The cradle of Western civilization.
A cosmopolitan metropolis, as well as an economic, industrial and financial center of Greece, Athens seems to cling to the past with its fingernails, of which it preserves wonderful traces and testimonies; a past that not even the most inconsiderate, and insane intervention of modernization and massive consolidation, can in no way cancel.
And so, the wonderful acropolis, eternal and timeless jewel that dominates the city, is almost mortified by the cement, the smog and the rush to modernization that reigns around it: spirit and contradiction of the whole city and, perhaps, of Greece itself .
But…. what opens before the eyes is something that can not be told in words. That see it closely, or in the distance; day or night, all lit up ... that hill where centuries and centuries of history are enclosed is something that will warm your heart. Too good to be true!
Athens, the city where democracy was born; she who was the birthplace of philosophers and thinkers of the caliber of Pericles, Plato, Socrates and others; the oldest city in the world!
HOW TO GET
An approximate but rather realistic assessment, estimated in almost 40 million, the number of passengers that each year make a stopover in the city by sea or air. This figure, rather, gives an idea of how much the Greek capital is frequented.
From the 2001 the new airport of Eleftherios Venizelos, named after the homonymous and illustrious Greek political figure. Located just over 35 km east of the capital, it has two slopes, and an underground stop. For three years he was awarded the recognition Skytrax, which is the best airport in Southern Europe.
The airport is well connected to the main European capitals and, above all, to the Greek islands. During the summer, many choose, for example, to stop in Athens to reach the Cyclades or the Dodecanese islands. Many companies make direct connections between the capital and the main European destinations.
All practical information on the airport and direct connections, they are available through our official page
Metro, rail and bus: the capital is perfectly connected and can be reached by all means of transport:
- La Line 3, located near the 4 exit of the airport, allows you to reach the center of the capital. Tickets can be purchased at vending machines or at information offices, and costs 8,00 €, for single-ride tickets and 14,00 € round-trip.
Special tickets are available for two or three people at the cost of 14 and 20 € respectively, which allow you to move from the airport to the center for the number of people selected.
The ticket must always be stamped BEFORE making the journey.
Please note: on the reverse route from the city to the airport, the latter is not always the terminus and, therefore, those who are directed to the airport ARE INVITED TO ACCELERATE ANY QUESTION;
- The so-called Proastiakos, are the suburban trains that connect the airport (terminus) with the railway station of Larissa with change at the station Ano Liossia; the ticket costs 6,00 €;
- Different buses connect the airport with the city center and, eventually, the Port of Piraeus. The bus X95, colleague Syntagma, the center of Athens, or the Parliament Square, an hour's journey. Alternatively, there are, first of all, theX92 for Kifisos, connected to the Metro stop - 2 Line (travel time: about an hour); theX96 leads to Peiraias in 90 ', and finally theX97, whose terminus is Elleniko, home of the homonymous stop of the 2 Line (journey time: 45 ').
The ticket, in all cases, costs € 5,00 for the single journey and is valid for the trip from the airport to the destination; it can be purchased directly on the vehicle, or at the metro and train stops.
Every year, around 20 millions of passengers flow to the Pireo, port of Athens, and one of the main naval ports of the whole of Europe; The Capital of Greece is located at 11 km south-east of the Port. The ship is the most chosen means to reach the Greek capital, especially during the summer; from here, in fact, leave the ships that every day from May to September, sail on the main Greek islands.
From Italy, we get to Patrassoor, alternatively, to the most distant Igoumenitsa: from here, by car, or possibly train, you reach Athens.
Da Patrasso, it takes about 210 km, almost all on the motorway section, always following the signs for Athens. The toll is just under € 10.
The distance from it is much greater Igoumenitsa: about 450 km, of which, just half, on highway. Therefore, account for at least 6 hours to reach Athens.
There are up to 153 crossings a day from Piraeus. Ferries connect Crete, the Dodecanese, the Cyclades, the Aegean Islands, Lesbos, the Saronic Islands, Greece, the Island of Samos, Icaria & the Ionian Islands.