055. They run every 10-20 minutes.
- Line X96 Pireaus- Airport Express starts from the center of Pireaus (Karaiskaki Square) 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 terminal at Kiffissou street. The interval is generally 35 minutes (65 minutes at night)
- The X92 bus goes to Kifissia.
- X97 goes to the Dafni Metro Station.
For Express Lines X94-X95-X96, services are valid for 24 hours.
The metro is probably the best way of travelling to and from Athens airport. The fare is Euros 6 per person or if two people are travelling together it is Euros 10. The return fare is cheaper but the ticket is only valid for 48 hours.
It is probably eaiser when returning to the airport to take a metro showing "Airport" as the destination. There are other destinations along the line and if you take these, you will only be able to go so far and then you will have to get off and wait for the "Airport" metro.
The metro to the airport runs every half-hour and the journey takes 45 minutes, so allow plenty of time for your journey.
Do NOT forget to validate your metro ticket at the entrance to the system.
The E95 bus runs to and from Athens airport to Syntagma Square in central Athens seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The fare is Euros 3. Depending on the time of day the journey can take up to an hour or perhaps more. The bus is to be found on the right as you exit the terminal building. Tickets are bought at the booth nearby. Do NOT forget to validate your ticket in the box inside the bus. From Syntagma Square you will be able to connect easily to the metro.
If you want to save money on taxis and you are staying in Plaka or near the Acropolis, there are daily buses that go to the Airport. The fare is less that 4 Euros and the trip takes about an hour in rush hour traffic.
The bus starts at the corner of Othonos and Filellinon, across from the Parliament building in Plateia Syntagmatos. The ticket booth is also located at the bus stop or you can pay on the bus.
Probably the best (and cheapest...) way to get to/from the Airport. There are six lines: X92 (to/from Kifisia), X93 (to/from the two bus stations: Liosion and Kifisos), X94 (to/from Ethniki Amina metro station), X95 (to/from Syntagma Square), X96 (to/from Pireus), X97 (to/from Dafni metro station). Fare: 3.20 euros one way. No additional charge for the luggage. Busses have ample room (and a special rack) for the luggage. You have to validate your ticket on the bus. If you do not know Athens, ask the driver to stop where you want. Busses in Greece stop on request only. Example: There are (supposedly....) seven stops to reach the Liosion bus station from the airport (busses to Delphi, Meteora, etc), but, at the end of season, the driver will hardly ever stop at each one of them. Procedure at the airport: take exit 5; turn left to buy your ticket at the booth. If the booth is closed, you will be able to purchase your ticket from the driver. The bus stops are next to the booth.
Since my flight home was so early the metro didn't even run, I had to take the aiport bus. It was super easy to find and ran quite efficiently.
You'll find the busses on the right hand side of Syntama square (looking up at the Parliment building)
The new Athens airport is a bit of a misnomer because it is actually very far from Athens. The easiest way to get from the airport to the Plaka (other than taking an expensive taxi) is to take the bus. Once you arrive at the airport you'll have no trouble finding the bus (the 95 bus to be specific) and getting a ticket. UPDATE: There is now a train from the airport too, but I have no experience with it.
The bus will drop you off at the National Gardens on the east side of the very busy Leof Vasilissis Amalis street. From there it's a bit of a hike to the eastern edge of the Plaka, but not too bad if you're not loaded down with a ton of luggage. If you're staying in the center or western part of the Plaka you would be well advised to catch a taxi from the bus stop to your hotel though, as it would be a longer walk for you.
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