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“The majority of tourists booking flights to Athens are flying to the city in the summer months for vacation.”

Flying into Beautiful Athens

Feeling a bit lost when trying to organize your trip to Athens and balance between culture and history or just local color? From the Acropolis to the Temple of Zeus to the original Olympic Stadium from 1896, there are dozens of reasons to travel to the city and explore Athens for a week or two or a few months.
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Beyond the culture, a trip to Athens also offer you the opportunity to explore Eastern Europe, as well as the coastline of the Mediterranean. But the city also offers plenty of local market and nightlife options, which makes visiting for a normal holiday an option as well.

What Airport Options Are There?

Years ago there were two airports in Athens, but in 2001 the government built the existing one ahead of the 2004 Olympic Games: The Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. It also doubles as one of the major transport hubs for the surrounding Balkan and Aegean destinations.

North American carriers such as United, Air Canada, US Airways, and Delta all fly non-stop flights to Athens, but the airport also services flights from major European airlines as well, such as Air France, Alitalia, Austrian, Lufthansa, British Airways, KLM, Turkish Airlines, and budget airlines such as Ryanair, and easyJet.

What’s the Best Time of Year to Book a Flight?

The weather in Athens is fairly balmy year-round, which means any time of the year is a good time to visit. The only difference between traveling to this part of Greece in the summer versus the winter is whether you prefer beach weather or sweater weather.

That being said, the majority of tourists booking flights to Athens are flying to the city in the summer months for vacation. As such, hotel rates in the city are higher, and the crowds larger, during these months. Which consequently also means traffic is heavier.

March through May are good months to book flights to Athens if you prefer cooler temperatures and want to tour the Greek ruins, not sit on the beach and get a tan. Hotels rates are also cheaper during this period, but if you really want the best bang for your buck, travel during the December to February months when the coolest temperatures plus rainy weather mean lowest prices.

What’s the Best Way to Get To and From the Airport in Athens?

There are several ways to get into the city after your flight to Athens arrives. The first is the metro, although keep in mind that there are two types of trains: the metro and the suburban. The former heads into the city center, while the latter takes you to the surrounding suburban areas.

There are also express buses which run to the city and several of the subway stops, so you can explore the city. Trams are also available. Some hotels in Athens also offer airport pickup and drop off. You can also get a taxi from the airport after your flight arrives.

What Are Some Local Attractions?

Athens is a major tourism draw for Greece. The Acropolis is a Unesco World Heritage Site known around the world, and there is also the Ancient Agora, as well as Syntagma Square. If you have several weeks to spare, consider visiting Parnitha National Park over multiple days, or heading out to Mount Athos or The Metéora. Bear in mind that if you head out to the monasteries it can rain at any given time, so it’s best to hike prepared.

Others book flights to Athens to take advantage of one of the 148 theatrical stages, which see the most use during May to October during the Athens Festival, which is one of the largest theatrical gatherings in the world outside of London.

Are There Any Additional Tips for Travel in Athens?

Flying to Athens to go on a brand-name shopping spree may prove to be a disappointment, but if you are someone who craves the local crawl with family corner stores and open markets, welcome to your element. Spend a few days hunting for souvenirs, and head home with your bags laden with keepsakes for family and friends.

Cuisine is another reason travelers book flights to Athens, and you won’t want to leave until you’ve sampled fresh olives, wine, cheese, and the yogurt that has become something of a celebrity in its own right. Mixed in with the parks, coastline and ancient history, traveling to the city for a weekend or a few months makes perfect sense.