There are four different express bus lines from Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport to central Athens and Piraeus (Athens city port):
• X93 Kifisos Intercity Bus Station: Direct connection to Athens' main intercity bus terminal. The journey takes about 65 minutes.
• X95 Syntagma: Direct connection to Syntagma Square, right in the city center. The journey takes about 60 minutes. From Syntagma, you can then take the metro to other parts of the city.
• X96 Peiraias: Direct connection to Piraeus (Athens city port). The journey takes about 90 minutes.
• X97 Elliniko: Direct connection to Elliniko metro station. The journey takes about 45 minutes. From Elliniko, you can then take the metro to the city center as well as to other parts of the city.
A one-way ticket costs €6, and can be purchased from ticket booths inside the airport terminal, at metro stations, or directly from the bus driver.
All four buses depart from outside of the arrivals terminal, between Exits 4 and 5, every 10-25 minutes, 24/7.
To go directly to the city center, take line X95 to Syntagma, which is right in the heart of the city.
ATH Airport has a metro connection that makes it very easy to travel to central Athens.
The airport is the first stop on the blue metro line (3).
A metro trip to Syntagma Station, at the very center of Athens, takes about 40 minutes (15 stops).
A one-way airport metro ticket costs 10€ (can also be used for transfer on other modes of public transportation in the urban zone). There are ticket machines in every metro station.
The metro operates from 5:30 AM–11:00 PM, with departures every 30 minutes, 7 days a week.
To get to Piraeus, the city port of Athens, change to the green metro line (1) at Monastiraki (you can also stay on the blue line, but it takes a bit longer to reach Piraeus).
Check the different metro lines and their respective stops online.
• There's also a suburban railway line (known locally as Proastiakos) at the airport, which takes you to Athens Central Railway Station (Larissa Station) and to Piraeus (Athens city port).
The train trip to Larissa Station takes about 40 minutes, the trip to Piraeus about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
A one-way tickets cost around 6€.
Trains depart every 15 minutes, from 6:10 AM–7:45 PM.
These suburban trains aren't very comfortable though, and we advise taking the metro instead.
• If you plan to stay less than a week in Athens and fly back from ATH Airport, it's a good idea to get a 3-day tourist ticket, which costs €22 and is valid on all modes of public transportation inside the urban zone, and includes the round trip to the airport.
• Regular urban zone metro tickets cost €1.40, and are valid for 90 minutes. There are ticket machines in every metro station. Remember to keep your ticket on you, as it may be inspected during your trip or when exiting the metro station.
Taxi ranks are located outside of the arrivals area, Exit 3.
A taxi trip from ATH Airport to the city center takes about 25 minutes.
During the daytime, taxis have a flat rate of €38 to central Athens (€54 from 00:00–5:00 AM).
If you don't want to deal with the hassle of taxi companies or long bus queues, you can prebook a ride via Kiwitaxi, an online booking platform that offers reliable and cheap airport transfers worldwide. The English-speaking driver will wait for you at the airport even if your flight is delayed, holding a sign with your name on it.
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