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London Athens
Tue, 11 Jun LGW - ATH
Thu, 13 Jun ATH - LGW
£142 £129
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London Athens
Wed, 28 Aug LTN - ATH
£36 £34
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London Athens
Thu, 06 Jun LGW - ATH
Fri, 07 Jun ATH - LGW
£100 £98
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London Athens
Sun, 02 Jun LGW - ATH
Wed, 05 Jun ATH - LGW
£185 £179
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London Athens
Mon, 17 Jun LTN - ATH
Wed, 19 Jun ATH - LTN
£126 £122
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London Athens
Mon, 24 Jun LTN - ATH
Mon, 24 Jun ATH - LTN
£199 £193
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Currency and price comparison

Train Local, one-way ticket
64% Trains in Athens are 64% cheaper than in London.
London £2.8
Athens £1.02
Meal Mid-priced restaurant
36% A meal in Athens is 36% cheaper than a meal in London.
London £20
Athens £12.77
Exchange rate
1 GBP = 1.17 EUR
1 EUR = 0.86 GBP
Last checked on 24 May 2024
Distance: 1486 miles
London airports
Heathrow (LHR) How far from city centre: 14 miles
Stansted (STN) How far from city centre: 30 miles
Gatwick (LGW) How far from city centre: 25 miles
Luton International (LTN) How far from city centre: 27 miles
London City (LCY) How far from city centre: 7 miles
Southend (SEN) How far from city centre: 35 miles
Athens airports
E. Venizelos (ATH) How far from city centre: 12 miles

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About your London to Athens flight

If you're looking to live it up in Europe on a weekend city break or holiday, you ought to check out Athens. This international hotspot is easily accessible from London as direct flights to Athens take less than four hours, with most falling in the range of 3 hours and 30-45 minutes. Of course, exactly how long a flight from London to Athens will take also depends on the airline you choose to fly with.

You won't have to worry about jet lag, either. In terms of how many hours ahead Greece is when compared to UK time, there's only a two-hour difference. Obviously, most smartphones and electronic devices will automatically adjust to accommodate this. As always, our hot tip would be to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours before the scheduled departure time. Especially if rush-hour traffic or extreme weather is at play, you'll want to allow yourself a grace period in your travel time.

Here is a tip for you to make it easier to plan your holiday: next time book a hotel or flight + hotel in Athens or book a hotel or flight + hotel in London if you have an early flight, a stepover or multi-city flight. If you book your flight + hotel together you can save up to 40% when compared to booking separately and all that's left for you to do is relax and enjoy your trip!

Which airlines fly from London to Athens?

The Greek capital is a very popular tourist destination from London with approximately 16 different airlines offering flights from London to Athens. Here are some of the most popular airlines, along with their departure airports:

From luxury options to budget offerings, the above will have you covered no matter how you choose to travel.

Airports in London

Travellers leaving from London have plenty of options when it comes to airports. London boasts the busiest international travel network in the world with the city being responsible for over 60 per cent of the UK's total air traffic. The airports fly to over 400 international destinations, so getting to Athens isn't going to be a problem.

The most famous of London's six airports is Heathrow, which managed an incredible 80,000,000+ passengers in 2018, alone. The other five London-based international airports include:

You won't find yourself stranded in the process of getting to any London airport, that's for sure. In terms of public transport, bus, overground and underground tube lines are often the most efficient. If you're considering any of the above, the TfL Go app is a must-have, especially with changing timetables and last-minute delays or cancellations to watch out for.

Travelling by car, taxi or Uber is viable, but it can also be the most expensive option. As much as we love London, the traffic can be a nightmare to navigate, especially around rush hour. If you do choose to drive or be driven, be sure to plan in advance and give yourself plenty of time! Don't forget that coach lines also head to each of the airports - the TfL Go app can help you here, too. You might need to take a few transfers, but these services can run late into the night, and will likely be much cheaper than some of the alternatives.

If you wish to explore the surroundings of the city at your own pace, you can always rent a car in London with Opodo.

Airports in Athens

Athens is definitely on the humble side with only one notable site for arrivals and departures. The Athens International Airport, or Eleftherios Venizelos, is still the largest airport in Greece, though. It originally opened in 2001, ready to be used for the 2004 Olympic games. As the 19th-busiest airport in Europe, Eleftherios Venizelos managed around 22.7 million travellers in 2022.

Athens International Airport contains two terminals that are connected by an underground link. In terms of what types of transportation can be found in Athens, travel to and from the site is managed by four main systems.

Once you're in the city, there's no shortage of ways to get around. From buses to taxis, you’ll have various options depending on whether you're in a rush to get from A to B or just looking for a casual way to tour the city.

If you wish to explore the surroundings of the city at your own pace, you can always rent a car in Athens with Opodo.

Services and facilities at Athens Airport

Athens International Airport is fully stocked with more than 50 places to spend your cash, alongside 14 different dining facilities and long lists of outlets for duty-free products and beauty, fashion and accessories. Highly ranked amongst international airport shopping centres, you’ll probably be facing temptation before you even enter the city.

Free Wi-Fi is available in the terminals alongside a powerful WiZ portal. This system grants quick access to news, flight information, TV, and navigation. In addition, 24-hour help systems can help with queries, lost property, and anything else travellers need.

Five-star hotel Sofitel is located right by the airport, so if you're the kind of traveller who likes to take it easy and break up a journey, a stay here is an option worth looking into.

Finally, Athens International Airport is fully equipped to cater to disabled passengers, on request, with its special assistance system.

