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Car Hire from Athens International Airport

Car Hire from Athens International Airport

The region of Attica in Greece is home to a wealth of history and hosts the city of Athens, one of the world’s most important ancient cities. Whether you decide to visit for the myths and legends, the Mediterranean weather or the traditional Greek food, hiring a car from Athens International Airport will help you get the most out of your holiday.

Where to hire a car at Athens International Airport

Enterprise, Avis, Budget Car Rental, Hertz and Sixt all operate from within the airport and you will find them in the arrivals lounge of the main terminal building. All of the companies operate on a twenty four hour basis with the exception of Hertz who are open between 6am and 11pm and offer an out of hours pickup and return for an additional fee.

Petrol Stations near Athens International Airport

If you hire a car from Athens International Airport with a “full to full” fuel policy you will need to refuel your petrol tank before returning the car.

There is a Shell Petrol Station located within the airport's grounds in the Airport Retail Park which can be found at the entrance to the airport along the Attiki Odos highway.

Driving around Athens International Airport

The Attiki Odos is Greece’s biggest motorway and provides access to Athens International Airport from northern and central Athens where you will find popular tourist attractions such as The Parthenon and the National Archaeological Museum. It is a toll road – you will be required to pay the toll using cash at the toll stations.

Getting to your destination

The region of Attica, Greece offers many historical places to visit. Here are some of your options when hiring a car from Athens.


The capital city of Greece, Athens has its roots in myths and legends but also boasts a modern, vibrant nightlife. Whether you want to take a trip back to ancient times or enjoy the city’s contemporary culture, the many faces of Athens will have something for you. Check out our guide to the top things to do in Athens.

The drive from Athens International Airport to Athens is 36 minutes and 44.1km long via the Attiki Odos motorway which is a toll road. As Athens is a major city you should be prepared for congestion especially during peak periods and rush hours.
The city of Athens has a Municipal Parking System that provides 1,956 spaces for short term parking. These spaces are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 4pm. The maximum parking time available is 3 hours for which you would pay €6.


Cape Sounio is home to the ancient Temple of Poseidon ruins that are located on the edge of the cape and surrounded on three sides by the ocean. The Sounion National Park is also located nearby.

Athens International Airport to Sounio is a 55 minute, 50km drive via the Attiki Odos toll motorway and Route 89 passing by Markopoulo and Lavrion.
There is well sign-posted parking available that can be found near to the Temple of Poseidon.


Marathon is the city that gave the sport its name. Combining Grecian blue sea with green mountains, the city has archeological sites and museums, beautiful beaches and the man-made Lake Marathon complete with marble coated dam.

It is a 45 minute, 36km long drive from Athens International Airport to Marathon via the Epar Od Peanias-Loutsas, Epar Od Spaton-Pikermiou and Leof Marathonos. Schinias National Park is located near to Lake Marathon and has multiple parking areas available.

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