Flights from London to Athens
Thinking about flying to Athens? Here is everything you should know before booking your cheap flights from London to Athens.
How to get to London Stansted airport
London Stansted airport (STN) can be reached using a number of public transport services from the city centre. The National Express coach from central London takes about 2 hours, you can get there using London’s underground rail system in around 90 minutes or the Stansted Express train from Liverpool Street takes roughly 45 minutes. Going to the airport by taxi takes about an hour from central London and if you choose to drive yourself, there are short-stay, mid-stay and long-stay parking options available ahead of your flights from London to Athens.
London Stansted airport: Overview
After you check-in for your London to Athens flights you’ll find that Stansted has a wide array of restaurants and cafés to relax in before you fly from London to Athens. Once you pass through security there are plenty of shops to browse or to pick up any last-minute essentials before boarding the plane. Stansted is one of the busiest airports in the UK, so make sure you give yourself enough time to pass through security.
Athens International Airport: Overview
Once your flights from London to Athens arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH) you’ll find that it isn’t difficult to get to your hotel. There are plenty of public transport services available to use, with the railway and metro offering frequent services and four bus lines that connect to the greater Athens area. The metro from the airport to the city costs €10, whereas the bus will cost around €6. If you’re driving, you can use the Attiki Odos toll highway to get into the city. Use Ryanair Car Hire to find the best deals on car rentals.
What to expect on arrival in Athens
Athens is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Once you fly from London to Athens and have dropped your luggage into your hotel, the first neighbourhood you should take a walk through is Plaka. It’s the perfect way to get a sense of the Greek capital. If you’re looking for views of the city, go to the Hilton Galaxy Bar or the Grande Bretagne Hotel Roof Bar. If you’re feeling adventurous you can get a great view of the city by walking up Lycabettus Hill. It even has a ski lift that will take you to the very top. The metro is the best way to get around the city and has stations at the most popular spots in Athens. If you only do one typically tourist activity in the city, make sure it’s a visit to the Acropolis Museum which will give you an in-depth look at the city’s history.
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Five Fun Facts about Athens:
- Athens has more theatres than any other city in the world, boasting a whopping 148 stages
- Athens is the oldest capital city in Europe. The city’s origins can be traced back to around 3,400 years ago
- In 1985 Athens became the first ever European Capital of Culture
- 40% of Greece’s entire population live in Athens
- The highest ever European temperature was recorded in Athens in 1977 – a staggering 48°C
From London to Athens: Practical Information
Athens is one of the sunniest and warmest cities in Europe. The Greek capital averages about 350 days of sunshine every year. Over the summer months temperatures consistently reach the thirty-degree mark, with peaks in July of around 33°C. Winters are also warm, with highs of 18°C between November and March. So when your flight from London to Athens lands, make sure you’re prepared for the change in temperature.
The best way to make your way around Athens is by using their underground railway system, which the locals call the Metro. It has stops pretty much everywhere you’ll want to visit and it is cheap enough with a 3-day tourist ticket available for just €22.
Like most European countries, Greece has different plug sockets to those used in the UK so be sure to bring a travel adaptor with you on your flights from London to Athens so you can use your electronic devices when you arrive.
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