Athens airport

Airport Bus Athens

International Airport in Athens, also known as Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, is one of the ‘youngest’ European airports, opened in 2001. It is Greece’s primary international airport serving the area of the capital and the region of Attica. It is also country’s busiest airport and serves as a hub and main base of Aegean Airlines, as well as some other Greek airline companies. Europe’s 28th busiest airport handled over 21.7 million passengers in 2017.

Public transport: The airport is well-connected to the city centre, so you can choose among metro, rail or bus transport.

Metro: You can reach the airport via metro line 3 on the route Aghia Marina – Athens International Airport.

  • A 90-minute ticket costs 10 € per person, 18 € for 2 people and 24 € for three people. The return ticket costs 18 € per person and must be used within 48 hours. Children, students and seniors get discounts.
  • Check out the line schedule.
  • The journey is approximately 45 min long.

Rail: The Kiato Suburban Service connects the Airport and Kiato to the centre of Athens and Piraeus Port. The last stop is Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station).

Bus: Four regional buses operate at the airport. All buses drop off passengers at the Departures Level and depart from the Arrivals Level, between Exits 2 and 3, in front of the Airport Hotel Sofitel. You will recognize them by KTEL sign on them. All bus routes are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

  • X93 line is driving directly to Kifissos main bus station, the journey takes 65min. See timetable.
  • X95 drives on a route Syntagma Square – City Centre. See timetable.
  • X96 goes via Glyfada to Piraeus for 90 min. See timetable.
  • X97 follows the route Elliniko – Athens Airport. See timetable.
  • A single ticket costs 6 € for adults and 3 € for students and seniors.
  • This is the best option for people travelling outside Athens, since you will find few other lines at the bus station at the airport.

NOTE: We advise you to buy a 3 day tourist pass which gives you a 72-hour access to all public transport including transport to and from the airport for 22 € per peson.

Taxi service: There is a taxi rank at the airport in front of the Arrivals Area. A fare to the city centre is 38€ during daytime, the price goes up to 54€ if you choose to take a taxi over the night (luggage included in both cases).

Transfer: If you don’t like using the public transport and hesitate to take a taxi, consider booking a private transfer which will wait for you on the airport and take you to your hotel or wherever you need to go. The transfer company will send a professional driver to pick you up. You can even pre-order a child safety seat if you’re travelling with a child.

Athens airport sign

Renting a car at Athens airport: For those of you who would like to reach the city and explore the area on your own, the best option is to rent a car directly at the airport. There are several car rental companies there. Compare their rental prices and save time by booking your car online.

Renting a bus at Athens airport: For larger groups of passengers, consider renting a bus at the airport. However, it is recommended to book it online, so the bus rental companies have enough time to advise you on the meeting point and all other information.

FAQ – bus and transport from Athens airport

Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: No, there are several means of transport which take you to the city centre. You can use the metro, rail or bus lines. If you miss them all, you can always take a taxi, but the price will be a bit spicy, especially during the nighttime.

Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
A: Yes, the nearest hotel Sofitel is only 150 m away, and a bit further you can check in at the Mare Nostrum Thalasso hotel, as well as at Holiday Inn, for acceptable price with all services included.

Q: I would like to visit Athens in between flights. Is that possible?
A: Yes, it will take approximately an hour to reach the city, but the airport is well-connected to the centre at all times of the day, so it should be no problem to go there and back within a day. There is even the PACIFIC Travel Services S.A. which provides dedicated storage space where travellers can safely leave their luggage while exploring the city.

Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
A: Yes, you can exchange your money, but you can also pick up money at the ATM machine in the Arrivals Hall. We recommend you to bring euros with you to avoid low currency rates.

Q: I am continuing my journey outside Athens. Are there any direct lines to other destinations?
A: From the airport you can go directly to the ports nearby, but for other destinations, such as Tirana you have to reach the Central Station and check your options there.

