Text and photo: Jan Backstrøm.
As an alternative to charter you can chose some other ways to come to Samos.
The cheapest ‘one-way’ ticket is about 40 € with Aegean Airlines (price autumn 2006). To get this price you have to order as early as possible (at least 1-2 months before). Olympic Airlines is normally more expensive. With both companies the prices raises as the departure date comes closer.
Another alternative is to go by bus or train to Piraeus and by ferry from there. The ferry is the only way to come to Samos if you want to go there by car.
If you have some waiting time in Piraeus we can recommend to take a walk and have a look at the local life and the markets. Walk out of the entrance to Gate E1/E2 and continue towards the big dark buildings in the inner part of the harbour. You have to pass the heavy traffic main road and walk one block up, then you are in the middle of the meat- and fish market. There are a lot of shops in all streets and alleys. Visit them, look at the things and enjoy your time – no aggressive salesmen, no smart compliments and no ”special price for you”.
In the summertime the ferry can be a very cozy alternative, especially if more people travel together. If you travel steerage it is not expensive, but if you want a little more comfort and want a cabin or so, then the prices start rising fast.
For some it could be necessary/for others, a choice to stay a day or two in Athens. See 'usefull info' below
We have found a little nice hotel with 12 rooms just east of the airport:
Telephone: 0030 2294083763
The owner takes care of the transport from and to the airport nearly 24 hours a day, and it takes only 7-10 min, because he has special permission to drive through the airport area. Taxi takes 25 min!
The price depends on the time of the year. Call or mail in advance and get the price incl. transport if wanted.
As an example: We used 45 min to drive to Piraeus from the hotel. We did not drive through the center of Athens, but via Vari and Glyfada (more south). We are not familiar with Athens and drove there only with the help of the signs and our GPS-navigator!
Railway station - Hotel - Departure at the Airport.
The Arrival & the Control Tower.
Usefull information - Airport & Transport.
Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos":
General Information/airport call center: 210 3530 000
Airport company call center: 210 3531 000
You can use the Suburban Railway og Metro Line 3.
You can also use Express Buses, X95 from Syntagma (Parliament) or X96 from Pireaus port (plus many other from other destinations).
Tickets for all express buses cost € 3,20, are valid for 24 hours and can be purchased at the airport bus kiosks, Metro terminals and transport kiosk around Athen.
If you stay in Athen for a day or more you can get a day ticket (€ 3,00) or a week ticket (€ 10,00) for unlimited travel on the Metro, buses, trolley-buses and the Tram.
These tickets are valid for 24 hours or a week respectively, after their validation.
It is very important to valid the ticket first time you use the offer.
There are special Ticket Validating Machines and on all Metro and Suburban you validate before you go onboard. On Tram, Buses and Trolley-buses after getting onboard.
Remember that trips to and from the airport are not included.
For more information about all means of transportation call: 185.
(in different languages and from 0600 till 23.00. Local call charge from fixed and cellphone)
There are baggage storage service at Athens International Airport at the Arrivals level.
Personal service, but a little bit expensive. Contact telephone: 210 3530 352.
Athens International Airport - 24 hours: 210 3530 515
173 Alexandras Ave.: 210 6476 000 and 210 6421 616
Lost or stolen credit cards:
Visa toll free: 00800 116380304(not cell phone)
Mastercard toll free: 00800 118870303(not cell phone)
Diners: 210 9290 200
American Express: 210 3397 250