Sleeping in Airports

Athens Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or are just quickly passing through, our Athens Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Security announcements are a bit loud and frequent. At 4 they turn on music, really too loud even through ear plugs.” – a traveller

ATH Airport Overview 

Athens Airport guide
(Photo courtesy of a guest traveller / September 2019)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos.

What to Expect

Relative to other airports in Greece, Athens Airport (code: ATH) is relatively new and modern. It has a main terminal with two halls (A and B) and a satellite terminal, which opened in May 2018. The terminals are connected by an underground tunnel with a moving sidewalk and an above-ground walkway.

Amenities at Athens Airport are simple and to the point. Several restaurants are open 24 hours a day, and there are art installations and a museum to keep you entertained briefly at least. WiFi is available to pass the time. For those looking for a little added comfort, there are first-class lounges that economy-class passengers can pay to access. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.

Sleeping in Athens Airport

Athens Airport hasn’t always been friendly towards those spending the night. There are very few comfortable or armrest-free benches, with some reviewers reporting that staying awake and upright all night is the better option. If you are going to spend the night, it seems that the airside area offers more sleeping options than the landside area – and the benches near McDonalds are possibly your best bet. Benches without armrests were also spotted in Terminal B, near Gates 22 and 25, and Gates 40 and 34 in the Satellite Terminal (May 2023). Explore our guide to sleeping in Athens Airport or read traveller reviews for more tips. And if none of this sounds like an experience you would like to have, there are hotels nearby. See Airport Hotels in the guide below.
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To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information. For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Athens Airport Guide.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

airport hoursAirport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

airport hotelsAthens Airport Hotels & Day Rooms

Quick Facts
  • Nearest Hotel:  Within 2-minute walking from the airport
  • Sleep Cabins & Pods: No
  • Day Rooms: Yes
  • Nearby Hotels with Free Shuttles: Yes

When the prospect of sleeping on the floor or in a chair is giving you nightmares, there are options for those of you who are looking to sleep at Athens Airport in comfort.   While there are no transit hotels, there are nearby hotels that are accessible by foot or airport shuttles.

  • Sofitel Athens Airport – Located 50 metres / 2 minute walk from the airport’s main terminal.  » Check Rates
  • Comfort Stay Airport Boutique Hotel – Airport shuttle is available upon request ($). » Check Rates
  • Peri’s Hotel – 24-hour airport shuttle is available upon request ($). » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Athens Airport – Free airport shuttle available. Day rooms are available.  » Check Rates

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Athens Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

airport loungeAirport 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 find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Terminal A
  • Goldair Handling Lounge – Location: Hall A, Airside, Non-Schengen Area, Level 2, opposite Gate A11. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
  • Skyserv Aristotle Onassis Lounge – Location: Hall A, Airside, Extra-Schengen Area, across from Gate A9. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
  • Swissport Lounge – Location: Hall A, Airside, Non-Schengen Area, next to Gate A12. Lounge Access: Unknown
Terminal B
  • Goldair Handling CIP Lounge – Location: Hall B, Airside, Schengen Area, Level 1, opposite Gate B13. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
  • Skyserv Melina Merkouri Lounge – Location: Hall B, Airside, Intra-Schengen Area, near Gate B11. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Airline Lounges

You may have access to the lounge listed below if you are a First or Business Class traveller. For more information, check the airline’s website.

Aegean Airlines Club (Location: Non-Schengen, Departures Area A, 3rd Floor) • Aegean Airlines Club (Location: Schengen, Departures Area B) • Lufthansa Business Lounge (Location: Hall B, Airside, Schengen Area, opposite Gate B12).

Related Pages: Athens Airport Lounges

water bottle refillsDrinking Water

Drinking fountains or water bottle refill stations are not available.  If this is incorrect, click here to update the guide.

foodFood & Drinks

When you get the midnight munchies or give up trying to sleep and need a coffee to stay awake, most food concessions are open 24 hours a day. Here are some 24-hour vendors: Camden Food Co. • Eat Greek • Ergon • Everest • Gregory Holy Burger Cinnabon • La Pasteria • Nescafe Bar • Plate’ a • Puro Gusto.

If you need to pick up groceries on your way home to your destination in Athens, stop at the airport mini market AB Vassilopoulos. Fresh produce, baked goods, cleaning supplies, and general groceries are available. Location: Arrivals Level, Landside.

Luggage StorageLuggage Storage & Lockers

Care4Bag offers luggage storage. Location: Arrivals Level, Landside.

mobile chargingMobile Charging

A traveller (August 2018) has advised us that mobile charging is available at Gate 21 in addition to other areas (no specifics provided).

rest zonesRest & Relaxation Zones

No dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones exist. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.


