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Best Taxi Service from the Athens Airport

I am looking for reviews from people who have actually used taxi service from Athens airport. I will not be using public transportation on this part of the trip. So far I have found the following for two people with two carry

  • George the taxi guide 55 E (Rick Steves' book does mention this company but I think it is more for tours)
  • Welcome Pick Ups 40 E
  • City Cab 180 E (that is out)

Any experience using these companies would be appreciated. In addition what is customary for tipping and do you pay ahead with a credit card?

Posted by
741 posts

I haven't used any of the ones you mentioned other than a regular city taxi and that was from Central Athens to the airport (only rarely).

The standard cost of a ride to Central Athens is 38 euros during regular hours and 55 euros during late night/early morning.

They'll be a line of taxis outside the arrivals area and for the most part you'll not be taken advantage of.

My normal accommodations (Attalos Hotel) said if the taxi driver charges you more come into the reception desk and talk to them before paying and they will straighten out any issues.

Maybe your accommodations will offer the same service.

Posted by
2860 posts

We used Welcome. We were so pleased that we booked our return on the spot. I can’t remember for sure, but maybe we paid in advance, on line.

Posted by
173 posts

We used welcome services and had to make a very very last minute change due to our flight being cancelled and rebuked. it was not a problem, I sent an email and they responded right away with no problems. we arrived at the airport and our driver was there with a sing with our name on it. since there were 5 of us we had a Benz minivan. he drove us to our hotel and it was as smooth as it can be. highly recommended. you can download the app Aegean Taxi and it works just like Uber. we used it while in Mykonos and Santorini.

Posted by
2418 posts

I think you are mistaken about City Cab. You must have clicked on some preference for a daylong tour. Please recheck; it is the same as Welcome Pickups. My friends, annual v isitors, heavy contributors to this forum, use City Cab regularly.

George the taxi Driver was highly promoted, it ecame a fleet, all the drivers pretending to be "George." The higher fee is just for being "famous" and for being promoted by R Steves, and Matt Barrett on his GreeceTravel website (the latter promotes a bunch of things, I think for a fee).

Posted by
5616 posts

We took a regular taxi,38€, flat fee. Got the next one in line.

Posted by
1171 posts

We’ve used Welcome several times in the last couple of years and always found them reliable and helpful. We will be using them again in September and have no hesitation in recommending them.

Alan

Posted by
113 posts

Ditto for Welcome Pick-ups. Great service on airport trips and to and from the port. All the drivers spoke good English and provided cold water - most welcome!

Posted by
166 posts

I am ready to book with Welcome Pick-ups. However where do they pick you up at the airport? Can you request exit 3?

Posted by
2418 posts

Why don't you e-mail THEM? I think they may have the driver stnding at the exit door whre you come thru from customs & baggage claim, holdingup a sign with your name. But why not email them to be sure, instead of asking us.

Posted by
173 posts

I'm not sure how many exits there are at Athens airport but we arrived via Spain by Iberia airlines, the Welcome Pickup's driver was standing at the exit with a sign with our name. They are very good at responding to emails. like Janet suggested, email them and ask.

Posted by
2 posts

I also tried pre-booking a taxi through citycab.gr for our upcoming trip (arriving in Athens at 4:35 pm October 24) and was also quoted 180 euro. I'll probably go with Welcome Pick Ups at 41 euro even though it's a bit more than standing at the taxi stand. We're coming in from California and the convenience is worth the extra money.

Posted by
760 posts

Hi from Wisconsin,
I know you said, "I will not be using mass transit on this part..." The metro from the airport to city center was built for the Olympics in 2004. The metro's one terminus is at the airport. You hop on and the metro WILL take you to the city. Whether you take a cab or subway, you have to get around a mountain. It is 35 to 40 minutes driving and 42 minutes Monastiraki Metro.

Just a thought.

wayne iNWI

Posted by
2418 posts

Wayner -- that Metro ride, while convenient, is also the #1 Ground Zero for pickpockets... who target newbie tourists who carry money & credit cards & passports in their pockets (especially men -- they say "I'd KNOW if anyone touched my pocket!!" and 75% of victims are men), or others who carry them in backpacks, or in unzipped daybags. These cars get crowded as they approach the 2-3 main stops in central Athens, and then these (very talented) operatives start a distractiion , by bumping/dropping stuff etc, then whoops! they're out of the door. Newcomers, burdened with heavy bags, don't realize what's happening until too late.

Even if one is super-vigilant & escapes the pickers, when the Metro stops at for instance, Syntagma or Monastiraki, a huge mob is trying to exit, while another group pushes to enter, and people with heavy luggage struggle to get out before the doors close. Then they are faced with walking down corridors, taking escalators or stairs, and at Syntagma, even when they emerge into daylight they are way below street level, must pull bags up a ramp.

For this reason, if taking public transit from airport to save a few bucks, I vote for X95 express bus to Syntagma; it is right outside the airport door (follow the signs) u buy tix at a kiosk (€6) and swipe electronically as u enter bus. They go every 20-30 minutes 24/7. Big bags are piled in a central pen, very safe; you keep your shoulder bag with you. Comfy seats, no one can board after leaving airport and only 2-3 stops for exits, so pickpockets can't operate. You can even doze or read during trip... except in rush hour, it's just about the same or 10 minutes more than the Metro. AND when you reach Syntagma Square, that's end of line, so no rush to de-board; take your sweet time, and step right onto sidewalk. My hotel is about a 10-minute walk downhill on Amalias Ave, so I just pull my rolling bag. If one's lodging isn't that convenient, one can get a taxi for a few €€ and still save big over a solo taxi ride €38.

Posted by
2418 posts

BTW, as regards City Cabs, it was indeed a well-reviewed airport transfer service in the recent past, working like Welcome Pickups at the same flat fee as vehicles in the taxi line. The new City Cab situation with unexplainable charge-change, is due to some new Greek regulations that make little sense to the outsider, so that at present, CC services for this transfer are unavailable.

Posted by
2404 posts

Welcome Pick Ups will be standing right outside the door from the secure area for your flight/terminal with a sign. You can't miss them.

Posted by
4801 posts

Maybe important to point out that the Athens Airport is not Heathrow or CDG; it is for all practical purposes a small airport. Either International or Domestic(Schengen) arrivals, both are a small enough exit, and close to each other, so you will not miss your pick-up.

Posted by
166 posts

Thank you for all your help. I sent them a second e-mail as they did not replay.

Posted by
4 posts

We just got a transfer from Aktis Taxi https://aktis.taxi/ Great service, they were at the airport to greet us when we arrived. I would recommend this company to anyone looking for a reliable transfer company in Athens. The price was easily better than any of the other name brand companies.

Posted by
2418 posts

Juanmilligan... if the price for your service was great, then do share it... we shared the price for Welcome Pickups.

Posted by
166 posts

I used Welcome picks at the airport. HIGHLY recommend. I had Thodoris Mpirmpas transport us.