So you have a transit of 5 or more hours in Athens? Amazing, you are gonna be able to get out of the airport and have a glimpse at this beautiful city!
So the plan.. First you land, then if you have a luggage – a carry on or whatever else you can leave it at the Airport luggage storage room. Located at arrival hall Gate 1, you will pay depending on the size of your luggage. It’s a 24 hours service.
Now that we are free of everything let’s head of. There are different ways to get to the city.
How to get to the city center from the airport:
- Take a cab – or an Uber – it will cost you 35 Euros (it’s a fixed price) per day and 50 Euros per night. Will take you to downtown or the Acropolis in about 30 minutes;
- By Public Transportation – BUS : Take bus X95 3,20 Euros per person which will take you all the way to Syndagma Sq. in around 40 minutes;
- By Public Transporation – TRAIN: Take metro line 3 which connects the airport to Syndagma Sq. in about 40 minutes. Costs 14 Euros (return ticket).
What to do in Athens
Visit the Acropolis, a world UNESCO Heritage Site. It opens from 8 to 5 pm (check the hours before going as it changes depending on the season).
The Acropolis is is an ancient citadel located on a rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of several ancient buildings.
This is the site plan, you can spend hours and you can take a quick look. Depending on what you want.
When you do visit wear non slippery sandals / shoes as the trek has marble and it can get pretty slippery, or just take care!
The Entrance fee is 20 Euros, and fee to the Acropolis Museum is 5 Euros.
Another tip for you, if you just want a quick photo, no need to go in. Go up a hill right in front of it and you will get a fabulous picture!
From there, you can follow the crowds and go down to the Plaka neighborhood. This neighborhood is the most picturesque and traditional part of Athens. walk around, you can shop for souvenirs or just regular shopping, and have a bite then head back to the airport.
Around Plaka is the Monastiraki neighborhood known for its flea market.
If you do have time you can go down at the Syntagma Square. It’s the central square that keeps the city going they say.
Where to eat in Athens / or have a drink
A for Athens Cocktail Bar – a rooftop with a beautiful view over the Acropolis – go there for drinks.
Greco’s Project – for greek food in Mitropoleos street – Monastiraki.
But my favorite:
Efcharis – also in the Monastiraki area. Absolutely fantastic, if there’s one restaurant I’d recommend it’s this one!
That’s about it for a quick transit. I’ll be back to Greece soon and will tell you more then!