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Cheap flights to Athens

What's Athens like?

The ancient capital of Greece and the birthplace of Western civilisation, Athens is steeped in history. While many people come to explore the ruins of the Acropolis and Plaka District or to see the treasures preserved at its world-class museums, Athens isn't just about the past.

For a more modern flavour, browse the boutiques, cafes and bars at Kolonaki, catch events at Technopolis or head out of the city to discover nearby beaches and take island day trips in the Saronic Gulf.

Which airlines fly to Athens?

There are no direct flights to Athens from New Zealand, but 1-stop flights are available from Auckland with Emirates (via Dubai) or Qatar Airways (via Doha).

All other flights involve 2 or even 3 stops at international airports along the way, operated by Air New Zealand, Qantas and Virgin Australia connecting with other airlines.

How long is the flight to Athens?

Auckland to Athens

1 day 3 hours (1 stop)

Christchurch to Athens

1 day 4 hours (2 stops)

Queenstown to Athens

1 day 6 hours (2 stops)

Wellington to Athens

1 day 5 hours (2 stops)

What is the best time to visit Athens?

Athens can get uncomfortably hot and crowded in the summer (June to August), making spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November) the best seasons for pleasant temperatures and a higher chance of discounts.

Do I need a visa for Athens?

No. New Zealand nationals can travel in Greece for up to 90 days within a 180-day period visa-free. Your passport needs to be valid for this period of time when you arrive.

How expensive is Athens?

Athens is cheap compared to New Zealand and many European countries to the north, with a 3-course meal at a restaurant costing around €35 (NZ$60). Greece uses the euro.

Arriving in Athens

Athens International Airport (ATH) has 2 terminals. The Main Terminal handles all flights to and from destinations in the Schengen Area, as well as some non-Schengen flights. Other flights arrive at the smaller Satellite Terminal. Both terminals have arrivals and departures on separate levels.

The airport has a wide selection of facilities if you need to get cash, a bite to eat or make purchases after your flight, as well as a hotel right outside the terminal. If you're staying in the city, you can travel by rail on Metro Line 3 (€10), by Osy bus (€6) or taxi (€35 by day, €50 at night).

Useful tips about Athens

If you're visiting between November and March, many tourist sites including the Acropolis offer free admission on the first Sunday of the month. Just be prepared for the crowds.

Greece was one of Skyscanner's 10 hottest destinations for 2016, based on what Kiwis searched for. It's well worth venturing beyond the capital to see popular sights like the villas of Mykonos and Santorini and lesser-known gems such as the island of Kastellorizo.

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Please note: all information is correct as of October, 2017.

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