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How to get from Athens Airport to City Centre

Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) is located approximately 35 km from the city centre, taking approximately 25-30 minutes depending on traffic levels. You can travel from Athens Airport to the city using four different means of transport: taxi, private transfer, metro, or bus.

The quickest and most convenient option is an airport taxi or private transfer, as these services are door-to-door. If you want to use public transport to save some money, the fastest option is the metro, getting you to Syntagma Square in 40 minutes. Alternatively, the cheapest transportation option is the X95 Express Bus, which takes around an hour to get to the centre.

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Comparison of the options

Taxi €40 25min 24/7
Private Airport Transfer €43 25min 24/7
Metro €18 40min 06:10–23:34
Airport Express Bus €11 60min 24/7

How to get from Athens Airport to the city by taxi

Getting a taxi from Athens Airport to the city centre is one of the fastest and most convenient transport options. Official taxis are yellow with a “Taxi” sign on the roof and they are available 24/7 from the airport taxi ranks.

All you need to do is exit Arrivals and jump into the queue at the taxi rank. The journey to Syntagma Square in central Athens takes around 25 minutes in usual traffic conditions.

Cost of a taxi from Athens Airport to the city centre

Taxis in Athens charge using a taximeter, which means the final fare is based on the distance travelled. However, there is a fixed fare for routes from Athens Airport to the city. The price during the day is €40 and a ride at night (00:00-05:00) will cost you €55.

*The day or night tariff is applied based on the time you arrive at your final destination.



Trip Duration

25 Min

Rates vary depending on the time of day.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 from Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH).

Where do I get it from?

Athens Airport’s taxi rank is located just outside arrivals, close to Exit 3. You’ll see official taxis lined up right in front of you upon exiting the terminal building. Simply join the queue and wait for an available taxi.

*It’s best to notify the driver that you are aware of the fixed fare to the centre.


Getting an official airport taxi at Athens Airport is a reliable choice as they take you straight to your hotel. On top of that, fares are fixed and you’ll find taxis lined up in the ranks 24 hours a day.

The only downside is that the airport gets very busy during peak season (June-August), so you may end up standing in line waiting for an available taxi.

Editor’s Note

Some taxi drivers may not speak fluent English. We recommend writing down the address of your hotel or accommodation to avoid any miscommunication.

Useful Tips

Always mention that you are aware of the flat fee to the city centre and double-check the amount with the driver.
Keep in mind that fixed fares from Athens Airport to Athens are decided by a taxi syndicate, so they are subject to inflation during the high season.
According to Greek law a taxi can carry a maximum of four people at a time, including children.
Airport taxis in Athens may accept card payments but many drivers will not. We suggest checking with your driver before starting the ride.
If you need a wheelchair-accessible taxi, you must book a taxi from Athens Airport in advance to ensure you secure a properly equipped vehicle.
You can also pre-book a taxi from the airport. For more information, you can contact the Taxi Union Association (SATA).
Limousines are available upon request, between Exits 3 and 4 on the Arrivals Level.

How to get from Athens Airport to the city centre by private transfer

The best way to get from Athens Airport to the city is by pre-booking a private transfer. Not only does this allow you to skip the queue at the taxi rank but you also get 5-star service and plenty of travel extras.

Private transfers, such as Welcome Pickups’ personalised services, are specifically designed with travellers in mind and offer a comprehensive service to ensure the most hassle-free arrival:

  • Meet and greets
  • Trained English-speaking drivers
  • Flight monitoring
  • Guaranteed fixed fares
  • 24/7 customer support


With everything planned ahead of time, all you have to do is jump in your taxi and enjoy the view as you descend into central Athens. Plus, your driver will even give you a mini tour of the city and share a few local tips and tricks so that you can make the most out of your stay.

How much is a private transfer from Athens Airport to downtown?

The most useful thing about opting for a private transfer is that you’ll receive a fixed quote ahead of time. This means you can book and pay for your transfer in advance so that you have nothing to worry about on the day.

