Sleeping in Airports

Athens Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you 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

Airport Overview 

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Athens Airport.

What to Expect

Relative to other airports in Greece, Athens Airport is fairly 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 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, 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 airport guide below for locations and access information.

Where to Sleep

Athens Airport isn’t terribly friendly towards those spending the night. There are very few comfortable and/or armrest-free benches, with some reviewers reporting that it’s better to just stay awake and upright all night. If you are going to spend the night, it seems like there airside, rather than landside, has better sleeping options – and that the benches near McDonalds are possibly your best bet.  If you’re looking for uninterrupted sleep there is are hotels nearby that are connected by shuttles.  See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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.

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 (ie. Priority Pass). 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!

Passes  Swissport Lounge – Location: Terminal A, Airside, next to Gate A12 in the Extra-Schengen Area. Non-Schengen flights only. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Lufthansa Business Lounge – Location: Terminal B, Airside, opposite Gate B12, in the Schengen area. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Goldair Handling Lounge – Location: Terminal A, Level 1, opposite Gate A11 in the Non-Schengen area. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Goldair Handling CIP Lounge – Location: Terminal B, Airside, Schengen Area, Level 1, opposite Gate B13. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Skyserv Melina Merkouri Lounge – Location: Terminal B, Airside, near Gate B11 in the Intra-Schengen Area. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Skyserv Aristotle Onassis Lounge – Location: Terminal A, Airside, near Gate A13 in the Extra-Schengen Area. Non-Schengen flights only. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

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).

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. » Check Rates
  • Peri’s Hotel – (10 minutes from the airport) Free airport transfers are available on request. » Check Rates
  • 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. » Check Rates
  • Hotel Pantheon – (10 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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.

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.

Communications

  • Post Office – ELTA Hellenic Post. Location: Arrivals, landside. Hours: 7:00AM – 5:30PM (Mon-Sat) • 8:30AM – 5:30PM (Sun & public holidays).
  • WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.

Family Services

  • 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.
  • Children’s Play Area – When you want to ensure your kids burn off all their energy before their flight, take them to the children’s play area. Suitable 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.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drinks – Over 20 food concessions are available throughout the airport and most operate 24 hours. Here are some of the dining options you’ll find: Camden Food Co. • Eat Greek • Heineken Star Bar • illy Bar • Nescafe Bar • 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.

Information

  • Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Athens and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, the Aktina Travel Group (Landside, Arrivals) can probably be of assistance.

Luggage

  • 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

  • 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.
  • Pharmacy – Location: Arrivals Level, Landside. Hours: 6:00AM – 12:00AM.

Mobile Charging

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

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your 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.
  • Banking Services – 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).
  • Currency Exchange – ONExchange offers currency exchange, Western Union, and VAT refunds. Locations: Departures and Arrivals, landside • Departures, airside, Schengen • Departures, airside, Non-schengen • Arrivals Level, Baggage Claim. Hours: Open 24 hours.

Rest & Relaxation

Shopping

  • 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!

Showers, Salons & Spa

  • 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.

Things to do

  • 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.
  • 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).

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of November 2018, Athens airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Aeroflot • Air France • Alitalia • Astra Airlines • Austrian Airlines • Blue Air • British Airways • Cypress • easyJet • EgyptAir • EL Al Israel Airlines • Ellinair • Emirates • Etihad • Eurowings • Germania • Gulf Air • Iberia • KLM • Lufthansa • MEA • Norwegian • Olympic • Pegasus Airlines • Qatar Airways • Ryanair • Scandinavian Airlines • Scoot Tiger • Sky Express • Swiss • TAROM • Transavia • Turkish Airlines • Ukraine International Airlines • Volotea •Vueling • Wizz Air.

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

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.

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.

Last updated: 2018-11-13

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are 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 web sites. 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, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.