Passenger guide - Athens airport (ATH) 

Athens airport  (ATH)

Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, opened on March 29, 2001 to replace Ellinikon Airport for the Olympic Games of 2004, is the largest in Greece and one of the busiest in Europe. It operates with domestic and international flights to destinations throughout Europe, the Middle East, Egypt and Asia.

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Number of Terminals - 2 - Main Terminal and Satellite Terminal, open 24 hours a day and connected through an underground walkway.
Annual passenger traffic: Around 20 million passengers went through it in 2016.
Tel: +30 210 353 0000. There is an information counter in the Arrivals area of the Main Terminal. Tourist office on the Arrivals level, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (Tel +30 210 353 0390).


The airport is located in Spata, 33 km (20 miles) southeast from the city of Athens.

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Bus - There are several services from OSY (Tel 11185) that operate from the enclosure 24 hours a day. Line X93 runs to Kifisos and Liosion bus terminals and to Kifisias train station; X95 to Nomismatokomeio, Ethniki Amynas and Syntagma Square; X96 to Piraeus via Plateia Glyfadas, Edem, Floisvos and Faliroy; X97 to Elliniko metro station. Tickets for any of the routes have a cost of €6.00 and buses leave from outside the Arrivals level, between exits 4 and 5. Journey time to the city centre is around 65 minutes. KTEL (Tel +30 210 522 5656) offers regional services from gates 2 and 3, in front of the Hotel Sofitel, headed for Rafina, Markopoulo, Lavrio, Kalyvia and Keratea.

Metro - Line 3 from STASY (Tel +30 214 414 6400) operates from 6:30 am to 11:30 pm and travels to Koropi, Pallini, Doukissis Plakentias, Halandri, Holargos, Katehaki, Panormou, Ambelokipi, Evangelismos, Syntagma, Monastiraki, Kerameikos, Eleonas and Aghia Marina. The fare is €10.00 and the trip takes around 50 minutes.

Train - The Athens suburban railway (TrainOSE - Tel 14511) links the enclosure with Larissis Station, in the city centre, the port of Piraeus and Kiato, with the possibility to make connections to Thessaloniki, Chalkida and Patras. It leaves between 5:26 am and 11:11 pm, the cost is €14.00 and travel time is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Taxi - Ranks are found outside door 3, on the Arrivals level. The fare to downtown Athens is €38.00 during the day and €54.00 at night (0:00 am to 5:00 am) and the trip takes 40-60 minutes. You can make reservations by calling Tel +30 210 523 9524.

Further information on the public transport


There are car rental desks from Avis (Tel +30 210 353 0578 / 0579), Budget (Tel +30 210 353 0553 / 0555), Enterprise (Tel +30 210 353 3323 / 3324 / 3354), Hertz (Tel +30 210 353 4900) and Sixt (Tel +30 210 353 0576 / 0556) on the Arrivals level of the Main Terminal.


The airport has a bank, ATMs, currency exchange bureau, post office, VIP lounges, public telephones, internet kiosks and free Wi-Fi access for 45 minutes. The enclosure is connected via free shuttles to the Metropolitan Expo exhibition and conference center.

Food and Drinks- On the Departures level of the Main Terminal there is a food court, cafés, bars and an icecream store. On the second floor there is a restaurant and a fast food outlet. In the Satellite Terminal there is only a coffee shop. Some options are open 24 hours a day.
Shopping- Duty-free shops on the Departures and Arrivals levels of the Main Terminal. There is also a mini-market and stores selling fashion and accessories, cosmetics, perfumes, electronics, sweets, music, flowers, gifts, books, jewellery, toys, newsagents.
Baggage- Porter services 24 hours a day (Tel +30 210 353 0100). Luggage storage on the Arrivals level and secure wrapping in the Departures area (Tel +30 210 353 0352). The lost and found office is situated in the Arrivals area, across from gate 3, and operates around the clock (Tel +30 210 353 0515).
Other Services- Travel agency, children's playground, baby changing rooms, first aid clinic, pharmacy, exhibitions, beauty salon.


Different options for short and long stays. The first 20 minutes in any lot have no charge. Valet parking service opposite the Departures level, gate 3. There are also free spaces for motorcycles in front of the Arrivals level and charging stations for electric vehicles. Prices and reservations

P1 & P2 - Short-term parking, 1-2 min. away and opposite the terminal, on the Arrivals level.
P3 - Car park for long stays across from the main access road. A courtesy shuttle connects the lot with the terminal building in 5-6 min.


Facilities include elevators, adapted telephones and restrooms, Braille signage, accessible counters, reserved parking spaces and electric vehicles for passenger transport. Children travelling alone will be escorted by the airline crew. Inform your airline about your needs at least 48 hours in advance.


In front of the Main Terminal is emplaced the Sofitel Athens Airport (Tel +30 210 354 4000). Some alternatives nearby are: Peri's Hotel (Tel +30 229 408 3763), Holiday Inn Athens - Attica Av, Airport W (Tel +30 210 668 9000), Pantheon Hotel (Tel +30 229 906 3040), Hotel Medusa (Tel +30 229 408 2213), St. Thomas Bed & Breakfast (Tel +30 210 602 9367), Mare Nostrum Hotel Club Thalasso (Tel +30 229 407 1000), AthensWas Hotel (Tel +30 210 924 9954), Palms & Spas Corfu Boutique Suites & Villas (Tel +30 266 107 5266), Kiani Akti Hotel (Tel +30 229 908 6400).

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Latest updates: May, 16, 2017