At the crossroads of Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Athens is a city that is easily accessible from virtually any point of departure, via air, sea or road.
The Athens International Airport, “Eleftherios Venizelos”, has been serving Greece's capital since opening to the public on March 28th, 2001. Flights from major airport hubs in London, Berlin, Paris, New York, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Zurich, Rome, Milan, Larnaca, Dubai and more come in daily and frequently.
General information: (+30) 210-353-0000
There are daily ferryboat connections from Italy (Ancona, Bari and Brindisi, Venice and Trieste) to Patras, the second largest port of entry to Greece which is approximately 220 km from Athens. You may reach Athens from Patra by taking the suburban bus service (KTEL) which takes 3 hours and costs € 18.90. Please consult the Public Transport section for more information on the suburban bus service (https://www.ktelachaias.gr/en/homepage-en/). Superfast Ferries and Minoan Lines have scheduled ferries from Italy to Patras and vice versa. Please consult Greek Ferry Contacts for detailed timetables and price list information closer to the conference dates. If you are thinking of visiting one of the many Greek islands, Piraeus Port is the closest port to the conference venue, serving domestic ferry schedules. The Middle East part of Greece is accessible via the port of Volos. Piraeus Port is Greece’s main port with a year-round service to international destinations as well as to the Argosaronic (Hydra, Spetses, Poros, Aegina and Salamina), Dodecanese, Ionian and Cycladic islands. Please note that Piraeus does not service the islands of the Sporades.
Greek Port Contacts
Piraeus Port: (+30) 210-455-0229
Agios Konstantinos Port: (+30) 22350-31759
Lavrio Port: (+30) 22923-20401
Lavrio port has year-round service to Kea, Kithnos, Syros, Tinos, Andros, Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros, Milos, Paros, Naxos, Limnos, Agios Efstratios and Kavala
Rafina port: (+30) 22940-22840
Rafina port has year-round service to Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Marmari, Evoia.
In general, in Greece, train ticket prices are similar to those of suburban buses. The main railway network of Greece currently provides links between Athens, Northern and Southern Greece and the rest of Europe through the Western Balkan countries and Bulgaria. In order to travel to Athens from other European countries, you must change at Thessalonica station, located in the North of Greece. The journey time from Thessaloniki to Athens is 4 hrs and 15 mins and the cost is around € 45 per person (one-way) with the Intercity Express line. Some of the destinations served by Thessalonica station include Sofia, Constantinople, Vienna and Moscow.
Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) (+30) 210-529-7865
Peloponnisou (+30) 210-513-1601 (serves southern Greece)
Larisis (+30) 210-529-8827 (serves northern Greece and international routes)
For more information dial 14511 (from Greece) or visit https://ose.gr/en/home/.