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Flights to Athens in 2021

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Popular inJanuaryHigh demand for flights, 0% potential price rise
Cheapest inNovemberBest time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop
Average price$1,244Average for round-trip flights in June 2021
Round-trip from$708From Las Vegas McCarran to Athens Eleftherios V.
One-way from$10One-way flight from Las Vegas to Athens

COVID Restrictions

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Can I fly to Athens right now?

There are currently restrictions on flights to Athens along with the rest of Greece. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Entry restrictions

Greece has restricted the entry of all travelers with the exception of residents from EU+ countries. EU+ consists of the European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland. Nationals and residents of Australia, Israel, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Thailand and UAE may also enter the country. Those arriving from the UAE must be traveling on a direct flight, and will need to provide proof of permanent residence in the UAE, return tickets and hotel reservations. Foreign travelers may not arrive from other areas unless they are in an essential category such as healthcare professionals, students, government members, diplomats, military personnel, humanitarian aid workers, airline crew, seasonal workers, travelers in transit, or travelers entering Greece for reasons authorized by the Greek embassy or consulate. The list of categories can be found here. Flights from Turkey are suspended, except flights to repatriate Greek nationals and residents and special government-ordered flights. Travelers arriving from Albania and North Macedonia must arrive at Athens.

Entry requirements

All travelers must present a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test results 72 hours prior to arrival. In addition to the mandatory pre-travel testing requirements set out above, travelers arriving from the UAE or UK will be required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test on arrival. All travelers except those only transiting through an airport in Greece must complete a "Passenger Locator Form (PLF)" 24 hours before check-in. A QR code generated from the completed form must be presented upon arrival.

Quarantine requirements

Passengers are subject to Coronavirus (COVID-19) test upon arrival, details can be found at here. Travelers are subject to a mandatory 7-day preventive quarantine. Travelers arriving from the UAE or UK need to self-isolate for 7 days at the address they record on their PLF, in the event of a negative test result. If they are staying for shorter period of time, then they will need to self-isolate until their departure day. At the end of the 7-day self-isolation, travelers should undergo a fresh PCR test in order able to exit quarantine. If the result of their rapid COVID-19 test upon entry to Greece is positive, the Greek authorities will ask them to quarantine until advised otherwise.

All other info

Starting November 9, all departing air passenger must submit a PLF prior to departure as well.

If you are looking to book a trip to Athens and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about traveling during COVID-19.
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Cheapest Prices for Athens flights by month

The cheapest ticket to Athens found for each month in 2021 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
Currently, January is the cheapest month in which you can book a flight to Athens. Flying to Athens in June will prove the most costly. There are multiple factors that influence the price of a flight so comparing airlines, departure airports and times can help keep costs down.

When is the best time to fly to Athens?

Average Athens Eleftherios V. flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2021 and 2022 by month.
$646 - $1,207
55.4 - 91.4 °F
0.16 - 2.87 inches

Peak Season:

The summer months of June, July and August in Athens can be extremely hot, but this doesn’t stop flocks of tourists taking flights to Athens for a well-deserved break. August is incredibly crowded, to the point where most Athenians have left the city for a vacation and tourists take over. Flights to Athens aren’t too expensive, but during these peak months it can be harder to find deals on your flight tickets. Visit the attractions during the morning and rest or nap during the hottest parts of the day if you do fly to Athens during the summer months. In mid-June until the middle of September there is the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. It’s a fantastic celebration of music, dance and theatre. Most events take place on the slope of the Acropolis. Flights to Athens will also be pricey during festivals and events so make sure to book in advance.

Off Season:

Winter, when the tourist crowds have melted away and hotel rates are cheaper, is also a good time to visit Athens. While the weather is chilly with some rain, there is snow in the mountains, which is perfect for skiing. You can find cheap flights to Athens as well as accommodation bargains during this time.

Shoulder Season:

Spring and late fall offer pleasant weather that is warm but not overwhelming, and the restaurants, bars and clubs are still open. These are good times to search for cheap flights to Athens, as well as hotels. In March there is the National holiday of Independence Day and Evangelismos. It’s celebrated with dances and parades and commemorates the revolt against the Ottoman Empire in 1821. Apokries (Carnival), a three-week celebration before the Lent fasting period starts, is celebrated with plays, street parties and parades organized all around Athens.

When is the best time to book a flight to Athens?

You’ll find the cheapest flights to Athens between November and February, with prices shooting up from there onwards. If you’re flexible with your dates you can grab cheap flights to Athens, but make sure you book in advance for the best savings. If you want to visit during the peak summer months or when festivals or events are taking place, make sure you book your flights to Athens as early on as possible to save on your flight tickets. Certain dates in December are the best dates to find the cheapest flights to Athens, however a Christmas break might set you back slightly.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Athens?

At the moment, Wednesday is the most economical day to take a flight to Athens. Friday is likely to be the most costly.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Athens?

At the moment, flights in the evening are likely to offer the best value for money for your Athens trip. A flight in the afternoon will more often than not be of higher cost.

