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Arriving to Athens

Athens is an easily accessible destination, connected with direct flights from 112 cities around the globe with flying time of 3 hours from Paris, 1.5 hours from Istanbul, 10.5 hours from New York, 11.45 hours from Singapore, 4 hours from Doha.
Every year, millions of visitors come to Athens. For the majority of them, the best way to arrive to Athens is by air, but there are, of course, alternative routes by train, car or ferry boats which leave from various ports of Italy as well as train journeys through the Balkan Peninsula. Visitors to Athens and Greece from the European Union countries and Schengen countries do not need a visa and can travel with their IDs.

For the full list of countries whose citizens need or do not need a visa to enter Greece please click here


By air

The Athens International Airport, Eleftherios Venizelos is connected daily with over 70 cities around the world with the average flying time from European destinations being 2,5 hours (1,5 hour from the Middle East).
Located 33 km (20 miles) southeast of Athens, it is easily accessible via Attiki Odos, a major highway constituting the Athens City Ring Road. Public transport to Athens and the port of Piraeus is provided by the metro, express airport bus connections, taxi and high-speed rail.
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By road

Athens can be reached by road via the Western Balkan countries, Bulgaria, Albania and Turkey.

By sea

There are daily ferryboat connections from Italy (Ancona, Bari and Brindisi, Venice and Trieste) to Patras, the second largest port of entry to Greece, approximately 220 km (135 miles) from Athens.

By train

The main railway network of Greece currently provides links between Athens and Northern and Southern Greece and the rest of Europe through the Western Balkan countries and Bulgaria.