Athens flights

By Rachel Howard, your Athens expert

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Flying to Athens

Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (+30 210 353 0000; www.aia.gr) is 27 kilometres (17 miles) north-east of Athens.

The main airlines operating domestic routes in Greece are Aegean (+30 210 998 8300; www.aegeanair.com) and Olympic Airlines (+30 210 966 6666; www.olympicair.com).

Getting to and from the airport

By Metro

A single fare to the airport is €6. Airport services run every 30 minutes between 6.30 am and 11.30pm.

By Suburban Railway

The Suburban Railway or Proastiakos (www.proastiakos.gr; +30 210 527 2000) is great for getting to and from the airport. The journey time is about 30 minutes to Syntagma Square or 40 minutes to Stathmos Larissis, the central train station. Trains depart every 15 minutes.

By Taxi

The six-lane Attiki Odos expressway has made it much quicker to get into town from the airport. There is a taxi rank outside the Arrivals entrance. A taxi into town will cost you around €35 during the day or €50 at night (midnight-5am).

By bus

Four express bus routes serve the airport. Route X95 will get you to the city centre (Syntagma Square) in about an hour. Buses leave every 8-30mins depending on the time of day. Route X96 goes to the port of Piraeus. It takes just over an hour and buses leave every 20mins to 1hr. Route X93 goes to Kifissos coach station and Route X97 goes to Dafni Metro station. Tickets cost €3.20 each way. You can buy them from the bus driver or at Metro stations. There also bus connections to the ports of Rafina and Lavrion.

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