Nevertheless, the prices of a private transfer from Athens Airport to the city are as follows:

  • Sedan (up to 4) – €43 during the day and €58 at night
  • Minivan (up to 8) – €82 daytime and €110 nighttime
  • Minibus (up to 15) – €117 during the day and €165 at night


You can reserve your transfer on our website or app within minutes. Just enter your personal details, flight number, and the pick up time to secure a quote. The quote is fixed, all-inclusive, and is not subject to change. So even if you get stuck in traffic, you won’t pay a cent more.



Trip Duration

25 Min

*Booking your private transfer from ATH Airport in advance is the best way to ensure a seamless experience.

Value for Money

Private transfer are available 24/7 from Athens International Airport.

Where do I get it from?

If you book a private transfer, your local English-speaking driver will be waiting for you at Arrivals, holding a sign with your name on it. Following a friendly meet and greet, your driver will help you with your luggage and lead you to your pre-selected vehicle.


Whilst Athens Airport taxis are a solid choice, private transfers offer more convenience and customization. For a similar price to official airport taxis, you can save time and ensure a top-quality, reliable service with a trained local driver. And with 24/7 customer support and extras such as skip-the-line tickets – you can arrive in style feeling safe, secure, and ready to explore.

Editor’s Note

We recommend setting the pickup time to 20-30 minutes after the landing time to leave enough time to clear passport control and baggage claim.

Useful Tips

Our modern sedans can seat up to 4 people, our larger minivans can take up to 8, and our spacious minibuses are for groups of up to 15.
You'll pay a night rate between 00:00 and 05:00.
A few days before you're due to fly, you will receive an email including your driver's name, details, and vehicle information so that you know what to expect on the day.
You do not have to tip you Athens Airport taxi driver, however, you can add a tip through the app if you really appreciate the service.
Ideal for families and business travellers after a seamless arrival experience.
If you need a child booster or baby seat, you can request one during the booking process online or using the app.

How to get from Athens Airport to the city by metro

When it comes to using Athens public transportation, the metro is the best choice. Line 3 (blue line) connects the airport and “Dimotiko Theatro” in Piraeus, via the city centre.

The train from Athens Airport to the city centre takes around 40 minutes. The main stops in the central area are “Syntagma” which takes 16 stops and “Monastiraki”, which is 17 stops from the airport.

Suppose your hotel or final destination is located in other areas of the centre. In that case, you can change onto the red line at Syntagma or onto the green line (suburban rail) at Monastiraki.

*We recommend checking which stop is closest to your final destination on Google Maps.

How much is the metro from Athens Airport to Athens?

A one-way metro ticket from Athens Airport to the Athens costs €9 and a round-trip ticket costs €16.  Make sure you purchase the “Airport Metro ticket”, as standard 90-minute tickets are not valid for trips to and from the airport.

If you plan on using Athens public transportation throughout your stay, you can purchase a ‘3-day tourist Ath.ena ticket’ for €20. It’s valid on buses, trams, the metro, and the suburban railway, and it also includes a return trip from the airport via bus or metro.

Tickets can be purchased from ticket booths in the metro station or the self-service machines.

*You’ll need to validate your ticket at the turnstiles upon entering and exiting the subway.



Trip Duration

40 Min

Blue Line 3 departs from Athens Airport to Syntagma every 36 minutes.

Value for Money

Athens metro runs from 06:10­ until 23:34.

Where do I get it from?

The Athens Airport metro station is just a 10-minute walk from the arrivals exits, located on the departures level. As you exit the terminal building, you will have to follow the “Train” signs. Simply cross the street, ascend one level via either elevator or escalator and cross over the pedestrian bridge. Once there, you can follow the signs down to the metro platform.


If you are arriving when the Athens Airport metro is operating, it’s a fairly convenient option. However, you will still need to walk from Arrivals to the station and wait around 30 minutes for your train. Additionally, the metro can get quite crowded during peak season and is particularly unpleasant during the hot summer months.

Nevertheless, the metro is the fastest and most convenient mode of public transport when travelling from Athens Airport to your hotel in the centre.

Editor’s Note

Always be vigilant of pickpockets by keeping an eye on your luggage and valuables when travelling on Athens metro, especially when approaching the centre.

