How to Get from Athens Airport to City Center – Your Complete 2022 Guide

It is easy to get from Athens airport to the city center. You also have a couple of options for doing so.

Excellent metro and bus links connect Athens Eleftherios Venizelos to Athens center. They also connect you to the further regions of Piraeus and the Athens Riviera.

If you prefer the comfort of a private airport transfer, you can order a car or a taxi that does not break the bank. Generally speaking, public transport in Greece is excellent and transport from Athens airport to the centre is no different.

Getting from Athens Airport to the Centre

Athens airport to city center
Athens airport to city center

Figuring out how to get from Athens airport to the city is perhaps one of the first things that you want to double-check before starting your Athenian adventure. I have lived in Athens since 2017 and have made this journey dozens of times.

This guide discusses the various travel options, their costs, and the process of using them. Feel free to use the Table of Contents to help you navigate to the most relevant sections.

There are four main options for getting from Athens airport to the city center. Namely, they are pre-booking an airport transfer, taking a cab on arrival, taking the bus, or taking the metro.

The best option for you depends a lot on your personal preferences. Obviously, the metro or bus works out a lot cheaper for one person. However, if you are travelling as a family, you may want to pay a little more for the comfort of a taxi or private transfer.

Prebook an Athens Airport Transfer

A private airport transfer is arguably one of the most convenient ways of getting from Athens airport to city center. In light of the ongoing pandemic, this is also one of the safest options.

Prices start from €34. Vehicles are cleaned thoroughly prior to entering and the drivers wear masks.

You can obtain a quote for a private transfer by Get Your Guide here. They offer free cancellation up to three hours before arrival.

Your driver will wait for you in the arrivals lounge and then take you straight to where you are staying in Athens. This gives you some peace of mind in knowing that everything is organised for you in advance.

You will find your driver waiting with a card holding your name. He/she will also provide you with cool bottles of water to drink en route. Athens Airport transfer cars are usually luxury airconditioned vehicles.

Take the Metro from Athens Airport to the City

Getting from Athens airport to the city
Getting from Athens airport to the city

One way to get from Athens airport to the city is to take the metro. This is arguably the most convenient way to get into Athens centre.

The metro runs every thirty minutes. However do keep in mind that it is only operational between the hours of 6.30 am and 23.30 pm.

Finding the Airport Metro Station

The process for getting the metro to the city centre is outlined below.

  • Enter the airport Arrivals Hall and follow the signs for “train”

  • Exit the main airport building, cross the road, and go up the escalator that awaits on the other side

  • Follow the moving walkway that takes you to the train and metro station

  • Use the ticket machine and purchase a ticket for “Athens & Airport”

  • Pass through the ticket barrier and wait at the platform

  • Take the metro line which departs from the right-hand side of the platform.

Using the Metro Ticket Machines

There are both ticket offices and machines at the train station just outside Athens airport. Opt to use the machines to save time.

The machines can be operated in English. Just click the UK flag on the screen.

This is the faster option. The ticket offices tend to attract large queues of confused tourists that ask 34,538 questions. 

Purchasing Your Metro Ticket

An “Athens & Airport” ticket costs €10 per person. Meanwhile, a return ticket is €18.

You can also purchase multi-day Athina passes if you wish. This will make it easier and cheaper to get around the city during your trip.

It should be noted that most Athens metro tickets do not include the journey to the airport. The various options available to you are as per the below.

Athens Metro Ticket Options

  • 90-minute ticket: € 1.40

  • 24-hour ticket: € 4.50

  • 5-day ticket: € 9

  • 3-day tourist ticket (including return from the airport): € 22

Boarding the Athens Airport Metro

Cross past the ticket barriers and down the steps to the platform level. One very important thing to keep in mind is that once you have gone through the barriers, the tickets are valid for 90 minutes so you should not try and get back out again. 

At the platform level, there are two lines. One line is the suburban rail, the other is the metro.

The metro train will be on the right-hand side. If you are confused, you can ask a friendly local to confirm that you are on the correct train. 

Riding the Athens Metro

The metro line speaks in English so it’s easy to understand where you are. The final stop will be Syntagma. This is the main square of Athens and the place where most people are headed anyway. 

If you are staying at an Athens hotel in Monastiraki, the Acropolis area, or elsewhere in Athens, you can transfer lines at Syntagma station. If you are staying in Kolonaki or Pagrati, get off the metro at Evangelismos. 

