Basic Info For Travelers
|Language||The native language of the population is Modern Greek. English is widely spoken as a second language by the majority of Greeks, while French and German are also spoken to a good extent.|
|Time||Greece is 2 hours ahead of GMT, 7 hours ahead of EST and an hour ahead of CET time.|
|Health||Emergency treatment is free to all visitors in public hospitals.|
|Currency||Greece is a full member of the European Union since 1981, and its currency is the Euro (€). All major credit cards are widely accepted in Greece.|
|Greece follows the Schengen Agreement provision and the subsequent acquis concerning short term visa issues stays up to three (3) months in the Schengen area. Holders of regular passports from the rest of the world need a visa in order to visit Greece (and the Schengen area). AthNLP may provide invitation letter for visa applications of successful school applicants only, and only upon request. Please prepare all required documents well in advance since visa application processing by embassies may take long.|
Athens International Airport (AIA) “Eleftherios Venizelos”
There are several ways to go to and from the airport.
Take Metro Line 3 (Agia Marina – Douk.Plakentias – Athens International Airport), which connects the Athens airport with the city centre. Trains run every 30 minutes, 7 days a week from 6:30 to 23:30. The trip between the Airport and Syntagma Station (Athens center) lasts approx. 40 minutes and costs 10 Euros.
24-hour Express Buses
ExpressBus routes directly connect Athens (city center & greater area) and Piraeus (port) with the Athens International Airport (AIA) “Eleftherios Venizelos”. The service is provided on a nonstop basis seven days a week including holidays (24/7 operation). All buses drop off passengers at the Departures Level (inbound trips to airport) and depart from the Arrivals Level (outbound trips from the airport). Bus tickets are sold at the info/ticket kiosk (located outside the Arrivals between Exits 4 and 5), or onboard (ask an operator) at no extra cost.
X95 : Syntagma – Airport
Direct Connection to Syntagma Square at Athens city center.
Link to Metro Line 2 station at: SYNTAGMA.
Link to Metro Line 3 stations at: NOMISMATOKOPEIO, ETHNIKI AMYNA, SYNTAGMA.
X96 : Piraeus – Airport
Direct Connection to Piraeus central passenger port terminals.
Link to metro line 1 stations at: N.FALIRO (ISAP N.FALIRO), PEIRAIAS.
Link to suburban rail station at: PEIRAIAS.
Link to tramway routes at: PLATEIA GLYFADAS,EDEM, FLISVOS
Taxis are available at the designated Taxi waiting area located at Exit 3 of Arrivals Level. A taxi from the airport to the city centre (inner ring) costs a flat rate of 35 EUR from 5:00 to midnight, and 50 EUR from midnight to 5:00. The charge is determined by the time of arrival at the destination and includes all applicable surcharges and extras.
Useful Links And Guides For Athens
Useful Mobile Applications
- THE BEAT, an easy way to get a taxi wherever you are in Athens and reach your destination safely. Payments are made with card, no cash needed
- e-table, make reservations online and earn discounts
- Delivery.gr, choose the closest restaurant and order your need to find nearby, can be found on this app
- Clio muse, shares the best cultural stories for indoor and outdoors tours
- ATH Airport, is useful for checking your flight status, as well as any information that has to do with the Athens International Airport