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Is 60 Euros too much for a taxi from Athens Airport?

Is 60 Euros too much for a taxi from Athens Airport?

Sep 16th, 2009, 04:44 PM
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Is 60 Euros too much for a taxi from Athens Airport?

We are arriving in Athens at the end of September and need transportation from the airport to the St George Lycabettus Hotel at 2 Klemoenous Street. The hotel said it's 60 Eu. for a cab. Is that too much? Is there a van service or shuttle we can take? Thanks so much for your help!
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Sep 16th, 2009, 05:42 PM
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It certainly sounds too much. But it depends on other factors like what time you're arriving or if the price is for a limosine. I like to take a cab from the airport usually but the metro from the airport to the city is excellent and a fraction of the price.
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Sep 16th, 2009, 05:48 PM
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Good point by worldinabag... a cab from Syntagma Square where you'd get off the metro to your hotel is probably under 10 euros.
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Sep 16th, 2009, 06:15 PM
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It depends on so many things you do not tell .... are there just 2 of you? or 4? or more? Do you have a TON of luggage or just one bag apiece plus "personal bag." What time do you arrive? Here are the options if you are a couple:

BY DAY you have many options (1) Metro, 45 minutes to Syntagma - a ticket for 2 @ €10 + taxi to hotel (€10) = €20. (2) The X 95 bus, 3.2 Euros each, goes every 20 minutes. 24/7 - 1 hour to SYntagma + taxi to hotel = €16.4. (3) If you just get a taxi at the curb, not a pre-arranged car service, it will take abou 1 hr 15 mins to St. George Lycovettus and a charge of about €40 including bag fee & tolls. {the extra €€ is for a guy holding up a sign with your name)

And as for Van service or shuttle, no. The above should enable you to make a choice.

AT NIGHT -- Late night, you have fewer options (Legally, taxi fare goes almost double at midnight-- and the Metro stops at midnight). Taxi takes about 45 minutes at night, to Syntagma square 15 mins more to your hotel. So if you are landing after midnight the 60€ fee is fine... but before midnight, a taxi at the curb should be about €40 as above.

IF it's after midnight, if there are just 2 of you, you can easily take the X95 Express BUs that goes 24/7, just outside Terminal door 5. 3.2€ each, only takes 45 minutes to Syntagma at night... and as they say above, a taxi from Syntagma to your hotel, under 10€. TOTAL = €16.4 Euros.
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Sep 21st, 2009, 05:04 AM
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Thank you all so much for your thoughts. We're arriving at 3:45 pm and there are 4 of us. Our hotel said 60 Euro for the cab. We won't have a lot of luggage (carry ons only)and I'm wondering if we should take our chances on a curbside cab rather than ordering one through the hotel. (The Metro, while cheaper, might be too much after 13 hours of travel.) Can we ask for the rate before we get into the cab or is it "on the meter"?
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Sep 21st, 2009, 05:42 AM
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Taking a taxi at the curb may be just as fast as wandering around looking for a guy holding up a piece of cardboard with your name on it. It will be the same kind of car -- your hotel works with regular cab companies. As you get into the taxi, don't ASK the driver what the charges are, tell him you want him to use the meter, and that your hotel has told you what the total charges should be. I'm guessing that -- with charges for 4 bags -- it should not be more than 40€. If you get to the hotel, and the charges are not in line with that, all you'd have to do would be for one of you to say excuse me, and go in the hotel, and have the hotel person talk to the taxi driver.

It's your call.
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Sep 21st, 2009, 07:55 AM
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FWIW - we arrived in Athens late afternoon after combined 13+hr flights (excluding connection time) and thought the Metro was very easy - clean, cheap and watched lots of people sitting in traffic on the highways. Since it originates at the airport, you should have no problem getting seats and room for your luggage.

As Jan says, it's your call
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