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Athens - from the airport to La Plaka Hotel

Hi, I am getting different ideas from several sources. Rick's guidebook say that taxis are a fixed rate of 38 Euro. Of course prices go up & someone else said 41 Euro. Then there are other sources like a Cypriot & Frommers who both say that's not true, the meter runs. My problem is that we would be getting the taxi about 5 p.m. I assume that is prime traffic time, not only more money spent but also would take a lot more time to get to the hotel.
Rick & the Cypriot also say that you can take Metro line 3, but I wonder how that would be with 1 backpack and 1 large bag each (bags being lightweight material but will be probably packed to 40 pounds & are 26" long x 9.5" deep x 17" wide, w/ 2 wheels.). I don't know how they would be on the metro.
Also, the Cypriot said get off at Syntagma Sq., which is 15 minutes to walk to the hotel.. When I look on Google maps it says, Monastiraki station is a 3 minute walk to the hotel.
Does anyone PLEASE have any knowledge of what would be best? And are there no shuttles? Thank you.

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With that much luggage, take a taxi. Fifty plus pounds of luggage per person is too much to haul on the metro. Plus you will sit yourself up for potential theft with that much stuff.

You should really post this in the appropriate section. This is not a travel partners question.

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Thank you. That's sort of what my husband said. I just wish they had a shuttle.

Posted by
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No, a flat rate taxi is preferable to a shuttle. Those are huge pieces of luggage. Try to use a 22 or 21 inch suitcase; it will be so much easier as you travel around Greece, especially if using ferries.

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I heard now that it is not flat rate. It's .32Euro per kilometer. We can't take anything smaller for 12 days & we're not travelling by ferry. I wish it were a flat rate. Does anyone know the fare issue? Anyway, thank you for help. Apparently, I'm in the wrong forum. Sorry I didn't know.

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For only 12 days? Really? We take our 22” suitcases for six weeks, Europe, Asia, USA. It isn’t hard to find a laundry service.

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We're older and need more things now. When I was in France for a month, I did laundry. Or if I rent an air bnb with a washer. But I just don't want to spend my time hauling laundry around & doing it. I seems I do so much at home that I don't want to do it on a holiday.

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Avoid the metro, it’s a pickpockets delight and with the luggage you’ll be a target. We used Welcome Pickups in Rome. More expensive than a taxi, but clean spacious van, English speaking driver, fixed rate. As for your luggage-read Rick’s packing list on this page. We just returned from three weeks in Italy. Two 21” bags and two small under the seat bags. Unless you are going on a cruise or staying in one hotel for the duration you will regret having to haul around those giant suitcases. And we are 70 and 68 years old. The older we get the less we pack as hauling large bags hurts the back, knees, etc. We wash a few things in the sink, use hotel laundry when we can.

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Thank you Joe for such great info. It really helps. Now all I want to do is find out where Athens center is so I can see how far it is from the hotel.

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Thanks, Alan. I will read it for next time. It's too late now to shop for smaller luggage. We have so many things to do.

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I would agree a taxi is so worth it after a long flight. As mentioned upthread a 21-22" suitcase for 12 days, is all you need. We travel with a 22" for a month and have never regretted it. This is ideal for rough terrain and ferries in Greece. We pack light (under 20 lbs.). We do a combo of sink washing & hotel laundry service.

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I second the Welcome Pickups (or other car service) idea. I used them from Piraeus port to my Plaka area Airbnb and then from the apartment to the airport. Great experience. Pre-paid so you know exactly what it would cost before booking.

A taxi would be fine, I just think that with so much luggage and your concern over the cost this is easiest.

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Hotels do your laundry for you. Considering what you are spending on your trip, a laundry charge is a small amount.
You said you are staying in Plaka. Then mention Monastiraki station. They are all in central Athens.

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Suki, I like your hotel laundry idea. I will use it next time. This time we are only staying there for 2 nights & going to Santorini & I don't think they have laundry service there. When we come back, only 1 night at La Plaka. Anyway too late to make luggage switch now. But thanks for the advice.

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I used Welcome pickups a couple of years ago in Athens and enjoyed the experience. They are right there when you exit the secure area and only a few euros more than a regular taxi. This way you get delivered right to the hotel. It's a fixed rate. The driver will also help you with one of the pieces of luggage, at least.

Take the luggage you want. You'll be fine. Just because other people use carryon size, doesn't mean you need to do that. As long as you can move the bags when you want, take what you want.