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To and from the airport
you can reach the city from the airport you can take the metro that will take you about one hour and it costs €6 or by bus costs €3,20 so it is cheaper to take the bus ,Athens is a busy city with the bus it is normally take you less then 3min but when there is traffic more than 50min.
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Arrival By Air
Coming from Spain and 8 days in Ibiza, I was scared that I might not be able to read English, much less Greek. But, it turned out that the Athens airport is very simple. It is basically one big terminal, so you don't have to run all over th place looking for baggae, counters or anything; its all real close. All arrivals are located on the bottom floor, where luggage claim is, and all departures are on the second. To calm your nerves, everything is written in English, as well as Greek. To get to the city, its a 30 minute or more bus ride, or, I'm sure, a shorter taxi ride.
I took the bus from the airport, so check out the next tip for information on the bus schedules.
Reaching Athens with the brand new means
The brand new airport of Athens is 30 km far from the city center. So, after you reach the 'Eleftherios Venizelos' airport take the metro to reach Syntagma square, the very center of Athens or the sub-urban train if you want to reach the main train station of the city, also near the city center and with a metro station as well. The trip lasts 40 minutes and it costs (for both means) 6 euros but if you have company there is a discount. From Syntagma you can choose among other metro lines, the tram that goes south, taxies, buses or trolley-buses.
Athens' International airport...
International Airport 'Eleftherios Venizelos' has started operating since the end of March 2001. There is frequent bus connection between the airport and Athens city centre. Bus stops to 'Ethniki Amina' Metro station, 'Syntagma' Metro station and the port of Athens (Pireaus). This is very inexpensive and quite reliable.
Additionaly, since summer 2004 (the fantastic Olympic summer)! the Suburban (Proastiakos) railway can take you from the airport to the Metro system and virtually everywhere. The service operates twice per hour.
at the airport! and now what?
ok, there are 3 options:
Since February 2011 there is a fix price from/to city center. It will cost you 35 euros (including tolls/luggage etc). After midnight(till 5.00am) it costs 50euros.
The ride will be less than an hour but depending on the traffic it may be 2 hours! (during general strike it's like hell because everyone is using a car)
Slightly more expensive than bus(8euros for 1 person, 14e for 2, 20e for 3), the ride is 40’ and there is one every 30’ but of course not 24h like the bus. It takes you directly to Syntagma Square.
Take bus X95 (5 euro, 24h, one every 10-15’) from the airport that takes you direct to Syntagma square. It's my favorite option anyway, the ride takes 40'-65' depending on the traffic.
There are also buses to Ethniki Amyna Metro station(X94), Port of Pireus(X96), Kifissos/Liosion Bus Stations(X93), Dafni Metro Station(X97)
on your way back just take the bus from Syntagma square.
here's the timetable from syntagma square:
5.15 5.30 5.40 5.50
6.00 6.10 6.20 6.25 6.35 6.40 6.50
7.05 7.15 7.25 7.40 7.55
8.10 8.25 8.45 9.00 9.20 9.35 9.55
10.10 10.25 10.45
11.00 11.15 11.30 11.45
12.00 12.15 12.30 12.45
13.05 13.20 13.35 13.55
14.10 14.25 14.40 14.55
15.10 15.30 15.45
16.00 16.15 16.30 16.45
17.00 17.15 17.35 17.55
18.10 18.25 18.40 18.55
19.10 19.25 19.40 19.55
20.10 20.25 20.40 20.55
21.10 21.25 21.40 21.55
22.10 22.25 22.40 22.55
23.10 23.25 23.40 23.55
24.10 24.25 24.40 24.55
01.10 01.30 01.55
03.00 03.25 03.45
Elefterious Venizelos Airport
I’ve used Athens Airport quite a few times. My first experience of this new one was in October 01 (yep, just after 9-11). A huge improvement on Hellenikon!
I have had a couple of waits for Iraklion flights, so time to hang around and check things out.
My latest visit was in December 10, arriving from Brussels - very quick baggage delivery - and leaving on the return journey.
I like the jazz (organ & sax) on the piped music - very cool, and no bloody “Jingle Bells” or Demis Roussos.
Security was fast & easy. The food outlets were great - good coffee!
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Airport to Syntagma
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.
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Getting to Athens from Venizelos Airport
Metro and Suburban Train to Athens:
The train from the airport to Athens costs about 8 euro and goes to Monastiraki, hitting all the metro stops in between which include Syntagma (where you will have to change if you are going to Omonia Square or Makriani-Acropolis). The first train from Airport to Monastiraki is at 06:30, the frequency of routes is every half an hour and the last one from Airport to Monastiraki is at 11.30pm. The first train from Monastiraki to Airport is at 05:50am and the last one from Monastiraki to the Airport is at 22:58. Actually the train goes several stops beyond Monastiraki but chances are you need to get off in Syntagma or Monastiraki.
