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Transportation fom the Airport

NOTE: You can find Airport info at www.athensguide.com/airport.html

Buses

There are several bus lines to and from the airport. All buses depart from the designated area on the inner curbside of the arrivals level of the Main Terminal Building right outside the Exit (doors 4-5).

X95 Syntagma Square- Airport Express has its departure point at the center of Athens (Syntagma Square across the park from the Grande Bretagne) and via Vas. Sofias Avenue, Mesogion Avenue and Attiki Odos terminates at the airport. Every 10-30 minutes, 24 hours a day

X96 Pireaus- Airport Express starts from the center of Pireaus (Karaiskaki Square) and via Posidonos Avenue, Varis-Varkizas, and Varis-Koropiou Roads terminates at the airport. Both the Syntagma and the Pireaus buses run for 24 hours, generally every twenty minutes but every 40 minutes after midnight.

X93 connects the Airport (door 5) with the bus terminals at Kiffissou and Lliosson streets. The interval is generally 35 minutes (65 at night).

X92 goes to Kifissia or it did until they canceled it since nobody was using it.

X97 goes to the Dafni Metro Station. (Not the Dafni Monastery... this area is on Vouliagmenis Avenue and connects with Line 2 of the metro.

For Express Lines the ticket costs 3.20 Euros and is valid for 24 hours on all public transport (buses, trolley-buses and metro). You can buy tickets from the driver or at the metro stations or at Public Transport Ticket Offices. You can keep riding on public transport for free for 90 minutes from the time you first stamped the ticket. If you use it again within that period of time you need to stamp it again.

Ferry Ports of Rafina  and Lavrion

A bus route linking the Athens International Airport at Spata to the port of Rafina in eastern Attica will be operated by the KTEL intercity bus system and will be called "Athens Airport-Rafina Port." It will function daily from 6 a.m. to 9.20 p.m. with buses leaving every 40 minutes and making a stop in the seaside resort of Loutsa. There are also regional buses to Lavrion, Markopoulos, Keretea and Kalyvia. Buses depart from the Arrivals Level (close to Door 3) of Athens International Airport. Ticket prices for one-way trip is 3 for all services except for the port of Lavrio (4).

Arriving buses disembark passengers at the designated area of the departure level of the Main Terminal Building.

The Metro also connects to the airport from Monastiraki and Syntagma Stations.

Ferries to the Greek Islands

The Ferry boats to most of the islands leave from Pireaus as do the Catamarans and Flying Dolphins. There are also ferries from Rafina and Lavrion. For ferry schedules see www.athensguide.com/greek-island-ferry-schedules

The easiest way to get to the Pireaus ferries is by the Metro. The Pireaus station is right across the street from the ferries. The easiest stops in Athens are Monastiraki and Omonia. (If you are backpacking choose a hotel near the Monastiraki station like the Attalos or the Cecil and you will be within 15 minutes of the ferry.) If you are coming from the airport you can now take the suburban rail (Proastaos) right to Pireaus. You can also take the metro from the airport to Monastiraki and change there for the line to Pireaus.

The bus numbers 40 (from Omonia Square) and 49 (from Fileninon near Syntagma Square) go between central Athens and Pireaus 24 hours a day. They run every 20 minutes from 6am to midnight and then every hour.

To get from the metro station in Pireaus to Zea take bus # 905, Trolly # 20 or Green buses # 844, 843 or 874

*The Flying Dolphins no longer leave from Zea. They now leave from the main port in Pireaus so unless you have a yacht there is really no reason to go there and if you have a yacht you are probably taking a taxi or limo.

To see the bus schedules for Rafina, Lavrion and Oropos where there are also ferries departing see Local Buses (Yellow).

You can take the new Metro to the Larissa train station for Northern Greece or the Peloponessos right next door. You can take trolley #1 from Panapistimiou street to Larissa or the #57 bus to Peloponessos also from Panapistimiou. But once again check to see if the trains are indeed running from Larissa and Peloponessos stations. Because of the crisis the Greek trains are a mess. The National Rail system looses so much money that it would actually cost them less if they gave everyone who rides the trains, taxi fare to go where they are going instead.

To get from Pireaus to the Bus Station a) take  #420 which startes at Ag Dionysios Square which is across from the Crete ferries.It makes a stop in front of the train station in Piraeus, and then, Kifissos bus station is the 25th (+ or -1) stop.
or by bus (#M1) or train as far as Omonia and from there (OK, about 350m from the square) the #051 that ends in the Kifissos bus station.

See Also: Practical Athens Info, Coastal Tram, Athens Metro, Bus Schedules, Airport Info, Ferry SchedulesTypes of BusesGeorge the Famous Taxi Driver

George the Famous Taxi DriverIt is worth looking into the services of George the Famous Taxi Driver to get you to the ferry and airport on time especially if you are in a group of 4 or more. If you are coming back late from an island or even during a busy time this is also a great idea because he will be waiting for you when you get off your boat to whisk you to your hotel while everyone else will be looking in vain for a taxi.

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