Access to Athens can be easily achieved through a number of ways: by road, plane, or sea. Major roads link Greece with Europe and Asia for those wishing to travel by car. Athens’ International Airport “El. Venizelos” provides excellent services 24/7 and is well connected with suburban rail, underground metro, bus and taxi services running straight from the airport’s doorstep to the city centre, while the main port of Athens “Piraeus” welcomes ocean-going ships and local ferries all year round.
Whatever method of transportation you choose in the end, visiting Greece can be rather easy and quick and we do hope that during your selection you will consider the Greenest alternative available, in order to ensure as lower an impact on the environment as possible.
Athens International Airport is one of the most contemporary airport facilities in the world, located approximately 20 km from the city centre.
Providing excellent ground services combined with functionality, Athens International Airport is linked to a number of transportation services, details of which you can view below.
Transit: “El. Venizelos” airport to Athens
24-hour express buses: All buses leave passengers at the Departures Level and depart from the Arrivals Level, between Exits 4 and 5. There are four routes, two of which head to downtown Athens:
X95 : Airport - Syntagma – Airport
Χ97 : Airport - Eliniko Metro Station
One-way travel time estimates: X95 (70 min), X97 (100 min). Allow sufficient time to travel as traffic conditions may cause delays.
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Metro Line 3 (Blue line: Egaleo – Douk. Plakentias – Airport), connects the airport with the city center. Trains run every 30 minutes, 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The trip from/to the Airport to Syntagma station (Athens center) lasts 40 minutes. See the Metro timetable to the airport here.
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Suburban Railway (Proastiakos)
The Suburban railway connects the Athens airport with the Athens Central Railway Station and Acharnai Railway Center, and through them to the National Railway network. Current timetables: Airport – Kiato and Kiato – Airport, Kiato – Patra bus connections, Piraeus – Athens – Halkida line .
Tip: The Suburban railway departs every 15-25 minutes from the Athens Airport railway station to Plakentias station, where you can change trains and continue to the city center (Metro Line 3 to Egaleo), using the same ticket.
A taxi from the airport to the city center costs a flat rate of €35 from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, and €50 from midnight to 5:00 a.m.
Should you choose to travel by car , please visit the following link in order to find out more about the main crossing points for entering Greece, as well as the main road axes that intersect the country and connect it to the rest of Europe.
If you decide to travel by car, please consider using an eco-friendly solution such as carpooling, our Green partners offer a safe ‘n’ social travelling option, with minimum cost both towards the environment and your pocket.
Additionally, this year we cooperate with Aha!Car service, an international platform, providing secure and enjoyable carpooling for the public, while having a positive effect on the environment. It works through the creation of a social network of user profiles with which you can can communicate on travelling details (routes, expenses etc). You can use its Forum to share ideas and discuss various topics. For more information on how Aha!Car works you can find here.
Greece is also approachable by sea, as one would imagine. There are various ports connecting Greece to neighbouring countries such as Italy and Turkey. In order to find out more about sea access, please click here .
The only official international bus service operating at the moment, runs between the national bus operator (KTEL) from the station of Thessaloniki (second largest city after Athens) to Plovdiv, Bulgaria, timetables of which you can check out here.
However, there are also a number of private tour operators offering coach services from major Eastern European cities towards Athens.