How to get from Athens Airport to city center?

This article is about how to get from Athens Airport to city center: distance, prices, forms of transport

Transportation from Athens Airport

One can get from Athens Airport to city by bus, metro, suburban electric train, or taxi. The duration of the trip by Athens Airport bus is 1 hour, the bus fare is EUR 6. The metro will take you to Athens city center in 1 hour 10 minutes, the ticket price is EUR 10. If you choose to travel by Athens Airport train, such a trip will take 50 minutes and will cost you EUR 10. Athens Airport transfers reach the city in 35 minutes, and this service costs from EUR 42. The distance from Athens Airport to city center is 35 km.

The shuttle is rather comfortable, however there is no room for large luggage on it. It is available 24/7. It is quite difficult to orient yourself inside the metro, for all signs there are in Greek. Metro tickets need to be punched, and then - be used within 90 minutes. The suburban electric train from Athens Airport to city departs from the same platform, as metro trains. And don't forget that you can always take a taxi.

Athens – back in time

The capital of Greece is a megalopolis with a population of more than 5 million people. Thanks to the harmonious combination of antiquity and modernity, the town looks mysterious and majestic. You should start your acquaintance with Athens from its main sight – the Acropolis. Enjoy the Parthenon, take a picture of the Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus, and climb the Areopagus hill for a beautiful view of the city. Also, you should definitely visit the Acropolis Museum built at an archaeological site. The first floor of the museum made of glass will help you see those archaeological excavations for yourself! Take a stroll through the districts of Monastiraki and Pláka, as well as the central market of the city where you can buy lots of tasty food.

Athens Airport bus

Athens Airport bus
Cost

€6

Waiting time

30-60min

Travel time

1.5h

Clients

Ind. tourist

There are four buses running from the airport to the city 24/7 - X93, X95, X96, X97. Each Athens Airport bus has its own route - for example, X95 arrives in the city centre, at Syntagma Square. The trip duration is 1 hour, the bus fare is EUR 6. The shuttle tickets can be bought from special ticket machines at the airport, at newsstands, or from the driver when boarding.

Athens Airport bus:

shuttle X93, X95, X96, X97

Timetable:

24/7

Route:

X93: Airport – Kifisos Intercity bus station
X95: Airport – Syntagma Square
X96: Airport – Piraeus Port
X97: Airport – Elliniko District

Travel time:

X93: 1h
X95: 1h
X96: 1.5h
X97: 1.5h

Waiting time:

30-60min

Comfort level:

Low: soft seats, no room for large luggage.

Cost:

EUR 6

Clients:

travellers without children, young tourists, travellers with hand luggage, those who arrive at night.

How to find the bus stop at Athens International Airport:

The bus stop is located between exits 4 and 5 from the arrivals hall.

Athens Airport metro

Athens Airport metro
Cost

€10

Waiting time

5-10min

Travel time

1h 10min

Clients

Couple

The Blue line of the Athens Airport metro connects the terminal with the city centre. Getting to Athens by metro train will take 1 hour and cost EUR 10. Metro tickets need to be punched in a special yellow machine before boarding. After that, it is valid for 90 minutes.

Athens Airport metro:

Blue line of metro from Airport

Timetable:

from 06:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Route:

Airport – Doukissis Plakentios – Chalandri – Ethniki Amyna – Katehaki – Evangelismos – Syntagma – Monastiraki

Travel time:

1h 10min (10min – getting to the metro station, 1h – metro to the city)

Waiting time:

5-10min

Comfort level:

Low: non-adjustable seats, no room for large luggage.

Cost:

EUR 10/EUR 18 (round trip). Complex ticket for 2 people – EUR 18, for 3 people – EUR 24

Clients:

travellers without children and large luggage, young tourists, those who can orient themselves in unfamiliar areas and speak Greek.

How to find the metro station at Athens International Airport:

Leave the airport building, cross the road and follow the To Trains signs. The entrance to the metro station is located in front of exit 2 from the airport building.

Athens Airport train to city

Athens Airport train to city
Cost

€10

Waiting time

15-30min

Travel time

50min

Clients

Ind. tourist

The suburban electric train from Athens Airport to city arrives at Athens Central railway station. The trip duration is 40 minutes, the ticket price is EUR 10. The electric train departs from the same platform, as metro trains. Tickets for the Athens Airport train can be bought at the metro ticket office.

Athens Airport train to city:

suburban electric train from Athens Airport to city

Timetable:

from 05:30 a.m. to 09:00 p.m.

Route:

Airport – Koropi – Kantza – Kifisias – Iraklio – Larisa Station

Travel time:

50min (10min – getting to the platform, 40min – electric train to the city)

Waiting time:

15-30min

Comfort level:

Low: non-adjustable seats, no room for large luggage.

Cost:

EUR 10

Clients:

travellers without children and large luggage, young tourists, those who can orient themselvels in unfamiliar areas and speak Greek.

How to find the electric train station at Athens International Airport:

Leave the airport building, cross the road and follow the To Trains signs. The entrance to the metro is located in front of exit 2 from the airport building.

Athens Airport transfers

Athens Airport transfers
Cost

€42

Waiting time

5min

Travel time

35min

Clients

Family

If you are afraid of travelling across an unfamiliar city by public transport, then choose Athens Airport transfers. This service is available for everyone - you just need to book a car via phone or online. The trip by car takes 35 minutes and costs EUR 42 for an Economy-class car and EUR 84 for a minibus up to 7 passengers. Taking a taxi from Athens Airport is a good option for tourists with children or large luggage.

Timetable:

24/7

Route:

to your hotel in Athens or private address

Travel time:

35min

Waiting time:

There are several taxi companies at Athens Airport, so you will quickly find a car if you don't have any special requirements (child seats, minibus, etc.)
Pre-booked transfer: the driver will be waiting for you at the exit from the arrivals area with a nameplate.

Comfort level:

Taxi on the spot: journey without stops and other passengers.
Pre-booked transfer: opportunity to make a pre-payment by card, spacious boot, wide range of car classes, air-conditioning, child seats, help with luggage, fixed journey cost.

Cost:

from EUR 42 for an Economy-class car, from EUR 84 for a minibus up to 7 passengers

Clients:

families with children, businessmen, large groups of tourists, travellers with large luggage, those who arrive at night, aged tourists, those who are in Athens for the first time.

How to find the taxi rank at Athens International Airport:

The taxi rank is located at exit 3 from the arrivals terminal.

How to get from Athens Airport to city center?

How to get from Athens Airport to city center?

To get from Athens Airport to city center, take public transport or book a private transfer. The trip by city transport is quite difficult, for all signs there are in Greek and very few tourists usually speak it. Besides, metro trains, electric trains and buses have no room for large luggage. But if you choose to travel by private transport, you can be sure that a car will take you to Athens fast and with maximum comfort!