How To Take The Athens Airport Bus

If you have just arrived at the Athens airport, you may be a little overwhelmed with all the different means of transportation. This guide on how to take the Athens airport bus is here to help.

How to get from Athens airport to the city center

Once you’ve landed at Athens airport in Greece, there are several ways to get to the city. There are taxis, pre-booked transfers like Welcome Pickups, the Athens metro, the suburban railway and the airport buses.

Taking the bus from Athens airport

At only 5.5 euro, the publicly run airport bus is the cheapest way to get from Athens airport to Athens city center, and also other parts of the city.

This guide will show you the different airport bus services, how to take them, where they go and more. 

Athens Airport Buses

There are five Athens airport buses to the city, connecting the airport to different areas of Athens. Here’s a list:

  • X95 Athens airport bus, taking you to central Athens, right on Syntagma square
  • X96 Athens airport bus, going to Piraeus port
  • X93 Athens airport bus, connecting the airport to Liossion and Kifissou bus stations
  • X97 Athens airport bus, terminating at Elliniko metro station
  • KTEL bus to Rafina port, connecting the airport with Rafina, the second biggest port in Athens. More on this later.

The first four buses are run by the company that also operates all urban buses in Athens. The bus stop is right outside the airport – just follow the signs.

Buying tickets for the Athens airport bus

The Athens airport bus ticket to any destination costs 5.5 euro. You can buy your ticket from the kiosk just next to the bus, or the newly installed vending machines. You can use credit card or cash.

Note: As of April 2024, you no longer need to buy a ticket before boarding the airport buses. You can now tap your debit / credit card straight on the validating machines. At the moment, this only applies for the airport buses and no other transportation in the Athens area.

Where to get your bus ticket at Athens airport

You will then need to validate your ticket, or tap your debit / credit card, when you get on the bus.

Just scan it on the blue card reader, where you can see the word “validation”, and a message will come up saying “Successful”.

Ticket scanner on the Athens airport shuttle bus

On the bus, there are monitors showing all the next stops. If you want to get off the bus before the last stop, it’s best to double check on Google Maps, or ask a fellow passenger. If you miss your stop, the next alighting point will generally be a kilometre or two away.

For all other information and the official timetables of all Athens airport buses, have a look here.

Bus from Athens airport to city – Athens bus X95

This is probably the most popular Athens airport express bus. It runs every 15 or 20 minutes, depending on the time of day. It’s a 24/7 bus, so if you are landing after midnight you can easily use bus X95 to get to central Athens.

Bus station for bus X95 to Athens

The Athens airport to Athens route would normally take about an hour, but traffic and the occasional storm might cause delays.

The X95 bus will drop you just off Syntagma square, on Othonos street. This is only a short walk from Plaka and a ten minute walk from the Acropolis area, where many visitors choose to stay.

If you have heavy luggage, it’s best to use the Athens airport metro and get off at Acropolis metro station instead. Walking on the cobbled streets with suitcases isn’t too much fun!

You can also consider a pre-booking with Welcome Pickups, a professional company with excellent drivers. This is ideal if you are jet-lagged, travelling with family or a bigger group, or just don’t want the hassle of public transportation.

X95 bus Athens airport

A few times a year, there is a train strike in Greece. This will affect the part of the metro and suburban railway route that gets to the airport. However, the urban part of the route will not be affected.

On those days, you can take the X95 bus, and connect with the metro at Syntagma square. Other metro stations where you could connect to the metro are Nomismatokopeio and Ethniki Amyna.

Athens airport from city centre – Bus to airport Athens

As you would expect, the Athens airport bus X95 also runs in the opposite direction, leaving from the city center and going to the airport.

On its return journey the bus to the airport from central Athens departs from Othonos street in Syntagma Square, just in front of Eurobank. The bus stop is marked as “X95 bus terminal” on Google Maps.

There will typically be plenty of yellow taxis there as well. Or, again, you can consider a pre-booked transfer from your hotel to the airport.

Bus X95 to Athens international airport

You can get your ticket at the kiosk, and pay with cash or card. Or, if you prefer, you can just use your debit / credit card on the validating machine inside the bus.

Bus X95 to Athens airport

In my experience, airport buses run on time, however I have heard people report that they had delays. This could be the case if the bus is delayed on its way from the airport. Allow plenty of time to get to the airport, especially if it’s rush hour.

Bus from Athens airport to Piraeus – Bus X96

If you want to get straight from the airport to Piraeus port, you will need to get the X96 bus. The Athens airport bus to Piraeus departs twice an hour, and it can take a fairly long time to get to the port, depending on traffic and time of the day.

I’ve heard of people who got to the port in just over an hour, but it’s rather rare. In some cases it could take you a couple of hours to get to Piraeus.

In fact, the Athens bus X96 makes several stops along the way to Piraeus. If you are in a hurry it’s best to take a taxi, the blue metro line or the suburban railway.

Once you are on the Athens airport Piraeus bus and have validated your ticket or tapped your debit / credit card, make sure you’ve got an eye on your valuables. This bus gets fairly busy, and tourists are always an easy target.

You can also get to Piraeus on the blue metro line, or the suburban railway.

Athens Airport Bus to Liossion and Kifissou KTEL bus stations – Bus X93

The X93 Athens airport shuttle will take you to the two intercity bus stations in Athens. Here is where you’ll need to go if you want to travel to other towns in Greece. The intercity buses are owned by private companies called KTEL.

