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Airport Codes: 

IATA: ATH 
ICAO: LGAV


Distance from ATH to:

Piraeus 48 km
Corinth 111 km
Nafplion 168 km


Nearest Major Airports:

Heraklion Airport 352 km
Rhodes Airport 475 km
Thessaloniki Airport 535 km

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Athens Airport Guide

Athens is the capital of Greece and seen to be the birthplace of western civilisation. It is famous for the Acropolis and the Parthenon as well as the ancient agora and odeons. To find out more about the ancient history of Athens, you can visit the National Archaeological Museum and the Acropolis Museum. Visit Syntagma Square and see the changing of the guards at the Old Palace. Take a walk around the old streets of Plaka and find traditional cafes and souvenir shops or head for the modern shopping district of Kolonaki. Out and about with your car hire Athens, you can visit the port of Piraeus or further afield Corinth and Nafplion.


Athens Airport Directions

Athens International Airport is 27km from the city and the journey takes around 30 minutes. In your car hire Athens Airport take the route 64 and Attika Odos from central Athens.


Athens Airport Parking

Short term car parks P1 and P2 are opposite the main terminal and have a total of 1357 spaces. Long term parking is available at P3 with 5802 spaces and there is a shuttle bus service to the terminal. A new multi-storey car park adds another 3800 spaces for short or long stay parking.


Athens Airport Flight Information

Over 65 airlines use Athens International Airport and you can fly to destinations worldwide. Some flights are on a seasonal basis although most are year round and operated by scheduled airlines. The airport has become more popular in recent years, due to being a gateway to Asia and the Middle East.


Hotels Near Athens Airport

The Sofitel Athens Airport is opposite the terminal building and within walking distance. Another option is the Holiday Inn Athens Airport which is a few kilometres away and has a shuttle bus service.


Athens Time Zone

Athens is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and in the Eastern Europe Time Zone (GMT+2).

Athens Info


The airport has 2 terminals - the main terminal is for schengen flights and the satellite terminal for non schengen flights. There are many facilities available including 7 airline lounges and a business centre. Information desks are located around the terminals along with currency exchange desks and ATMs. There are internet access points if you need to check email and there is free Wi-Fi. The airport has excellent shopping facilities with 45 stores and when you get hungry, you can choose from 17 food outlets.

Athens Airport Trivia:

  • Athens International Airport is also known as Eleftherios Venizelos Airport.
  • The airport handles over 16 million passengers a year.
  • The new airport was opened in 2001.
  • It is a hub for Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air.
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