The Attiko Metro connects Athens’ international airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, to the city. Fares are around 10€. It’s about a 40-minute ride to central Athens, and the station is easily accessible from airport terminals. Taxis to the city center cost upwards of 52€, and you can expect to pay double after midnight.
The Attiko Metro is quick and cheap. 24-hour passes (also valid on buses) cost €4.50. Bring a passport photo if you plan to buy a weekly (9€).
The city has no single sightseeing pass, but the Acropolis ticket, valid for 48 hours, allows entry to all of the sites on the World Heritage – listed hill.
If a restaurant bill does not already include a service charge, it’s usual — but not really obligatory — to tip about 10% to 15% on top. Taxi fares should be rounded up by a euro or possibly more, according to the total amount. Meanwhile, it’s customary to leave some small change for attendants at cloakrooms and restrooms.
- Survival Skills
Athens is known as one of Europe’s safer cities for tourists, although, as in all major destinations, pickpockets do exist. Exercise appropriate caution.