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How to get to Athens

By air
Athens International AirportLocated 27km northeastern of Athens, the new Athens International Airport, is accessible via Attiki Odos, a six-lane motorway constituting the Athens City Ring Road. Public transport is provided by express airport bus connections with Athens center and the port of Piraeus on a 24 h basis, ensuring efficient transport of air travelers and facilitating linkage to key tourist attractions. 
Future developments such as the Suburban Rail, to be completed in 2003, in combination with the existing sections and the extensions under construction of the Attica Metro network will further improve airport access and enhance intermodality. 
There are three bus itinereries dedicated to carry passengers to and from the airport:

  • Line E94 connects the Ethniki Amina Metro Station with the Airport. Passengers can transfer from the Metro line to the Airport Bus at this departure point.
  • Line E 95 Syntagma Square - Airport Express has its departure point at the center of Athens (Syntagma Square) and via Vas. Sofias Avenue, Mesogion Avenue and Attiki Odos terminates at the airport.
  • Line E96 Pireaus - Airport Express starts from the center of Pireaus (Karaiskaki Square) and via Posidonos Avenue, Varis-Varkizas, and Varis-Koropiou Roads terminates at the airport.
For Express Lines E94-E95-E96, the ticket costs Euro 3 and is valid for 24 hours on all public transport means (buses, trolley-buses and metro). 
Approximate flight times: From London to Athens is 3 hours 15 minutes, From Los Angeles to Athens is 18 hours 35 minutes. From New York to Athens is 10 hours 10 minutes. From Singapore to Athens is 11 hours 25 minutes. From Sydney to Athens is 22 hours 5 minutes 

By car 
If you arrive by car from Corinth (to the southwest), the signs into Athens will direct you fairly clearly into Omonia Square, which you will enter from the west along Odos Ayiou Konstandinou. In Omonia, signs should direct you on towards Syntagma Square and other points in central Athens (signs in Omonia disappear mysteriously). If you arrive from Thessaloniki (to the north), the signs pointing you into central Athens are few and far between.

By Bus
There are two principal stations for KTEL, the national bus company. Terminal A, Odos Kifissou 100 (tel. 01/512-9233), off the road out of Athens toward Corinth, handles buses to and from the Peloponnese and parts of Northern Greece. If you don't have much to carry, take public bus no. 51 to the terminal. It leaves from the corner of Odos Zinonos and Odos Menandrou, several blocks off Omonia Square; you can catch the same bus at the terminal for the trip into town.

Terminal B, Odos Liossion 260 (tel. 01/831-7096), handles buses to and from Central Greece (including Delphi, Thebes, Evvia, and Meteora) and some destinations to the north and east of Athens. Bus no. 24, which stops at Leoforos Amalias in front of the entrance to the National Garden (a block south of Syntagma Square), will take you to and from the terminal 

The Mavromateon terminal at Patission and Alexandras, a few hundred meters north of the Archaeological Museum, handles buses for most destinations in Attica.

By train
Trains from the south and west, including Eurail connections via Patras, arrive at the Peloponnese Station (Stathmos Peloponnisou; tel. 01/513-1601), about a mile northwest of Omonia Square. Trains from the north arrive at Larissa Station (Stathmos Larissis; tel. 01/529-8837), just across the tracks from the Peloponnese Station. The Larissa Station has both an exchange office, usually open daily from 8am to 9:15pm, and luggage storage, usually open from 6:30am to 9pm.

Trolley 1 runs from Larissa Station to Omonia, Syntagma, and Koukaki  The most central place from which to catch it is the stop in front of the Parliament Building in Syntagma Square.

You can purchase train tickets just before your journey at the station at the Omonia Square ticket office, Odos Karolou 1 (tel. 01/524-0647); at Odos Filellinon 17, off Syntagma Square (tel. 01/323-6747); or at most travel agents. Information on timetables is available by dialing tel. 145 or 147.

By Ferry-boats 
Piraeus, the main harbor of Athens's main seaport, 11 kilometers (7 miles) southwest of central Athens, is a 15-minute Metro (subway) ride from Monastiraki and Omonia squares. The subway runs from about 5am to midnight and costs . The far-slower bus no. 040 runs from Piraeus to central Athens (with a stop at Odos Filellinon, off Syntagma Square) every 15 minutes between 5am and 1am and hourly from 1am to 5am 

If you've landed at the port of Rafina (about an hour's bus ride east of Athens), you'll see a bus stop up the hill from the ferryboat pier. Inquire about the bus to Athens; it runs often and will return you within the hour to the Areos Park Terminal, Odos Mavromateon 29, near the junction of Leoforos Alexandras and Odos Patission (about 25 minutes by trolley from Syntagma Square or 1 block from the Victoria Square Metro stop). From the terminal, there are buses to Rafina every half hour.

By yacht marines:
Zea (tel + 30 210  4284100-6)
Glyfada (tel +30 18947353)
Alimos (tel + 30 210 9813315)


 
 
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