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Taxis or ubers from Athens Airport to Koukaki

I'll be arriving at Athens International next Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and staying at a rental in Koukai. I'm wondering whether I should take a taxi or a Uber into Koukaki. The last time I was in Athens, I found the metro fairly straightforward, with the help of another American. That was maybe 7 years ago. Apparently I would have to go to Syntagma metro station and then change to another line, after which I'd have a 10-15 minute walk. That sounds like a lot.

Is there a place to queue for a taxi? for Ubers (as in Lisbon)? How much does it cost?

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I've used several times welcompickups.com in Athens and it has worked well.

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8595 posts

Taxis from Athens airport to city center Athens have a flat rate of 38€. That is what we have always used.

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406 posts

I guess I'd prefer to book online, so I don't have to mess around with cash. I assume it will be obvious where to find the place to queue for a taxi or private car, in case I don't want the challenge of taking the Metro.

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406 posts

I've used several times welcompickups.com in Athens and it has worked well.

Thank you. I'll look into them before.

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11929 posts

I've used Welcome Pickups twice and will use them again on my return to Athens. Excellent service. English speaking drivers.

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2952 posts

At least the last I heard, Welcome Pickups charges the same flat fee as the taxis in line. And you book/pay in advance by credit card.

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Welcomepickups works well but I will suggest another cheaper and much more interesting solution when you want to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Athens.
That's how I do every time.

At the airport you take the metro to Syntagma as you did before.
Then depending on where in Koukaki your accommodation is you can either:

1/ Stay in the metro and take metro line 2 (direction Elliniko) then get off at the next station "Sygrou Fix" which is at the eastern end of Koukaki

2/ Exit the metro, go to the Syntagma square bus stop and
take a trolleybus line 1 or 15, both lines have the same route in Koukaki and their lines cross this district with bus stops about every 250 meters.

Your metro ticket purchased at the airport will be valid for 90 minutes and accepted on the trolley.

Note that the trolleybus is an extremely convenient way to travel between Koukaki and other areas of Athens.

Here is a map of Koukaki and its different means of public transport:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jml9nuJP2QN9hrENA3itagtuGrKJuJV0/view?usp=sharing

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Interesting option-- do be aware when you get onto street trolleys or busses, drivers will not speak english, nor will as many passengers, so be very sure of where you are going, what stop and how to signal, etc. I've had the experience of a bus taking an unexpected turn, and being unable to find out whether it would reach the stop I wanted.

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406 posts

Welcomepickups works well but I will suggest another cheaper and much more interesting solution when you want to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Athens.
That's how I do every time.

At the airport you take the metro to Syntagma as you did before.
Then depending on where in Koukaki your accommodation is you can either:

1/ Stay in the metro and take metro line 2 (direction Elliniko) then get off at the next station "Sygrou Fix" which is at the eastern end of Koukaki

2/ Exit the metro, go to the Syntagma square bus stop and
take a trolleybus line 1 or 15, both lines have the same route in Koukaki and their lines cross this district with bus stops about every 250 meters.

I'm all for using public transportation--it is more interesting than taking a taxi and requires one to have one's wits about oneself. One really pays attention to a lot of what is going around one, while taxi riding is so passive. You learn about the place you're visiting when you walk and take public transportation, despite the greater inconvenience.

That said, in Lisbon, I was constantly floored by the fact that the buses did not have an illumined panel that showed the stops as they were coming up (I don't think my smartphone did, either, for the most part), and the signs were too small to be legible. So I almost missed bus stops or actually did. It was difficult to find where the stops were unless one knew the intersection or the area. And the Metro was undergoing repairs at one station and wasn't that even to navigate (three floors for different lines!) though extensive.

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I guess Janet's bad experience dates back quite a few years.

Trolleybuses and buses now have display panels which display in Greek and English their location in real time, and announce the next stop.
There are also electronic displays panels at all bus stops displaying upcoming buses and the waiting time before they arrive.

In fact, if you are afraid of pickpockets, buses, trolleys and trams are much safer than the metro. (and best for enjoying city views)

To use the public transport network of Athens there is also a very useful and very complete app "OASA Telematics"

That said, there are other services than Welcomepickups to order a taxi in Athens:

Taxiplon:

https://www.taxiplon.gr/en/home-english/

Taxi 18300:

https://18300.gr/