Whether you're after culture, history, relaxation or a mix of each, Athens the capital of Greece has it all. As one of the world's oldest cities it was home to many of the great philosophers and playwrights, plus its ancient landmarks are famous across the globe, such as the Parthenon on Acropolis Hill - a trip to Athens is like going back in time. The National Archaeological Museum, is home to the finest ancient Greek artefacts, so be sure to add it to your itinerary. It’s a tourist-friendly city, having hosted the 2004 Olympics with plenty delicious Greek food to try in small taverns, bars and Michelin stared restaurants. Be sure to sample its gyros and moussaka. Once you've explored the city, make your way to some of the beautiful beaches such as Legrena, Votsalakia or the Greek Islands.
Flights to Athens (ATH)
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Athens travel information
When to visit
Athens has a summer Mediterranean climate, with long, dry and hot summers and temperatures averaging around 30°C to 34°C in July and August. In summer, nightlife is in full swing with open-air bars, festivals and concerts. Between May and June (Spring) and September and October (Autumn) are the best times to visit, as its still warm and less crowds, making it a better time to see the attractions.
What is the main airport called?
Athens International Airport (ATH).Opens external site in a new window Also known as Eleftherios Venizelos, it is the largest international airport in Greece, serving the city of Athens and region of Attica. Located 33km away from Athens city centre.
Arriving in Athens
When your flight arrives in Athens you’ll be welcomed by the staff the airport to get your visit off to the right start.
Getting into Athens from Athens Airport
With a wide range of transport options available at Athens Airport, travelling into the city centre is easy. Choose from metro, buses, taxi, private transfer, hotel shuttle, car rental or Uber. Athens airport subway is the best choice for public transport. Fast and frequent services make Athens metro a very popular transportation option. Just a 5-minute walk from the terminal, the airport train station building is located at the departures level and takes about 40 minutes to get to Syntagma Square. If you are looking for a cheaper option, then take the Athens airport bus X95 and will get you to Syntagma Square in downtown Athens in about 60 minutes, depending on traffic. Athens airport taxis are the most convenient way to reach Athens city centre. The yellow Athens airport taxis are lined up at the official taxi rank, outside exit 3 of the arrivals level. The journey takes about 35 to 40 minutes, or you can request an Uber. If you are after comfort, it's possible to organise a private airport transfer or you may wish to rent a car. There are a range of car rental companies available at the airport, depending on the car that suits your needs.
Getting around Athens
Getting around Athens is easy, with plenty of transport options to suit your needs. Choose from metro, bus, tram, taxis, Uber, on foot and bikes. Traveling on foot is a great way to get a vibe of the city and take in the sights, especially since many of the main attractions are located in central Athens. The metro is the quickest and easiest way to get around Athens. Although it can be challenging to read the metro signs that are sometimes may appear only in Greek, its quite straightforward as there are only three lines, making it easy to navigate. The major transfer points are at Omonia, Syntagma and Monastiraki. Key stops include Acropoli (for the Acropolis) and Thissio (for Kerameikos). Most of Athens is covered by a vast network of buses, they are tourist friendly with screens showing upcoming stops in Greek and English. There is scenic tram that runs from Syntagma Station to the beach. It's best to by an Athena Card to use on all means of public transport. Taxis are available and relatively inexpensive, to take you to where you need to go and be sure to have the meter turned on. You may like to join a bike tour and cycle along the path down to the seaside. As there is a lot of traffic and narrow streets, it’s best not to hire a car in Athens, though might be useful if you are heading out of Athens.
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