When it comes to history and culture, Athens is pretty tough to beat. As well as its ancient attractions, the city also boasts a vibrant contemporary culture with excellent food, great nightlife and eclectic shopping to explore.
Like many other major cities in Europe, Athens experiences its peak season in the summer months. Many people visit the city on their way to one of the many nearby islands. Hotels, attractions and eateries can be very busy at this time of year and flight prices rise correspondingly.
If you want to avoid the crowds but still soak up a little Greek sunshine, book your flights to Athens in the spring or autumn months.
If you’re thinking of travelling to Athens in the winter, be prepared for grey skies, rain and low temperatures. Although the weather isn’t much of a draw at this time of year, you will find you have many of the city’s sites and attractions to yourself, so if you’re interested in history and culture a winter trip could suit you.
In general, finding cheap flights to Athens is easier in the winter, early spring and late autumn months. However, if you know where to look bagging a great deal should be possible whatever the season.
Once you’ve put your details into the Expedia search box you’ll be shown a selection of journeys for your trip. If your plans aren’t yet set in stone, click the ‘Show Flexible Dates’ link at the top of the flight results to see if you could save money by travelling on a different day.
On the left-hand side of the results page you’ll find a number of filters. These can be used to narrow your flight options down by departure time, airline and travel time.
If you want to check departures from other terminals in your local area, click the ‘Nearby Airports’ link at the top of the page and search for flights to Athens Greece from other nearby locations.
From Athens International you can continue your journey to the city centre quickly and easily. Both the city’s Metro network and its suburban trains are easily accessible via the station located adjacent to the terminal building. A choice of buses also serves the airport, while taxis are available from just outside the arrivals area.
As you’d expect from a major European capital, Athens boasts an extensive public transport network covering the majority of the city.
The quickest way to get around is by Metro. This connects many of the city’s main sights and attractions and links the centre of Athens with the ferry port in nearby Piraeus. Buses, trolley buses and trams are also available in many parts of the city, while taxis can be found on most major thoroughfares.
No trip to Athens would be complete without a stop at the Acropolis. One of the most important archaeological sites in the world, the Acropolis was built in the 5th century BC.
Once you’ve had your fill of temples and shrines, wander down the hill to the historic neighbourhood of Plaka. Explore its winding streets, stop for a traditional meal in a local restaurant or shop for souvenirs in one of the little shops that line the roads.
If you’re going to be staying in Athens for a few days, look into buying a travel card for the city’s public transport network.
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