Athens Travel Guide

Athens, the capital city of Greece, is one of the most popular destinations in the world. The city was named after Athena, the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, and the famous Parthenon was her temple. Often referred to as The Cradle of Civilization, it is probably most famous for inventing philosophy and the ancient Olympics, and originating the idea of democracy. Its recorded history stretches back 3,000 years. Today, Athens flights are packed with travelers flocking to tour the mythical, mysterious city.

In preparation of the modern Olympics in 2004, Athens built new roads and upgraded its transportation alternatives, making it easier for Athens visitors to get around the city. The airport is relatively new and getting around the city on the metro and railway is a breeze.

Spend a day touring the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Temple of Olympian Zeus before settling in with the locals. Athens also boasts excellent museums. The National Historical Museum is housed in the old parliament building; the Numismatic Museum covers the history of coinage and the stunning New Acropolis Museum exhibits artifacts related to the “sacred rock”. Enjoy authentic Greek food in sidewalk cafes and take in a little bit of Greece at its best. Like their Iberian cousins, the Greeks take nightlife seriously. Dinner starts at 10 PM or later and a night out ends only at dawn.

Whether you’re heading to the Greek city for business or pleasure, there’s much to do and see. Here are some tips to help you plan and enjoy the smoothest possible trip. And remember, no one does ancient like Athens.

What’s the weather like in Athens?

March to May (i.e. spring) are pleasant and mild months, even if you have to pack a sweater for chilly March winds. Temperatures rise in June and July, reaching their peak in August. This is when Athenians vacation, but it could be a good time to take cheap flights to Athens and enjoy a less crowded city – that is, if you can survive the heat. A strong northerly wind, the meltemi, occasionally blows through Athens giving some relief from the stifling heat, which can get up into the 90’s (Fahrenheit) in the summer. Temperatures are still fairly mild in the early fall months of September and October, and begin to start to cool down in November. However, temps still average in the 50’s during the day all throughout the winter months of November, December, January and February. Most of the rain that falls does so from October through February/March, with December being the wettest month usually.

How long is the flight to Athens?

While exact flight times can vary due to wind speeds and weather conditions, averages are based on your starting destination. If you’re traveling to Athens from Los Angeles, California, this route typically lasts around fourteen hours. Flying from New York City to Athens usually takes just over ten hours, and flights from Washington are approximately twelve hours. If you’re flying in from the U.K., expect a short flight of around three hours.

Which airlines fly to Athens?

Booking a flight to Athens is easy and convenient for individuals from all across the globe, as the Athens International Airport serves a wide variety of both U.S. and international carriers. Airlines that fly directly into Athens International Airport from the U.S. include Delta, Emirates, American Airlines and United, and international airlines served by the airport include KLM, Air France, British Airways, Air Canada, SAS and Austrian Airlines.

What should you pack for a flight to Athens?

Athens is known for its warm weather, especially during the summer months. Even though the weather is significantly warmer than other parts of the world during the winter, the region does experience rain and wind, so you’ll want to make sure to pack a few pairs of long pants, sweaters, long-sleeved shirts and a light jacket if you happen to be visiting Athens during the winter. When traveling to Athens during the warmer seasons, the Mediterranean climate tends to be both hot and humid, so it’s important to pack clothing with light fabrics to ensure you stay comfortable when visiting outdoor attractions or shopping in outdoor markets.

If you plan to spend time at the beach, you’ll also want to pack a swimsuit, sunscreen, a sun hat and sunglasses. Whether visiting in winter or summer, certain fine dining establishments and many of the historical churches have dress codes, so it’s a good idea to pack a few dressier items that will keep you comfortable in the current climate.

Essential carry-on items you’ll want close at hand during your flight include hand sanitizer, a travel-sized first aid kit, snack items such as protein bars or small bags of nuts, reading materials and an eye pillow for longer flights. Keep in mind that shops in Athens may not carry your favorite brands of hygiene products and toiletries, so you’ll also want to stock up on these items prior to your flight.

Getting to and around the city of Athens

Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” (ATH) is situated about 20 miles southeast of downtown Athens. The easiest and quickest way to reach the city center from the airport is by metro, which connects travelers with popular tourist sites like Syntagma Square and Monastiraki. The airport is also served by the public bus system, which connects to destinations in the greater area of Athens and Piraeus, with buses running frequently day and night. Another option is to take one of the express buses which run 24 hours a day from the airport to the center of the city. They can sometimes be very overcrowded and make it difficult if you have lots of baggage, but due to their frequency it is a great alternative. Athens International is also connected to the local railway station.

Finally, there are plenty of taxis available at the airport terminals. There are normally several waiting outside the terminals and will happily take you to your destination. However, there are several ‘Cowboy Taxis’ which will overcharge tourists who don’t know their way around. They might also pick up other passengers along the route or refuse to take you to your hotel because they get commission to take you to another one. After your flight to Athens this kind of thing is the last thing you would want, so if you do want a taxi it is best to book and pay for one online before you travel. That way you’re guaranteed a price, you don’t need to pay the driver as this was done online and they’ll be waiting with a sign when you arrive.

