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In & Around Athens

Everything you need to know.

All the information you need to get in and around Athens in one place.

From the Athens Metro to the famous greek yellow taxis, you can find everything here in detail.

Athens is just 3-3½ hours flight time from London. Daily scheduled direct flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton airports ensure that you will find the right flight to suite your schedule.

We can make all the arrangements for you or you can book your flights on your own. Just let us know what you need and our affiliated travel agents will make all the necessary arrangements for you.

Whatever your travel arrangements you will be met at the airport by our private chauffer who will take you to your hotel. You will also be chauffeured to all your consultation appointments and clinic and hospital visits. Depending on your schedule we can arrange site seeing and short breaks for you through our affiliated travel agents, or you can shop in Athens and be pampered in our recommended hotels.

Athens Airport

Athens International Airport
Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is just 20 minutes by car from the city centre. Athens' International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, opened in March 2001 and is a state-of-the-art airport in terms of technology and equipment, with focus on safety, user-friendliness and service excellence.
Europe's new southern gateway to the world, the new Athens International Airport is the biggest infrastructure project in Greece, a project of strong entrepreneurial as well as social character. It has 144 check-in counters and two 4 kilometer (2.5 mile) runways. The airport can handle up to 65 landings and take-offs per hour, and an estimated 16 million passengers annually during the 1st phase. Athens international airport has a hotel, conference facilities, a post office, courier service, banks, currency exchanges, ATM's, and as many stores and restaurants as you could ever need.

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metrosignThe Athens Metro is the underground public transport system of Athens, consisting of 3 lines.

Metro Line 1 was inaugurated on February 27, 1869 as a steam train connecting Athens and Piraeus and was operated by Athens Piraeus Railway SA. The line was electrified in 1904 and the operating company renamed to Athens Piraeus Electric Railway SA in 1976. Today, Line 1 reaches the suburb of Kifisia and is also known as the green line and the electric railway.

Construction of Metro Lines 2 and 3 began in November 1991 to decrease traffic congestion and clean up the environment by reducing Athens' smog level.

In 1997 the line under contruction between the Syntagma and Panepistemiou stations developed a 5-meter-wide, 24-meter-deep hole. Fearing that Panepistemiou (University) Avenue and the tunnel would collapse, construction was suspended. Later that afternoon, cement trucks filled the hole with concrete to stabilize the ground and avoid closure of the avenue and the subway project. After the hole was entirely filled, construction resumed.

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It is generally easy to catch a taxi in Athens and other large cities, although sometimes the one you flag down will not want to drive you to your desired location. If that is the case, simply wait for the next one.

The taxis in Greece also engage in ride sharing in the sense that they sometimes look for other passengers going to places near your destination if you are riding alone. When this happens, you usually end up paying less for your trip because the portion of the ride that you share with others is shared in cost as well.

In comparison to other international cities the rates in Athens are very cheap. Although be aware that after midnight the fares are double. Even so, they are still a bargain when compared to non-Greek destinations.

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Bus Network

Yellow Trolleys and Blue Buses can take you anywhere in the city and in the suburbs.The Trolleys run on electricity and the stops are yellow. The Blue bus-stops are blue. Tickets cost 1 Euro and must be bought from a kiosk or at special stands in main squares and at some main bus terminals. They are sold individually or in bundles of 10 and must be validated by a machine on the bus. Buses and trolleys run every 10 to 30 minutes and can be stopped by waving your hand. There is a small blue bus that goes through central Athens. You can find maps on many of the bus stops and you can also get one from the Greek National Tourist Organization office on Amalias street by Syntagma Square.

For further information please visit the Athens Urban Transport Organization website

Download Athens Public Transport Map

Sight-seeing bus

OASA,  Athens' public bus company began a sightseeing bus tour in July of 2005 which stops at 20 cultural landmarks and shopping areas, offering visitors to Greece a chance to see sights ranging from the Acropolis to the Athens Central Market and several museums. Similar to the hop-on tours of London where you pay a fee and can get on and off the bus as often as you like in a 24 hour period, the bus company is considering buying a fleet of open-topped double-decker buses like those in the UK if the bus is successful.

Bus stops are blue and scattered along the route the bus takes. Tickets must be purchased from the driver and cost 5 euro. They are valid 24 hours for other forms of public transport, except for trips to and from Athens International Airport. The buses run every 30 minutes beginning at 7.30am and ending at 9pm.

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