You can travel from Athens airport to the city centre using three different means of travel, metro, bus and taxi. The cheapest transfer option is the public bus, at only 6€ per person for a one-way ticket. The fastest option is taxi, however, this is also the most expensive option at 38€ per ride. Another means of transfer is the metro, which leaves every 30 minutes and costs 10€ one-way.
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How to get from Athens airport to the city centre by taxi
Getting a taxi from Athens airport to the city centre is definitely the fastest and most convenient transfer option. Taxis are readily available outside of the arrivals terminal, and only take 25 minutes to reach the city centre. During the day a taxi will cost you 38€ and at night 54€.
Please be aware that there are both yellow and black cars waiting outside of Athens airport. The black cars are actually 'private hire' and can cost up to twice as much as the standard yellow taxis.
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Athens airport taxis readily available on the line for a trip to city centre
Taxis at Athens International airport
*rates vary depending on the time of day
Taxis are available 24/7 from Athens airport
Taxi fare from Athens airport to the city centre
There is a flat fee for routes going from Athens airport to the city centre ring. During the day (05:00 - 24:00) the price is 38€ and at night (01.00 - 04:59) it is 54€. If your final destination is outside of the city ring, you will be asked to pay what is on the taximeter.
Where do I get it from?
You can very easily find the designated taxi stand between arrival gates 2 and 3.
Simply jumping in the back of a comfortable taxi is what everyone wants after a day of traveling. You have someone to load your bags in the trunk, drive you directly to your destination, and help you with your luggage at the other end. All you need to do is sit back and enjoy your transfer.
Yes, taxis are reliable and way more comfortable than the metro or bus, but you still have to wait in a queue for your taxi, ask him if he knows the address of your hotel, and not all taxi drivers in Athens speak English.
Ask for the estimated fare before getting in a taxi, and mention that you are aware of the flat fee to the city centre
Most taxis in Athens, even the ones at the airport, have no way of accepting credit cards
Please be aware that the nighttime prices are approximately 30% higher
According to Greek law a taxi can carry a maximum of four people at a time, including children.
How to get from Athens airport to the city centre by metro
The metro line departs from Athens airport every 30 minutes (05′ and 35′), and costs 10€ one way or 18€ for a round-trip. The journey takes around 50 minutes, but there are no trains after 23:35. Although the Metro is one of the cheeper options, it isn't the most reliable transfer.
Metro train waiting on the platform for a trip to city centre
You can always buy your tickets from the agents of the metro train ticket counters
Do not forget to buy your tickets from one of the automated ticket machines
Metro at Athens International airport
There is an average waiting time of 30 minutes.
The Metro runs from 06:30 - 23:35
How much is the metro from Athens airport to the city centre?
A one-way ticket from Athens airport to the city centre costs 10€ and a round-trip ticket costs 18€. Children under 6 years old can use the metro for free.
Where do I get it from?
The Athens airport metro station is just a 10-15 minute walk from the arrival gate. You will have to follow the signs to cross the street, ascend one level via either elevator or escalator, and cross over the pedestrian bridge.
If you are arriving before 23:35, then the Metro is fairly convenient. You will still need to walk 15 minutes from the arrivals gate and wait around 30 minutes for your train, but it's a reasonably fast mode of transportation.
The Metro is fairly fast and modern, but you won't be able to see many views of the city while traveling. There is also a question of safety on the Metro when traveling in rush hour.
The metro from the Athens airport starts at 6:35 and ends at 23:35
The metro departs from the airport every 30 minutes
Tickets can be bought from the ticket booth at the train station
Make sure that you validate your tickets at the designed validation machines
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. Tickets cost only 6€, but buses can take up to 60 minutes to leave the station. Buses run 24/7 including holidays, and will take around 55 minutes to reach the city centre.
Bus X95 waiting on the platform for a trip to city centre
You can always buy your tickets from the agents of the public bus ticket counters
Airport Bus X95
There is an average waiting time of 20 minutes
The bus line X95 run 24/7
How much are the buses from Athens airport to the city centre?
The cost for any bus transfer is 6€ for adults, and 3€ for children or students aged 7-18 and seniors over 65. Children under 6 years old travel for free. Tickets must be purchased at the ticket kiosk in the bus departure area just outside the airport.
Where do I get it from?
Buses can very easily be found at the bus stand, which is located between exits 4 and 5 of the arrivals terminal.
Taking a bus from Athens airport to the city centre is by far the least convenient mode of transport. Due to the city’s old road network, you can expect substantial delays and lots of standing around in queues holding your luggage. However, the buses do run 24/7, so if you arrive after 23:35 and want a cheap mode of transportation, it may be a good option for you.
Haven’t we all travelled on a budget? Sleeping in hostels, backpacking, taking one bus after another. For many, me included, buses are sort of nostalgia... they remind us of our youth. But perhaps now, we would like a bit more comfort when discovering a new city?
Be sure to check your route, several buses have detailed maps
Remember to get your ticket stamped before or when entering the bus
You can only pay for your ticket in cash, so be sure to have Euros to hand
Many buses have luggage rails, ask the driver for details
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