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Car Hire Athens International Airport

General Information & Tips on Car Hire

Athens International Airport is Greece's largest and busiest airport. It lies about 20km (12 miles) to the east of the city centre, although the journey is about 30km by car due to hills. It is a young airport, having opened on 29 March 2001, and consists of a Main Terminal and a Satellite Terminal which is reached via an underground foot tunnel from the main building. Expansion is planned over the coming years. The airport sits in dramatic countryside between several picturesque towns, so would make an ideal base to begin to explore the landscape by hire car or to head to the city. The Main Terminal features all of the airport's 144 check-in desks and operates over three levels: arrivals, departures and a food court at the top which boasts views of the eastern runway. A railway station is adjacent to the building and can be accessed via an elevated walkway. There is a shopping centre with over 50 shops, acclaimed as one of the finest shopping complexes of European airports. In addition, there are restaurants, a post office, conference facilities, baby changing, and wi-fi.

Usefull Information

The Greek National Tourist Organisation has a desk in the arrivals hall of the main terminal and provides information to tourists. It can be reached on +30 210 327 1000. There is a 24-hour airport information line on +30 210 353 0000.

IT&T Business Centre: +30 210 353 6416

Post Office: +30 210 3530561-3

How do I hire a car?

First of all, you should look over your car for any pre-existing damage before you drive it away. Make sure the hire company are aware of this and have it documented, or else you could wind up with a hefty charge for it after you're back from holiday. When you take the car back, make sure it has the same level of fuel as when you picked it up, or again, you might be billed for the fuel at an inflated cost compared to the price at the pump.

Understand the road laws of your destination and follow them. You should drive responsibly at all times, just like you would at home. So don't drink and drive, text behind the wheel, or drive while you're fatigued.

Six car hire providers have branches at Athens International Airport, handily located in the arrivals area and with the rental lot accessible by foot on the north side of the building. Of course, you can just step off the plane and hire a car, but it's much more economical to book in advance online.

Company Telephone Number Website
Alamo + 30 (888) 826-6893 https://www.alamo.com/
Budget +30 210 3530553 www.budget.co.uk
Europcar +30 (693) 6821570 https://www.europcar.co.uk/
National (877) 222-9058 https://www.nationalcar.com/en_US/car-rental/home.html
Sixt +30-210-3530556 https://www.sixt.com/
Thrifty +302103534900 https://www.thrifty.com/
Driving costs and Potential Destinations

The average price of unleaded petrol in Greece is €1.73 per litre. Using a medium-priced vehicle such as the Smart for Two, which gives 67 miles to the gallon, the approximate fuel cost per 10 miles would be €2.59.

Destination Distance Journey time Directions Video
The Acropolis Museum 36.1 km 36 minutes https://goo.gl/J040X6 https://goo.gl/kcEJCE
The Acropolis 37.1 km 39 minutes https://goo.gl/zcNT4r https://goo.gl/aQNdkf
National Archaeological Museum 35.8 km 36 minutes https://goo.gl/R8Jz0S https://goo.gl/ihQx3K
Benaki Museum 35.2 km 35 minutes https://goo.gl/PExzne https://goo.gl/AqsoVS
Panathenaic Stadium 35.2 km 34 minutes https://goo.gl/OhV853 https://goo.gl/HnV7OX
Mount Lycabettus 35.8 km 36 minutes https://goo.gl/rG27yA https://goo.gl/NPyLCi
The Ancient Agora 36.8 km 43 minutes https://goo.gl/mEA2g6 https://goo.gl/YveVUJ
Plaka 36.2 km 37 minutes https://goo.gl/fHELnC https://goo.gl/0m5Ar0
Temple of Poseidon 50.3 km 53 minutes https://goo.gl/u8ID3z https://goo.gl/nI6r5H
Agora-Athens Central Market 44 km 36 minutes https://goo.gl/o5YvTW https://goo.gl/vH1ZFd
Savings on Attractions and Restaurants

For great discounts on attraction entry, restaurants and much more visit Athens Discount Cards

Before You Go

Certain conditions need to be met to hire a car in Greece - you must be over 21 and have held a driver's licence for at least one year. Your driving licence from your country of residence must be produced, as well as an International Driving Permit (IDP). Drivers under 25 may incur a young driver's surcharge.

How to Buy Car Insurance

Some basic car insurance is usually included with the price of your hire car at Athens International Airport. This might take the form of a Collision Damage Waiver or Theft Cover. Such cover is designed to protect you in the case of an accident, but is insufficient as you would still have to pay a large excess. You can buy some excess insurance from the provider, but it's cheaper to get it from a separate provider such as insurance4carhire.com. This also covers areas such as the windscreen, tyres and undercarriage, which aren't catered to by the hire companies.