Arriving at Athens Airport
The majority of visitors who visit Greece will arrive at the "Eleftherios Venizelos" Athens International Airport, which is located in Spata, just 20 km from the city.
The Athens International Airport is one of the most modern in the world, with first class facilities. With easy access to the centre of Athens via the Metro or the new direct train, the airport will make arriving and departing from Athens a much more comfortable and stress-free experience.
There are also express buses that run continuously from various points around the city to the airport, making easy access available for visitors 24 hours a day. If you plan to travel on this express bus, you will purchase your ticket(s) from the bus driver, once boarding the bus.
At the airport, there will also be taxis, should you wish to travel from the airport directly to your destination. There will be some small additional fees added onto your taxi fare, such as being picked up from the airport, and also with the amount of luggage you may have.
As well as international flights, the Athens airport also caters for domestic flights to various regions of Greek mainland as well as to over 20 of the Greek islands. During the summer months for flights to the Greek Islands, it is advisable to book your tickets as early as possible because this is the busiest period of the year.
Arriving at Piraeus or Rafina ports
As well as arriving at the Athens Airport, many visitors to Athens may arrive by boat. This is an especially popular method of travel by visitors who may have flown directly to one of the Greek Islands, and wish to travel around Athens for a few days.
The main port of Greece is the Piraeus port in Athens. There is also the smaller port of Rafina situated at the east of Attica (a 40 minute bus ride from Athens), which caters for arrivals from several of the Cyclades islands, as well as the Dodecanese islands and Evia Island.
Though Piraeus can at first glance look like a mass of concrete buildings, traffic, overcrowding and general chaos, it is very easy to travel to your desired area of Athens by the Metro line which is located just across the main road from the port. From here, you can travel straight into the centre of Athens, and either change Metro lines, or catch a bus or tram to where you want to head to. Again, there will be taxis available for those who wish to use them, but again, you may find that you may have an additional charge of being picked up at a port.