Athens International Airport is connected via the Proastiakos-Suburban Railway to Larissis Station (Athens Central Railway Station) with stops at Koropi,Kantza,Pallini,Doukissis Plakentias (Connection with Metro Line 3),Kifisias, Nerantziotisa (Connection with Metro Line 1), Iraklio, Aharnes Railway Junction (S.K.A) and Larissis Station (Connection with Metro Line 2 and trains to Northern Greece). Trains depart from the Airport every 15 minutes. The journey time from Athens InternationalAirport to Larissis Station is approximately 38 minutes. The first train from Athens to the Airport is at 06:06am and the last one is at 19:36. The first train from the Airport to Athens is at 06:48 and the last one is at 20:14.
Athens International Airport is also connected via suburban rail to Korinthos. Trains depart every 2 hours and the journey time is 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Proastiakos-Suburban Railway goes from the airport as far as the port of Pireaus. Trains leave starting at 6:12 am at the rate of 3 an hour and the trip takes about an hour and a quarter. The train station in Pireaus is right across the street from the ferry boats. The price is 6 euros per person. The last train is at 23:12 p.m.
Transport from and to Venizelos Airport
Because getting to the airport by taxi , especially after midnight can be quite expensive ( about 35 euros), it is useful to know that there are some alternatives. There are bus lines that connect the airport with Syntagma Square , Kifissia and Pireaus. The fee for the ticket is about 3 euros ( http://www.oasa.gr/?tml=1&pageid=103&menu=2&pg=1 ) . You can also get to the airport by suburban railway , which starts from Neratziotissa station. There are scheduled services every 20 minutes , although that this connection stops at midnight. Last choise is to get to the airport by metro , which has planned routes every 30 minutes , but the last schedule is run before midnight
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Elefterios Venizelos Airport
It is situated 20 km to the East of Athens.
210 35 30 000
Electric train to Douksis Plakentias or Ethniki Amina metro stations (line 3) every 15 min. 25 min in a way, 3€.
Buses E94, E95, E96, E93, E97.
Taxi about 20€, an hour in a way.
Flights to Iraclio (1 hour, 42 times a week, 79€), Kerkyra/Corfu (50 min, 26 times a week, 93€), Lesvos (50 min, 29 times a week, 80€), Mycenos (45 min, 43 times a week, 79€), Rhodes (1 hour, 38 times a week, 92€), Santorini (50 min, 56 times a week, 83€).
I arrived to Greece-Athens by Russian "Kras Air" B-737. It took me 3,5 hours. The plane wasn't full and I've got a very convinuent place by the illuminator. So I've got a possibility to take a film "From rainy Domodedovo to sunny Athens by air".
You may watch this clip Moscow-Athens Flight on my YouTube channel.
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City Center to Airport
Airport transportation, From Syntagma Station to the airport, the airport train leaves at every 23 and 53 minutes on the hour. It’s one of the subway expansion system Athens did during the 2004 Olympic.
"Eleftherios Venizelos", the airport of Athens, is located about 30 km NE of it. The beginning of operation happened on March 2001 (5 years of construction). It deputized the old fashioned and small airport in Elliniko, which doesn't exist anymore.
The new airport of Athens, too modern and pleasant, has 157 check-in counters. The arrivals level is on the ground, the departures above it (for details about to/from "Eleftherios Venizelos", see the next tip).
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EL. VENIZELOS airport began operation in 2001 replacing the old one in Hellinicon.Located in Spata(about 35km)is the only airport in Athens separated in domestic and international flights with more than 150 check in counters serve more than 15 million passengers every year Cheapest way to and from the airport are airport buses and proastiakos
Getting to/from Athens' Airport
The new Athens Airport (Eleftherios Venizelios) is located to the east of the metropolitan area.
If you don't want to get a taxi, there are other options too.
You may get a train to/from the airport, which is quick or you may get the airport bus. The airport bus is a very economical way to/from the airport and it also entitles you to use any metropolitan bus, train (metro) or tram for 24 hours after you purchase your ticket.
The buses go to central Athens, Pireaus port and also there are services to Rafina port.
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Fastest Way to and From the Airport
The Metro or subway is the fastest and possibly easiest way to and from the new Athens Airport. The train line is not effected by the infamous Athens traffic or rush hour. The fare is 6 Euros each way, with a reduced price if you buy a round trip. The station is across the street from the arrivals area at the airport (next to the Sofitel Hotel.) You can purchase tickets at the window or from the machines. Make sure you validate the ticket in the machines before you go down to the platform. The trains leave about every half hour and the ride into the city center takes about 45 minutes (it will vary depending on how busy the system is.) When taking the train out to the airport look for a Blue line Metro train with the desitination being Airport, or the train will end it's run at one of the stations before you get to the airport. There is a seperate fare for the train to the airport and they do check periodically to see if riders have the proper ticket. Failure to have a valid and properly validated ticket incurrs a fine of 40 times the fare. The system is new. The train cars are all easy roll-on-roll-off designs. The stations have escalators and elevators that easily accomodate rolling luggage.
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