Athens is an ideal year-round city destination with comfortable and favourable climate conditions for travel and sightseeing. The Mediterranean climate makes for mild winters and even milder autumns. Rainfall is minimal and Helios, the sun god in Greek mythology, smiles upon its streets over 300 days a year. Summers in Athens(June through August) are dry and hot with temperatures ranging from 20° – 34°C (78°– 94°F). In Athens, sunshine and outdoor living is almost always a given- no matter what time of the year.
September is often considered the ideal month for both urban activities and nearby island day trips with temperatures ranging from 20° – 28°C (70°– 83°F). Christmas in Athens is a delight considering you can take in the city's lights and attractions at a relatively comfortable 7° – 14°C (45° – 50°F). Snowy, icy days are few but within reach atop the surrounding mountain peaks.
One of the greatest things about a trip to Athens is its proximity to beautiful whitewashed Greek islands, charming villages and ancient historical cities. Each has a distinct character, culture and color. The residents themselves, known for their filoxenia or, graciousness and hospitality, will welcome you with a smile and invite you to try their local specialties.
Even if you are in Athens for just a few days, we urge you to hop on over to one of the islands of the Argosaronic Gulf. The islands off the coast of the Saronic Gulf are ideal one-day getaways. Agistri, Aegina, Hydra, Poros and Spetses are popular destinations among the Athenians, indicating their special standing amongst Greece's many islands. Cruises that tour the islands in one day are available, as are easy connections from each, should you prefer to explore them at your leisure.
Athens is easily accessed by air, sea and road as it is the capital of Greece. What is more, moving around the city is a real pleasure. Athens public transportation system connects the city center with all surrounding areas through a synchronous network combining many lines of metro, train, suburban railways, buses, trolley buses and trams. Furthermore, Athens has direct connections to all Greek islands through the ports of Piraeus, Lavrio and Rafina.
At the crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Athens is a city that is easily accessible from virtually any point of departure. Flights from major airport hubs in London, Berlin, Paris, New York, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Zurich, Rome, Milan, Larnaca and Dubai come in daily and frequently.
By road Athens can be reached by road via Western Balkan countries, Bulgaria, Albania and Turkey.
By sea There are daily ferryboat connections from Italy (Ancona, Bari and Brindisi, Venice and Trieste) to Patras the second largest port of entry to Greece; approximately 220 km (135 miles) from Athens. The Middle East is accessible via the port of Volos.
By train The main railway network of Greece currently provides links between Athens and Northern and Southern Greece and the rest of Europe through the Western Balkan countries and Bulgaria.
The Athens public transportation network offers you a wide variety of routes, combining many different means, namely the metro, railway, buses, trolleybuses and trams. With a 1,40€ ticket you can move around using one or more means of transport within 1 hour and 30 minutes. You can buy tickets from all metro and train stations as well as from the kiosks on the streets. Alternatively, you can inquire about day or weekly passes that offer public transport at a discounted rate.
A quick reminder: When travelling on the bus, metro, railway and tram, passengers are required to validate their tickets after purchasing them and before boarding. The fine for a non-validated ticket in Athens, Greece is 40 times its value. The validation machines in the buses and trolleybuses are orange boxes. On the metro, the boxes are in the station lobby and on the tram, there are beige boxes located on the platform and inside the car. Be sure to inquire about the day and weekly passes that offer transport at a discounted rate.
The Electric Railway Company/Metro Line 1 (ISAP)
> The line runs daily from 5:00am to 00:15am between Piraeus and Kifissia and connects to Metro Lines 2 & 3, the tram and bus routes at hub stations. The total travel time from the first to the last stop on Line 1 is less than an hour. > For more information dial: 1440 or +30210324-8311; www.isap.gr
Attiko Metro (Metro Lines 2 & 3)
> One of the charms of modern Athens is the new underground metro. You will see many ancient artefacts incorporated into the design of the stations' . Two lines (Metro Line 2 and 3) serve 23 stations. From start to finish on each line (2 & 3) is 20 minutes or less. At peak hours trains pass by every three minutes. Attiko Metro runs daily from 5:30am to 00:15am. On Fridays and Saturdays operating hours are extended to 02:00am. > For more information dial: +302105194012; www.amel.gr
Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE)
> Domestic and international departures from Athens and Thessaloniki by train with connections to major railways as well as the biggest cities in Greece. Main train stations in Athens are: • Peloponnisou +302105131601 • Larissa +302105297777 (serves northern Greece and international routes) > For more information dial: 1110; www.trainose.gr
Proastiakos (suburban rail)
> This new Athens high-speed train system offers access to Irakleio and Neratziotissa. A connection can be made to the Kifissia-Piraeus ISAP line. It also gets you to Kifissia, the hub of business in northern Athens; Doukissis Plakentias, an important urban residential area; Pallini and Kantza in the eastern part of the greater Athens area; and Koropi, a center of industrial development. It also serves Athens International Airport. The suburban rail runs daily from 6:00am until 12 midnight. The line from Neratziotissa station to the Airport and back to Neratziotissa station runs 24 hours a day every 30 minutes. > For more information: +302105298829; www.trainose.gr
The new award winning Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is regarded as one of the safest airports in the world. Located 33 km (20 miles) southeast of Athens, it is easily accessible via Attiki Odos, a major highway constituting the Athens City Ring Road. Public transport to Athens and the port of Piraeus is provided by the new metro, express airport bus connections, taxi and high-speed rail.
> Arrivals/Departures: +302103530000 > General Information: +302103531000 > Website: www.aia.gr
You can access Athens International Airport (AIA) from the center of Athens or the Athens Ports via public transport that operates on a 24-hour basis, ensuring efficient transportation to key areas of the Attica basin and tourist attractions.
The main access road to Athens International Airport (AIA) is Attiki Odos.
Athens Airport Bus Services Six bus routes directly connect the greater Athens area and Piraeus with Athens International airport. Disembarkment from all buses takes place at the Departures Level and embarkment at the Arrivals Level, between Exits 4 and 5.
Regional Buses – KTEL Express Service Five Regional buses operate at the airport. Disembarkment from all buses takes place at the Departures Level and embarkment at the Arrivals Level, between Exits 2 and 3, opposite to the Airport Hotel.
Metro The airport is accessible via Metro Line 3 "Egaleo - Athens International Airport".
Suburban Rail Athens International Airport is connected to Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station) and the port of Piraeus via the Suburban Rail service. AIA is also connected to Corinth, via the Suburban Rail service. The duration of the trip is 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Taxi and Pre-booked Taxis Taxis are available at the designated Taxi waiting area located at Exit 3 of Arrivals Level.
Pre-booked taxis are available upon request. According to Greek Legislation, taxi drivers should provide upon request a receipt for the amount paid for transportation services.
Parking Athens International Airport provides 7,160 short and long-term parking lots. All parking facilities are equipped with automated payment machines for easy and quick payment, while electronic message screens provide continuous information on availability of vacant parking spaces.