Airport Access, Part 2: Athens

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Athens metro
Photograph by Kaymaria Daskarolis

How to get into Athens from Athens International Airport (ATH)? Here are a few options.

1. Bus

The X95 line will take you straight to the heart of the city, Syntagma Square. The journey takes between 60 and 90 minutes. It runs 24 hours per day, departing every 20 minutes. One-way tickets cost €3.20 per person.

2. Metro

The metro connects the airport to Monastiraki station, although it is possible to transfer at Syntagma, Omonia, or Monastiraki to board lines going to the northern and southern suburbs. The journey takes between 35 and 45 minutes. The first train departs ATH at 6:30 a.m., and the last train of the day departs at 11:30 p.m. (From Monastiraki to ATH, the first train departs Monastiraki station at 5:50 a.m., the last at 10:50 p.m.)
Trains depart every 30 minutes. Tickets run €6 for one person, €10 for two, and €3 for those under 18 and over 65.

3. Suburban rail

The suburban rail connects the airport to the Larissis train station, where train connections to other parts of Greece can be made. The journey takes 30-45 minutes, and schedule and fares are identical to the metro’s.

4. Taxi

Taxi rates from the airport are pre-set and include all fees, including toll charges. From 5 a.m. until midnight, the range is €15-€29, depending on your destination. Between midnight and 5 a.m., the range swells to €21-€44.

To the airport, the fare varies depending on distance and time. Expect to pay around €15 from a northern suburb of Athens to the airport and around €45 from a southern suburb.

About the author

In order to keep a promise she and her brother had made to their grandmother (and to simultaneously fulfill one of her own dreams) Kaymaria left her beloved hometown of Oakland, California and headed to Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics. Today, she continues to work and play in the Greek capital, where you may find her writing atop Lykavittos, road-tripping with overseas guests, enjoying Athens cafés with friends, dancing to Greek hip-hop music, or reading Greek subtitles in an outdoor cinema. The daughter of two life-long educators and enthusiastic travelers, Kaymaria has explored North America, Mexico, and Europe. It was not until she spent a year as an exchange student at The University of York in England, however, that she discovered that she does not actually speak English.

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