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Athens, Athens-Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH), Greece

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Facilities & infrastructure


The Main Terminal has banks, bureaux de change, automatic exchange machines and ATMs.


Courtesy telephones are located throughout Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. Free Wi-Fi access (for up to 60 minutes) is offered in the terminals. There are post offices on both levels of the Main Terminal.


Most restaurants and bars are located in the Main Terminal’s departure area, but there are a few options in Arrivals. The Satellite Terminal also has a restaurant.


Shops, including duty-free for passengers exiting the EU, are concentrated in the departures area of the Main Terminal. A full range of goods is available, including local gift items. There are a few further options in Arrivals and in the Satellite Terminal.


Left-luggage services (tel: 210 353 0160) and a lost property office (tel: 210 353 0515) are located in Arrivals in the Main Terminal. A porter service is available 24 hours (tel: 210 353 0100).


Other facilities at Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport include first aid and emergency medical services, a pharmacy, baby changing rooms and a children’s play area.

Conference & Business

The Business Centre (tel: 210 353 0533) has offices equipped with desktop PCs, internet access, telephones, photocopy and fax machines, laser and colour printers, scanners and office supplies. It also has a conference room and meeting rooms available for hire. There are also seven dedicated business lounges in the departures area of the Main Terminal.

Further conference facilities are available at the Sofitel Athens Airport Hotel (tel: 210 354 4000;

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    Facilities for disabled passengers at the airport include: easily accessible and text telephones, disabled toilets, adapted walkways and lifts, Braille signage, tactile flooring, and an alarm system to alert visually and hearing-impaired passengers in case of emergency.

    Electric cars are available to transport disabled passengers between the two terminals, and there are around 90 disabled car parking spaces at the airport.

    Disabled passengers should inform their airline of any special assistance required prior to travelling.

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    General Information

    Airport code: ATH

    Number of Terminals: 2


    There is an information desk in the Main Terminal. Additionally, an airport information line (tel: 210 353 0000) operates 24 hours a day.

    Transfer between Terminals

    An underground walkway and ground level path connect the Main Terminal with the Satellite Terminal.

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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    Getting around

    Public Transport

    A network of buses, trolleybuses, and metro trains keep Athenians on the move (tel: 210 820 0999; Metro Line 3 connects to Athens airport; this and Line 2 are the most useful for visitors. Public buses are blue, yellow and white, with routes all over the city. Electric trolleybuses also operate around the centre. Tickets for buses and trolleybuses must be bought in advance from a metro station or street kiosk; the same ticket is valid for all three systems.


    Athens’ bright yellow taxis are plentiful day and night. Fares are low by European standards; tipping is not typical but welcome. Radio taxis are a reliable alternative; one reputable company is Athina (tel: 210 921 742).


    Hotels in Athens


    Athens has hundreds of hotels and hostels to cater for all tastes and budgets, and standards have improved a lot since the 2004 Olympics. In and around

    Syntagma Square is the most exclusive area; but also try Psirri, near Monastiraki, the heart of Athens’ alternative scene. Advance booking is highly recommended during July and August.

    InterContinental Athenaeum

    Syngrou Avenue 89-93
    Athens 117 45
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    Category: Expensive

    One of the biggest hotels, with all the expected amenities and facilities, plus views of the Acropolis from its rooftop restaurant.


    Charitos 22
    106 75 Athens
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    Category: Moderate

    This slick modern designer hotel is just a taverna plate’s throw from Kolonaki Square. Rooms have Wi-Fi, and there’s also a gym, restaurant and bar.


    Corner of Hatzimichali 2 and 16 Iperidou
    105 58 Athens
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    Category: Budget

    Plain but comfortable rooms make this a good-value hotel in the central Plaka district.