For those who prefer a comfortable and economical way to reach a destination, the effective solution is to book the Taxi service from Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport; in this way you will have the comfort of receiving a welcome directly in the arrivals area of the airport and the convenience of paying a fixed price calculated in advance depending on the kilometres and not the time of travel.
The Greek capital, extraordinarily rich in history and art, manages to perfectly combine the ancient and the modern; in fact, next to classical buildings, it is possible to admire the creations of the architect Renzo Piano, Italian pride of which the Centre Pompidou in Paris is also famous.
If you want to savour the authentic essence of the city, you only have to sit in the numerous open-air cafés scattered throughout the city centre.
Places and distances
Among the most visited sites in Athens are the following:
- Parthenon: symbolic monument of the city, it's 33 km from the airport which takes around 40 minutes.
- Kifissià: to get to this rich neighbourhood filled with luxury boutiques 25 minutes is sufficient time using the Attiki Odos road.
- Byzantine and Christian Museum: for those who want to visit, this place is full of manuscripts, ceramics, mosaics and much more, you need to go 32km taking the Attiki Odos road.
Eleftherios Venizelos Airport
Athens airport is in the eastern part of the city, in the municipality of Spata - Artemida, and is about 33 km away from the centre. Known as Eleftherios Venizelos, it is the busiest Greek airport and serves several companies such as Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air, Air Mediterranean, Sky Express and Ryanair. Despite the Greek economic crisis, Athens airport has seen an increase in the number of passengers, which has recently reached 20 million annually.
The air station is reached by various means including 4 bus lines operating to and from the airport. There is also a railway station and subway near the airport (details are given below).
As with most airports, there are also refreshment points where you can eat, as well as a playground for children, and currency exchange machines. There is also a nail salon and a pharmacy. A shopping centre can also be accessed, even if it is made up only of furniture and appliance shops; it is also possible to visit an exhibition centre located on the airport street; you will find a line of restaurants and bars to try out, some restaurants also serve alcoholic beverages. Nine duty-free shops are also available, but only if you fly to a country outside the European Union.
How to get from Eleftherios Venizelos Airport to the centre of Athens
The city, cradle of Western culture, can be reached from the airport in several ways: the blue metro line reaches precisely the heart of the city, i.e. Syntagma Square. The first route takes place at 6:30am and the last one at 11:30pm. Those who want to travel by train can opt for line 1; however, it takes more than an hour to get to Larissis central station, stopping at 17 stations!
The bus that stops between the centre of Athens and the airport is called X95 and stops at Piazza Syntagma. If your accommodation is not in the centre, however, you will need to change means to reach the destination.
Athenian public taxis are yellow and accessible at the arrival’s terminal 24 hours a day. However, what hampers the choice of taking a public taxi in Athens is the fact that they are very expensive, often not reserved only for the family or group of friends, and above all, do not have reception service directly in the arrivals area of the airport. However, these services are always guaranteed to those who book a private taxi.
Indicative fares from Eleftherios Venizelos Airport
|Eleftherios Venizelos Taxi||1-4 passengers||5-8 passengers|
|From Eleftherios Venizelos Airport to the centre of Athens||from 42 euros;||from 54 euros;|
|From Eleftherios Venizelos Aiport to Piraeus||from 61 euros;||from 91 euros;|
Private taxi service at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport
The easiest and quickest way to get to your accommodation in Athens is to use a private taxi service from Eleftherios Venizelos Airport. By booking on the Taxileader.net page, a driver will wait for you inside the airport you arrive at with a sign indicating the name reflected on the booking. The customer service is at your complete disposal for pre-sales and after-sales questions. It is possible to contact him/her by telephone, live chat and e-mail. This way, you will have the possibility to book the taxi service simply, quickly and directly in your own language. It will also be possible to choose whether to pay everything in advance or just a small amount to freeze the reservation and pay the remaining total with the driver.