Flying into Athens, Greece with a view of the sea on either side is exhilarating! Great, you made it to the airport but the city is still on the other side of that mountain, now what? Getting to/from the city or port is easy once you learn some helpful tips.
Athens Airport Transfer
The Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) is located approximately 34 km from the center of Athens and 42 km from the Port of Piraeus. There are a few options to get from the airport to the city center or port.
Note: There is another port near the airport called, the Port of Rafina. If you’re going on a cruise or ferry, be sure to double check which port you are departing from. If you need to go from the airport to the Port of Rafina, the easiest options are to hire a private car or take a taxi (see #3 and 4 below).
1. Train (Metro)
This is the cheapest and most convenient Athens airport transfer if you’re traveling with more than 4 people.
To get from the airport to the city, take the Metro’s blue line (line 3) from the station at the airport. Once you depart the baggage claim area of the airport, walk out any exit and look for signs that take you to the Metro station. You will need to get to it via a covered walking bridge that crosses over parking lots. Once you’re in the station, purchase a ticket at the ticket window. There are special tickets for an Athens airport transfer. Be sure to purchase a ticket and keep it with you for the entire ride. There are Metro personnel that stop passengers at random and you can get a fine of more than 40 euros, which you have to pay it on the spot, if you don’t have a ticket.
The cost of a one-way ticket is approximately 10 euros – prices are subject to change. Trains run every 30 minutes, 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Travel time from the airport to Syntagma station (Athens center) is about 40 minutes.
If your final destination is the port of Piraeus, stay on the blue line (line 3) one stop after Syntagma and get off at Monastiraki. At the Monastiraki Metro station, take the green line (line 1) to Piraeus. You don’t have to purchase a new ticket, your ticket from the airport is good all the way to Piraeus at that time.
2. Airport Express Bus
The airport express bus is the most inexpensive Athens airport transfer.
To get from the airport to your destination, take the bus that has a route closest to where you are going. You may have to take another form of transportation from the bus stop if your destination isn’t right on the route. Once you depart the baggage area of the airport, walk out any exit. The buses stop to the far right hand end of the terminal as you’re walking outside. There is a ticket booth there. Purchase your ticket at the ticket booth for the route you need. Then wait for the bus that has your route number (e.g., X95) on it.
The airport express bus has 4 routes:
X95 : Syntagma – Airport
This route ends at Syntagma Square in Athens city center. Once at Syntagma Square, you can transfer to the Metro, tram, or grab a taxi to your final destination. Travel time is about 1 hour, dependent on traffic.
Χ96 : Airport – Piraeus
This route ends at Piraeus, which is Athens port for ferries and cruise ships. Once at Piraeus, you can walk to your destination (or terminal) or take a taxi. You can also transfer to the suburban rail station, Metro, or tram. Travel time is about 1.5 hours, dependent on traffic.
Χ97 : Airport – Eliniko Metro Station
This route ends at the Eliniko metro station. Travel time is about 45 minutes, dependent on traffic.
Χ93 : Kifissos KTEL (long-distance buses) Airport – Station
This route ends at the intercity bus (KTEL) terminals Kifissos and Liosion. In Kifissos, you can transfer to the suburban rail station. Travel time is about 1 hour, dependent on traffic.
The cost of a one-way ticket is 5 euros – prices are subject to change. Buses run every 20-30 minutes.
3. Private Car
This is the most comfortable, convenient, and fastest Athens airport transfer. If you’re traveling alone it is the most expensive option, but if you’re traveling with a group it can be very cost effective.
If you’re going to hire a private car, we recommend George’s Taxi. They provide excellent customer service and have reasonable rates for groups. Contact George’s Taxi for a quote. Depending on traffic, a transfer from the airport to the city center is approximately 30 minutes, to the port of Piraeus is 40 minutes, and to the port of Rafina is 25 minutes.
This is a convenient Athens airport transfer and is the most expensive option, besides a private car.
Taxis in Athens are yellow and you can hire one via the Uber app or you can find one at exit 3 of the arrivals level.
- The cost for a taxi from the airport to the city center is a flat rate of 38 euros from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, and 54 euros from midnight to 5:00 a.m.
- From the airport to the port of Piraeus is a flat rate of 50 euros from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, and 70 euros from midnight to 5:00 a.m.
- From the airport to the port of Rafina is a flat rate of 25 euros from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, and 35 euros from midnight to 5:00 a.m.
Prices are subject to change. We highly recommend researching current taxi prices before your trip so that you’re not overcharged.
Holidays and infrequent strikes are known to put a wrench in Athens ground transportation. To be informed, check the following Athens news source prior to your trip: Ekathimerini.com. Ekathimerini typically lists any interference with transportation and you can alter your plans accordingly.
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