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Athens Airport for 5 hours

Flying to Rome. Not wishing to leave the airport: Other than trying to get into one of the pay as you go departure lounges (is there only 1?), is there anything else that would help to while away the extra hours waiting for our departure?

Posted by
595 posts

If you're in Athens, on the other side of airport security is an exhibit of the artifacts found by archaeologists before the airport was expanded. I found it pretty interesting. I haven't been to the airport in Rome so can't help you there.

Posted by
43 posts

Thanks for the info, Marty. Will have a look see at the exhibit. Are you aware of the lounge situation?

Posted by
1798 posts

Unless you like spending hours in car parks there is nothing to do or see around the airport within walking distance.

Access to business lounges depends on your airline.

Aegean has two lounges at the airport but you must fly business class or have a Star Alliance Gold card

The Italian company ITA airline does not have a lounge in Athens

Anyway, after the security checks there is the equivalent of a small shopping center in the departure area with shops, bars and restaurants. Enough to keep you busy and spend a few euros while waiting for your flight.

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595 posts

No, sorry. I spent a five hour layover in the Munich airport in March - explored a while then found a deserted gate area and settled down to catch up my journal and to read.

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43 posts

Thanks, JoLui. Looks like we'll be eating and drinking our way to Rome. Sadly, no status with Aegean nor Gold Star Alliance. Recently, in Rio, we were able to use our Visa card as they had a lounge there.

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6489 posts

Next to the airport is a Sofitel hotel with a nice bar and lobby. The equivalent of a lounge, I guess, except it's outside security and you have to pay for what you eat and drink. Not worth it to me, especially if there's an archeology exhibit in the airport.

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1028 posts

Ditto Marty. I found Athens airport to be one of the most interesting to pass time in, as they have made it a museum of the archaeology of the area.