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Getting from Athens Airport to city center

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A half an hour uber ride and we are already in the center of Athens, between Plaka and Acropolis. If you choose to take an uber as well, your driver will ask about the route preferences – the fastest route goes through the highway. I suggest the highway, not because of the speed, but because it’s extremely green around, it’s definitely the best way of getting from Athens Airport to city centre 🙂  I could never expect to drown in greenery whilst being somewhere very southern.



Uber from Athens Airport to city centre

Our uber ride from the airport costed us 29 EUR. It was UberX and they gave us a choice between the highway and general route. In case you choose highway, the app will automatically charge 2 EUR (approximately, I don’t remember for sure) for the toll.

The best part about uber is that you’ll get your invoice emailed, regardless the driver’s will. For example, a taxi driver in Athens forgot his English immediately as soon as we asked for a receipt…

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Taxi from Athens Airport to city centre

The taxi fares from Venizelos airport to downtown are flat, 38 EUR/daytime, 54 EUR/night. It already includes toll costs, VAT, airport charge, and anything else a taxi driver would decide to add to your total fare.

But taking into account my negative experience with taxi drivers in Athens, I would recommend clarifying and reassuring this price before getting on a cab.

If you choose to take a taxi, be aware that there are black and yellow cabs at the Airport. The black cabs can cost you twice the price mentioned above.



From Athens Airport by metro

During my first trip to Athens I used metro to get from the Airport to the downtown. The price of one-way ticket is 10 EUR, return – 18, which I consider overpriced, taking into account that you’ll have a standing place (the Airport is not the starting point of the metro line), and the trip takes 50 min.

Trains run every 05’ and 35’ minute, but only until 23:35

The subway station at the airport is outside, you’ll have to cross the road and follow the signs to enter it.

In Athens the most popular drop off point is Syntagma metro station.


Getting from Athens airport to Piraeus

The approximate fare for the route Athens Airport to Piraeus port:

  • By taxi 45 EUR (daytime) and 65 EUR (at night)
  • By bus X96: Athens Airport – Piraeus – tickets cost 5 EUR, the bus leaves every 30 min, and the route takes 50 min
  • By metro – get on a train at the airport which indicates Piraeus. You’ll have to change at Monastiraki station in Athens (40 min from the airport) and then another 20 min to Piraeus Port. The one-way ticket costs 8 EUR, return – 14 EUR
  • By uber from Athens Airport to Piraeus Port – 36-47 EUR



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