Car Hire at Athens International Airport
This information is correct as of July 2015
Whether you want to escape to a tiny island village on magical Aegina, feast on fresh seafood in idyllic Paxi or keep up with the pace of hedonistic Athens, you can find the best car hire at Athens International Airport with Skyscanner. Check out our guide for things to do in Athens.
Where to hire a car at Athens International Airport
There are four car hire companies with desks at Athens International Airport: Enterprise, Avis, Hertz, and Budget. All of the desks are inside the terminal, so you don’t need to go far to pick up your car.
Petrol stations near Athens International Airport
Depending on your car rental agreement, you may need to hand your car back with a full tank.
Luckily there is a BP petrol station located just a 10 minute drive from Athens International Airport. From the airport head northwest on to the A62. Keep left, taking a right at the first cross roads. The petrol station should be visible on the left had side.
Driving around Athens International Airport
Athens International Airport is well connected to the region’s main roads. From central Athens, the airport is accessed via the Attiki Odos toll road (A6), which circles around the north and east of the city. It also connects to the E94. This connects to the E75 which winds north along the coast, past Larissa and all the way up t o Thessaloniki. The E94 also forks to the west and becomes the 8 highway and later the E65 which goes all the way to Kalamata in the south west and Patras in the northwest.
Getting to your destination
We’ve put together a quick guide on getting to the most popular destinations from Athens International Airport.
The closest island to Athens, Aegina takes its name from a nymph whom Zeus loved and took with him to the island. Even here there are architectural treasures to find like the breath-taking Aphea Temple. Beautifully preserved buildings face the dazzling blues of the Saronic Gulf where small seafront hotels are just a few metres from the island’s glorious soft white sandy beaches. Walk in the wild mountain landscapes admiring the tiny villages that nestle among its greenery before coming back to civilisation and relaxation in beach side cafes and tavernas with sunset views to die for.
Aegina is just under four hours from Athens International Airport by car and then ferry. Drive from the airport on the A62, taking the K2 exit for the A6/E94. Take exit 8 for the A1 and eep right onto the E056. Follow signs for Crete and ‘port’ which will take you to the ferry terminal. The ferry ride is just 15 minutes.
In the smallest group of Greek Islands, stepping onto Paxi is like stepping back in time. And what a beautiful time...Surrounded by the translucent Ionian Sea, Paxi is home to three little villages where time stands still and glittering yachts moor in their harbours. Paxi’s dream-like beaches are secluded and pristine while the villages overflow with cultural heritage, folklore museums, friendly locals, cosy tavernas and stunning seafood cafes. There is nothing to do here but unwind.
The drive to the ferry point for Paxi is nine hours but goes through some spectacular scenery and is well worth the drive. Take the A62 from the airport, exiting at K2 for the E94 toll road. Take exit 12 for the A8 and E65. Stay on the E65 until you can exit for the E55. Follow the E55 towards Preveza until you get to signs for the A2. Merge with the A2, exit for the E92 then follow signs for the ferry port. The ferry takes just 6 minutes to reach Paxi.
It would take a million more words to write about all of Athens’s archaeological, historic and architectural treasures. Greece’s crowning glory of a city is now a beguiling patchwork of old and new, ancient and ultra-modern. Cars are banished from the historic centre which now boasts Europe’s longest, and most gorgeous, pedestrian promenade. Athens has soul and a streetlife to match. After a day of jaw-dropping photo stops like the Acropolis, it is time to enjoy life alfresco. From cafes and bars and amphitheatres serenading visitors with open-air opera to the mouth-watering cuisine served under the stars – this is one hedonistic and at the same time, relaxing capital.
It takes just 35 minutes to reach Athens city centre from the airport. Take the A62 and exit at the K2 for the E94 toll road. From the E94, take exit 8 for the A1 and follow signs for the city centre.
Cars are banned from the very centre of Athens but there is plenty of parking to be found on its outskirts. Short term and long term parking is available with charging hours from Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm. Parking starts from 50 cents per half an hour or €6 for three hours. Pre-paid vouchers are also available for purchase which makes parking a little cheaper. Some hotels in Athens also offer free parking.
Prices subject to change