The modern large Eleftherios Venizelos airport, at Spata, is comfortable and well designed, equipped with the latest technology available.
The new Athens airport has a vast shopping mall, serving travelers, as well as local residents in this well populated area.
Spata, situated on the eastern side of Attica, together with the upgraded port of Lavrion will enable visitors to get to the islands by boats much faster, as the distance from Lavrion, at the tip of the Attica peninsula, is considerably shorter than the trip from Piraeus port.
The new airport/website www.aia.gr at Spata opened on Wednesday March 29th. Distance 35 km. from the centre of Athens, 45km. from the port of Piraeus and 37 from Lavrion.
Upon arrival at the airport terminal, you have to go through passport control, one line for EU Nationals and another one for everybody else. Travelers from the US, Canada and Australia, no longer need a visa. The next stage, is baggage pickup and customs, all simple procedures. Travelers who have arrived in Greece, via other European countries, do not have to go through customs control.
If you have a lot of luggage there are carts that you can use (1 euro each). There is also a private service (Baggage handler) at 15 euro per cart.
Taxi: A pre-arranged chartered taxi transfer with escort, will cost more than hailing a cab but the regular taxi queue will start from Door 4 of the Arrivals Level and extend up to Door 1,.so it needs patience and after a long trip, this can be trying. A regular taxi should cost you about 35 Euro to the centre, but you must take whichever one you get when it is your turn (max. four persons - family sharing a taxi). They charge extra 0,60 Euro per bag that you put into the trunk (European sedan cars don't have big trunks), plus road tolls 3 Euro.
Line E94 connects the Ethniki Amyna Metro Station with the Airport. Passengers can transfer from the Metro line to the Airport Bus at this departure point. This bus stops running before the metro stops running which is around midnight.
Line E 95 Syntagma Square - Airport Express has its departure point at the centre of Athens (Syntagma Square-Amalia Ave.) and via Vas. Sofias Avenue, Mesogion Avenue and Attica Odos terminate at the airport.
Line E96 Piraeus - Airport Express starts from the centre of Piraeus (Karaiskaki Square) and via Posidonos Avenue, Varis-Varkizas, and Varis-Koropiou Roads terminates at the airport.
Line E 97 Daphni/ Panagouli Metro Station and via Vouliagmenis Avenue, VarisVarkizas, and Varis-Koropiou Roads terminates at the airport.
For Express Lines E94 - E95 - E96 *
E97, the ticket costs 3,50 Euro.
DO Validate your ticket by inserting it into the validating machine as soon as you board the vehicle or when you enter a metro station. Keep it safe till the end of your trip. Otherwise, you are liable to an on-the spot- fine, 35 Euro. Arriving buses disembark passengers at the designated area of the departure level of the Main Terminal Building. Both the Syntagma and the Piraeus buses run for 24 hours, generally every thirty minutes but every 50 minutes after midnight. * Every three hours
In Athens the public transport comprises of the blue buses and trolleys (tickets 1 Euro. which must be purchased beforehand from blue or yellow kiosks). In Athens the public transportation is not of the best, not because the buses are not of the latest technology but because the amount of people standing is usually triple the amount of those seated. In other countries only five people are allowed to stand whereas in Greece it could be as many as seventy.
Metro-Proastiakos: The Metro (Web Site: http://www.ametro.gr/ has been in operation since January 2000. More than 550.000 passengers rely on the Metro for their daily transportation. A rail system comprising of two lines, Line 2 ( Ag. Antonios - Ag. Dimitrios - Alexandros Panagoulis) and Line 3 (Monastiraki - Doukissis Plakentias - Airport ) and 23 stations of outstanding technological and ergonomic design, aim to provide a modern, fast and secure means of transport that has upgraded the way we view the city of Athens. The metro ticket 1 euro are sold only at the entrance of the metro stations - Ticket prices to and from the Airport - Single 8, 00 euro. You must validate your ticket prior to boarding the train at the installed validating machines. There are continues checks conducted by authorized personnel in order to ensure all passengers hold the equivalent of a validated ticket. In case a passenger fails to demonstrate an appropriate ticket a final equal to 40 times the price of the ticket, will be imposed.
Line 2: Ag. Dimitrios - Alexandros Panagoulis - Ag. Antonios -Ag. Dimitrios - Alexandros Panagoulis
Line 3: Monastiraki - Syndagma - Airport - Syndagma - Monastiraki (Train departs every hour)
The new airport does have a luggage storage facility. It is located on the ground floor of the International Arrivals terminal.
As soon as you exit the luggage claim area you should turn left and go all the way to the far end of the terminal building.
There you will find the "Luggage Storage" facility. They are open from 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM every day and they charge 3 Euro. per day per suitcase.