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from London to Athens

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To get from London to Athens on 26 Oct we recommend taking a flight because it’s the best combination of price and speed.

14:55London Luton Airport3h35 20:30Athens International Airport
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Travel Information between London and Athens

distanceDistance1482 miles (2391 km)
modeAvailable travel modesFlight
fastestFastest modeFlight • £22 • 3 h 30 min
carriersPopular travel companiesRyanair

Travel 1482 miles (2391 km) by flight from London to Athens. Ryanair is the main travel provider operating this trip. Travellers can even take a direct flight from London to Athens.

General Information about the journey from London to Athens

Located more than 3200 kilometres apart, the journey from London to the historic city of Athens is most convenient by plane. Flights are certainly the quickest option, with direct journeys departing from either London Gatwick or London Heathrow airport. Direct flights usually take no longer than 3 hours 40 minutes. Travel by train is also an option for those looking for a more scenic route, although rail journeys can take in excess of 48 hours, with numerous transfers and connections in multiple cities across France, Germany and Serbia.

Travel to Athens

Planning on travelling from London to Athens? Omio has you covered. You'll find several flights throughout the day operated by many companies, these flights often start as early as 6:00 a.m., with regular flights between then and around 11:00 p.m. when the last flight usually takes off. If you're making a direct trip to Athens, you can expect your flight time to be around 3h 40min, while flights with a single layover can take anywhere from 5h 40min to 11h, depending on the length of your stopover. Currently, flight travel is the most convenient way to travel from London to Athens.

About Athens

Athens stands as the capital of Greece, once hailed as a powerful civilization and empire at the heart of Ancient Greece, though not quite the powerhouse it once was, Athens is home to a plethora of historical sites and an unrivalled cultural heritage. Before travelling from London to Athens, there are a few things to keep in mind. Athens is not a cashless city, though many boutiques, restaurants, and stores have card machines, cash is king, so make sure you have some Euros on you while travelling. The best time to visit Athens is during Spring from March to May or in Autumn from September to November. Bars and restaurants are typically open from 7:00 a.m.

Public transport in Athens

Generally, the fastest way to get around Athens is to use the Metro system. The Metro runs every day from 5:00 a.m. until midnight and consists of three lines that connect to the tram, suburban railway, as well as bus routes, with trains running around every 6min during peak hours. Central Athens is connected to the coastal suburbs of Faliro and Voula via the tram, which operates from 5:30 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. on the weekdays and until 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. You'll also be able to use the suburban railway to get around or make use of the extensive bus and trolley network running on a 24-hour basis.

Athens Patheon Sunset. Source: Shutterstock

Important bus & train stations, airports to Athens?

Athens International Airport: Is the largest international airport in Athens and serves the Attica region and the city of Athens. Once arriving at the airport, follow the "Arrivals" airport signs, head to Passport Control, and after picking up your luggage and clearing customs, exit into the Arrivals hall.

If you're travelling by taxi, head to the Arrivals hall exit and book your cab from there. The bus station is located between exits 4 and 5 of the Arrivals hall if you're travelling via bus, and the Metro station is a 15-minute walk from the arrival gate, just follow the signs across the street. If you need to exchange money or draw money from an ATM, you'll find all of these services in the Arrivals section before you exit the building.

Which companies travel to Athens?

If your flight from London to Athens is departing from either London Stansted Airport or London Luton Airport, your flight operator will likely be RyanAir, these flights are typically the cheapest flights and often the fastest. Flights to Athens departing from London Gatwick are often operated by either Wizz Airline UK or by easyJet and these flights are generally less pricey than flights from Heathrow International, although a little slower.

Flights from Heathrow International Airport are operated by numerous airlines, some of the noteworthy ones include Aegean Airlines, British Airways, Alitalia, and Lufthansa. Although flights from London Heathrow are typically more expensive, the airport itself is one of the most well-equipped and busiest airports in the world, providing seamless travel for millions of people.

