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Affordable Flights to ATHENS

From Malta to Athens
Starting from 69 EURO

With affordable flights to Athens from Malta Universal Air makes it even easier to experience this city that is rich in Greek history and culture. Book direct with Universal Air for great prices and availability.

Why Fly to Athens?

Athens is a central hub for travel to the Greek Islands. The city’s airport, Eleftherios Venizelos (Athens International Airport), offers numerous flights to various islands, making it convenient for travellers to reach their desired destinations. Additionally, the ports of Piraeus, Rafina, and Lavrio have ferries and high-speed boats that connect to the islands, providing flexibility in travel plans. Starting your journey in Athens allows you to customise your itinerary effectively. You can explore Athens and then head to islands like Mykonos, Santorini, Crete or the less touristy Cyclades, Dodecanese or Ionian islands, depending on your interests.

What to do in Athens?

Athens is a city brimming with activities and sights, blending ancient history with a vibrant contemporary culture. Here are some top things to do when visiting Athens:

Visit the Acropolis: No trip to Athens is complete without visiting this iconic hilltop monument, home to several ancient structures including the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, and the Temple of Athena Nike. The views of Athens from here are spectacular.

Explore the Acropolis Museum: Situated near the base of the Acropolis, this museum houses sculptures from the Acropolis and offers insights into the life of ancient Athens, featuring artifacts and remnants preserved from the archaeological site.

Stroll Through Plaka: This charming neighborhood, nestled at the foot of the Acropolis, features narrow cobblestone streets lined with quaint cafes, shops, and historic houses. It’s perfect for a leisurely stroll or a quiet evening meal.

Visit the National Archaeological Museum: Home to some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece, it provides a deep dive into Greek history and culture.

Walk Around Monastiraki and Psiri: These areas are known for their vibrant markets and nightlife. Monastiraki has a flea market where you can find everything from antiques to handmade items, while Psiri offers a range of trendy bars and restaurants.

See the Changing of the Guard: At Syntagma Square, you can watch the Evzones, guards in traditional costume, in their ceremonial changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It happens every hour, with a grander ceremony on Sundays at 11 am.

Climb Mount Lycabettus: For those up for a hike, climbing Lycabettus Hill (or taking the funicular) provides one of the best views of Athens, especially at sunrise or sunset.

Enjoy Athenian Riviera: Take a break from the city by heading to the coast. The Athenian Riviera offers beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts, and seaside dining, all within a short drive from the city centre.

Visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus: Located near the center of Athens, this monumental temple was dedicated to Zeus, king of the Olympian gods, and once housed one of the largest cult statues in the ancient world.

Sample Greek Cuisine: No visit to Athens would be complete without enjoying its culinary offerings. Sample traditional Greek dishes like souvlaki, moussaka, tzatziki, and baklava at local tavernas.

Athens is a city where history intersects with modern life, offering visitors a rich tapestry of experiences that cater to all interests and ages.

Flights to Athens

Starting 3 June, we are offering twice weekly flights to Athens, departing every Monday and Friday. The flight time from Malta to Athens is approximately two hours and fifteen minutes. Enjoy our consistent service throughout the year. Book your trip now and discover the history of Athens with Universal Air.

How to Book Flights

You can find affordable direct flights to Athens throughout the year. In order to get the best deals we recommend booking directly through flyuniversalair.com or you can download our mobile app or call our call centre on +356 212 55 212. Alternatively, you can book directly through your preferred travel agent or call our travel partner FCM Travel on +356 2345 6789.

What’s Included in your Air Fare

When you book a flight with Universal Air, you automatically receive a 15kg checked luggage allowance, as well as a 7kg cabin bag. Enjoy the convenience of selecting complimentary seats at the back of the aircraft or opt for paid seating of your choice and at the front of the aircraft for quicker boarding and disembarking. Additionally, take advantage of our buy on board service, offering a selection of food and drinks to enhance your travel experience.

Frequently Asked Questions on Athens

How to get to Santorini from Athens?

