Flights to Athens

There’s so much to explore in Greece’s ancient and energetic capital, from centuries-old architecture to glitzy rooftop bars. The best way to experience it is by fully embracing life like the locals. Start your day with a cup of Greek coffee and some sweet, fluffy loukoumades, then wander through the whitewashed alleys and pink bougainvilleas of Anafiotika. Browse the independent boutiques in upscale Kolonaki, or head to the Museum of Cycladic Art to see relics discovered across the islands.

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Explore historic ruins and lively late-night culture

Fly to Athens with British Airways and you can climb the winding steps up to the towering Acropolis and see the city from the same perspective as the Greeks did thousands of years ago.

Head to Cape Sounion to marvel at the Temple of Poseidon and gaze out at the sapphire blue Aegean Sea, or sample ouzo with the city’s ancient ruins as a backdrop.

If you like to hike, head to the lush forest that covers Mount Lycabettus to see the glow of a Greek sunset from the city’s highest peak. To end your day, dine at a traditional taverna and feast on smoky souvlakis, juicy dolmades and rich, salty feta. Book your holiday to Athens now.

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Flight time

3 hrs 40 mins

Time Zone

GMT +2



Athens flight FAQs

A flight from London to Athens International Airport takes approximately three hours and 40 minutes.

Athens is a popular destination in the summer months between June and August. You could save by visiting in late spring instead, when the weather is sunny and you’ll be able to avoid the crowds. Have a look at our low fare finder to find out more.

There are lots of ways to make your trip to Athens fit your budget. It’s a very walkable city, so there’s no need to take a taxi to get to most places. When it comes to food, there are plenty of family-run restaurants dotted throughout the neighbourhoods where you can sample authentic Greek food at reasonable prices. There’s also a huge array of affordable street food to try here, from gyros to souvlakis.

It’s easy to get from Athens International Airport to the city centre by taxi, metro or bus. You can get there by taxi or metro in around 40 minutes, while the bus will usually take around an hour. Once you’re ready to explore, seeing the city is easy with the metro, tram, city bus and taxi networks. The metro connects you to various postcodes across the city, while the tram network connects the centre of Athens to the coastal suburbs. You can get around quickly via the city bus too, which runs through Athens’ centre to just outside the city.

This city is home to some of the most famous ancient ruins in the world, as well as a plethora of traditional tavernas, hip cocktail bars and late-night cafes. It’s also a great base for heading into the nearby Cyclades and island-hopping around islands like Mykonos, Kimolos and Folegandros. While you’re here, wander the narrow, cobbled alleyways of Plaka, explore Varvakios Agora, Monastiraki’s bustling marketplace, or retreat from the buzz of the city into the tranquil National Gardens. You could even take a dip in the turquoise Saronic Gulf at one of Athens’ tiny coves just past Vouliagmeni Lake.

You can book a hand baggage-only ticket or make the most of our generous baggage allowance. If you choose economy standard or one of our British Airways Holidays’ packages, each passenger can check in a bag weighing up to 23kg – in addition to a handbag, laptop case or other small bag. Families travelling in any cabin with younger children can also check in one car seat and one fully collapsible pushchair. Read more about baggage allowances for children.

If you’re flying in our business cabin, you can check in two bags weighing up to 32kg each. Read our baggage guide for full details.

If you travel to Greece with a valid British passport and stay for less than 90 days, a visa is not required. If you’re from a country outside the EU, you may need to apply for a visa in advance of your trip. You can find out more about visa requirements for all the countries we fly to at the IATA Travel Centre.

Discover outstanding service from the moment you book. Fly with just hand baggage and you can carry two bags free of charge. Choose our checked baggage option and you can travel with hand baggage and a 23kg bag checked into the hold, plus enjoy free seat selection 24 hours before you fly. On board you’ll find HEPA-filtered air, quality on-board catering, and a warm, uniquely British welcome.

Simply relax and let us take care of you, every step of the way.

Our cabins

All our cabins offer the same great – and uniquely British – experience. Choose your perfect way to fly, from economy to business.


Our Euro Traveller cabin offers all the touches you need to enjoy your flight at an affordable price.

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Work or relax in our Club Europe cabin and enjoy lounge access, a dedicated check-in area and more personal space.

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