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About Athens

With over 3000 years of history, Athens is not only the largest city and capital of Greece, it was also the cultural and economic capital of the ancient Greek civilization, one of the building blocks of modern European culture. Named after the goddess of war and wisdom, there are many ancient Greek temples still standing in Athens today. The most famous of these is the Acropolis, situated on a high hill in the center of the city. You can also visit temples to Nike (the Greek god of victory), Zeus, the Archeology Museum, the Plaka district, and the Sintagma Monastary when in Athens.

The city has a population of 4 million. Athens' nightlife and entertainment scene is especially colorful. Visiting a Greek taverna, you can drink, eat, and listen to music until the sun rises. You should also sample Greek cuisine, especially the plentiful olive oil dishes and the gyro wrap.

The world's first Olympics, both in ancient history and the modern era, were held here. The city enjoys a Mediterrean climate with warm and dry summers and rainy winters. You can still visit the city year-round and not experience too much trouble with regards to the weather. The city is served by Elefherios Venizelos, which is directly connected to the city by metro and bus. While in the city you can use the metro, bus, taxi, or tramway to get around. 

Transportation to Athens City Center from Airport

 

Athens Intl. Airport

The capital of Greece, Athens, is one of the cities that informs much of today with its history and culture, and for this reason attracts millions of tourists from all over the world. Over 15 million visitors pass through the only airport of Athens, Elefterios Venizelos International Airport. It’s possible to reach Athens centre, located 20 km away from the airport by metro, train, taxi, rental car, and bus. 

Bus

Elefterios Venizelos International Airport is one of the airports with the most convenient methods of reaching the city centre. You can reach the central locations of Sintagma Square, Athena Academy, and Agios Fanourious by taking the X95 from the bus stops located in front of the airport administration building. The journey to the city centre should take around an hour. Once you are at the 16th stop, Evangelismos Hospital, you can take either walk, or take the 732 bus for three stops, to reach Sintagma Square.

You can also reach various areas in Athens from the airport by taking buses 54, 608, 622, 732, and 815.

Train – Metro

There’s been a recent switch in Athens from Greek to Latin alphabet for station names, however the Latin alphabet is not yet used everywhere. This is why it’s probably a good idea to keep an idea of how many stops you need to go when using public transport. You should pay attention to this detail is you take the train from Venizelos Airport to the centre.

The M3 line goes all the way to Sintagma from the airport. Sintagma is the 15th stop. Once you’ve reached Sintagma Square, the home of the Greek Parliament, then you can reach Omonia, another important centre, in just 3 stops by taking the metro. There is also a train line going directly to Port Pire from the airport.

Taxi

It’s possible to reach everywhere in the city by taking a taxi from the airport, however the fixed fare is only applied to Sintagma, Monastiraki, and Omonia. The good conversation of Athenian taxi drivers can be an additional bonus.

Car Rental

You can explore the various areas of Athens and Greece by renting a car at Venizelos Airport. The airport does offer its own car rental service alongside the many car rental agencies. Once you’ve rented your car you should travel 9km along the A64 and then join up with the Attiki highway. This will take you directly to centre of Athens.  

Weather in Athens

DayMin - Max
ThursdayMin 29ºC - Max 39ºC
FridayMin 29ºC - Max 38ºC
SaturdayMin 28ºC - Max 37ºC
SundayMin 26ºC - Max 37ºC
MondayMin 27ºC - Max 37ºC

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