Greece's capital city is still clustered around the Acropolis at its ancient heart, but has plenty of modern attractions as well. It's home to one of the finest archaeological museums in the world and is full of ancient Greek sights, so anyone with a historical interest will find it hard to resist. Modern Athens offers fabulous food, trendy nightlife areas like Exarcheia and the markets of Monastiraki. If you want to party, dine or shop Athens has everything you need.
When travelling to Athens most tourists touch down at Venizelos Airport, around 20 km from the city centre. You can either catch a bus, hail a taxi or take a suburban train to Larissis Station which is just to the north of the ancient city. Many people also arrive at the port of Piraeus if arriving by cruise. From there, a train runs straight into the city centre.
Athens has a reliable Metro network and buying a weekly pack of tickets is the best way to get around cheaply. Walking around the ancient agora and Acropolis is easy enough. The Metro stays open until 12:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday), and night buses take up the slack in the early morning. if you want nightlife, staying in Exarcheia is best, but to tour the sights, Plaka or Thissiou make more sense.