Where to take the Athens airport bus

At the moment, Athens has two intercity bus stations, Liossion and Kifissou. There is a plan for them to be merged and moved to another part of the city, easily accessible by metro, but don’t hold your breath.

Buses from Liossion station go to Evia, Thessaly (e.g. Meteora) and Central Greece (e.g. Delphi and Thebes). Buses from Kifissou station depart for  the Peloponnese (e.g. Nafplion and Mycenae), North Greece, Epirus and the Ionian islands.

The two stations are marked on Google Maps as follows:

The X93 bus only makes a few stops before it gets to Liossion station. It then continues to Kifissou station, where it terminates.

If you are going to Liossion station, pay attention to the monitors, and don’t hesitate to ask the driver or another passenger where to get off.

Airport bus Athens / Elliniko – Bus X97

People who have decided to spend a few days by the Athens Riviera can take bus X97. This bus connects the airport with the coastal areas of Vouliagmeni, Voula and Glyfada, terminating at Elliniko. It should take you about an hour to reach your hotel from the airport.

KTEL bus from the airport to Rafina port

The Athens airport to Rafina bus is an orange bus run by a KTEL company. It departs from just opposite the airport Sofitel hotel, between exits 2 and 3. Tickets cost 4 euro.

The airport – Rafina bus timetables can be found here. The page is in Greek, but don’t worry – you will just need to look at the first column for the airport – Rafina route. The second column is the Rafina – airport route.

As you will notice, this bus isn’t so frequent, so you could consider getting a taxi or pre-booked transfer to Rafina instead.

You may not have heard of Rafina port before, but ferries depart on a daily basis for several islands. These include two of my favourite islands, Andros and Tinos, and also Mykonos

A ferry at Rafina port in Athens

Rafina is a much smaller and friendlier port than Piraeus, and it’s a lot closer to the airport. So if your plan is to head straight to the islands, check out if there’s a ferry departing from Rafina to your island of choice.

FAQs about Athens airport

Here are some questions that people have asked in the past about getting to the airport in Athens:

How do I get to Athens airport?

You can get to the Athens airport by bus, metro, suburban railway and taxi or pre-booked transfer.

Does the Athens metro go to the airport?

Yes, the blue Athens metro line goes all the way to the airport. There are two trains per hour to the airport, while all other trains terminate at a station at the outskirts of Athens, called Doukissis Plakentias.

How much is the metro from Athens airport?

A single metro ticket to / from the Athens airport costs 9 euro. A return ticket, valid for 30 days from the time of first validation, costs 16 euro. There is also the so-called tourist ticket which costs 20 euro, and allows a return trip from the airport plus unlimited transport in central Athens for 72 hours.

How much is a taxi from Athens airport to Athens?

At the time of writing, set prices for taxis are 40 euro from 5 am to midnight and 55 euro from midnight to 5 am. These prices are subject to change, so pre-booking a transfer might be a better option.

Is it better to take the bus, or the metro to the airport in Athens?

Both the bus and metro are inexpensive and efficient. If there is traffic, the bus can get delayed, while the metro generally runs on time. A single ticket for the bus costs 5.5 euro, while the metro costs 9 euro.

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Vanessa from Real Greek Experiences

Hi! I am Vanessa from Athens, and I love helping people discover Greece. I hope this article on the Athens airport buses was useful. I If you have any further questions, let me know in the comments! Feel free to like my FB page for notifications on new blogposts and other news about Greece.



14 thoughts on “How To Take The Athens Airport Bus”

    • Hi, no. You would have to buy a separate paper ticket, which costs 1.20. You can get that at the metro station opposite the airport building. If you take the metro, you can travel with the same ticket for 90 minutes on the metro, and hop on an urban bus. Hope this helps!

  1. Hi!
    I will go from Athen to Skopelos and heard there are two ways, bus to Volos or to Mantoudi and then ferry.
    Is this correct? Which tour is easiest to take? Do we have to book bus and ferry?
    // Lotten from Sweden 🙂

    • Hi! You can check Ferryscanner for all ferry routes depending on the dates you are travelling. In peak season, there are also ferries from Agios Konstantinos.
      There are more buses to Volos per day, while there is only one, two or sometimes three for Mantoudi… So it depends on the times and dates you are travelling. If you decide to go to Volos, you can book your bus ticket in advance – you can check them here
      The bus page for Mantoudi is only in Greek – and the bus page for Agios Konstantinos is not updated! So it’s actually easier to go from Volos. You can read more info here
      Another idea is to fly to Skiathos from Athens, and then take a short ferry crossing… this will be quicker but probably more expensive.
      Enjoy your time!

  2. Thanks very much Vanessa!
    You’ve provided me with a wealth of info here on transit, Ancient Agora, Plaka, dining, and shopping. I would have had to go to multiple sites to find all of this info, but I got it all here! I’m looking forward to seeing your wonderful city!!

    • Soooo glad to hear this! Feel free to ask anything else you might have questions with! Enjoy your time!

  3. Hi I’m trying to book a train from Volos to kalambaka 19 th August and can’t see any trains or timetables. Also trying to book from kalambaka back to Athens on 21 st august. Can you help?

    • Hi Teresa, thanks for your question! You should be able to book those tickets in the beginning of August, as they usually are not released sooner. No worries!

  4. Hello!
    If I am getting the X93 bus from KTEL Terminal A bus station to the airport – where do I buy a ticket? Is there a ticket booth in the terminal?



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