  28Comments

  1. Diane   •  

    Hi
    How much time does it take from the airport to Syntagma Place with bus X95 ?
    Thank you
    Diane

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Diane,

      I takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes by bus from Athens Airport to Syntagma Square.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

      • Barb   •  

        Hi Melani, do you know the fair? How much is it for the bus? Thank you, Barb

        • Melani   •  

          Dear Barb,

          The bus ticket costs 6.00 €.

          Best regards!
          Melani, GBB Team

      • Sandor   •  

        Hi Melani,

        you said that it takes 1 h 20 m from Airport to Syntagma square. On the webpage that way from Center to Airport is 40 min. “It takes approximately 40 minutes from Syntagma to Athens Airport.”

        Why it is so different?

        Regards,
        Sandor

        • Melani   •  

          Dear Sandor,

          The journey is shorter if you take metro line 3, it will take you 30-40 minutes. However, if you take bus line X95 the journey will be longer.

          Best regards!
          Melani, GBB Team

  2. Angela   •  

    How long it take by cab to Kifissos bus station and how much would it cost?

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Angela,

      By taxi it takes around 30-40 minutes to get to Kifissos bus station and it should cost somewhere between 35-45€. I suggest to check with the taxi driver the price beforehand.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

      • Victoria   •  

        Hi! How long does it take to get from the Kifisos Bus Station to the Athens Airport, at 6.30 AM on a Friday morning, please?

        • Melani   •  

          Dear Victoria,

          The bus drive from Kifisos Station to Athens Airport usually takes around 65 minutes.

          Best regards!
          Melani, GBB Team

  3. Leonie   •  

    Which bus to the centre? And what time is the last one? Thanks

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Leonie,

      The bus line X95 connects Athens Airport with Syntagma Square (City Centre). The last bus departs from the airport at 23:55.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  4. moira   •  

    From where can I buy the bus ticket from airport. and please what are the opening times of the booth if there are any.

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Moira,

      Tickets can be bought directly on board, at ticket kiosk at the airport bus station (located between between Exit 4 and 5 at the Arrivals level) and on all the metro stations around Athens.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  5. Simon   •  

    How can I get from athens center to rafina port to arrive by 7am ad will a 24hour bus ticket cover the cost??

  6. Sophie   •  

    Can I catch a bus from kriopigi hotel to skg Thessaloniki airport?

  7. Eilise   •  

    Which bus goes from airport to alimos marina please?

    • Melani   •  

      D ear Eilise,

      The best option is to take line X96 and exit at Edem bus stop. From there there’s additional 5-10 minute walk to Alimos Marina.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  8. Marc   •  

    Hey there,

    I arrive arround 8.30pm in the evening at Athens Airport.

    Do you know if the Ticket office at Airport – Arrivals (Gates 4 – 5) will still be open at that time ?
    ( I want to purchase a personalized ath.ena card and this seems to be the only place to get it at the airport)

    Thanks a lot 🙂

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Marc,

      We do not have that kind of information, so I advise You to contact directly Athens Airport.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  9. Louise Robinson   •  

    Hi any idea what s best way to get too nafplio tks heading on friday tks

  10. Lily   •  

    Hi, if I took the bus X95 to the airport from syntagma square how much is the fare?
    Can I use the ath.ena ticket? I bought the 24 hour ticket.
    Thx u

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Lily,

      The bus fare to Syntagma Square costs €6.00. Regarding ath.ena ticket, we do not have that information, so I advise you to check with their customer service.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  11. gilbert   •  

    I am arriving athen airport at 17.15 on 8 January 2019 I need to go to posiden apartment Address Derigini 49 athen greece.
    What is best mode of public transport

    • Melani   •  

      Dear Gilbert,

      The best way to get to your accommodation is to take metro line M3 from Athens Airport to Monastiraki Metro Station and then transfer to line M1 and exit at ΣΤ.ΒΙΚΤΩΡΙΑΣ stop (two stops from Monastiraki). From there you have additional 5 min walk.

      Best regards,
      Melani, GBB Team

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