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Getting Around Athens

Welcome to Athens, the historical capital city of Greece, acknowledged as the birthplace of democracy, arts, science and philosophy of western civilisation. Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities. It’s recorded history spanning around 3.400 years and it is being inhabited since the 11th millennium B.C. E. Today, under the shadow of Parthenon, the contemporary urban scenery of the sprawling city reflects its exciting history, its multi-cultural modern personality as well as the infrastructure and facilities. Each year, more and more travellers are choosing Athens for their leisure and business travel all year round. The city offers a variety of things to see and do, and, usually, under favourable weather conditions. It is considered one of Europe’s safest capitals offering user-friendly transportation network. Numerous museums and archaeological sites and hundreds of restaurants can satisfy every taste. Athens is thus an ideal congress destination, combining state-of-the-art infrastructure, excellent congress facilities and easy access from all over the world with world-class cultural attractions, modern amenities, diverse entertainment, and natural beauty.

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Arriving at Athens

Traveling from Europe

Athens is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, so it is very well connected with the rest of the continent. Some of the most popular airlines that fly to Athens is Ryanair, Aegean Airlines, KLM and Easyjet.

How to get from ATH airport to Athens city Centre

Metro: The Athens Metro offers a direct connection from the airport to the city center. Line 3 (Blue Line) serves the airport, and it takes approximately 40 minutes to reach the city center stations, such as Syntagma Square or Monastiraki. Trains run every 30 minutes, with more frequent service during peak hours. Buy tickets from metro ticket machines, which have English-language menus. Entrances are marked by a big green ‘M’.

Suburban Railway (Proastiakos): The suburban railway also connects the airport to the city center and other destinations in Athens. The journey time to reach the city center is similar to the metro, around 40 minutes. Trains depart every 15 to 25 minutes, depending on the time of day.

Bus: Several public bus routes operated by OASA connect the airport to various parts of Athens. The most popular bus route for travelers is the X95, which runs from the airport to Syntagma Square in the city center. Other routes may serve different areas of Athens. Buses operate 24/7, with varying frequencies depending on the time of day.

Taxi: Taxis are readily available outside the arrivals area of the airport. A taxi ride from Athens airport to the city center typically takes around 30 to 40 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Taxi fares are metered, and the approximate cost to the city center is between €35 to €50, depending on the exact destination and time of day.

 International: If you’re arriving from another country, you may take an international train to reach Athens. Several European cities have direct train connections to Athens, such as Bulgaria, Bucharest, Serbia, and Turkey. These trains typically arrive at Athens Railway Station (Larissa Station or Stathmos Larissis), which is one of the main train stations in Athens.

Domestic Trains: Greece has an extensive domestic rail network operated by TrainOSE, connecting Athens with major cities like Thessaloniki, Patras, and Larissa.

Transportation from the Train Station to the City Center: Athens Railway Station (Larissa Station) is located a bit outside the city center, but it is well-connected by public transportation. You can take the Athens Metro, suburban railway (Proastiakos), or buses to reach the city center. Taxis are also available outside the train station if you prefer a more direct and convenient option.

Greece has a well-developed road network, and Athens is accessible by highways from various directions. The major highways leading to Athens are:

E75 from the north (Thessaloniki)

E65 from the west (Patras)

E94 from the southwest (Tripoli)

E94 from the east (Lamia)

E96 from the southeast (Sounio)

Athens has a comprehensive public transportation system that includes buses, trams, metro, and suburban railway (Proastiakos).

Tickets for all modes of public transportation can be purchased at metro stations, ticket booths, and some kiosks. There are various ticket options available, including single tickets, daily passes, and multi-day passes. Additionally, there are reduced fares for students, seniors, and other groups.

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