Eurostar train to Athens

If you're taking the train from London to Athens, Eurostar will be your first point of call. Eurostar offers a wealth of services and very few restrictions on travel. You're allowed a maximum of two bags but there is no weight limit, the only requirement is that you carry the luggage onto the train yourself. There also isn't any food or drink restrictions, so pack whatever you want.

Your journey will start at St Pancras International Station, the hub of Eurostar, and connect to Paris Gare du Nord station, where you will be required to change and switch to a TGV rail service. You will then catch an aLisinski service to Zagreb, followed by a switch to a EuroCity train to Belgrade before making your final change to an Athens rail service to Thessaloniki.

RyanAir flight to Athens

RyanAir provides direct flights from Luton and Stansted airports and typically offers the fastest and cheapest flights from London. RyanAir specifically does not offer connecting flights, they function on a point to point strategy for all of their flights, which they operate in 30 different countries around the world.

Athens Pantheon. Source: Shutterstock

easyJet flight to Athens

easyJet operates direct flights to Athens from London Gatwick Airport daily and are one of the largest low-cost carriers in Europe, just behind RyanAir. These flights are typically the second cheapest tickets you'll find when travelling these routes, though they are typically around 20min longer than those from Luton, Stansted, or Heathrow.

British Airways flight to Athens

British Airways stands as one of the most popular airlines both in the UK and across the world. They operate flights to Athens out of London Heathrow Airport with either direct routes or with a single layover along the way. These flights are generally more expensive but the quality of service and facilities at the airport tend to outway the minimal cost difference.

How to find cheap tickets to Athens?

If you're trying to save money when booking flights from London to Athens, there are a couple of tips that will go a long way. Firstly, book as far in advance as possible, tickets are usually on sale months before so keep checking. Secondly, be flexible with your dates, there are often deals on random days of the week and often flying in the middle of the week is cheaper. make sure you check the companies bag policy so you aren't surprised by baggage costs, sometimes cheapest isn't always cheapest.

Travel to Athens —travel tips

Athens, Greece is widely considered one of the most popular destinations in the world. It stands as one of the most iconic historical city in the world, having been the host of the once-great Ancient Greece. One of the must-see spots in Athens is, of course, the 5th-century Acropolis. Gain historical benefit by joining in on a private tour. History buffs will have a field day in Athens, take the time to check out the wide variety of museums including the Byzantine Museum, Numismatic Museum, and one of the largest archaeological museums in Greece, the National Archaeological Museum.

Hadrian's Library is a must for those considering themselves historians or scholars as it was built with the original purpose of housing documents and reading rooms. Are you a beach lover? Grab your towels and swimsuits and make your way to the sandy shores of Edem Beach for the day. If you're an avid art fan, make your way through the local streets on a guided street art tour run by locals. Limba Rage Room is a great place to head to if you want to vent and get out some frustration. They offer the chance to smash a variety of household items including bottles, glasses, and TVs.

Trains from London to Athens

There's several options if you want to take the train from London to Athens, with most options taking around 48 hours to complete. The most convenient rail route requires you to begin at London St PancrasInternational, with a Eurostar connection to Paris Gare du Nord station. Eurostar services begin departing StPancras at 10:24 a.m. every day of the week, with earlier departure times available on Saturdays. Once you've arrived in Paris, you'll need to switch to a TGV rail service departing for Munich, before catching aLisinski service to Zagreb. After arriving in Zagreb, you'll need to switch to a EuroCity train to Belgrade, before changing to a rail service to Thessaloniki. A final transfer to an InterCity train will take you to Athens.

Flights from London to Athens

Flights between London and Athens depart London Gatwick (LGW) and London Heathrow (LHR) airports and arrive into Athens International (ATH). Direct services to Athens are only available from London Gatwick or Heathrow, with total flight times taking around 3 hours 40 minutes. Direct services depart one of either station at least once an hour, with the first direct light departing London Gatwick at 5:45 a.m. Connecting flights are also available, usually requiring a layover at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport, although total journey times will be considerably longer. Airlines operating on this route include easyJet, Pegasus and Turkish Airlines.

