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Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Athens Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

I wrote a complaint to Athens Airport about harassment by their staff of me (an older woman travelling alone. I landed on BA at about 3.30am and it was 8am before my onward flight. I got a very stupid letter back saying that 'sleeping is not allowed'!!! It also said I should have stayed in the Sofitel (for three hours!! _ STUPID people) and that their policy of waking people up - eg by playing horrible extra loud music at night and poking people who are asleep seems to be because it might upset 'other passengers'" - a traveller

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down of what travellers have reported to us during their time at Athens Airport.

What to Expect

  • The airport is fairly new with modern facilities and amenities, but it is not friendly to those looking to sleep overnight.
  • The airport has a main terminal and a satellite terminal, connected by underground link. The main terminal is split into Hall A and Hall B.
  • Several eateries and cafes are open 24-hours.
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • There are lots of uncomfortable seats and benches.
  • If you can stay up all night, you won’t be alone, with other travelers trying to same thing.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class travelers can buy a pass and relax in several airport lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Athens Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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Athens Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Airline Lounges

There are airline lounges that require elite status for entry: British Airways Terraces Lounge (Location: Non-Schengen, Departures Area A)   •   Aegean Airlines Club (Location: Schengen, Departures Area B).

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Athens Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

  • Sofitel - Located 50 meters from the airport’s main terminal. Day rooms are available 12:00PM - 6:00PM. The hotel has a spa that is open to non-guests. Services include a variety of facials and body treatments, massages, mani-pedis, and more.
  • Peri's Hotel - (10 minutes from the airport) Free airport transfers are available on request.
  • Holiday Inn Athens Airport - (10 minutes from the airport) Free 24 hour shuttle runs hourly on the hour. Day rooms are available 11:00AM - 6:00PM.
  • Hotel Pantheon - (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle.

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Athens Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at the airport for 45 minutes. Connect to the “ATH Free Wi-Fi” network. Once the 45-minute time limit expires you may log-in again as many times as you wish (45 minute increments) within 24 hours, or pay for uninterrupted premium service on the “ATH Premium Wi-Fi” network.

Free WiFi is also available for 15 minutes through one of the 22 internet kiosks located through the airport.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • Art in the Airport - Rotating displays of art can be found in the Art & Culture Exhibition Area on the Arrivals Level. The airport also hosts cultural events, including painting and photography exhibitions, book presentations and a number of cultural collaborations.
  • ATMs / Cash Machines - ATMs are located landside on the Arrivals and Departures Levels as well as airside. Alpha Bank offers full-service banking in the airport. Location: Arrivals Level, landside. Hours: 8:00AM - 6:00PM (Mon-Fri) • 9:00AM - 4:00PM (Sat - Sun and Bank Holidays).
  • Baby Care Facilities - Facilities for changing and feeding your baby are available in designated baby rooms and restrooms throughout the airport (landside and airside). Look for the baby care symbol or ask an Information Desk staff member for help.
  • Car Rentals - Yes, see our Airport Transportation section below.
  • Children’s Play Area - For children ages 1.5 - 7 years old. Location: Main Terminal, landside, 2nd Floor, next to the Museum of the Acropolis exhibition. Hours: 9:00AM - 9:00PM.
  • Currency Exchange - ONExchange offers currency exchange, Western Union, and VAT refunds. Two locations: Departures, landside • Departures, airside, Schengen • Departures, airside, Non-schengen • Arrivals Level, Baggage Claim. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Duty-free shopping is available airside on the Departures Level of both Schengen and non-Schengen areas. In addition, a variety of retail shops is available, most open 24 hours!
  • Food & Drinks - Most of the food concessions throughout the airport operate 24 hours. Here are some of the dining options you’ll find: Buondi Caffe • Heineken Star Bar • illy Bar • Kir-Yianni Wine Bar • McDonald’s • Puro Gusto • To Go.
  • Grocery Store - If you need to pick up groceries on your way home to your destination in Athens, stop at the airport mini market. Fresh produce, baked goods, cleaning supplies, and general groceries are available. Location: Arrivals Level, landside.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Care4Bag offers luggage storage and international shipping courier for documents and packages. Location: Arrivals Level, Landside.
  • Luggage Wrapping - Care4Bag offers luggage wrapping. Location: Departures Level, landside.
  • Medical Services - Urgent and emergency care are available at the First Aid Station. Report to any Airport Information Counter for immediate assistance. Location: unknown Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Mobile Charging - At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • Museum - History is on display through permanent exhibitions from the Acropolis Museum (Main Terminal), the Eleftherios Venizelos Permanent Exhibition featuring Greek aviation history (Main Terminal - Departures Level) and Exhibition of Archaeological Findings (Main Terminal - Departures Level, Entrance 3 and front entrances. 6:00AM - 11:00PM daily).
  • Pharmacy - Location: Arrivals Level, Landside. Hours: 6:00AM - 12:00AM.
  • Post Office - ELTA Hellenic Post. Location: Arrivals, landside. Hours: 7:00AM - 7:30PM (Mon-Sat) • 8:30AM - 6:30PM (Sat & public holidays).
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Salon Services - Konstantinos Hatzis offers hair and nail services. Location: Arrivals Level, landside. Hours: unknown
  • Showers - The only showers available are in the airline lounges. See Lufthansa Business Lounge in the Airport Lounges section above.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The airport is very well connected with four city bus lines connecting the airport with Athens and Piraeus. For schedules, fares and bus stops, go to the OASA website.

Car Rentals

Car hire is available from a number of providers within the airport. Companies include: Alamo • Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • National• Sixt. Location: Arrivals Level.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Holiday Inn Athens Attica Avenue Airport West   •   Mare Nostrum Thalasso Hotel   •   Peri’s Hotel.

Port Access

If your travels include taking a ferry, you can connect from the airport via Metro Line 3 (then at Monastiraki transfer to Metro Line 1) with a total journey time of 60 minutes. Alternatively, the bus Route X96 Piraeus will also provide access to the port of Piraeus.


Metered taxis are readily available at the taxi stand located at Arrivals Level, exit 3. At the time of this January 2018 update, one-way flat fares between the airport and Athens city center inner ring, in either direction, costs € 38 (from 5:00AM - 12:00AM) or € 54 (from 12:00AM - 5:00AM).


The airport is connected to the metro system via Metro Line 3 (Blue) and for longer distance trains the airport is served via the Athens Suburban Railways. For fares, routes and schedules visit either the Urban Rail Transport website (for metro connections) or the trainOSE website for longer distance options.

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Last Updated: 13 November 2017

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