Athens public transportation system includes buses, trains, tram, and trolleys. You can use any means of transportation with unlimited transfers in Athens. Bicycles are not a good option in Athens because there are not any bike lane and drivers are can tend to be aggressive. As of late Athens has been working on pedestrianizing the city so walking has become a lot easier.
At a Glance
Athens International Airport is a three-floor, two-terminal building. The Main Terminal handles both domestic and international flights, while the unconnected Satellite Terminal handles excess passengers during peak seasons. The modern design utilizes a compact size in creative ways, offering trendy seating and an easy-to-navigate layout. Calming background music makes guests feel like they are always on holiday, and guests rave about the cleanliness. For international travelers, a multilingual staff speaks English, Greek and some Russian.
Meet-Up Locations & Ground Transportation
There are several great meet-up spots for those expecting a driver, but the best two are The Hellenic Travel Shop and Exchange Rate, each located between Baggage Trolleys 8 and 7. Ground transportation includes a 24-hour express bus that drops off in downtown’s Syntagma Square, while a railway is located underground the Main Terminal, dropping off in Piraeus between 4:30am-11:00pm. A line of taxis is also available between Exits 2 and 3 of the arrival area, but be weary that the fare jumps after midnight. For the most stress-free arrivals at reliable rates, we recommend you book with us! Choose from our meet-and-greet options that include local personal drivers who can double as your tour guide, or a chauffeured limousine ideal for seeing the world in elegance.
The Sofitel Athens is the only hotel attached to the airport. This luxury 5-star choice comes with access to a pool and spa, plus floor-to-ceiling rooms. Villa Vravrona Tower & Suites is another 5-star option less than a mile away, offering rooftop vistas of the mountains alongside rustic room décor. Varaba Country House is also located less than a mile from Athens International, just south of the Apollo Airport Parking Lot. 3-star amenities are offered, while modern-country rooms share a walled-in garden accessible through sliding doors. The apartment-style Artemis Greenhill is a more suburban choice. Home to 3-star amenities that include free breakfast, this stay is run by a friendly couple and is located just 2 miles away. And finally, Athens Airport Lodge is nestled on the outskirts of Sparta, a small community five minutes northwest of the airport. It is known for its personal balconies, kitchenettes and apartment vibe.
What’s Near the Airport?
The Temple of Artemis is an eighteen-minute drive from the airport, and well worth the trip. Considered to be one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, the site has many ties to Mary Magdalene. Attica Zoological Park is just a 14-minute drive from Athens International, and home to an educational dolphin show as well as an exotic lemur forest. Another great outing is Peania Cave, or ‘Koutouki’, which is located just 20 minutes away. This elevated site offers a beautiful mountain vista trail, and guided tours through the cave. Museum North (Mouseío Vorré) offers a wide array of modern and abstract art pieces just 15 minutes away from the airport. Courtyards and gardens make the grounds especially walkable.
Things to do in Athens
Athens is a city for sightseeing. You should start your journey at Agora the famed marketplace. Agora contains a museum, concert hall, colonnaded arcades and more. Stroll through Anafiotika; a neighborhood built during the 19th century on the slope of the Acropolis hill. King Otto bough the Anfi to build his palace and they built this neighborhood as well. The Temple of Athena Nike was the first temple on the hill and is right down from the Anafiotika neighborhood. At lunch time head of over to the Acropolis Museum for lunch and then see all the exhibits the museum has to offer. Athens is a popular tourist destination.
The Acropolis Museum has a menu that is so tempting that you will want to eat there every day. Try the smoked trough or the bail and lefkada salami. Don’t forget the custard pie. Like most cities that cater to tourists most of the food has been commercialized to fit the western diet. If you are looking for more traditional dishes try souvlaki. This is a dish of grilled meats, vegetables, and tzatziki; its served in pita bread and usually comes with French fries. Clubs and pubs are found in the center of Athens as well as in the coastal zone going east. You will get to listen to non-greek music.
Hotels near ATH
There are many great hotel choices in Athens such as the Regal Olympic Athens, InterContinental Athenaeum Athens, Hotel Grande Bretagne, Central Hotel, Electra Hotel Athens, and many more.
ATH Contact Information
Athens International Airport
Spata Artemida 190 04, Greece
Airport Code: ATH