want or need to stay
in Athens, for a night or more, you have 4 choices: Piraeus,
airport, the coastal suburbs or the city.
A good reason to stay
at the port of Piraeus is to be conveniently
located to the ferries for an early departure to Milos
the next day (there is an 8.00am ferry on most days). There is a direct bus service from
the airport. There are many hotels within a 5
minute walk of the
The only accommodation
at the airport is the 5 star Sofitel with rooms
starting at around 180 euro per night, although they
sometimes offer good deals in the low season.
Near the airport
a number of cheaper alternatives can be found on
booking.com or Airbnb. Many of these include
pick up and drop off from/to the airport.
The coastal suburbs of Glyfada and Voula have many hotels and therefore a
cheaper alternative to staying at the sofitel and
easier to get to than going into the city.
Take the X96 bus, takes half an hour.
If you want to stay in
the city of Athens, to see the sights or just
to experience the Greek metropolis, then stay in
Plaka, the old city at the foot of the Acropolis.
Avoid staying near
Omonia or the "train station" areas.
While they are not as seedy as they used to be, they
are noisy, far from the sights and lack the charm
For a more information
Rick Steves Europe: Athens