National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Directions, Transport and Travel To and From Athens University
(Athens, Greece)

Driving around the Athens city centre can be an adventure. Roads can become very congested during peak hours, while Greek drivers can become short-tempered. Most of the city centre is closed off to vehicular traffic, so getting lost is a common tourist problem. However, traveling to the city's outlying areas is easy because of the newly-built Attiki Odos that encircles the city and connects it to the airport and the Olympic Stadium.

Despite the difficulties of navigating the city by car, visitors can still rent a car from the many car rental companies found in the city. For convenience, visitors can make their bookings over the phone.

Travel by Air

The Athens International Airport, locally known as the Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, is the most common way for visitors to reach the city. The airport also serves inter-island flights.

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Car Hire and Road Transport

With Greece's rather dubious reputation for mad driving you might have second thoughts about hiring a car and indeed you might find central Athens a bit overwhelming but many do hire cars to explore nearby attractions, particularly the Peloponnese. However there are plenty of options available and many of the big companies are available through our online booking service.

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Car Parking

Parking spaces are scarce in Athens. Street parking is prohibited, and while pay-parking garages are common, they can get filled very quickly.

Parking inside the University of Athens is just as difficult. Most of the parking lots are reserved for the professors and administrators. They very few student parking slots can easily be occupied early in the morning.

Travel by Trains and Rail

Larissis is the city's main train station. Its trains travel regularly to northern Greece and other places in Europe. Visitors who want to go to Peloponnese and other domestic locations can take the train in the Peloponnisos train station.

Athens has an extensive tram network called the Athens Metro. Taking the tram is one of the most convenient ways for visitors to travel around the city centre. Athens Metro has three lines that stop at popular tourist spots and places of interest.

Travel by Buses and Coachl

Bus travel is common in Athens. Visitors can take the bus services day and night, every day of the year. The bus lines are color-coded, and they have regular trips to and from the city centre. Catching a bus during the peak commuting times of 07:00 and 16:00. can be difficult. Bus fares usually decrease after 22:00.


Pireus port is one of the busiest in the world with ferries departing throughout the day to various island groups across the Aegean. There are many more departures in the Summer but sailings depart several times a day to the Cyclades and at least daily to islands futher afield, including Cyprus, Turkey and Egypt.

Travel by Taxi

Taxis are widely available throughout the city, but visitors may have to compete with the locals in getting one. For convenience, visitors can book a taxi over the phone.

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