Useful Tips

Tickets can be bought from the ticket booths or self-service machines at the train station.
Make sure that you scan your tickets on the designed validation machines.
If you plan on using the metro throughout your stay, you can also buy day tickets or 10 rides in one go to save money.
There is some luggage storage on the airport metro line. Although they get filled quite quickly during peak season and public holidays.
Athens metro network is fully accessible with lifts, escalators and ramps wherever needed.
Children under 6 years old can use the metro for free.

How to get from Athens Airport to the city centre by bus

Taking a bus from Athens Airport to the city centre is the cheapest but not necessarily the most convenient option. A few express services connect the airport to various areas around Athens.

The X95 Express Bus departs from Athens Airport and ends at Syntagma Square in central Athens, taking around 60 minutes. Keep in mind that the bus can take up to 90 minutes to get to the centre if traffic is heavy.

How much is the bus from Athens Airport to the city centre?

Taking the X95 bus from Athens Airport to the city centre is the most budget-friendly option available. You’ll need to buy an “Express Bus Line Ticket”, which is valid for one bus trip and costs just €5.50.

If you plan on using the public transport network throughout your stay, you can purchase an Ath.ena ticket or day passes to secure discounted prices.

*Tickets can be purchased at the ticket kiosk in the bus departure area or on board the bus from the driver.



Trip Duration

60 Min

There is an average waiting time of 15-25 minutes.

Value for Money

The Express Bus Line X95 runs 24/7, including public holidays.

Where do I get it from?

The OASA Athens Airport buses depart from the bus stand between exits 4 and 5 of the arrivals terminal. Just look for the blue coloured ticket booth with OASA written on it, the express lines depart from the bus stop next to it.


Although it’s the most affordable option, taking a bus from Athens Airport to downtown is by far the least convenient mode of transport. Mainly because your journey time depends on traffic levels. Due to the city’s old road network and busy roads, you can expect substantial delays during rush hours.

Plus, the bus fills up quickly during peak season. So in this case, you’ll have to wait for the next one.

However, the buses do run 24/7, so if you arrive outside of metro hours and want a cheap mode of transportation, it may be a good option for you.

Editor’s Note

The OASA Express Bus lines run 24/7. So if you're set on using public transport but are arriving outside of the metro operating hours, the X95 bus is your best bet.

Useful Tips

Make sure to check how far your final destination is from Syntagma Square, you can always use other express services to reach different areas of the city, such as; X93, X96, X97.
Remember to scan you ticket on the validation machines on board the bus.
The express buses have some luggage storage, you can ask the driver for more information.
Children under 6 years old travel for free.
The buses are wheelchair accessible and have designated seating for passengers with reduced mobility.
Athens city centre gets very congested. So if you're travelling during rush hours (07:30 to 10:00 and 16:00 to 20:00), the journey may take well over an hour.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Athens. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

Cancel up to 24 hours before the pickup and get an 80% refund

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Frequently asked questions

How far is Athens Airport from the city?

Athens Airport is located about 35 km from the city centre. If you are travelling by car or taxi, it shouldn’t take you more than 25-30 minutes to reach your destination.

How much is a taxi from Athens Airport to the city centre?

Rides to and from the airport in official airport taxis are charged at a flat rate. It will cost €40 to take a taxi in the daytime and €55 at night. Although, if you are travelling outside of the central ring, the fare will be calculated using a taximeter depending on the distance and the time of travel.

How to get from Athens Airport to city centre?

You can choose between four methods of transportation from Athens Airport: taxi, private transfer, metro, or bus. The best way to get from Athens Airport to the city is by taxi or private transfer, as these services take you directly to your hotel. You can also opt to use Athens public transportation. The metro is the most practical, getting you to Syntagma in 40 minutes. You can also take an Athens Airport bus, the X95 Express Bus, to the centre in 45-90 minutes depending on traffic.

Can I take the metro from Athens Airport?

Athens Airport metro offers a direct connection to Syntagma metro station in Athens city centre via the blue line (Line 3). The ride is just 40 minutes and costs €9 one-way. If your hotel is a little further from the centre, you can continue on the blue line or change onto the red line once you reach Syntagma. We recommend checking Google Maps to see which metro station is closest to your final destination.

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