Athens Airport is an international airport and the largest airport in Greece. It is used by over 15 million passengers every year, primarily tourists visiting Greece but also tourists who are using it as a gateway into the Middle East and Asia. The airport only opened in 2001 and as such it is very modern. There are plans to increase the size of the airport with the hopes that it will be able to accommodate over 50 million passengers a year in the future.
Athens Airport is not a bad place to wait if you have a bit of time between flights. There are a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars which should suit any tastes and a selection of shops, including duty free. Other facilities include ATMs, baggage wrapping, porter services, business facilities, banks, a children’s entertainment area and health care facilities. Wi-Fi internet is available throughout both terminals and all passengers are entitled to 45 minutes usage for free.
Athens Airport has two terminals. The Main Terminal handles all Schengen flights and a few non-Schengen flights, whilst the Satellite Terminal only handles non-Schengen flights. With renovations on going at Athens Airport, passengers are advised to check their terminal information when they book their flights or to visit the tourist information desks in the airport if they are unsure.
Getting To and From the Airport
There are two public transport options available that take passengers from Athens Airport into the city itself – trains and buses. Buses depart from arrival gates four and five and trains can be accessed from an airport walkway. Other options include taxis which can be extremely expensive and car hire. There are a number of car hire Athens Airport companies and you can use the anycarhire.com search facilities to compare their prices and book before you travel.