to get to Athens
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:
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).
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
(tel + 30 210 4284100-6)
(tel +30 18947353)
(tel + 30 210 9813315)