Getting to Santorini from Athens is quite straightforward, with multiple options available depending on your preferences for speed, cost, and experience. Here are the primary ways to travel from Athens to Santorini:
By Air:
Flight Time: Approximately 45 minutes.
Frequency: Multiple flights daily, especially during the tourist season.
Airports: Flights depart from Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) and arrive at Santorini International Airport (Thira Airport).
Convenience: Flying is the quickest way to reach Santorini from Athens. The airport in Santorini is located just a few kilometers from the main town of Fira, and there are buses, taxis, or rental cars available for further travel on the island.
By Ferry:
Travel Time: Between 4 to 8 hours depending on the type of ferry (high-speed or conventional).
Departure Ports: Ferries to Santorini depart from the Port of Piraeus and, less frequently, from the Port of Rafina.
Ferry Companies: Blue Star Ferries, Hellenic Seaways, SeaJets, and Golden Star Ferries are some of the operators.
Experience: Travelling by ferry offers a more scenic route, allowing you to enjoy views of the Aegean Sea and possibly other islands along the way.
Booking: Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the port. During peak travel seasons, it’s advisable to book tickets early as ferries can fill up.
By Organised Tour or Cruise:
Some visitors choose to visit Santorini as part of a guided tour or cruise, which can include transport from Athens as part of a larger itinerary. This is an option for those who prefer a structured schedule and included accommodations and activities.
Choosing Between Air and Sea:
Time vs. Cost: Flights are faster but generally more expensive, especially if not booked in advance. Ferries offer a more economical choice and the journey itself can be a pleasant part of your travel experience, although it takes longer.
Scenery and Comfort: The ferry ride allows you to experience the beauty of the Aegean Sea and is ideal if you are not in a rush. Air travel provides a quick and convenient way to jump into your Santorini adventure.
Both methods will get you to the stunning island of Santorini, where you can explore its famous caldera, beautiful sunsets, and unique white and blue architecture.

How to get from Athens Airport to the City Centre?

Getting from Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) to the city centre is convenient and straightforward. Here are the main options:
MetroLine: Take the Metro Line 3 (Blue Line) that connects the airport with Syntagma Square and Monastiraki in the city centre.
Duration: The journey takes about 40 minutes.
Frequency: Trains run every 30 minutes from early in the morning until late at night.
Cost: A one-way ticket costs approximately €10. Reduced tickets for students and seniors are available.
Notes: This is a convenient and fast option, especially if you are staying near a metro station.
Bus Lines: Several express buses connect the airport with various points in Athens. The most commonly used for the city centre is the X95, which goes to Syntagma Square.
Duration: Depending on traffic, the journey can take about 40-60 minutes.
Frequency: Buses operate 24 hours a day, running every 15-20 minutes during the day and every 30-40 minutes at night.
Cost: A one-way ticket is about €6.
Notes: Buses are a good option if you’re arriving late at night when the Metro may not be running.
Taxi
Location: Taxi ranks can be found at Exit 3 of the Arrivals Level.
Duration: The trip takes around 30-40 minutes, depending on traffic.
Cost: There is a flat rate of €38 during the day (5:00 AM to midnight) and €54 at night (midnight to 5:00 AM).
Notes: Taxis offer convenience and door-to-door service, ideal if you have a lot of luggage or prefer not to navigate public transport.
Private Transfer Booking: You can pre-book a private transfer, which will have a driver waiting for you at arrivals.
Cost: Prices vary depending on the company and type of vehicle but generally start around €40-€50.
Notes: This is the most hassle-free option, especially if you prefer not to deal with the uncertainty of finding a taxi or bus after a long flight.
Rental Car Companies: Car rental agencies are available at the airport if you prefer to drive yourself.
Notes: This option provides flexibility, especially if you plan to visit places outside Athens during your stay.
Using public transport like the Metro or the bus is generally the most economical and efficient way to reach the city centre from Athens International Airport.

How Many Days in Athens?

