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Basic info and car hire in Athens Airport

  • IATA airport code: ATH

  • ICAO airport code: LGAV

  • Full name: Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos.”

  • Location: Spata, Greece

  • Hub for: Aegean Airlines, Olympic Air

  • Website: Visit the official Athens Airport web page

  • Contact: (+30) 2103530000

  • Owner: Athens International Airport S.A

  • Elevation: 308 ft/ 94 m

  • Number of Runways: Two

About Athens Airport

Athens International Airport is the main international airport for Athens and the region of Attica. Athens airport was identified as the 28th busiest airport in Europe. Accommodating 26 million passengers each year, Athens airport and the city offers a variety of services and travel spots which attract both the corporates as well as tourists. While car hire at Athens Airport is quite convenient, the right choice still requires research. Nevertheless, the beauty that Athens has to offer to the visitors is unmatched when the right choices are made. You will come across various suggestions about attractions for corporates as well as travelers in the following text, and your journey will surely be a memorable one.

Drive your rental car around Athens Airport

After exiting the airport using car hire at Athens Airport, there are places for amusement, eating, and traveling within few miles. Drive your car beyond the airport to a place where you get sufficient knowledge or entertainment.

If you are a seeker of knowledge and history, the first thing that you may wish to consider would be a guided tour with Athens Walking Tours. The guided tour of Acropolis can be availed by traveling about 3 miles from the Athens Airport. Those who take these tour, recommend it strongly to others. Moreover, you can visit Attica Zoological Park that lies about 3.6 miles from Athens airport. The park is clean and big, and an ultimate stop for families with children. The zoo depicts a dolphin show which gives a soothing feel as well as land animals.

If you wish to escape from your busy routine for some time, Diveness Scuba Dive Center can become your favorite place in Athens; it is located 9.6 miles away from Athens airport. Kind, patient, and entertaining instructors will make your scuba diving even better. This place is the highest recommended place if you love to experience the beauty of waters and marine life. Besides, the Temple of Artemis is a great historical place with its unparalleled history, located about 2.9 miles from the airport. This archaeological museum gives a view of almost every beautiful thing in a natural environment ranging from beaches to birds, ancient trees, vast fields and vine trees. The landscapes at this Temple give a plunge into the past.

Want to see a good shopping place? McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Athens has situated 4 miles away from Athens Airport where you can select from a number of brands and fashion lines at exclusive discounts. The shopping center also gives close access to a smart park where you can eat. The unique feature of this shopping place is that you can enjoy an open environment as it is not covered. Further, Kaisariani Monastery, Vravron Archaeological site, Vorres Museum, and Koutouki Cave are some places that lovers of history and natural beauty would love to add to their to-do list.

For entertainment and amusement, Nissakia Surf Club lies 6 miles away from the airport. Here you can enjoy good food and a fantastic atmosphere by the seaside. It is the best windsurfing, kitesurfing, and S.U.T spot in Greece. About 9 miles from the airport exists Cocoon Urban Spa, where you can relieve your back ache with relaxing massage. In short, there is almost everything that you need to spend a lovely weekend in Greece staying in the close vicinity of the Athens Airport.

Services in Athens Airport


Athens Airport offers amenities to make your corporate tour less exhausting and more pleasing. 7 lounges for corporates are there inside the Athens Airport where a number of facilities await the businessmen on their way from or to a business meeting or conference.


To meet the needs of families, Athens Airport has created a friendly and safe area for children. The airport also has outfitted bathrooms and baby rooms for feeding and changing babies. The airport has all the facilities that a family will need during its waiting time at the airport.


Emergency services, first aid, and a pharmacy are additional services that Athens Airport has to offer to the travelers. Various options for car hire at Athens Airport are also included in services for the passengers.

History of Athens Airport

Beginning its operation in March 2001, Athens International Airport was started by Athens Airport SA (a state-owned company established in 1978). The airport began as a public-private partnership with a 30-year concession agreement, after which significant development took place which completed in 2001. Greek Government debt-crisis reduced the repute by 25% in 2013 as compared to 2007. The airport recovered and achieved record making passengers traveling in a year during 2014-2015. Today, as of 2017, the airport handled close to 22 million passengers.

Petrol stations near Athens Airport

When delivering your hired car back at the airport, you should respect the fuel policy of the agency. When you are required to deliver your car with a full tank, you’ll have to stop at one of the gas stations near the Athens Airport. If you are running out of fuel or plan to have a backup, there is a station at Mesogeion on the Attiki Odos a few kilometers from the airport.