Arriving by air
The Athens International Airport is serviced by all major airlines, offering direct non-stop flights from/to most of the major European cities, New York, Philadelphia, Montreal/Toronto, North Africa, Gulf States, South Africa, and easy connections to the rest of the world. ATH is also serviced by low-cost and/or charter airlines that offer attractive packages.
Visitors arriving by air will arrive to the Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (IATA code: ATH). This award-winning airport is one of the world’s leading airports in overall passenger satisfaction, and has been named the Airport of the Year (2014) in the 10-30 million-passenger category by internationally-acclaimed web portal Air Transport News.
Airport to/from Divani Apollo Palace & Thalasso hotel
Upon arrival to the El. Venizelos International Airport, one may reach the hotel by taxi, bus or private car.
Taxis are available at the designated taxi waiting area located by Exit 3 of the Arrivals level. Ask the driver to get you to the Divani Apollo Palace & Thalasso hotel. An average cost of the journey on normal traffic is 40 euros and is approx. 30 minute-drive.
In general, the drive from the airport to locations in the city center takes about 35-40 minutes and costs 35 EUR (flat rate – regular fare, from 5 a.m. until midnight) and 49 EUR (flat rate – night fare, from midnight to 5 a.m.)
Pre-booked taxis are available upon request. Check the airport transportation pages for recommendations.
Airport Express bus line X96 runs from the Athens Airport to Piraeus, departing every 30-40 minutes and stopping along the route. The bus stop closest to the hotel is Pēgadakia. The duration of the drive (9 stops) is approximately 45 minutes and costs 6 EUR one way. For detailes, see airport bus tickets.
Metro (underground railway)
There is no metro station in the area. Use other options, such as taxi and bus, to get to the city center and back to the hotel.
Once in the city area covered by metro network, by all means, use the metro – it is reliable, convenient, clean, and safe. Tickets are available from vending machines and ticket shops in major stations, and must be validated before boarding the train.
More information on local transportation
For detailed information, visit:
- Athens International Airport, the official site
- Athens transport information in English
- Athens Airport Bus, route X96 timetable Piraeus to Airport
- Athens Airport Bus, route X96 timetable Airport to Piraeas.
Language and currency
The official and national language of Greece is Greek. It is written in the Greek alphabet. In tourist areas in Athens, you will also find street names and signs transliterated into the Latin script. Many Greeks speak English, French, German or Italian as a foreign language.
Greece uses Euro (EUR) as currency. Major cards are accepted in larger cities and tourist areas in Greece. When shopping, however, you may get better deals with merchants with cash than debit or credit cards. You can withdraw Euros from ATM machines.
If you have a permanent non-EU residence and are planning to do some shopping during your stay in Greece, you may be interested to learn some tips and guidelines for tax free shopping.
Electricity, plugs and sockets
Electrical supply is 230 V, 50 Hz AC. Greece uses the standard European (round-pronged) plugs and power sockets. In technical terms, sockets are “type C” or “type F” (also known as “Schuko”), and they work with corresponding plugs (type C, E, F).
Citizens of some countries need an entry visa for Greece. For more information, check out the detailed visa information page.