Athens Taxis are safe and operate 24 hours. They’re also quite affordable and you can easily find a taxi on the streets or at taxi stands. Many taxi ranks are available especially in tourist areas like Monastiraki and Syntagma. It’s also possible to call a taxi from the radio taxi line.
All taxis in Athens are yellow regardless of their brand and type.
There are over 13,000 taxis in Athens, so it’s easy to flag down one.
Different taxi companies are available, however, they all have set pricing and are fully regulated.
General Rates of a Taxi Ride in Athens
All taxis in Athens use a taximeter. So, your fare is calculated according to the distance you want to go.
Also, there are two different tariffs. Tariff 1 is for between 5 a.m. and 12 a.m. Tariff 2 is for the duration between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.
Extra charges also exist for each piece of suitcase you have over 10 kg. They also apply for airport pickups or pickups at the train and bus station, or port. Special holidays and one-hour waiting time also come with extra fees.
You can find these mentioned fees and other related fees listed below:
- Base fare: €1,29
- Rate per kilometer in the daytime and central Athens: €0,74
- Rate per kilometer in nighttime and in the surroundings: €1,29
- Surcharge for telephone reservations: €1,92
- One-hour waiting time: €11,81
Airport Rate for Taxis in Athens
There is a fixed rate for travel between Athens International Airport and the city center: €38. If it’s between midnight and 5 a.m., then the rate is €54. Also, the fixed rates include VAT, tolls fee, turnpikes, meter start, taxes, airport charge, and so on. This applies both ways. If your destination is other than the city center or Piraeus Port, the charge will change accordingly.
You can find taxis between Exit 2 and Exit 3 at the arrival area while leaving the airport. You may need to wait in a queue as well. You can also book your taxi beforehand if you don’t want to wait in line.
Some Tips When Using a Taxi in Athens
- It’s better to know the name of the main streets and avenues just in case of overcharge.
- If you think you’re overcharged, you can ask for a receipt from the driver. The receipt needs to include the taxi number and the information about the taxi operator. You can then go to the tourist police.
- It’s advisable to check the taximeter. For daytime, they must have Tariff 1 on.
- On the days of demonstrations, some of the main roads are closed off. At these times, taking into an additional duration in your travel is advisable.
- You can call a local radio taxi company in bad weather or if it’s late at night. You can also call a taxi from the Athens taxi app in Greece. In this way, you don’t need to wait and try to find a taxi outside. Note that there may be additional costs for this service as well.
- Keeping changes and small bills are advisable in case your taxi driver doesn’t have change for large banknotes.
Other Estimated Athens Taxi Prices
You can find the Athens taxi costs in the table below;
|Booking a taxi in advance
|Between €3,39 and € 5,65
|Traveling during special holidays
|Between €1 and €2
|Surcharge for each suitcase over 10 kg
|Surcharge for pickup at the train or bus station or port
|Surcharge for Piraeus port or Athens railway station