Athens Guide

 

   

The new Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is 27 km (17 miles) east of the city center, near the suburb of Spáta. A large number of European and International carriers fly direct into Athens.

The airport has excellent public transit connections to the city and the usual array of food stands, duty-free shops, and other airport services.

From the Airport to the City 

 From the airport you can reach the city:
   By Metro to the city center for €8; if you leave in less than 48 hours you can get the two-way ticket for €14. Group tickets (2 or 3 persons) are also available and they provide some discount (see By Metro section below in Get Around). The airport Metro line is an extension of Line 3 (blue line) which takes you to the downtown Syntagma and Monastiráki stations. From the Airport, the metro train takes 40 minutes to reach Syntagma, and takes 43 minutes to reach Monastiráki.

By bus: X92 to Kifissia, X93 to Kifissos Coach Station, X94 to Ethniki Amyna metro station (subway Line 3), X95 to Syntagma Square (subway Lines 2 and 3), X96 to Piraeus (subway Line 1) and X97 to Dafni metro station (subway Line 2) for €5.00. It takes 45 min to 1.5 hrs depending on traffic. Buses, unlike Metro, operate 24 hours a day.

 

By taxi for € 30-35: According to a new law applied recently, taxi drives to the centre cost € 35 during the day and € 50 during the night. Be sure to ask if the price includes toll costs.

 Sites to Visit


 

Acropolis
The Acropolis of Athens is open daily. Summer opening times: 8a.m.-7p.m., except for Sundays and national holidays, when it is only open until 3p.m.Winter opening times: 8a.m. – sunset. The main archaeological site is surrounded by a large public area, a plethora of trees with beautiful stone-paved paths. You'll see the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and the Parthenon along with numerous fragments arranged for reassembly.

 
 
The Plaka
The area of Plaka is one of the most attractive districts of Athens. At the base of the Acropolis, the historic Plaka district winds around the ancient hill and features labyrinthine streets, stone and Cycladic architecture and a host of restaurants, tavernas, bars and shops. It is the most popular and vibrant area of the city.
   

The Acropolis Museum
A site of eternal archaeological excavation, the Acropolis is a limitless treasure trove of remarkable relics. Built in 2008 at the base of the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Acropolis Museum is without peer, with artifacts that cover the Bronze Age to Byzantine Greece.

   

Ancient Agora
The site of the Ancient Agora is located in a very green space with a beautiful view of the Acropolis. You will see the Temple of Hephaestus, the best preserved ancient Greek temple, the Attalos Stoa, the museum of the agora which is a reconstructed ancient building. From the agora you can walk towards Acropolis. Extension of the agora is the Roman Forum.

   

Kerameikos
The Kerameikos is the site of the ancient cemetery of Athens. It also houses the Dipylon Gate, where the Panathenaic procession would begin. It has a museum showcasing many of the grave stele and other archaeological items found on the grounds.

   

Temple of Olympian Zeus
Only the ruins remain today. The column that has fallen and can still be seen on pieces was brought down during a thunderstorm about a century ago. The 1896 Olympic Stadium and Hadrian's Arch are located nearby.

   

Lycabettus Hill
Lycabettus Hill is a 200m hill bordering the Kolonaki district. You can reach the top by walking or by a funicular railway [small ticket charge]. There is a cafe-restaurant with a great view of Athens towards the sea. From halfway up looking towards the sea there are astonishing views of the Parthenon with the blue of the sea glimpsed between its columns.

   

National Garden
The National Garden of Athens is a peaceful and beautiful park in the centre of Athens, where visitors can enjoy their walk and spend hours of relaxation. The National Garden encloses luxuriant vegetation, plenty of flowers, some ancient ruins, two duck ponds and a small zoo. In addition, there is a children’s playground and a café as well. It's located between the Parliament and Zappeion buildings.