Athens International Airport (ATH) Eleftherios Venizelos Airport

Aeroporto Internacional de Atenas.
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2024-05-23

Athens International Airport, whose official name is Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH), is the main airport in Greece.

So, if you are flying from an europena airport towards Athens, you have no other airport than this one to use.

I have put together some information about Athens International Airport to help you plan your trip.

️Which major airlines fly from Athens International Airport?

Avião da Lufthansa.
Lufthansa Airplane.

Athens International Airport (ATH) is the primary airport serving Athens, the capital of Greece. There are several major airlines that operate flights from ATH, including:

  1. Aegean Airlines: Aegean Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Greece and operates flights to numerous destinations within Greece and internationally, including cities in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
  2. British Airways: British Airways is a major British airline that operates flights from ATH to destinations in Europe, including London, as well as to destinations in the Middle East and North Africa.
  3. Lufthansa: Lufthansa is a German airline that operates flights from ATH to destinations in Europe, including cities in Germany, as well as to destinations in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
  4. Turkish Airlines: Turkish Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Turkey and operates flights from ATH to destinations in Turkey and internationally, including cities in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
  5. Ryanair: Ryanair is a low-cost Irish airline that operates flights from ATH to various destinations in Europe.

Other airlines that operate flights from ATH include Air France, Alitalia, KLM, and Swiss International Air Lines. The airport also serves as a hub for several smaller regional and charter airlines.

How to get from Athens International Airport to the city center?

Paragem de autocarro no Aeroporto Internacional de Atenas.
Bus stop at Athens Airport.

Athens Airport is located in Spata, ie about 33 km from Athens. There are several options for getting from Athens International Airport to the city centre.

Let’s see each of these options to get from Athens Airport to the center.

Metro: The airport is connected to the city center by metro line 3 (the Blue Line). The metro runs from 6:30 am to 11:30 pm and the journey to the city center takes around 40 minutes. You can take the metro from the airport terminal and get off at Syntagma Square, which is an important point in the city centre. A single ticket costs 10 euros.

Bus: There are several bus lines that connect the airport to the city centre. The most convenient option is the express bus X95, which runs from the airport to Syntagma Square in the city centre. The journey takes about an hour and the bus leaves every 20-30 minutes from 06:00 to 23:30. A single ticket costs 6 euros.

Taxi: Taxis are usually expensive, but very convenient, especially if you are traveling with a lot of luggage. A taxi ride to the city center takes between 30 to 45 minutes, depending on traffic. In this case, count on paying more or less 35-45 euros, which can even compensate if you are a group of four people.

Private transfer: I must say that I often use this service, especially if the flight is at night. It’s a little more expensive, it’s true, but I don’t have to worry about getting lost in my destiny. This is because when I get off the plane someone is waiting to take me to the hotel. Do a simulation of the private transfer here.

What are the main rent-a car companies at Athens Airport?

There are several rental car companies that operate at Athens International Airport (ATH), including major international brands and local companies. Some of the main rental car companies at ATH include: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Sixt and Thrifty.

There are also several local rental car companies that operate at ATH, including Auto Union, Autohellas, and Olympic Rent a Car. Most of these companies have desks or kiosks in the arrivals area of the airport, and some offer a shuttle service to take customers to the rental car lot.

It is very easy to find the rental car companies, as they are located in the arrivals area of the Main Terminal. However, I recommend that you book your rental car in advance, so as not to be surprised on arrival.

The fact is that, especially in summer, the most economical categories of rental cars tend to sell out, leaving only the most expensive cars available.

Take a look at rental car prices at the link below and make sure you have a car when you arrive in Athens.

Hotels near Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport

If you have a very early flight and want to sleep until the last minute, consider staying overnight in a hotel close to the hotel.

Right in front of Athens Airport you have the Sofitel Hotel where you can have a good night sleep. But don’t think this is your typical airport hotel.

It is a five star hotel with everything you would expect from a hotel of this kind.

Frequently asked questions about airports in Greece:

Is there free WiFi at Athens International Airport?

Yes, Wi-Fi is free at Athens Airport, but only for 60 minutes.

How many airports are there in Athens?

There is only one airport in Athens, Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH). In addition to serving Athens, the capital of Greece, it is close to cities such as Piraeus (40 km).

What are the Greek islands with an airport?

In total, Greece has 39 airports, several of which are on the islands. Thus, and taking into account the usual destinations of the european, the main islands that have an airport are Mykonos, Santorini and Chania.

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