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The new award-winning Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, has been serving Greece's capital since its opening to the public on March 28th, 2001. Its stellar design has -according to surveys- made it one of the world's leading airports in overall passenger satisfaction for the last four years and Europe's fastest growing airport.
At the crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Athens is a city that is easily accessible from virtually any point of departure. Flights from major airport hubs in London, Berlin, Paris, New York, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Zurich, Rome, Milan, Larnaca and Dubai come in daily and frequently.
Located 33 km (20 miles) southeast of Athens, it is easily accessible via Attiki Odos, a major highway constituting the Athens City Ring Road. Public transport to Athens and the port of Piraeus is provided by the new metro, express airport bus connections, taxi and high-speed rail.
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For more information go to: http://www.breathtakingathens.com Airport shopping includes all the obvious including a superb CD shop, tacky tourist souvenier shop and lots and lots of clothes plus of course the 'duty free' range of alcohol, chocolates and tobacco. Eating is mainly within arrivals and then through departures plus upper levels including McDonalds which actually has views of the runway and a reasonably healthy meal of 2 bottles of water, a club sandwich plus an apple and fruit yoghurt cost 6.5 EUR. For departures all check in desks face the main entrance so getting lost isn't an option!
Getting to the airport is possible by bus, subway, taxi or radio taxi.Getting from the airport to the city is possible by bus, subway or taxi. Taxis stand just in front of arrivals, as everywhere. Taxi cost from airport to the city center and vice versa is fixed. It costs 35 euros during the day and 50 euros during the night ( all adtl charges included except a radio call . Depending on traffic conditions and the track taken, taxi ride is 30-60 minutes long. Traffic is minimal during the night..
Subway costs 8 EUR per person. Ride is 41 minutes long. Subway departs every 30 minutes from dawn till late night. This is actually the Blue line. This is the least traffic dependend way to reach the center. You can connect to other metro lines.
The Express Bus is cheaper, at 5 EUR per person. There is the X95 bus which departs frequently, 24/7, just outside Arrivals Hall. It takes 30 to 60 minutes to reach the center. X95's final stop is at Syndagma Sq. The X96 bus drives 24/7 along the coastal road to Glyfada and the Athens beach suburbs Alimos and Paleo Faliro and has its final stop at Pireaus port where you can catch your ferry to the islands. Est travel time 60 to 90 minuites (depending on traffic conditions).
Adtl options exist to reach other areas than the very center, including other bus lines and suburban railway. Limos are also available on request. All options available here: Athens Airport page access info . Info on all available modes are included there.
If you need an overnight hotel go to the Olympic Airlines desk and they will arrange transport to and from a 5 star hotel in the beach area for 95 Euros. Superbly efficient and fabulous hotel at very cheap rate.
There is a hotel airport (Sofitel), which is facing the arrivals area and the subway station.