Security BSides Athens 2022
There are 3 train lines in Athens (Red, Green, Blue). The Blue line is the one to/from the airport. You can change between the Red and the Blue lines at Syntagma Square. All Metro lines in Athens are marked by this sign:
Airport: At the Athens International Airport (www.aia.gr) you will find buses, taxis and the underground (a.k.a. Metro). The cheapest and more convenient way to get to the venue from the Airport is to use the Metro. If you decide to take the Metro or the Bus from the Airport towards the city centre, you will need to buy a ticket before boarding. If you decide to take a ride from the airport use either apps: Beat, Taxiplon or UBER (UBER is allowed only for calling a Taxi in Greece). If you decide to hail a taxi, the cost of the ride from the airport to the city centre is around 38 Euros despite any heavy traffic/tolls. In general, avoid hailing Taxis in Athens and only get a taxi by using the apps. (this is not because it is dangerous, but simply to avoid being charged more than you should). As you exit the airport arrivals hall, turn right and walk to the designeted pick-up point.
Metro (underground): The cheapest, fastest and more convenient way to move around Athens, is to use the Metro. The Metro ticket* costs 1.40 Euros (Except when going to / coming from the Airport, in that case the ticket costs 12.00 Euros). There are also group ticket discounts available. There are return tickets available as well valid for 1 week. Take the (Blue line) which will take you directly to the city centre in approximately 45' (Syntagma Square) and continue to the next station; to 'Monastiraki' metro station. From there it is only a short 5' minutes walk.
Buses: (From the Airport) If you decide to take the bus from the airport you will need to buy a ticket before boarding. There is a small ticket office at the bus station, once you get outside the Arrivals area. The bus will take you all the way to the city centre and terminate at Syntagma Square where you will have to take the Metro (Blue line) towards Egaleo (westbound). You will need to get off at the next stop which is the Monastiraki station. From there it is only a short 5' minutes walk.
(Within Athens) If you want to take the bus and travel around Athens you will need to buy a ticket before boarding the bus. In Athens there are little kiosks almost everywhere, most of them open 24/7 that sell tickets (among other goodies, such as drinks, chocolates, cigarets, magazines, newspapers, etc.). Once you are on the bus, there are machines available to validate your ticket. The ticket costs 1.40 Euros and it is valid for 70 minutes going any direction, change busses, and use the Metro if you like (The 1.40 Euros ticket is not valid to go to / return from the Airport)
Taxi rates: Taxis are available right outside the Arrivals area at the airport. A taxi will cost you about 38.00 Euros to get to the city centre, despite any heavy traffic. If you decide to take a ride from the airport use either apps: Beat, Taxiplon or UBER (UBER is allowed only for calling a Taxi in Greece). In general, avoid hailing Taxis in Athens and only get a taxi by using any of the apps. (this is not because it is dangerous, but simply to avoid being charged more than you should). As you exit the airport arrivals hall, turn right if you want to find the designeted apps' pick-up point (normal taxis pick-up point is roughly in the middle of the length as you exit the arrivals). Even though taxis are a quick, safe and an easy option we recommend using the Metro from the airport which will not be subject to any traffic delays. In Athens, it is highly recommended to download and use the mobile application Beat (former TaxiBeat) or UBER.