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Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (AIA)

  • Is considered one of Europe’s best in its category (
  • Is connected with direct short flights from over 63 European & more than 5 USA/Canada cities with 34 scheduled and 16 low-cost airlines

Has received the following awards:

  • ATRS Award of Excellence 2017
  • Gold Award for “Branded Entertainment & Content” in the category Use or Integration of Printed Content 2017
  • Silver Award for “Direct” in the category Direct Marketing / Business to Business 2017
  • ATRS Award of Excellence 2018
  • Skytrax World Airport Awards: Best Airport in Southern Europe 2018
  • ACI World-ASQ Award: Best Airport in Europe for Customer Experience 2018
  • ACI World-ASQ Award: Best Airport (15-25 million pax) in Europe for Customer Experience 2019


Getting to/from the Athens International Airport and the city center

Metro & Suburban Railway (Proastiakos):

Metro Line 3 (Aghia Marina – Douk. Plakentias – Athens International Airport), connects the Athens 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.

The Suburban Railway (Proastiakos) connects the Athens airport with the Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station) and Acharnai Railway Center, and through them to the National Railway network.

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.

Tickets Cost:
One-way ticket: € 8.00
One-way ticket for 2 persons: € 14.00
Return ticket: € 14.00


 24-hour express buses:

EXPRESS Bus routes connect directly Athens (city center & greater area, X95) and Piraeus (port, X96) with the Athens International Airport (AIA) “Eleftherios Venizelos”. Service is provided on a non-stop basis seven days a week including holidays (24/7 operation). All buses disembark passengers at the Departures Level (inbound trips to the airport) and depart from the Arrivals Level (outbound trips from the airport). Bus tickets are sold at the info/ticket-kiosk (located outside the Arrivals between Exits 4 and 5), or onboard (ask operator) at no extra cost.


Taxis are available at the designated Taxi waiting area located at Exit 3 of the Arrivals Level. A taxi from the airport to the city center (inner ring) costs a flat rate of €35 from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, and €50 from midnight to 5:00 a.m.

Note: The charge is determined by the time of arrival at the destination and includes all applicable surcharges and extras.


Local transportation in Athens

The Athens public transportation network offers a wide range of routes, combining many different means, including the metro, trains, buses, trolleybuses and the tram. 


The state-of-the-art Athens Metro opened just before the 2004 Olympic Games and serves all major city spots and sites of interest with several new stations being added to the network every year. Apart from safety, speed and comfort, passengers also enjoy the unique opportunity to see the ancient ruins and findings that were discovered during the metro construction, which are displayed in various metro stations. 


For smartphone users who wish to arrive by taxi, we recommend the excellent Beat app which connects you to a large network of quality professional drivers at regular rates. You may select the driver of your choice after scanning which ones are nearby, by looking at their credentials as well as their car models. Credit card payments are also accepted.


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