Diary of day 1

Greece itinerary – Day 1 Arrive in Athens

As you arrive to the airport, the hustle and bustle of the city slowly starts creeping on you, making your heart pound with excitement for the journey ahead. Head to the hotel and explore the neighborhood.

How to get from and to Athens airport

There are quite a few options for getting from the Athens airport to downtown, and it all depends on your personal preference! It’s also worth asking if your hotel offers any transfers from the airport to there!

Metro

You can take the metro, and choose Line 3 which will take you from the Athens airport straight to the city center. It runs every 30 minutes, all week long, from 6:30 am to 11:30 pm. The entire trip will last you about 40 minutes, and you will be dropped off at Syntagma square.  The ticket costs 10 euros.

The metro is a great option since it’s clean, new, all stops are clearly identified, and you get to avoid traffic.

Time: 40 minutes

Cost: 10 EUR

Proastiakos – Suburban Railway

You can also try taking the Suburban railway, which is an electric train that takes you from the airport to the central railway stations in Athens, and the entire trip lasts 40 minutes as well. After arriving to the central railway station, you can switch and continue to the city center using the same ticket you purchased.

You’ll find that those trains depart from the same platform as the metros.

Time: 40 minutes

Cost: 10 EUR

Bus

You have the option of taking a bus from the express bus station, and you can choose from five different lines. The trip takes from 35 to 60 minutes depending on your destination.

X95 is the one you should take to reach the city center. It will drop you off right at Syntagma

square.

Time: 30 – 60 minutes

Cost: 6 EUR.

Shuttle Bus

If you want to avoid waiting at a bus stop and want to be taken or picked up from the hotel, a shuttle bus is a great option.

Time: under 60 minutes

Cost: 20 EUR p.p

For more information and to book your shuttle bus check here.

Taxis

Taxis are a convenient option, specifically if you have a lot of luggage and you’re not tight on

budget. You’ll find dozens of taxis standing at the designated Taxi waiting area, right after you get out of Exit 3 of Arrivals Level.

There is a flat rate of 38 EUR from the airport to the city center, and if you arrive from midnight until 5 am that increases sharply to 54 EUR.

Private Airport Transfer with Welcome Taxi

You can pre-book a car online before your arrival, and find your driver waiting for you at the arrivals with a welcome name sign and a bag with a bottle of water and map of the city, thus saving you all the hassle of having to find a taxi/bus/metro.

There is a flat rate of 38 EUR from the airport to the city center, and if you arrive from midnight until 5 am that increases sharply to 54 EUR.

The trip takes approximately 35 minutes.

Psyri neighborhoodPittaki street in Athens

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Where to Stay in Athens

Plaka

This is by far one of the best neighborhoods to stay at. Due to its proximity to the Acropolis, Plaka remains one of the most popular areas to stay for tourists. You’ll find beautiful small squares, museums, an incredibly cozy vibe, and plenty of places to eat and drink. It even has a completely pedestrianized zone so you can take in the beauty of the city without being bombarded by traffic.

Suggested hotels in Plaka:

Herodion Hotel

Sweet Home Hotel

Ava Hotel & Suites

Syntagma

Syntagma has the Parliament crowning its center, and is characterized by grand avenues, neoclassical buildings; plenty of hotels and it’s also easily reachable by foot from all tourist attractions.

Suggested hotels in Syntagma:

InnAthens

Electra Metropolis

King George – A Luxury Collection Hotel

Kolonaki

This is the most expensive part of the city, known for its glitz and glamour. Prices tend to run extremely high, and you’ll be met with luxurious cars, posh people and hefty prices.

Suggested hotels in Kolonaki:

Hotel Lozenge

Coco-Mat Hotel Athens

St George Lycabettus

Monastiraki

This part of the city is dynamic, vibrant, and colorful and is a prime spot for sightseeing. The Acropolis dominates the skyline of the neighborhood, graffiti covers the walls and it’s a treasure trove for souvenir-hunters!

Suggested hotels in Monastiraki:

360 degrees

The Zillers Boutique Hotel

Koukaki and Exarchia

They are both “bohemian” and “edgy” neighborhoods and are a better option for young travelers and backpackers.

Athens Studios

Ilissos

Best Western Hotel Museum

Glyfada and Vouliagmeni

You can stay by one of the coastal suburbs and still be able to visit the center via tram –giving you a blend of a beach holiday and a city one.

Sea View Hotel

Somewhere Vouliagmeni

Divani Apollon Palace Thalasso