Athens is the capital and largest city in Greece, located on the Attica peninsula. They are among the oldest and most famous cities in the world. You can feel their historical atmosphere here at every step, not only in the world-famous Acropolis, which is visited by crowds of tourists every year. The influence of several cultures can be felt in the city. There are so many ancient monuments in the city that you cannot avoid them even if you do not have a detailed travel plan. You can thus enjoy long walks through the city and always come across an architectural gem.
Tickets from Bratislava
You can fly to Athens from Bratislava with Aegean Airlines. The airport is located approximately 30 kilometres from the city centre. Aegean Airlines will operate regular flights from Bratislava Airport from September 2023. The flight takes approximately two hours and ten minutes.
Transport from the airport to the city centre
From Athens airport you can reach the city centre by public transport. The cheapest option is to use the express bus line X95, which connects the airport in Athens with the main Syntagma square in the city centre. The journey to the centre takes 45 minutes. The bus stops right at the exit of the arrival hall and runs at 15–20-minute intervals. A little further from the departure hall, about 10 minutes' walk towards the parking lot, is the metro. Metro line number 3 runs every 30 minutes, the journey to Syntagma Square takes about 40 minutes.
„Must see“ in Athens
We bet that your first steps will be towards the world-famous Acropolis. In addition, we recommend staying near it, so other monuments will be within walking distance. Tip from us! On the first Sunday of every month, museums in Athens, including the Acropolis, are free. It is worth visiting Athens during this period. The Acropolis with the famous Parthenon is an extensive archaeological complex. In the summer season, we recommend buying tickets online via the Internet to avoid the crowds waiting for entry, in the winter season, it is enough to buy the ticket on the spot. In winter, tickets to the Acropolis are also half as cheap. Tip from us! Do not stand in a long line at the main entrance but go around the Acropolis on the left from its opposite side. The entrance from the opposite side is less well known, so you won't have to wait long for tickets. In addition, from the back you can go up the stairs to the raised stone place, from where you have a view of the Acropolis (especially lit up at night!) like in the palm of your hand. Not far from the back entrance to the Acropolis, you can also find a park that is part of Phillopappos mountain with a monument rising far and wide. Do not be alarmed, the ascent to the monument is not difficult, you can do it in about 10 minutes.
If you are a history lover, don't miss the modern Acropolis Museum, located directly below the historic Acropolis. Not far from the museum is the Temple of Zeus - Temple of the god Zeus. Through the beautiful National Gardens, you can reach the vast Panathenaic Olympic Stadium, where the first Olympic Games were held in 1896. On the contrary, at the opposite end of the gardens, you will come across the central Syntagma Square, dominated by the Parliament building. In front of the monument to the unknown soldier in front of the parliament, every Sunday at 11 a.m., a large-scale changing of the guards takes place - a tourist attraction that is watched by thousands of visitors to Athens.
Before sunset, take the cable car to Mount Lycabettus. Watching the sun set over Athens is the most romantic from this spot. Those who are more physically fit can climb Mount Lycabettus calmly even on foot. You can overcome the 300 m elevation in 20 to 30 minutes of walking. At the top, you can see the chapel and have a snack or dinner in a restaurant with a view from above of the whole city.
Book the next days to visit the famous port of Piraeus, not far from which (just 1 stop by metro) is the football stadium of the famous Olympiakos Piraeus team. During the day or in the evenings, you can wander through the streets of the famous districts of Plaka and Monastiraki, where you can buy a lot of souvenirs from street vendors or go for a typical Greek kebab with tzatziki