Once you’ve settled in to your hotel and are ready to explore the city, you’ll find that Athens’ metro system is easy for travelers to use, as are the local buses and trolleys. The metro is usually preferred, though, as the buses and trolleys are usually more crowded and can be confusing. However, they are both cheap and efficient. Avoid traveling anywhere during rush hour, especially on public transportation.

It can be difficult to hail a taxi, so call ahead for one instead. You’ll find that taxis are cheap, although occasionally drivers will try to overcharge, just because you’re a foreigner. One trick to catching a cab is calling out your destination to a cab already in use. The driver will stop and let you get in if he’s going the same way. You’ll still have to pay a full fare, though.

It’s also easy to set out on foot. Most of the major sights in Athens are located in the same general area, and the ones that aren’t are easy to get to by public transportation. With all the easy transportation options, it’s not worth it to rent a car. Driving through the city is difficult to manage and parking spots are rare and expensive.

What are some things to do in Athens?

Athens is a beautiful city with amazing architecture dating back centuries. From sightseeing many of the world’s wonders to perusing the local shops and markets, there’s so much to do and see, it’s important to schedule your time wisely so you don’t miss a thing.

The Acropolis is an ancient citadel located on a rather rocky outcrop above the city of Athens and contains the remains of various ancient buildings. The most famous, and one of the most popular attractions in Athens, is the Parthenon, which was constructed in 447 B.C. as a monument to the Greek Goddess Athena. Schedule a walking tour and gaze at the structure that has stood the test of time for centuries, and make sure to bring your camera to document every moment. Another must-see landmark in Athens is the Agora marketplace, an age-old area containing ruins of some of the earliest structures. It was here where the local people spent the majority of their time visiting temples, shopping and attending concerts.

For a day of Athens history topped off with some delicious food, pay a visit to the Acropolis Museum. Tour the museum and view exhibits of ancient artifacts found in archaeological digs, then stop by the museum’s restaurant for a fresh spinach salad and mouth-watering custard pie. For beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes, make sure to request an outdoor table.

If you’re hoping to get a little shopping done during your trip, head over to Plaka, an old historical neighborhood bustling with culture and vendors offering everything from lovely souvenirs to hand made clothing. Plaka’s close proximity to the Acropolis earned it the name “The Neighborhood of the Gods,” and today the area is just as magical. Pick up a few must-have trinkets, then visit the Plaka Greek Cafe for for some authentic Greek baklava and stuffed grape leaves.

Tips for your stay in Athens

  • Plaka, Athens’s oldest residential quarter, is considered touristy by Athenians, who prefer the Psirri district, but it is the place to look for souvenirs such as “flokati” rugs, religious icons and ceramics. For a more authentic Athenian shopping experience, visit the 19th-century Central Market near Omonia. Monastiraki flea market takes place on Sunday mornings. Pack an extra bag on your cheap flights to Athens to take advantage of the bargains.
  • Take the funicular railway to the top of Lycabettus. It is Athens’ highest hill. The views from the top are beautiful. There is also an open-air theatre at the summit.
  • Watch the changing of the guard at the Parliament building, once the Greek royal family’s summer residence. The ceremony takes place every hour. The guards, Evzones, wear khaki uniforms with kilts. On Sunday mornings, at 11, the Evzones wear traditional white kilts, red-and-black caps and red clogs with pompoms.
  • Mitropolis Square is home to Athens’ main cathedral. Beside it is the Little Mitropolis, which is dedicated to St. Eleftherios.
  • The Agora was, in ancient times, the city’s main marketplace and its political and cultural heart. Democracy was born here and Socrates and St. Paul made public speeches here. These days, the area, with olive trees and coarse grasses, is dotted with toppled-over columns. The Stoa of Attalos houses the Agora Museum, exhibiting artifacts from the site.
  • Make sure to visit the National Gardens behind the Parliament. They consist of over 38 acres, featuring ancient ruins, a zoo, duck ponds and beautiful walkways.    

Finding Flights from Athens

If you’re looking to expand your journey outside of Athens or need a flight out for any reason, Athens International Airport offers outbound flights through multiple major carriers, including Lufthansa, Delta, British Airways, and more, so you’ll have no problem booking your ticket. Visit for the top flight deals for routes out of Athens.

If you’re in need of a ride to the Athens International Airport, the three most common modes of transportation are taxis, shared vans and city buses. City buses pick up travelers at four different stops located throughout the city center. When traveling by bus, it’s important to allow yourself a few extra travel hours in the event of a delay to ensure a timely arrival to the airport. Athens ATH Shuttle Service offers shared and private van shuttles to the airport, with direct drop-offs at your terminal. Taxis are also very reliable when it comes to airport transit, just make sure you book at least twenty-four hours in advance to lock in a flat rate and guarantee your ride will arrive on time.

Once you choose a destination, be sure to check out our Athens airport guides for more detailed travel information and helpful tips.

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What airport do you fly into for flights to Athens?

Athens Eleftherios V. (ATH), located 12.3 mi from the city center, is the airport you fly into when you book flights to Athens.

How popular are flights to Athens this year?

Athens has seen a 53% decrease in demand for flights to the city compared to last year.

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