Athens’ Airport Transfer Guide for Foreigners

The center of Athens is some 20 km from its airport. That’s why many first time goers are concerned about Athens airport transfers. Fortunately, there is no room for concern as there are several mediums of transportations. Here, we will list all of them and everything that you need to know about them.

Athens, Acropolis and Pireaus Harbor

Metro

Metro line 3 will get you from the airport and to the Syntagma station which is in the center of Athens. Typically, the trip lasts 40 minutes, and the metro runs every half an hour, seven days per week, from 6:30 in the morning to 11:30 at night.

Express Bus

The Express Buses run seven days a week, every week, even for holidays. For departure and ticket information, you need to go to the info-kiosk. There you can learn when is the next express bus, the cost of the ticket, and to where you can go. Some busses can take you to Athens and its greater area. The info-kiosk is located between the forth and the fifth exit.

Suburban Railway

The Suburban railway, or Proastiakos as it is known in Athens, connects the airport with Athens’ central railway station. There is a train every 15 to 25 minutes that goes from Athens Airport to Plakentias Station. There you can switch trains and make your way to the city center. When you arrive at Plakentas Station search for Metro Line 3 to Egaleo. (Tip: You can use the same ticket.)

Airport Taxi

They are located at their Taxi designated area that is near Exit 3. You can get a taxi from the airport to the city center for €35 (from 5:00 in the morning to night-time) and €50 (from midnight to 5:00).

Welcome Pickups

To use their services you need to make a booking. Their rates are identical to the airport taxi rates. Other than the same flat rate, they offer:

  • A professional driver that speaks English and will be waiting for you at your exit. He will be there even if your flight is late and he will be carrying a sign with your name on it.
  • If asked he can provide you information about the city, what to do, how to get to places, and generally anything about Athens.
  • 24/7 quality support for all your needs and questions. The support is available through email and phone.
  • Choose between a sedan and a minivan. You can even hire multiple vehicles for the same fee and have them all waiting for you. That’s in case you travel in a group, and there is more than four of you.

Athens, Panoramic view over the Acropolis

The metro, bus, and railway may seem cheaper than a regular taxi and Welcome Pickups. However, the metro and the bus is not available after midnight, and the railway is the slowest of all transports. Plus, if you are using the railway, you need to switch stations to get to the center of the city. If you are not into that, you will find Welcome Pickups as your best option, much convenient than regular airport taxi.

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