Athens Airport Car Rental

Airport Basics.....

The Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” has long been considered one of the most functional, modern and reliable airports in the world.  With estimated passenger travel around 15 million in 2010, this ranks as the larges airport in Greece by far.  Note that about almost 10 million of those passengers are international flyers, the airport serves as a hub servicing all of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The airport is the primary hub for airlines Olympic Air and Aegean Airlines, and currently operates as one of the 30 busiest airports in Europe, and was voted the Airport of the year in 2004.
Athens International Airport Night View

Athens Airport Car Rental.....

Currently, six car rental companies operate desks at the Athens airport.  They include Avis, Budget, Hertz, National and Sixt.  Each of the car rental desks operate at the Arrivals level in the terminal, not far from the baggage claim area.  Car rental desks are actually located between exit 3 and exit 4, nestled between a couple of currency exchange areas.

Directions to Athens... 

When driving to Athens, you will leave the airport via Attiki Odos, driving about 5 km Southwest to Exit K2.  Merge into Highway 6 (E94) North.  Drive about 25 km, then take Route1 (E75) South into Athens.  This will take you into the heart of the city, close to many major Athens attractions like the Acropolis (Pic Below) and the Parthenon.

Athens Airport Car Rental Return...

In the retail park, situated about 2 km from the main terminal, there is a Shell Petrol Station.  Try filling up here before bringing your rental car back to the airport for return.  The station is open 24 hours per day, and sells snacks in addition to petrol.

When returning the car, simply follow the signs.  Don't get off into the arrivals or departures area, but simply follow the signage back to the parking garage.  It sits on the right-hand side of the road.

Parthenon-Acropolis of Athens-3

Airport Amenities.....

For starters, Wi-Fi is available throughout the facility and is free for the first 60 minutes.  After the 1 hour is used, there continues to be free wi-fi via free internet access points or at the business center for a small fee.  Other airport features include ATM machines all over the airport.  No less than five banks (Marfin Egnatia Bank, EuroBank, HSBC, National Bank, and Piraeus Bank) are setup to offer their banking services in the Athens Airport.

Several Hellenic Duty Free shopping areas are located in the Departures area.  Other shopping areas of interest include Fashion and Accessories, Electronics and Press and Media shops.  Most any of these shops will sell souvenirs and Athens branded items to take back home with you.

Restaurants inside the Athens Airport include choices of fast food to the more expensive, nicer, sit-down variety.  Faster McDonald's to slower The Olive Tree - and all points in between.  For the caffeine fix, try 'A Cafe'.  For tasty sandwiches, try the Butterfly.  There aren't 100 restaurants in the Athens airport, but there are enough to satisfy your hunger.

Hotels in the International Athens Airport.....

Another nice thing about the Athens International Airport is the hotel that sits right our the front door of the airport.  The Sofitel Hotel is a pretty nice place.  Most folks find it quiet enough (although it sits right next to the airport).  The food is reported to be on point as well.  If you're just looking for a place to rest before catching the next flight, inquire of their day rates.  These rates are generally quite a bit cheaper than the overnight stay.

Car Rental Driving Distances.....

For folks who are hiring a car at the Athens Airport and are driving to nearby attractions and towns, we have listed some of those and the driving distance to get to them.  These car rental distances are not exact, so if you're looking for exact distances, please reserve a GPS when booking your rental car.  All distances are from the Athens Airport.
Downtown Athens, 42 km.
Glyfada, Greece, 25 km.
Rafina, Greece, 15 km.
Koropi, Greece, 10 km.
Spata, Greece, 7 km.
Artemis, Greece, 7 km.
Peiraias, Greece 47 km.
Marousi, Greece 26 km.
Nikaia, Greece 45 km.

Rental Cars Available.....

Just about any type of rental car is available at the Athens Airport.  SUV's, Compacts, Minivans, Standards, Economy, and Luxury Cars area available from the Athens Airport.  We generally recommend, however, to book early.  Just because any type of car is slotted for the Athens Airport, doesn't mean that any type of vehicle is available for the day(s) that you would like to rent.  Use our booking engine to find out how easy it is to create an Athens Airport Car Rental today!
Source: Athens International Airport 

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