Travel to Athens

Athens is easily accessible by air, sea, and road. Once there, the public transportation system provides a safe, dependable and efficient way to move around the city. The public transportation network consists of underground (metro), train, suburban railways, buses, trolley buses and trams. Athens is also connected with other parts of the mainland through a network of roads and railways.

Visitors arriving by air will arrive to the Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (IATA code: ATH). This award-winning airport is one of the world’s leading airports in overall passenger satisfaction, and has been named the Airport of the Year (2014) in the 10-30 million-passenger category by internationally-acclaimed web portal Air Transport News.

The Athens International Airport is serviced by all major airlines, offering direct non-stop flights from/to most of the major European cities, New York, Philadelphia, Montreal/Toronto, North Africa, Gulf States, South Africa, and easy connections to the rest of the world. ATH is also serviced by low-cost and/or charter airlines that offer attractive packages.

Airport to/from downtown

Upon arrival to the El. Venizelos International Airport, one may reach the city center by bus, taxi, and subway (“metro”).

The airport is connected to the city center via Metro Line 3 (Blue line) Aghia Marina – Douk. Plakentias – Aghia Marina. Athens metro is convenient, clean and safe. The trip to the city center takes about 40 minutes and costs 10 EUR (one way).

Taxis are also available at the designated taxi waiting area located by Exit 3 of the Arrivals level. The trip to the city center takes about 35-40 minutes and costs 38 EUR (flat rate – regular fare, from 5 a.m. until midnight) and 54 EUR (flat rate – night fare, from midnight to 5 a.m.)

Bus X95 to the city center (Syntagma Square) takes about 40 minutes and costs 6 EUR one way.

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Visa requirements

Citizens of some countries need an entry visa for Greece. If you need a visa, make sure to apply for one well in advance.

The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides detailed information on current visa requirements or find the nearest Greek Embassy or Consulate.