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DanTaylor2006
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Getting To/From Athens Intl. Airport

Mon May 31, 2010 8:20 pm

Hi guys, I need a little help here.

I'm travelling to Athens this October/November for a University field trip... I'm currently in the process of finding fares and booking the flights. Now, I'm going to choose Swiss (LX) and I have a choice of arrival times... I can either arrive in Athens at 16:35 and pay £106, or pay £77 to arrive in Athens at 00:10. I'm leaning toward the 00:10 arrival but am reserved about the transport options at this time of night... I can't seem to make head nor tail of them

I haven't booked a hotel for the night in question yet, but I'm pretty certain it will be in the City Centre or surrounding areas. One line I looked at is OASA's X95, but I do not know how much this costs/what sort of service is at this sort of hour (I know the airport services are 24H).

Similarly, when I return, my flight is at 06:30 and I need to be out early from the City Centre again. I'm assuming again that I will use line X95 or similar, but again don't know the costs/schedules.

I know I sound pretty hopeless, haha, usually I can figure out my rough transport plans (I'm sorted for Munich just fine!) but the Greeks have me stumped on this one.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,
Daniel.
 
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RE: Getting To/From Athens Intl. Airport

Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:03 am

Yes the bus does run around the clock, but I strongly suspect they have reduced frequency at such middle of the night hours. Last I remember its cost was about 3 Euros.
There is also the metro that runs to the airport but I dont believe that its 24 hours(or atleast was not before ending around midnight and does not resume till 5am or something)

Personally I'd opt for a taxi into Athens especially at your late/early which by European standards are pretty reasonable.
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RE: Getting To/From Athens Intl. Airport

Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:57 am

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):

Thanks for the reply   3 EUR doesn't sound too bad, although I'd definitely consider a taxi depending on the cost purely because of the time of night/morning it is.

Anyway, some further info/requests if anyone can help...

I've booked the flights, and I will indeed be arriving at 00:10 on a Sunday morning, and departing 06:30 on a Sunday morning, if that gives any more ideas as to bus frequencies etc.

Also, I'm looking for hotels to stay at. Both stays will be 1 night only, once the night of my arrival, and once the night before my departure... any recommendations? I can't really afford a great deal of money for hotels, so I'm looking for something decent but not pricey.

Any help, once again, appreciated.
 
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RE: Getting To/From Athens Intl. Airport

Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:43 am

Take a look at this website:
http://www.toandfromtheairport.com/athens.html

Seems that metros run until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights.

As for hotels, we stayed here:
http://www.economyhotelathens.com/

Don't be put off by the name, it's quite a nice hotel. The "Hotel Fresh" is right opposite. They are about 10 mins walk from Omonia metro, but it's not the best area - a few "red light" shops around.

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RE: Getting To/From Athens Intl. Airport

Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:50 pm

Quoting signol (Reply 3):

Excellent, thanks for those links Signol   Much appreciated. I'll definitely consider that hotel, looks good and the price is decent too since I only need 1 night stays each end of my trip.
 
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RE: Getting To/From Athens Intl. Airport

Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:08 pm

Quoting DanTaylor2006 (Reply 2):
Also, I'm looking for hotels to stay at. Both stays will be 1 night only, once the night of my arrival, and once the night before my departure... any recommendations?

Try this:
http://www.bestwestern.gr/?type=hote...ategory_id=0&content_id=17&lang=en
I stayed there last year during my extended weekend in ATH and really liked the hotel.
 
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RE: Getting To/From Athens Intl. Airport

Wed Jun 02, 2010 1:38 am

Quoting L410Turbolet (Reply 5):

Try this:
http://www.bestwestern.gr/?type=hote...ategory_id=0&content_id=17&lang=en
I stayed there last year during my extended weekend in ATH and really liked the hotel.

Excellent, thanks   quite a number of their hotels in Athens are reasonably priced for my dates, so I may consider this. The Zinon especially is a short walk from Syntagma Square, which is where the X95 Express service arrives from/departs to the airport.

Thanks for all the help everyone, have a much clearer picture now of what I'm going to do.

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