Hi - I have an 8 hour layover in Athens (we land at 10:30am and leave for Mykonos at 6:30pm on a Wednesday) and rather than hanging around the airport, my husband and I are hoping to store our bags somewhere and take a train or something into Athens to see the Acropolis and maybe grab a bite to eat before our evening flight.
Does this sound like a reasonable plan?
Anything we should prepare for (such as really slow trains, nowhere to store bags, etc)?
Is the public transit train the way to go?
Any other tips or tricks you can recommend?
Any advice here would be greatly appreciated. I think we should have plenty of time to do this but I certainly don't want to miss our evening flight. Thanks so much!
I'm 21 and used to visit my uncle who lived on the island of Poros and obviously flew into Athens. We always had to get to Pereaus for the hydrofoil which is essentially the Athenian habour. We always used to get a taxi to and from, but the buses are dirt cheap and can take you to all corners of Athens as we did the same sightseeing prior to departing one year.
It has however been 3 years since ive been now and i never experienced the trains
Hi, there is a metro and suburban rail link between central Athens and the airport.
check it out here: http://www.aia.gr/pages.asp?pageid=984&langid=2
I would prefer taking the metro (blue line) which will take you directly to Syntagma square i.e. to THE centre of Athens. Can't remember how long this would take, but I reckon 45min should do it.
Returning to the airport allow for some more time as not all trains go to the airport.
Yes ! you can easily do that... from Athens airport to city center you can use metro (blue line) or public bus. Trip is about 50 min(it's up to the traffic) until Syntagma Sq. Then the Acropolis is at walking distance. Time is enough for visiting it, having lunch, walking around etc
Sounds like a plan! The Metro will take you to the center of the city in 45 minutes as #clueless said...
I would not get out at Syntagma, I would either go to Monastiraki OR change to the red line and get out at Acropolis station. Then i would walk from the one stop to the other.
strikes are coming up, so before you deside what you want to do, please take a look at the strikes schedule and see if any (or all) means of transportation are working or not.
Thank you all so much for these tips!!!
I took the bus and it took an hour and a half, but it was the cheapest option. i'd say it's possible.