DATE & VENUE
12-14 June 2019
Grand Hyatt Athens
115, Syngrou Avenue
Athens, Greece, 11745
Things to keep in mind for your trip to Athens:
1. The average temperature for June in Athens is around 26 degrees Celsius (78 Fahrenheit). Usually the weather is dry and pleasant.
2. Tap water in Athens is safe to drink and plenty of leisure venues (i.e. restaurants and coffee shops) offer it free of charge, instead of bottled water. Bottled water is sold almost everywhere at a price of 0,5€ for 500ml / 0,85€ for 750ml.
3. Most payments can be done using credit / debit cards. Cash is always welcome, especially at taxis and kiosks and for low-amount transactions.
4. While a tip is commonly expected in Greece, it is by no means obligatory. If you decide to tip, a 5 to 10 percent of the bill’s total amount is customary.
5. Should you wish to bring home something authentically Greek, go for leather sandals, herbs, jars of honey, small bottles of wine or olive oil.
6. In order to ensure that you are able to use your electronic devices, make sure your plugs are fit for plug Type C and F.
7. Transportation by vehicle in Athens during rush hours is as difficult as in almost every European capital. The Athens Metro and Tram lines are modern, clean and offer rapid transportation to many sites of interest in a convenient and cost-effective way.
8. Another way of getting around is by taxi, which is relatively cheap compared to other European capitals. Payment is calculated according to the amount recorded on the meter. Taxi rates vary according to time zones:
a day time charge applies from 05:00 to 24:00 - the taxi meter should be at tariff 1;
a night-time charge applies from 24:00 to 05:00 - the taxi meter should be at tariff 2
Taxis in Athens are yellow.
9. There are reliable taxi networks, which can be reached either via telephone and/or a mobile app.
10. Bank branches in Greece operate Mon-Thu 08:00-14:00 and Fri 08:00-13:30.
11. The city is fairly safe 24 hours per day. The police is reachable at 100 or 1033, and the National ambulance service at 166 (EKAB spelled EKAV).
From Athens International Airport to Grand Hyatt Athens
A taxi from the airport to the city center costs a flat rate of 38€ between 5am and midnight, and 54€ from midnight until 5am. However, please note that the rate to arrive to the hotel will be higher.
At Athens International Airport, taxis are stationed between Exit 2 and Exit 3 in the arrivals hall. Join the queue and the policeman in charge will signal when you should board the next available taxi. Waiting time tend to be short.
One option is to take Metro Line 3 (Blue line) running from airport to Ag. Marina until ΣΤ.ΣΥΝΤΑΓΜΑΤΟΣ (Syntagma). It is 15 stops from the airport, the ride takes around 40 minutes and will drop you off right in the city center. Trains run every 30 minutes, 7 days a week from 6:30am to 11:30pm.
Tickets for the metro can be bought directly at the station, which is located across the airport’s departure area. There are various types of tickets for Athens Metro, i.e. 10€ for one person (one-way), 18€ for 2 persons (one-way). The metro ticket is valid for 90 minutes and can be used in combination with bus and tram lines, strictly until its expiration.
Another option is to take the 24-hour express bus X95 until Syntagma (final stop). It takes around 70 minutes and has 20 stops on the way. There are only one-way tickets which cost 6€ and can be bought either inside the bus (from the bus driver) or at the ticket kiosk at the bus departure area (located outside the airport’s building, to the right side when getting out of the arrivals area). The ticket expires after it reaches Syntagma terminal.
Once you are at Syntagma:
you can either take a 15-minute taxi ride;
or, the A2/B2 bus line until Panteios (5 stops, 8 mins), which will require a 400-meters’ walk to the hotel;
or, the T4/T5 tram line until Kasomoulē (4 stops, 9 mins), which will require a 650-meters’ walk to the hotel.
If the metro has been used from the airport in order to reach Syntagma, then the ticket is still valid for use either for bus or tram. Tickets are sold at kiosks, bus kiosks and metro stations at a cost of 1,4€ per ticket valid for 90 minutes. It is important that the ticket is validated right after the entry in the buses. Every ticket should be kept throughout the duration of the journey (bus, tram, metro) and demonstrated when requested by the fare inspector. You are allowed to board the buses by the front door only.
THINGS TO DO
Do you plan to extend your stay in Athens? We have a few suggestions for “must” places to visit beyond the popular archeological sites!
1. Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre, featuring a virtual reality representation of Ancient Athens
2. Sea side walk at Flisvos Marina
3. Lake of Vouliagmeni, a hidden treasure of Attica’s nature