Travel Tips

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What are the COVID-19 travel restrictions for Athens, Greece if I’m coming from London, United Kingdom?

International travel from London, United Kingdom to Athens, Greece is: Partially open.

Can I enter Greece if coming from United Kingdom?

Entry into Greece is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of United Kingdom.

Am I required to self-quarantine upon arrival to Athens if travelling from London?

Conditions of entry:

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 7 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Health screen upon arrival. Those showing symptoms will be asked to self-quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Travellers who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last 6 months are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival (certificate required)
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

What measures do I need to follow in Athens, Greece due to the pandemic?

All travellers in Greece must observe the following coronavirus safety measures:

  • Social distance: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face mask: Mandatory

The information above was last checked on 23/10/2021; however, this can change before your date of travel so please make sure to review the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations   for your journey between London and Athens.

Am I required to self-quarantine when I return to London, United Kingdom from Athens, Greece?

The current restriction level for returning to London, United Kingdom from Greece is: Partially open.

Am I allowed to reenter London, United Kingdom from Athens, Greece?

Reentering United Kingdom is currently allowed for: Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Greece

Do I need to self-quarantine when I arrive back to London from Athens?

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival
  • Before travelling, travellers must book and pay for a travel test package, which will include COVID-19 tests to be taken on day 2 and on day 8 of your quarantine
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers vaccinated under the UK vaccine programme are exempt from mandatory quarantine
  • Travellers with a certificate of vaccination are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 test and can bypass compulsory quarantine on arrival
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required

Which rules do I need to follow in London, United Kingdom regarding COVID-19?

All travellers returning to United Kingdom must observe the following safety measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the country:

  • Physical distance: 1 metre (s) (3 feet)
  • Face masks: Regional advice

The information above was last checked on 24/10/2021. We do our best to keep this information up-to-date, but regulations can change due to the nature of the coronavirus pandemic, so please double check the latest COVID-19 travel safety regulations ahead of your trip back to London from Athens here.

How do you get from London to Athens?

Travelling from London to Athens includes taking a flight.

What is the quickest way from London to Athens?

Going by flight is the quickest way from London to Athens with an average travel time of 3 h 30 min.

What is the distance from London to Athens?

Athens is approximately 1482 miles (2391 km) away from London.

Where do I depart from London? Where do I arrive in Athens?

These are the most popular departure and arrival points when travelling from London to Athens:

  • Most travellers take a flight from London Heathrow Airport to Athens International Airport.
Which travel operators can get me from London to Athens?

Let Omio help you find the best company to travel with to Athens from London:

  • You can travel from London to Athens by flight with Ryanair. You can find cheap tickets on Omio for £22 with Ryanair from London to Athens.
Is there a way to travel directly from London to Athens?

Yes, there is a direct route available from London to Athens:

  • You can book a direct flight with Aegean Airlines, easyJet, Ryanair, British Airways or wizz air uk.

Direct services tend to save you time and add more convenience in getting you to Athens as you won't need to change in between, so it's worth paying attention to before booking your tickets to Athens from London.

What other popular destinations should I add to my itinerary for my trip to Athens from London?
Your journey from London to Athens doesn't have to end in Athens. Many of our customers like to extend their holidays to explore other popular destinations like Rome, Paris or Berlin. If you’d like to add Rome, Paris or Berlin to your London to Athens trip, check Omio for the best and cheapest ways to travel to any of these top destinations from Athens today!
When should I purchase a ticket to Athens from London online to score the best deals?

When planning your trip from London to Athens, it’s good to keep in mind what tickets to buy and their prices in the next 7 days:

  • Plane tickets cost £22 one way on average.

However, we recommend buying tickets between London and Athens online a few months in advance to get the best deals and save money on your upcoming journey.

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