How to get from the airport in the center of Athens? Transport and transfers between Elefthérios Venizélos airport and Athens Greece.
From airport to hotel in Athens
Athens International Airport is also known as ‘Elefthérios Venizélos’ and is the largest airport in Greece. The airport is located approximately 34 kilometers east of Athens city center. To go from the airport to your hotel in the city center of Athens, you have to chose between these options:
1. Metro to city center
The cheapest way to get from the airport to the city center is with the blue metro line M3. The M3 metro departs towards Nikaia twice an hour. Depending on the location of your hotel, after a 40-minute ride you can get off at the metro stop 'Syntagma' or metro stop 'Monastiraki'. A ticket for this one-way ticket costs 9 euros and can be purchased at the metro station at the airport. With this metro ticket you can then travel for 90 minutes on the metro lines 1, 2 en 3. The last metro from the airport leaves around 11:30 pm and the exact timetable can be found on this page.
2. Taxi transfer from airport
The taxi from Athens airport to city center is very affordable and the most comfortable way. The ride will take 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the traffic. Taxis to the city center work with a basic fare (35 euros during the day from 5:00 am - midnight and 49 euros at night), but surcharges can be added for delays and luggage, among other things. You will find the taxis directly opposite the arrivals hall at Exit 3, but you can also book this transfer in advance.
Book a transfer from the airport
Recommended: I've had good experiences with Welcome Pickups, where a taxi driver will meet you at the airport with a name sign. With this you are sure of an available taxi and the price will hardly differ from a normal taxi. Simply check your fare at Welcome Pickups.
3. Rent a car at the airport
Are you also going to discover the area outside Athens? Then you can also rent a car at Athens airport. Please note that you book a hotel with good parking facilities as the traffic in Athens center is chaotic and also partly car-free. At Athens Airport you can find several car rental companies such as Thrifty, Hertz, Alamo, Avance, Budget, Avis and Sixt. We have very positive experiences with car rental at the airport via Easyterra, where all providers are compared. View your options through the search engine below: