Information & Facts
A taxi to the centre of the Athens costs EUR15 to 25 and takes
roughly half an hour to an hour depending on the traffic. There are
plenty of taxis to be hired at the ranks in front of the airport
terminals, and fares charged on a per kilometre basis. Either agree
on the fare before departure or make sure the driver sets the meter
uses the correct rate. A '2' will display before the meter between
midnight and 6am and means you pay double the price. Avoid touts
and unlicensed taxis. Private hotel shuttle companies also run from
Athens International Airport.
There is short and long-term parking available in the airport;
short-term parking is on the arrivals level and costs EUR3.80 for
the first hour (up to 20 minutes are free), while long-term parking
is found across the access road in P3 and costs EUR50 for the first
week and EUR5 per day after. Long-term parking is connected to the
terminal by a free shuttle.
Avis, Hertz, National, Budget, Europcar and Sixt are all
represented at the airport.
The easiest and quickest way to reach the city centre from the
airport is on board Athens' new Metro. Metro Line 3 connects the
airport with Syntagma Square and Monastiraki. The airport is also
served by six public bus routes, which connect to destinations in
the greater area of Athens and Piraeus, buses running frequently
day and night. Athens International is connected to Athens Central
Railway Station (Larissis Station) by the Suburban Rail line.
Finally, there are plenty of taxis to be hired at the ranks in
front of the airport terminals, fares charged on a per kilometre
EUR12.15 (international), EUR8.51 (domestic). A
security fee of EUR1.52 is also charged.
The airport is well supplied with cafes, restaurants, bars and
shops, including duty free. There are branches of two banks
providing full services at the airport, and numerous ATMs and
currency exchange bureaux are also available. Non-EU nationals can
get VAT refunded at the EUROCHANGE currency exchange unit located
at the Departures Level. Several travel agencies operate from the
airport, and there is a Greek National Tourist Board information
desk. Conference facilities are available and there is a business
centre with Internet access, photocopier machines, faxes and
secretarial services. A meeting room is also available. Disabled
facilities are good; those with special needs should contact their
airline in advance.
Greek is the national language, but English is widely
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, divided into 100 cents.
Banks and bureaux de change are widely available and travellers
cheques and major credit cards are widely accepted. ATMs are
widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient
method of obtaining euros.