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Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport

Located 27 km east of the city center, near the suburb of Spáta, this airport opened in 2001 as part of the infrastructure improvements in preparation for the Olympics and is allegedly now one of the more attractive and efficient major European airports, It's a major hub in the Aegean, Balkan and East Mediterranean regions.

The airport has excellent public transit connections to the city and the usual array of food stands, duty-free shops, and other airport services. You can take metro, suburban railway, express bus or taxi to this airport.


The national railroad system is poor in Greece. Trainose, connects Athens to other cities in Greece, having only two train lines. One goes south to the Pelopponese and the other to the north, connecting Athens with the second major city in Greece, Thessaloniki. From there the line continues further to the north(Belgrad, Skopje and Sofia) and all the way to the east, passing through many other cities of northern Greece.


Regional coaches (KTEL) connect Athens to other cities in Greece. The fleet of buses has recently been upgraded, which makes the journey pleasant and safe. For some destinations one can also use the buses of the railroad company (OSE, see next paragraph) that might be international, but can also be used for in-country transport.


The port of Piraeus acts as the marine gateway to Athens, and is served by many ferries. Cruise ships also regularly visit, especially during warm months. Generally, pedestrian ferry users will be closer than cruise passengers to the Metro station providing access to Athens; walking distances can vary considerably.
Get around


Opened in 2001 and currently being extended, Athens Metro system is a wonder to behold, and puts many better-known metro systems to shame. There are three lines. Line 1, Piraeus – Kifissia, connects the port of Piraeus and the northern suburbs of Athens via the city centre. Line 2 , Anthoupoli – Agios Dimitrios ,connects western and southern Athens. Line 3 , Egaleo – Doukissis Plakentias – International Airport , connects the south-western suburbs with the northern suburbs . Tickets can be purchased over manned booths or automated vending machines in every station. You must validate your ticket prior to going to the platform. And remember that you are not allowed to consume food or drink in the subway system.

The Suburban Railway is a new addition to Athens's network. The main line starts from Piraeus, passes through the main line train station of Larissis in Athens, and forks at Neratziotissa west to Kiato and Corinth and east towards the Airport.


Athens is served by a network of diesel buses, natural gas buses and electric trolley buses run by the Athens Urban Transport Organisation.

Tram connects the city centre with the southern suburbs and has connections with the metro lines. There are three tram lines.


Taxi is considered as a reasonably priced way of getting around in Athens. Canary yellow taxis are a common sight. . Tipping is not necessary, but it's common to round up to the nearest full euro.