Athens and the region of Attica are served by Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (AIA) which is near Spata; a town located around 22 miles east of Athens. This airport was opened in 2001 and is renowned as one of the most expensive hubs in Europe, as well as one of the most important. For this reason, along with its important role as gateway to South-East and East Asia, offering flights to Bangkok, Doha, Singapore and Beijing, it was crowned "European Airport of the Year" in 2004.

There is an express bus from the airport terminal which connects it with the city metro system. Two express buses connect the airport to Piraeus port. There is a direct metro line from Syntagma in central Athens to the airport, and the Suburban rail also connects the two destinations. Alternatively, you can take the X95 airport express bus in Syntagma or the X96 bus in Piraeus.

The main railway hubs in Athens are Larissis station and Peloponnese station, which are about 0.6 miles north-east of Plateia Omonias. Take advantage of Athen’s prime location as Larissis station offers connections to neighbouring countries such as Turkey, Bulgaria, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The country’s national railway system has its main hub in Athens, and it offers connections to other Greek cities and abroad (Istanbul, Sofia). Likewise, there are two main bus stations, Terminal A at Kifissou 100 and Terminal B on Ag Dimitriou Aplon Street. These stations offer connections to other major cities in Greece and further abroad.

If you fancy a trip to the Greek Islands of the Aegean Sea, you can take a ferry from Piraeus port.

Public Transport

Most of the tourist attractions in Athens are around Syntagma, so you may not have to use public transport. However, if you do have to travel within the city the best way is by metro. This is the fastest, newest and most efficient way to travel in Athens and it avoids the chaotic traffic in this city.

Another popular method of travelling in the city is by Tram which operates from 5 a.m. until midnight. The city bus network, easily recognised by the blue and white buses, also operates within the city centre from 5 a.m. to midnight.

Cycling is not popular in Athens because of the hectic traffic, smog and heavy air pollution.

Athens Travel Guide

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