Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" (AIA) is Greece’s largest and busiest airport serving as a hub for international and domestic flights.Located in Spata between the areas of Artemida, Koropi and Markopoulo, Athens International Airport is around 30 kilometers to the east of central Athens. Inaugurated in 2001, and after following a steady increase in passenger traffic, in 2018, Athens International Airport ranked as the 27th-busiest airport in Europe handling over 24.1 million passengers that year alone.
The Athens International Airport has two terminals: The Main Terminal and the Satellite Terminal.
In the Main Terminal, which is housed in a three-story building are located all 144 check-in desks as well as Hall A (international flights to Non-European countries and Non-Schengen countries and Hall B (domestic and intra-Schengen flights).
The second terminal called The Satellite Terminal consists of two levels, one for arrivals and one for departures and is used by around 10 airlines including Ryanair, Easyjet, Vueling, and Norwegian.
Athens International Airport features a shopping center filled with stores and boutiques of all kinds.
The Hellenic Duty Free Shops which are located both in the departure area and the arrivals area offer an assortment of items.
From perfumes, cosmetics and souvenirs to tobacco, confectionery and Greek delicacies, the Hellenic Duty Free Shops have an abundance of brands and products in competitive prices.
Clothing and accessories boutiques, electronics shops and bookstores can be found at the Free Access Area or at different parts of the Departures Level.
Restaurants and Cafés
Whether you’re looking for a refreshing beverage, a quick bite or a tasty Greek meal, Athens International Airport’s wide range of restaurants and cafés can fill every traveler’s hunger.
Starbucks, Burger King, Eat Greek and Easy Grab n Go are some of the places you’ll find at the airport’s Departures Level.
Aside from a wide range of shops and restaurants & cafés, there are also six ATMs available in Athens International Airport as well as an Alpha Bank desk which is located at the Arrivals Level.
One post office is situated in the Free Access Area on the Arrivals Level.
A fully equipped First Aid Station is available to passengers and visitors on a 24-hour basis while there is also a pharmacy operating from 06:00 – 24:00.
Moreover, several defibrillators are stored in special cabinets within the Terminal Areas.
In Athens International Airport there are quick baggage wrapping points while Care4bag provides safe baggage storage services.
Children Play Area
On the 2nd floor of the Main Terminal Building, there is a special designated Play Area suitable for children from 1,5 – 7 years old, operating every day from 09:00 to 20:30 in the evening.
A fee isn’t required but children must always be escorted by at least one of their parents.
Passengers will find eight lounges throughout Athens International Airport.
Operating hours and prices vary depending on each airline.
At Area A (Non-Schengen) at the Departures Level are situated the Aegean Business Lounge, Skyserv Handling Services – Aristotelis Onasis, Swissport Executive Lounge and Goldair Handling.
At Area B at the Departures Level are located the Aegean Business Lounge, Goldair Handling, Lufthansa – Business Lounge, Skyserv Handling Services – Melina Mercouri.
Within the Τerminal of the Athens International Airport, passengers can connect to “ATH Free Wi-Fi” service for free while 22 Internet Access Points set throughout the airport are available to travelers and visitors.
A special designated Long Term Parking area with 5,800 parking spaces available is located across Attiki Odos motorway, the airport’s main access road.
Long Term Parking also features parking spaces for disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility.
Dedicated parking spaces can also be found at the Short Term Parking (1 and 2).
An Economy parking ideal for longer stays is also available at Athens International Airport.
Means of Public Transportation
Athens International Airport is connected with the rest of Athens via Metro’s Line 3 (Blue Line): Ag. Marina – Airport, the Suburban Railway and four bus routes (X93, X95, X96, X97) with direction to different areas of Athens and Piraeus.
Buses’ terminal station is at the Departures Level and starting point at the Arrivals Level, between Exits 4 and 5.
Aside from the X96 line bus, Athens International Airport is also connected to the Port Of Piraeus by the suburban railway and by the metro by changing from line 3 to line 1 at Monastiraki station.
There are also five regional buses operating at the airport departing from the Arrivals Level, between Exits 2 and 3, opposite the Airport Hotel (Sofitel).
The regional buses set down passengers at the Departures Level.
These regional buses head to the Port of Rafina or the Port of Lavrio and passengers have to take them from the Arrivals Level, opposite the airport hotel (Sofitel).
However, as there isn’t a direct route to the Port of Lavrio, passengers have to change bus at Markopoulo.
The metro ticket costs €10 and the bus ticket to Athens or the port of Piraeus costs €6.00.
The ticket price for regional buses to the Port of Rafina is €4,00.
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At Exit 3 of Arrivals Level, there is a designated Taxi waiting area where several taxis are always available.
The taxi flat fare is €38 in the daytime (05.00-00.00) and €54 (00.00-05.00) at night.
There is a great number of transport companies providing transportation services upon request.
The price changes depending on the company, the type of the car as well as the destination
Athens Airport Hotels
There are numerous hotels for all budgets and styles situated in the areas close to Athens International Airport, accessible within a 30-minute drive.
However, if you’re looking for a place to stay without leaving the airport, Sofitel Hotel is the right choice for you.
Located 50 meters opposite the arrival and departure terminals, Sofitel is the only hotel situated within Athens International Airport.
The 5-star hotel features 345 soundproofed rooms, 12 suites, one presidential suite and two executive floors.
For a more detailed guide on hotels at Athens International Airport see here.
Visit Athens International Airport’s official website for more information.