You have landed in Athens. Fine, but how to get from the airport to the center of Athens? There are several transportation options that take you from the airport to the center of Athens. And of course also back again, very convenient! Below we have described the possibilities for you.

By public transport from the airport to the city center


The metro will take you from the airport to the city center. It is more expensive from the airport than in the center. For a one-way ticket you pay €9 and for a return €16. There is a discount if you travel with several people together.
By metro you can travel from the airport to the center of Athens in about an hour. The Athens metro is reliable, clean and inexpensive. For a one-way ticket you pay €9, for a return €16. There is a discount if you travel with several people. In the center you can buy different types of tickets for public transport. Think of daily, 3-day or weekly tickets. Very convenient and economical if you travel a lot with public transport.

The Express bus

The X95 Express bus offers a direct route to Athens city center and Piraeus port, with buses stationed right outside the arrivals hall. Tickets, priced at €5.50, can be bought from the nearby ticket counter. Riding the bus also provides a scenic glimpse of Athens along the way.

By taxi from the airport to your hotel

Being driven from the airport to your hotel in the city without worries and nice luxury. This is what you experience when traveling by cab from the airport to your hotel. There are plenty of cabs at the Athens airport. But beware, not all drivers are equally reliable. If you take a cab here, agree on an amount for the ride in advance.
You can pre-book your cab online at home. This saves a lot of hassle and you won’t have any surprises regarding the price. Basically, cabs charge a standard rate of €38 from 05:00 to 00:00. Arriving in the night? Then the standard fare is €49. The cabs are set up at exit 3 of the arrivals hall.


Getting to your hotel by car

Planning not only Athens, but also the surroundings of the city? Then renting a car is a must. Public transport outside the city is not like in the Netherlands. Not everywhere you can get to by public transport, and if this is possible it can take a very long time.

The highway that connects many places in Greece is the Attiki Odos. This is a toll road, so make sure you have cash. From the airport to downtown Athens you will pay about €2.80. Many tourists find driving in Athens too busy and hectic. There is a lot of traffic and often unclear signage (it is usually in Greek). Outside the city center and on major roads, it is quite manageable. Make sure you have a good GPS. You can often rent it along with the car from the car rental companies at the airport.

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