A reader tells us there are showers in the washrooms in front of the prayer room. At least one of the lounges has showers: Goldair Handling Lounge (Hall A, Airside).

wifiAirport WiFi / Internet and Mobile Charging


Free WiFi is available at the airport for 60 minutes. Once the time runs out, you can simply log in to the service again for free. Connect to the “ATH Free Wi-Fi” network. Free WiFi is also available for 15 minutes through one of the 22 internet kiosks located throughout the airport.

more airport infoMore Airport Information

More Airport Services and Facilities
  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Landside (on the Arrivals and Departures Levels) and Airside.
  • Baby Care Facilities – Facilities for changing and feeding your baby are available in designated baby care rooms and restrooms throughout both terminals (landside and airside). Look for the baby care symbol or ask an Information Desk staff member for help.
  • Banking Services – Alpha Bank offers full-service banking in the airport. Location: Arrivals Level, Landside. Hours: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Mon-Fri) • 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Sat-Sun and Bank Holidays).
  • Children’s Play Area – At one point, there were play zones for children aged 1.5 – 7. We could not confirm this at the time of our August 2023 update. If they are still there, click here to update the guide.
  • Currency Exchange – ONExchange offers currency exchanges. Locations: Departures and Arrivals, Landside • Departures, Landside, Schengen • Departures, airside, Non-Schengen • Arrivals Level, Baggage Claim. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Drinking Water – see “Drinking Water” above.
  • Duty-Free & Shopping – Duty-free shopping is available airside on the Departures Level of both Schengen and non-Schengen areas. In addition, various retail shops are available, most open 24 hours!
  • Food & Drinks – see “Food & Drinks” above.
  • Grocery Store – see “Food & Drinks” above.
  • Hotels – see “Airport Hotels” above.
  • Lounges – see “Airport Lounges” above.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – see “Luggage Storage & Lockers” above.
  • Luggage Wrapping – Protect your bags from theft and damage by having your bags wrapped in plastic by Care4Bag. Location: Arrivals Level, Landside.
  • Medical Services – First aid services are available if you feel unwell or injure yourself. Hours: 24 hours. Contact the information desk for further assistance.
  • Mobile Charging – see “Mobile Charging” above.
  • Pharmacy – Location: Arrivals Level, Landside. Hours: 6:00AM – 12:00AM.
  • Post Office – Send your last-minute postcards to friends and family from the airport’s ELTA Hellenic Post Office. Location: Arrivals, Landside. Hours: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM (Mon-Sat) • 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM (Sun & public holidays).
  • Rest Zones – see “Rest & Relaxation Zones” above.
  • Salon Services – Fairy Nails offers body and nail services. Location: Departures Level, Landside. Hours: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM.
  • Showers – see “Showers” above.
  • SIM Cards – A reader let us know “there was a stand selling SIM cards at the baggage reclaim area (in the main terminal, I think). Working hours or rates are not known to me.” (October 2023)
  • Travel Agencies – At one point, the Aktina Travel Group had a store Landside, in the Arrivals area. We could not confirm this at the time of our August 2023 update.
  • WiFi – see “Airport WiFi / Internet” above.

Related Pages: 8 Things to do on a layover at Athens Airport

Things To Do On A Layover
Art in the Airport – Rotating displays of art can be found throughout the terminals. The airport also hosts cultural events, including painting and photography exhibitions, book presentations and a number of cultural collaborations.

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).

Related Pages: 8 Things to do on a layover at Athens Airport

Layover Sightseeing
Do you want to make the most of your stopover or long layover by getting out of the airport to do some sightseeing?  Check out our Athens Airport Layover Sightseeing guide or explore Things to do in Athens on Tripadvisor.
Athens International Airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Aer Lingus • Air Baltic • Air Canada • Air China • Air France • Air Mediterranean • Air Serbia • Air Transat • American Airlines • Arkia Israeli Airlines • Austrian Airlines • Bluebird Airways • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Bulgaria Air • Condor • Croatia Airlines • Cyprus Airways • Delta • EasyJet • Egyptair • El Al Israel Airlines • Emirates • Ethiopian Airlines • Etihad Airways • Eurowings • Gulf Air • Iberia • Israir • Ita Airways • Jet2 • KLM • Lufthansa • MEA • Norwegian Air Shuttle • Olympic • Pegasus Airlines • Qatar Airways • Royal Jordanian • Ryanair • Saudi Arabian Airlines • Scandinavian Airlines • Scoot • Sky Express • Swiss • TAROM • Transavia • Turkish Airlines • Tus Airways • United Airlines • Volotea • Vueling • Wizz Air.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


ATH 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. Buses depart from the Arrivals level, between exits 4 and 5. Five regional buses also stop at the airport for passengers looking to travel to surrounding cities. To find out more information, visit the KTEL website. Buses depart at the Arrivals level, between exits 2 and 3.

Car Rentals

Car hire is available from several providers within the airport. Companies include: Avance • Avis • Enterprise • Europcar • Hertz • Sixt. Location: Arrivals Level.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide an airport shuttle: Dolce by Wyndham Athens Attica RivieraHoliday Inn Athens AirportComfort Stay Airport Boutique HotelHotel Avra Rafina.

See also Airport Hotels above.

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.

Ride Sharing

Uber Taxi is available throughout Greece. A ride to the city centre will cost you from €40 to €45.


Metered taxis are readily available at the taxi stand located on the Arrivals Level, exit 3. At the time of this update, one-way flat fares between the airport and Athens city centre inner ring, in either direction, cost € 40 (from 5:00 AM – 12:00 AM) or € 55 (from 12:00 AM – 5:00 AM).


ATH 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.

Athens Airport Photo Gallery

Related Pages: Athens Airport Photos

Last updated: 2024-02-08

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers, and their websites. We are not representatives of any of the above-mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.