Athens International Airport (IATA Code: ATH), dedicated to Eleftherios Venizelios, is located 33 kilometers southeast of the city.
Inaugurated in 2001, it is a modern, well-equipped and well-structured airport where 15 million passengers transit every year.
The airport consists of two terminals connected by an underground tunnel: the main area, where the national airlines fly from, is divided into areas A and B while the smaller area of the satellite terminal is reserved for charter flights.
More than 65 airlines land and take off on the runways of Eleftherios Venizelios, making it a crucial link between Asia, the Middle East and Europe.
Athens International Airport is also a convenient hub for reaching the Greek islands via both the numerous charter flights and hydrofoils. The port of Piraeus, in fact, is easily accessible from the airport thanks to the modern Athens metro line.
The Eleftherios Venizelios is served by daily direct flights to and from English airports. To see the companies that land there and the connected airports check the Flights to Athens page.
There are several ways and means to reach the center of Athens from the airport and the station:
There are several bus lines to and from the airport. All buses leave from the designated area in front of the arrivals terminal. With the buses you can reach the center of Athens throughout the day as the service is guaranteed 24 hours a day with departures every 10 minutes. The connections to Piraeus are also 24 hours a day with departures every 20 minutes during the day and every 40 minutes after midnight. Tickets can be purchased from the bus driver or from ticket offices.
You can also opt for the modern metro line to reach the center of Athens from the airport. The terminus is Monastiraki Station, passing through all stops including Syntagma, where you can catch a connection to Omonia Square or the Acropolis. Trains depart every 30 minutes between 6.30 and 23.30 from the airport to the center while for the return to Eleftherios Venizelios trains from Monastiraki are guaranteed from 5.50 to 22.58.
The Athens International Airport is connected to the Larissis central train station by the Proastiakos railway line with several stops that will allow you to take advantage of the various metro lines. Trains depart from the airport every 15 minutes and the journey is approximately 40 minutes. The Eleftherios Venizelios is also connected by train to Corinth, trains leave every 2 hours, and to the port of Piraeus.
Be prepared to face the queue before you can get into a cab. A ride should cost around 30 euros plus a couple of euros for luggage but keep in mind that after midnight the fare doubles. If they ask for more, know that they are being smart. You can also book transfers before you leave, but in this case the rate will be around 55 euros.
The new and modern road links between Athens airport and the center of the Greek capital make car rental a very attractive option. It’s very easy to follow the directions thanks to the double lettering that combines Greek and Latin characters. Car rental prices are very advantageous especially if you wish to discover the authentic Greece visible just outside the Athens city center.
Below you can see real-time departure and arrival times at Athens Airport.
Private transfers (or shared) are an excellent alternative to public transport at a slightly higher cost, especially if you are traveling in a group. Unlike the buses that follow a predefined route, making stops only where foreseen, the transfers are at your disposal and will take you directly to your destination, avoiding further transfers with luggage in tow. In particular, private transfers for exclusive use are comparable to a taxi service. You can book a taxi or rental with driver at Athens Airport using the link below.
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Athens International Airport is located 33 km southeast of the city.