Welcome to my multi-part review of our summer vacation. We spent 12 days abroad, predominately in Athens and Paris. We did squeeze in about half a day in Amsterdam before heading home. While I’m writing the series, I’m happy to answer any questions you have ahead of time. We traveled in mid-July, so right in the middle of the Athens financial crisis. Here’s most of what I expect to cover, including links to posts I’ve already completed:
- Planning Our Summer Vacation!
- British Airways First and Business Class Lounges at Philadelphia Airport
- US Airways Business Class from Philadelphia to Athens
- A Speed Bump Upon Arrival At Arion
- Arion Guest Room Review
- Arion & Westin Amenities
- Arion Restaurant Reviews
- A Quick Trip To The Acropolis And Parthenon
- Athens Metro System
- Temple of Poseidon at Sounio
- Swimming With The Fishes
- Restaurant Review: Garbi (Seafood)
- Restaurant Review: Kiku
- Our Two Favorite Restaurants In Greece
- Flying From Athens To Paris
- Hyatt Regency Etoile Paris
- Eiffel Tower
- Arc de Triomphe
- Disneyland Paris
- A Study of Macaroons
- Various Restaurant Reviews
- Taking The Train From Paris To Amsterdam
- Sheraton Schiphol Airport
- US Airways Business Class from Amsterdam to Philadelphia
Since we were staying South of Athens, we didn’t take the train to or from the airport, but that is a viable option. You can find more information out about taking the train to/from the airport here and here.
Additionally, if your just transiting Athens or don’t want to get up early for your flight, there is a Sofitel hotel at the main terminal. We didn’t stay there but it looks nice.
The airport is fairly modern and well-staffed. Aegean is the dominant carrier, as expected. We found plenty of lines to check our bags and plenty of shopping as well before passing through security.
I had also read about a children’s play area located upstairs, which is roughly in the center of the main terminal right above the check-in areas. It’s staffed by a few employees and there’s a very small area for one parent/guardian to sit and watch the children. Unfortunately for us, the rules state that no child over the age of 8 is allowed into the children’s area. Since our 9-year old daughter couldn’t stay our son didn’t want to play either. They checked the passports of the children and had us fill out a form, so there’s not much of a way around this.
There are some seating areas outside of passport control along with a variety of food options both inside and outside passport control. There are two separate wings that cover various lounge options. We didn’t try to enter the non-Schengen area since we were traveling between two countries that are part of the treaty (Greece and France). There’s a passport control at the beginning of the B terminal and then a wide array of shopping beyond there.
Important tip: Once you’re past security there is very little in the way of food. There were a couple of small news stands with some chips and candy bars, but that was about it. Before security you’ll find plenty of choices. I strongly recommend picking up what you need for your flight before then.
Both arriving and departing Athens airport were very easy with us. We found decent shopping and food options, even a few merchants who sold local items that were similarly priced to what we had seen at markets in Athens and Glyfada.
It’s a clean, easy airport to navigate. Most people should have no problem navigating Athens airport.