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from Athens Eleftherios Venezelos Airport to Athens
For those of you who
haven't been to Athens since the early 90's(or before), you're in
for a surprise when you come in for a landing. No longer do you
fly along the coast of Attica and swoop down for a landing with
the streets and buildings right below you..... and longer can you
just clear customs, grab your bag and hop in a cab to be in the
center of Athens or Glyfada(or Pireaus to catch your ferry) in less
than 15 minutes.
In 2003 the new airport
opened it's runways on the plains of Sparta, to the northeast of
Athens, but luckily, with the airport came a new highway that no
longer meandered through the olive groves, but whisks you straight
to Athens along the foot of Mt Hymattus.
So, you've gotten off
the plane and you look around you bewildered as you realize you're
out of the safety of the plane(no decisions to make- they're all
made for you) and have successfully navigated the immigration dept,
grabbed your bags, passed through customs and now you are in a long
hallway filled with shops and people walking down the corridors
with purpose(with the exception of yourself and the others who have
also gotten off the plane and are somewhat lost!)
Among the various shops
in this corridor are banks, which you'll need in order to change
your money to euros. Each bank has the daily rate and the fee that
they charge to convert. I would only convert a little more than
you need to get to Athens and then convert more as you need it once
you get into Athens(and can compare the rates of different banks
and exchanges). Remember- exchanging euros to dollars is like playing
the stock market- it goes up and down daily and you want to buy
when the dollar is strong.(There's nothing worse than changing $1000
and finding that had you waited a day you would have gotten 25 euro
Now... you've got your
euros in hand and are ready to tackle the trip to Athens. The first
thing you have to do is find the exit and walk out. At this point
you have 4 options(3 of which I have taken).
4. George, The Famous
(or friends of George, The Famous Taxi Driver, if George is busy)