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Athens Airport Departures

If you're departing from Athens Airport you can use our handy guide to get information, FAQs and links to some useful airport services that'll make your trip easier and your airport experience much more pleasant.

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Athens Airport Departures - FAQs

How early do you need to check in at Athens airport?

Athens Airport recommends arriving 2 hours before your flight departure time, particularly during the busier summer months. It's worth checking with your specific airline as well, they may operate different opening hours for their check-in desks or offer online check-in which can save you time at the airport.

How many airports are there in Athens?

There is just one airport in Athens, Athens Airport also known as Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos or AIA.

Is Athens airport big or small?

Athens Airport is the largest Greek Airport and was ranked 19th in a list of the busiest European airports in 2022.

Is there a smoking area at Athens Airport?

Smoking and electronic cigarettes are prohibited within the terminal buildings, there are designated smoking areas which will be clearly signposted.


Athens Airport Departures Overview

Athens Airport has 2 terminals, the Main terminal and a nearby Satellite Terminal reached via an underground passage. The Main Terminal building handles the majority of flights at Athens Airport, with departures taking the top 2 floors of the 3 floor building.

Athens Airport Travel Information

Athens Airport is very well served by multiple bus routes to and from Athens itself as well as various additional locations. The OASA public bus routes that serve Athens Airport are as follows:

  • X93 - This is the route to the Intercity Bus Station and takes around 65 minutes
  • X95 - Athens centre is the final destination for this bus route arriving at Syntagma Square in around 60 minutes
  • X96 - Arrives at Piraeus Port in about 90 minutes, Piraeus Port is the largest port and perfect if you are visiting the Greek Islands
  • X97 - This bus will take you to Dafni Metro Station in approximately 45 minutes

There are also services run by KTEL (regional buses) that operate to and from the airport on express routes with limited intermediate stops.

Athens Airport is also served by Suburban Railway which takes around 35 minutes to reach Athens city centre, and local taxi companies which take around 35-40 minutes depending on traffic.



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