There are several options for travel to Athens. As the capital of Greece, it is home to the countries main airport and with so much coastline there are multiple options to arrive by sea and land as well.
Once you arrive you may be met by your private driver, use the public transport system or keep driving in Greece but however you do it, it is bound to be an incredible journey!
Greece shares its borders with Albania, FYROM, Bulgaria and Turkey and it can be a lot of fun and incredibly interesting to arrive by car or bus and to continue to explore Greece by road. Road tripping around the Peloponnese peninsula and Thessaly ( Meteora) are some of the best holidays we’ve ever had!
If renting a car in Greece E.U. Member-State citizens may use their own national driving license, while citizens of other countries must have an international driving license together with their own valid national driving license.
Cruises from USA
Although there are several cruise lines that cross the Atlantic Ocean, not many dock in Athens (Piraeus port). There are currently three cruise companies that do so: Cunard, Holland America and Princess Cruises. All the cruise ships sail from Fort Lauderdale and take minimum 27 nights to get to Athens, stopping in numerous harbours along the way.
Cruises from various parts of Europe
In summer, one of the most popular ways to travel in Europe is to book a cruise around the Mediterranean. Some of the biggest cruise ships dock in Piraeus (Athens). To mention a few:
- Royal Caribbean International offers a 7-night cruise departing from Venice around some of the Greek Islands and includes a stop at Athens.
- Seabourn also departs from Venice during a seven-night tour of the Greek Islands and stops the last day in Athens.
- Celebrity Reflection departs from Rome and stops in Athens.
- There are many flights to Athens from all over the world. Emirates, Etihad, Singapore Airlines, Qatar and Air China are the best choices for people flying from Asia, the Middle East or Oceania and budget airline Scoot also now fly into Athens. Aegean Airlines codeshares with Etihad.From the US & Canada, choices include American, Delta, United, and Air Canada and most European carriers have several flights a day in summer including Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, and Ryan Air.
Getting from the Athens Airport to the city center
Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) airport is located on the outskirts of the city, and getting to Athens city center is relatively straightforward.
Metro – The airport is accessible via Metro’s Line 3 (Blue Line): Ag. Marina – Airport which now goes all the way to Piraeus port.
Check Athens Transport’s website for more info.
There is also an airport express bus for €6, which run 24/7 and are especially convenient for late flights. The buses depart from the arrivals level at the airport, and take around an hour to reach the centre of Athens.The E96 bus will take you to Pireaus port if you need to connect with a ferry.
Arrivals/Departures & General Information: +302103530000
If you have a very early or late flight it may pay to get a hotel room close to the airport.
The main railway network of Greece currently provides links between Athens and Northern and Southern Greece to the rest of Europe through the Western Balkan countries and Bulgaria.
You can either catch the Eurostar to Bari in Europe and then a ferry across to Greece or travel down through Greece via Paris, Munich, Belgrade & Thessaloniki.