The ideal length of stay in Athens depends on your interests and how deeply you want to explore the city’s offerings. However, a general recommendation would be to spend around 3 to 5 days in Athens. This duration allows you to cover the essential sights comfortably while also providing some flexibility to delve into less touristy areas or enjoy some leisurely moments. Here’s a basic breakdown of how you might structure your time:
3-Day Itinerary
Day 1: Ancient Landmarks
Visit the Acropolis early in the morning to avoid crowds.
Explore the Acropolis Museum.
Walk through the Ancient Agora.
Stroll around the Plaka neighborhood.
Day 2: Museums and Cultural Sites
Visit the National Archaeological Museum.
Explore Syntagma Square and watch the Changing of the Guard.
Visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s Arch.
Spend the evening in the Monastiraki area for shopping and dinner.
Day 3: Modern Athens and Relaxation
Visit the Central Market for a taste of local life.
Explore more contemporary districts like Kolonaki for shopping.
Climb Mount Lycabettus for views of the city at sunset.
Enjoy a night out in Psiri or Gazi.
Extending Your Stay: 4-5 Days
If you have more time, you can enrich your visit with the following:
Day 4: Day Trips
Consider a day trip to nearby historical sites such as Delphi or Cape Sounion to see the Temple of Poseidon.
Day 5: Explore Further or Relax
Take another day trip to the Peloponnese region, visiting places like Corinth or Nafplio.
Alternatively, spend the day relaxing in one of the beaches on the Athenian Riviera or further explore any districts or museums you missed.
Spending more time in Athens allows you to immerse yourself deeper into the city’s vibrant street life, café culture, and perhaps catch some local events or performances, providing a fuller experience of what Athens has to offer.

Where to Stay in Athens?

Plaka
Characteristics: Plaka is the city’s oldest neighborhood, offering charming streets and a picturesque setting right at the foot of the Acropolis. It’s perfect for those who want to be in the heart of ancient history.
Benefits: Easy access to major archaeological sites, lots of cafes, restaurants, and shops. It’s very pedestrian-friendly.
Ideal for: Tourists looking for a historic and vibrant atmosphere.
Syntagma
Characteristics: Located around Syntagma Square, this area is the commercial heart of Athens and very well-connected in terms of transport.
Benefits: Close to major shopping streets like Ermou, near the Greek Parliament, and the National Garden. Lots of hotel options ranging from luxury to budget.
Ideal for: Visitors who want a central location that is great for sightseeing and transport.
Kolonaki
Characteristics: This upscale district is situated northeast of the city centre, known for its high-end boutiques and art galleries.
Benefits: Offers a quieter, more refined atmosphere with some of the city’s best restaurants and cafes. It’s also home to Mount Lycabettus.
Ideal for: Those looking for a posh and stylish neighborhood.
Monastiraki
Characteristics: Known for its flea market and vibrant atmosphere, Monastiraki is a lively area that blends the traditional with the modern.
Benefits: Direct access to ancient sites, fantastic views of the Acropolis, and excellent places for eating and shopping. It’s very popular among younger tourists and backpackers.
Ideal for: Travelers interested in a lively cultural experience and budget accommodations.
Psiri
Characteristics: Just north of Monastiraki, Psiri is known for its bohemian vibe and becomes very lively at night with its range of bars and live music venues.
Benefits: A great choice for nightlife and experiencing the local youth culture. It offers a mix of traditional crafts and innovative businesses.
Ideal for: Young travelers and those looking to enjoy Athens’ nightlife.
Koukaki
Characteristics: Located close to the Acropolis, this neighborhood has a local feel with plenty of cafes and restaurants.
Benefits: Less touristy than Plaka but still very close to major sites, with a relaxed atmosphere.
Ideal for: Families and travelers looking for a calm area that is still centrally located.
Piraeus
Characteristics: If you’re planning to explore the Greek islands, staying in Piraeus, the city’s port area, might be practical.
Benefits: Easy access to ferries for island hopping. It also has its own attractions, markets, and seafood restaurants.
Ideal for: Those catching early ferries or interested in a different side of Athens.
Each of these areas offers different experiences and amenities, so choosing where to stay can enhance your visit based on your personal interests and travel plans.

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