How to get from Athens Airport to the Acropolis

Whether you’re only in Athens for a very short time as part of a layover, you want to beat the crowds by making the Acropolis the first thing you do upon arrival, or you have accommodation booked near the Acropolis, here are the various ways you can get to the iconic attraction from the airport.

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Athens airport to the Acropolis

1. By Metro

The metro runs from 6.30 am until 11.30 pm with trains departing Athens airport every 30 minutes. The M3 airport line (the blue line) does not run directly to the Acropolis, you will have to change at Syntagma metro station to the M2 red line, the Acropoli station just 1 stop on the red line. The Acropoli metro station is located right by the Acropolis museum which is 850 meters from the entrance of the Acropolis, an easy 10minute walk.

Alternatively, if you would prefer not to change lines, stay on the M3 airport line until you reach Monastiraki (1 stop after Syntagma). From Monastiraki station, the Acropolis is a 700 meter / 8-minute uphill walk or stop at Syntagma Square and walk for about the same.

Cost: €10
Time: 40 minutes

2. By Bus & Metro

The express airport bus X95 runs from Athens Airport to Syntagma Square every 20 minutes. From here you can switch to the metro to make the short hop (just 1 stop) from Syntagma Station to Acropoli Station using the red line in the direction of Aghios Dimitrios.

Cost: €6 bus ticket + €1.20 metro ticket
Time: 50 -60 minutes

Alternative Option: Bus & Walk – Instead of taking the metro, you could walk from Syntagma Square to the Acropolis.

3. By Welcome Pick Ups

If you’d prefer to have someone waiting outside of arrivals for you and not have to mess around with cash, or need a larger vehicle for 4 or more passengers, Welcome Pick Ups makes a great alternative to a taxi. As well as being able to provide baby/child seats when added to your booking, these friendly English-speaking drivers are also a wealth of insider knowledge so you’ll be able to ask about local restaurants and get tips for making the most of your visit to Athens.

Time: 30 minutes depending on traffic
Cost: €44 (day rate), €66 (night rate)

For more information and to book your private transfer check here.

4. By Taxi

A taxi can be the easiest and fastest way to reach the Acropolis from Athens airport if there are 4 or fewer passengers travelling. All official airport taxi’s (located in the designated taxi area outside arrivals) charge a flat-rate fee so there’s no worry about getting ripped off.

Time: 30 minutes depending on traffic
Cost: €38 (standard day rate – 05:00 – 24:00), €54 (night rate – 00:00 – 5:00)

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