On Arrival From & to Athens International Airport: Athens International Airport (ATM) is located about 33 km east of the city center. The metro is the easiest and most convenient way to go to and from the airport. Taking the bus is slightly more economical , but heavy traffic can mean the journey takes more than an hour . Taxis and ride services are generally the quickest , depending on traffic , but also the most expensive. There’s also suburban train service from the airport to downtown athens.
The public transport system in Athens is governed by Transport For Athens , and consists of metro , tram,bus trolley bus and suburban train networks .The metro and tram systems are the most user-friendly , with syntagma station , acropoli and Monastiraki metro station the most convenient stations for seeing the major sights . Buses and trolley buses are often crowded and slow.
Much of historic center is pedestrianized so it’s not accessible by taxi. Else where in the city, it can be challenging to hail a taxi on the street , so it’s advisable to ask your hotel (or restaurant) to call a car for you .Taxi companies include:
-Radio Taxi Ikaros (30 210 5152 800)
-Athens-Taxis (30 6932 389 111)
-Taxiplon(30 210 2773 600)
Driving in Athens isn’t recommend for visitors .Traffic can be chaotic , and road signs , written in both Greek and latin alphabets , can be confusing .Finding an on-street parking spot is also difficult , and cars have no access to much of the historic center.
Much of the historic center is pedestrianized so walking is the only practical way of getting around areas like Plaka and shopping streets like Ermou, Pandrossou and Ifestou .The Acropolis of Athens can be seen from every part of the city center , which makes it easier to fing your bearings.
Few native Athenians use bikes for everyday transport. However, a handful of outfits offer bike rentals and guided bike tours on car-free boulevards like Dioysiou Areapagitou and Apostolou Pavlou , below the Acropolis , and through the narrower streets of Plaka.