Athens Airport Car Hire - Did You Know?

  • Athens Airport is also called Eleftherios Venizelos Airport.
  • It handles just under 15 million passengers annually.
  • It’s already been expanded to allow it to cope with 50m passengers in the future.
  • It plans to be a key hub for Asia and the Middle East.
  • The airport is twelve miles east of the city because of high mountains bordering the capital.

Athens Airport Mini Guide

About Athens Airport
The new Athens Airport opened in 2001 replacing a much smaller one. Today the airport handles 14.5 million passengers, a reduction over previous years due to the economic downturn and the propensity for islands that were served by Athens now having their own airports. Within twelve miles of the city, the airport is easy to reach from the well-signposted Attiki Odos and has plenty of short and long term parking together with valet parking. The long term parking is ten minutes’ walk from the airport but a shuttle operates regularly between the park and the terminal. Athens international Airport has the unique airport code ATH.

athens airport

How to Get There
Being an important international hub for Europe and Asia it’s not surprising that Athens receives flights from over 80 airlines. Routes include scheduled, chartered and budget airlines from all over Europe and as far away as Canada and China

How to get to Your Next Destination
There is a Metro stop on line 3 together with a national rail station, Larissis at the airport facilitating rapid onward travel into the city or further afield. OASA buses run four routes into the city and Piraeus whilst taxis operate on a fixed fare basis, €35 for daytime and €50 for night-time. The taxi stand is directly outside the arrivals hall. Those collecting a hire car from the airport should go to the companies’ desks in the arrivals hall but as the desks can become very busy at peak times we’d recommend pre-booking and sending a driver through to sort out the final paperwork whilst others in the group collect the luggage. The airport is right on Attiki Odos leading into the heart of Athens.

view of athens greece

If you Need Help
There’s an airport information desk in the departures public area as well as telephone help points.  There’s also a desk for the Greek Tourism Authority in arrivals which can help with accommodation and onward journeys.

Facilities
There are a number of banks including AlphaBank, Marfin and HSBC throughout the airport along with many ATMs dotted evenly throughout the terminals.

Shopping at Athens Airport is excellent, both before and after security. There’s a huge range of shops in every category including Lacoste, Hermes, Nike, Porsche Design, Bulgari and Burberry. There are also electronics, music shops, newsagents and booksellers. The airport also has its own supermarket.

Eating out at the airport is also a pleasurable experience with full restaurants such as The Olive Tree or Gloria Jean’s, light bite and snack outlets and even a McDonalds for the kids. Beyond security there are a number of coffee bars serving hot, cold and alcoholic drinks as well as light snacks.

Should you find the need for first aid on arrival, there are trained members of staff on hand. Should a prescription be needed there’s also a pharmacy. Baby changing facilities are available in selected places across arrivals and departures. A childcare facility, ‘Smile of the Child’ will look after your children whilst you sort out checking in etc.

There’s a multi-faith prayer room available in the arrivals hall. 60 minutes of free Wi-Fi is available across the airport together with a room offering business facilities.

Extra Assistance
There are a number of designated points for disabled travellers to go to for assistance. The airport has its own charter on helping people with reduced mobility which informs its policy. General assistance is available for all disabled travellers but it is recommended that you inform your airline before travelling so that necessary steps can be taken to assist you. The airport conforms to EU law on disability provision.
 

Latest Update from Athens Airport:


21/03/17 – Athens airport has reported an increase in passenger traffic of over 10%, however much of this has been attributed to Greeks who have moved abroad rather than foreign visitors. 

26/04/12 - A recent reorganisation of the terminals to meet the regulations of the Schengen Agreement means that passengers from the UK and other non-Schengen countries now travel through the satellite terminal, sometimes adding a little time to your journey through the airport.

Driving in Athens Airport

  • R

    Road Driving Side

  • 50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  • 110kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  • 120kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  • 10-25g

    Drink Drive Limit

  • EUR €

    Currency

  • 21

    Min Rental Age

  • YES

    Tolls

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Car Hire Athens Airport Customer Comments:


Rhino was the cheapest quote I could find for the car I wanted and the customer service team were helpful so pretty glad I booked with them really.

Felipe - UK
30/10/2011 22:43 PM


I've used Rhino for the last 2 years. No problems. Keep up the good work

Doug -
20/07/2011 22:22 PM


Busy airport but seemed quite efficient.

Adam - UK
07/03/2011 17:32 PM

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Athens Airport is the busiest airport in Greece as millions of people arrive to soak up the ancient history and culture of the area. Hiring a car will allow you to travel the 12 miles from the airport in no time and then it’s handy for scaling the hills upon which many of Athens’ monuments are built.

The city can get hot and oppressive in summer and leaving it to head towards some of the quieter coastal resorts is a good recommendation. Leave some time though to visit the world famous Acropolis, preferably at night when it’s magical.

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