Athens, the capital of Greece, is one of the most touristy cities in Europe. Therefore, it has a modern airport more than ready to receive millions of travelers. It is located 20 kilometers from the center of Athens and near Markopoulo, Koropi, Spata and Loutsa, so flying to Eleftherios Venizelos Airport and renting a car, is a good option to know the Greek capital as well as the surrounding villages and vestiges. With a history of over 3,000 years, Athens is one of the oldest inhabited cities on the planet and you will notice this at every turn.
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Before you arrive in Athens, we recommend that after renting a car at Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, you drive through the villages of Markopoulo, Koropi, Loutsa and Spata. The Attica Zoo is located in the latter, and once in Athens, you will find essential monuments such as the Temple of the Olympic Zeus, the Agora and the Acropolis, considered a World Heritage Site. Take a leisurely stroll around the Parthenon and Sintagma Square, and have a coffee in the Plaka and Monastiraki districts. You can also visit the Panatenaico Stadium, which hosted the first Modern Olympic Games, and if you like to drive away from the hustle and bustle, we suggest a trip to Vilia, 54 kilometres from Athens. It’s a mountain village with a sea breeze where, according to mythology, Oedipus was abandoned.
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Renting cars is the easier and quicker choice when in Athens instead of going around the chaotic and busy city looking for a ride. You can ask to be picked up by the airport going to the central or to the Piraeus port.
There’s a lot companies in Athens for those wanting to rent cars like Budget, Avis, Hertz, Europcar, National, Sixt, Alamo, and Enterprise. You can choose from a small car to big SUVs and even mini-vans.
The most fantastic Athens hotels will definitely have available parking lots while the cheap ones will probably not have.
Athens is a historic and bustling city, where the old and the new are mixed.
On the Acropolis, which in Greek means “the upper city”, you will find one of the most famous buildings in the world: the Parthenon. The Parthenon is an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, and its construction dates back almost 2500 years. Visit the glass wall museum to see over 3000 artifacts from the Acropolis and incredible views of the archaeological excavations.
For a break from the city’s hectic pace, the National Gardens of Athens are a quiet place to relax. Formerly part of the royal gardens, they now include ancient ruins, exotic plants and a variety of birds and animals.
One of the best places to shop in Athens is the Monastiraki market. It is a great place to buy gifts and souvenirs, with a captivating mix of colors, spices and bargains.
How to rent a car at the airport
Renting cars in the airport of Athens is the easier choice given that you booked in advance.
RentalCars.com is the most user friendly way to book cars in Athens International Airport. Pick up areas for cars are just a few steps away from the arrival area. And if you ever decided to go rent for mainland and Athens, doing is while still in the airport is a lot easier than doing it in the city.
The companies for renting cars in Athens’ airport are located on the arrival’s area. Advanced booking thru rentalcars.com is advised then pick them up at the kiosks.
It is very easy to spot and look for parking lots in the airport of Athens as they are near the terminal, and not that busy.
Where can I pick up the cars I rented in the airport of Athens? You can pick up the cars just outside the arrivals and then to the right. That is where most of the companies’ parking lots are. It’s quite near but if you ever need a ride because you have too many bag gages there’s a shuttle available for free.
Parking and Driving in the Central of Athens. If you are in the city’s center, it’s quite busy plus the traffics a bit slow to move but not really overwhelming.
Athens’ highways from and to the airport is very modern and no need to worry about heavy traffics. It’ll usually just take half an hour to reach the city and not that stressful or busy unless you are getting close to the center of the city as the traffic there is quite heavy.
Queues for taxis are located on the arrivals area, then on the left side. There will be a fixes rate of 38€ going to the center of Athens and increases to 50€ at midnight until 5 in the morning.
Rental Car Companies
There is an agency located near the arrivals area of the airport of Athens “Eleftherios Venizelos” and that is the Atkina agency.
If you want to ride ferries you can have them booked even while still in the airport. The high speed Hellenic Seaways, Blue Star Ferries, and SeaJet are available there. You can also book tickets of ferries to go from one island to another and not only those originating in Rafina or Piraeus- two ports that is near the Athens. There are also flights available for Aegean air and Olympic going to all islands of Greece that has ports: Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, Crete, Kos, Paros, Naxos, Milos, Skiathos, Syros, Chios, Samos, Lesvos, Corfu, Zakynthos, and Kefalonia.
The Agencies are usually open throughout the day (24hours) but they could reduce the office hours at off season.
For the website of Atkina, like the other Greek sites it is also useless.
Atkina contact no.: +30 210 35 30 160
Atkina’s email Address: email@example.com