Car Rental at Athens International Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015. All data are retrieved on August 2015.
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Where to rent a car at Athens International Airport
At least five major car rental companies serve the airport of Athens, with their offices located at the Arrivals level of the main terminal building. These rental car companies include Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and Sixt. Advanced reservations through these rental companies can be done online, or through toll-free numbers and telephone numbers. On-site bookings can also be arranged through the airport offices, although it is expected that limited services will be offered.
What to expect when renting a car from Athens International Airport
Normally, car rental companies provide their customers with guidelines on booking to vehicle usage. The company customer service representatives will always be there to assist all travellers during the booking process. Most of these companies require travellers to present valid identification documents and cards along with their passports and their booking and payment confirmation details before the release of the car, as a form of securities exchange and bond with the company.
Upon approval of the booking/s, travellers are advised to know about the vehicle that they have rented, so that he or she may troubleshoot any issues that may arise when driving on the road. the traveller should learn how the car works, from the vehicle make, to extra tires, and even to the jack to be used when the tire is flat, Furthermore, one should avoid renting vehicles that will be beyond the ability of the driver (e.g. bigger vehicles, sports cars) to avoid unnecessary incidents. In addition, travellers should be of legal driving age (based on Athens standards) to be allowed to rent and drive the vehicle. Those who want to rent a car should at least be 21 years old, with surcharges required for those driving a car below 25.
Moreover, travellers should know about the nearest petrol stations from the airport, so that he or she may refuel as needed. At least three BP petrol stations are located along the Leofros Korpiou Markopoulou 39 Road, while a Shell station can be found along the Spata-Artemida 190 Road. Most roads near the airport are pretty clear and easy to navigate, so there will be no problems.
Driving around Athens International Airport
The Athens International Airport is mainly served by the 394 and the A62 roads, together with the A89/Leof. Lavirou Road. A6 and E94 are also connected to the airport, along with other minor roads in the area. The nearest city centre from the airport is Athens, which is about 44 kilometres away from the facility. The city of Athens can be accessed by following Attiki Odos/A62, A6/E94 and A/D PATH E/A1/E75 to Peristeri. After which, take exit towards Peristeri and then take Lenorman to Aiolou in Athens.
Getting to your destination
Acropolis – the ancient 'High City' of Athens, Acropolis is one of the best destinations when going to Athens and in Greece. The historical city is crowned by marble sculptures that are sacred to the city's Goddess, the mythological Athena, daughter of Zeus. The Athenian Acropolis can be reached via the Attiki Odos/A6/E94 and Periferiaki Imittou/A64 roads. The journey should take some 39 minutes, and will cover 36 kilometres. Tolls are to be expected.
Plaka, Monstiraki, and Thissio – located at the foot of the Acropolis, Plaka, Monstiraki, and Thissio are charming historical districts with restored 19th century neoclassical homes and picturesque ruins from the city's Roman era. Pretty and perfect as a day tour destination, these places will surely be interesting. Simply follow the same route from the airport to the Acropolis. Plaka, Monstiraki, and Thissio can be seen before the Acropolis.
Metaxourgeio – located in north-west Psiri, Metaxourgeio is home to the city's bohemian population as well as some of the best galleries for art and culture. The Municipal Gallery can be found here after being relocated to Avdi Square. Follow Attiki Odos/A62, A6/E94 and Periferiaki Imittou/A64 to Leof. Alimou Katechaki and then take exit Y1 from Perfieriaki Imittou/A64 to proceed to Leof. Alimou Katechaki. Take Leof Panagioti Kanellopoulou E054, Leof. Alexandras towards Achilleos.