Subsidised Travel

Travellers over 65, students under 25, and teenagers under 18 are eligible for discounted travel. However, subsidised tickets can only be purchased in person at the ticket counter and you may be asked to present ID or proof of student status.

Children under 7 can travel for free on all means of Athens transportation.

How to Get from Athens Airport to City:
X95 Bus 

Athens airport to city
Athens airport to city

The X95 bus is another convenient way to get from Athens airport to the city. The bus departs every 15 minutes or so from the bus stop outside of gates 4 and 5. 

To take the X95 bus to Athens city centre:

  • Exit the arrivals area and follow the signs for the bus (The stop is directly outside the terminal building)

  • Buy a ticket from the ticket office. Bus tickets cost 6 euros per person.

Riding the X95 Bus

There are various buses that depart from here but the X95 stop is the one directly adjacent to the ticket office. You can also identify it by the LED display on the front of the bus.

The bus announces the stops in English and ends its journey at Syntagma square. If you are travelling from the airport to Piraeus, you should take the X96 bus.

The other two buses that depart from here are the X93 to Kifisou Avenue and the X97 to Elliniko. The X95 is pretty convenient. However, the traffic on your way into the city can sometimes be pretty bad.

This is especially the case if you are travelling at 5-6 pm rush hour, or on Friday and Saturday evenings. For this reason, the metro is usually the better option to get from Athens airport to the city.

Concession Tickets

Travellers over 65, students, and teenagers are eligible for discounted travel. Show your ID at the ticket kiosk to purchase a discounted ticket. Children under 7 travel for free.

Getting from Athens Airport to the City by Cab

How to Get from Athens airport to city
How to Get from Athens airport to city

Sometimes you just want to get to where you are going and not have the hassle of dealing with public transport. Cabs from Athens airport to the city are fairly reasonably priced so if there are a few of you, this may well be a more convenient option. 

Airport Cabs

Athens airport cab drivers tend to be trustworthy. However, taxi drivers the world over are sometimes a law unto themselves so it is important to be informed about the correct prices.

Different rates apply depending on whether you are travelling during the day or at night. A cab from Athens airport to the city should typically cost around €38. 

At night, the tariff is €54. If you are travelling to Piraeus and its port, prices are higher. In this case, the day rate will be €54 and the night rate is €70.

All of this is based on no more than 4 people sharing a vehicle. Sometimes cab drivers charge an additional extra for luggage but this should not be more than a euro or two.

While you are in Athens, you should also consider downloading the BEAT taxi app on your phone. This is Athens’ answer to Uber and it helps you to ensure that you are being charged the correct rate for a cab rather than an inflated tourist price. 

The app will connect you to a driver quickly and displays the route and the fair before you enter the vehicle.

Airport cabs can be found outside exit 3 at the airport arrivals area. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Renting a Car at the Airport 

If you have decided to rent a car for your Greece trip, you can collect it at the airport. Various reputable European rental companies operate from Athens airport.

This includes Sixt, Avis, and Budget cars. It is strongly advisable to book your rental car in advance, especially if you are travelling during the busy summer months. 

Important Note: Greek Transport Strikes 

Greek transport strikes are a somewhat frequent occurrence and something of a headache. Every couple of months or so, there will be a strike for some reason or another. 

During transport strikes, both the metro and the buses do not operate. In this case, you will have to take a cab.

Parting Words

Athens airport to city
Athens airport to city

Do you have any further questions about getting from Athens to the airport, or planning a trip to Greece in general? I’ve been living here since 2017 and I will be happy to assist with any queries that you may have.

Feel free to drop me a comment below and I’ll do my best to get back to you ASAP. Safe travels! Geia sou! Melissa xo 


Melissa Douglas

Melissa Douglas is a British Travel Writer and Blogger based in Athens, Greece. She writes for numerous high profile travel publications across the globe - including Forbes Travel Guide, Matador Network, The Times of Israel and The Huffington Post.

1 thought on “How to Get from Athens Airport to City Center – Your Complete 2022 Guide”

  1. Thank you so much for all that useful info. I have a group of 12 to 14 seniors going on a week cruise with 3 days prior in Athens.
    And suggestions for a day tour with English speaking guide and a walk around the Acropolis? Any suggestions for a company that will pick up the group and luggage and take us to the hotel in the Plaka and also to and from the port? Tipping guidelines? Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Bobbie

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