Transportation from Athens Airport to City Center

Athens International Airport (ATH)Airport to City Center

Transfer Options from Athens Airport to Athens City Center

Landing at Athens airport and looking for your way to downtown Athens? Plenty of options are available! Depending on your budget, time and needs, you can choose among airport taxis, metro and buses. Furthermore, a good deal of car rental companies is operating at Athens airport, while private transfers attract a significant proportion of Athens airport passengers.


OptionsDaytime PriceNight Time PriceDuration
Taxi38€54€40 Min
Metro/Train10€10€40 Min
Bus6€6€60 Min

Athens Airport to City Center by Taxi

Athens airport taxis are the most expensive, yet the most convenient way to reach Athens city center. Door-to-door transfer services, modern and air-conditioned vehicles and enough storage space guarantee a convenient journey to your destination in the heart of Athens. The yellow Athens airport taxis are queuing up at the official taxi rank, outside Exit 3 of the Arrivals Level. The taxi fare is flat, at 38€ during daytime (05:00 am – 00:00 am) and 54€ during the night shift while the total journey to Athens city center lasts 35-40 minutes under normal traffic conditions.

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  • Local English-speaking drivers
  • Flat, pre-paid fee
  • Flight monitoring for delays
  • 24/7 Customer support + free cancellation

Athens Airport to City Center by Metro/Train

Athens airport subway is the best choice among public transport. Fast services, frequent itineraries and relatively affordable prices make Athens metro a very popular transportation option. In a 5-minute walking distance from the terminal, the airport train station building is located at the Departures Level and is connected to the main terminal via a passageway. Get your way to the train station following the signs “Train”, purchase a ticket from the station’s ticket offices paying 10€ for a one-way ticket (5€ for students and elders) and 18€ for a return ticket and get to Syntagma Square in about 40 minutes. Athens airport metro line 3 departs from the airport every 30 minutes from 06:30 am to 11:30 pm.

Athens Airport to City Center by Bus

If you are looking for the cheapest transfer option from Athens airport to Athens city center, then the Athens airport bus is for you. At a fare of just 6€ (3€ if under 18 or over 65), the bus X95 will get you to Syntagma Square in downtown Athens in about 60 minutes, depending on the roads’ congestion. Tickets are available from the airport ticket offices or onboard and the bus stop is located at the Arrivals Level, between Exits 4 and 5.

Private Airport Transfers from Athens Airport to City Center

Private airport transfers from Athens airport are ideal if comfort and convenience are your priorities. Your private driver will be waiting for you at the exit of your gate and he will drive you to your destination without intermediate stops and any hassle. The price for a private transfer from El. Venizelos can be slightly higher than the ordinary taxi fare but if you do a thorough research, you could even book a private ride at the exact same fee.

Car Rental from Athens Airport to City Center

On the other hand, if you are a “lonely rider” and you prefer travelling with your own vehicle, a car rental will provide you with the autonomy you are seeking for. Check out the car rental companies available at Athens airport (you will find a plethora of options), compare their prices and services and hire the vehicle that best suits your needs and preferences. The journey from Athens airport to your destination in downtown Athens will take approximately 35-40 minutes depending on the traffic levels and the exact location of your final stop.


How long does it take from Athens airport to city center?

Athens airport is located in a 27km distance from Athens city center. The journey from the airport to downtown Athens takes approximately 35-40 minutes by car or taxi, 40 minutes by metro and 60 minutes by bus.

How much is a taxi from Athens airport to city center?

Athens airport taxis offer fixed prices. Therefore, the ride from Athens airport to Athens city center costs 38€ during the day shift and 54€ during nighttime.

How much is the metro from Athens airport?

A one-way subway ticket from El. Venizelos to the city center costs 10€ for adults while a return ticket has 18€. The ticket price for students, children and elders is 5€ and children under 6 years of age travel for free.