When is the best time to fly to Athens?

The best time to fly to Athens is relative to each traveller: it depends on your budget, your needs, and your wants. If you're travelling on a budget to this renowned city, then we'd recommend that you plan your trip during the December to February period. This quieter time might mean you sacrifice your hopes of getting a tan out there but will provide the best opportunities for cheap flights and hotel deals. Plus, you won't have to deal with throngs of crowds and bustling queues at popular tourist sites - always a bonus.

If you're wanting to museum-hop and soak in the culture, we'd recommend March and November as the best times to book your Athens trip. Around these months, the weather is a little fairer and you can explore the Acropolis Museum or Museum of Illusions without having to contend with loads of other tourists. For an authentic Athens experience, including luscious weather and outdoor events, you're best booking to arrive between June and August. That said, the Athens sun can be harsh, so travellers over these months should take light clothes and plenty of sun cream. Oh, and remember to stay well-hydrated. Nobody wants to end up like Pheidippides!

What to do and see in Athens

With impressive architecture to ogle, contemporary exhibitions and the remnants of historic sites galore, planning how to spend one day in Athens is going to be a challenge. It doesn't matter how long you're planning to spend in Athens - you won't be short of places to see and things to do. In fact, you'll likely find that you simply can't hit all the spots on your bucket list during one trip, as there's so much to cram in.

Our main suggestions would be as follows:

You must visit the Acropolis. This is an ancient citadel that contains some of the most significant architectural ruins in the world, including the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena Nike. With much of the construction overseen by Pericles himself, this must-see sight in Athens will stick with you forever.

Views from the Parthenon hillside include the picturesque Anafiotika neighbourhood, an ancient hidden gem. With traditional Cycladic houses, its streets offer the tranquillity and aesthetics of a Greek island, right in the heart of the city. It’s the perfect place to stroll through after contemplating the magnificence of the hillside temples.

There are also majestic wonders such as the Panathenaic Stadium, the Monastery of Daphni, the National Library of Greece, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens and countless temples. If you’re on a time limit and need a whistle-stop tour of these attractions, Greece is thankfully well-known for a variety of guided tours. Bus and archaeology tours can cover a lot of ground quite quickly, especially when compared to the pace you'd be keeping if you went at it alone.

We also can't stress this enough: you've got to try as much as you can of the local cuisine. Food districts in Athens are spread far and wide, with first-class options in both international and domestic flavours. Seekers of authentic cuisine can consider the Central Municipal Athens Market, which the locals call the Varvakeios Agora. From gyros to kolokythokeftedes and other foods that you can more easily pronounce, the tastes here offer a little of everything.

FAQ about your London to Athens flight

Which airlines fly directly to Athens?

Around 16 different airlines fly directly from London to Athens. These include Air France, Aegean Airlines, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, easyJet, Hahn Air Systems, Jet2, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Lufthansa, Pegasus Airlines, Ryanair, Sky Express, Swiss International Air Lines, Turkish Airlines, Vueling and Wizz Air UK.

How can I find last-minute flights from London to Athens?

That's easy, you can check out our Last Minute flight search page! Our search tool simply lists all the latest information about open flights, to reward your spontaneity and sense of adventure.

What are the cancellation fees and policies for my flight?

This will depend on your airline and the tickets you purchased. Most airline websites have ways to enter your itinerary to check policies directly. Some will also email you cancellation fees and policies alongside your flight confirmations. Note that the cheaper your ticket, the higher cancellation fees will tend to be.

What are the distances between the airports and the city centre?

Airports in London vary in their distance to the city centre. London City is the closest, at just 9 miles, with Southend the furthest, at 40 miles. The Athens International Airport is 20 miles from the city centre.

Can I change or cancel my flight from London to Athens?

Changes and cancellations to flights come under the policies of the airlines you're travelling with, and the tickets you've booked. Cheaper tickets tend to be less flexible with flight changes and will usually also charge the highest cancellation fees. Sometimes it's worth spending a little more on flexible tickets just to be safe!

Which month is the cheapest flight ticket from London to Athens?

The cheapest time to purchase tickets from London to Athens is in January. To save even more money, remember that evening flights will tend to be cheaper than morning tickets.

Frequently asked questions about flights from London to Athens

How long does the flight take to go from London to Athens?
The total flight time between London and Athens is of around 03:44 hours on average, considering an average distance of 2,437 km, for both direct and indirect flights for the route (which may have 1 or more stops in other cities in between).
How can I find cheap flights from London to Athens at Opodo?
The cheapest price for a flight from London to Athens is 34£. At Opodo we use different machine learned based methodologies to find our costumers the best option available, considering airline combinations, stopovers and direct flights as well as different criteria for inbound and outbound journeys.
Is Athens expensive to visit compared to London?
If you compare transportation prices, the taxi ride in Athens costs an average of 3.40 GBP, 24% cheaper than London, with a fare of 4.50 GBP, while train tickets costs 64% less in Athens: 1.02 GBP against 2.80 GBP in London. If you compare the price of a lunch meal, however, you can find it from 12.77 GBP in Athens, 36% less than the 20.00 GBP in London. The price of the coffee is around 21% cheaper in Athens, with an average of 2.87 GBP, while in London the coffee costs 3.62 GBP.
When is the best time to book a flight from London to Athens?
The most popular months to book a trip from London to Athens are May, July and June, based on the searches of our customers.
When is the best time to travel from London to Athens?
The best time of the year to go to Athens when flying from London depends on several preference factors like climate, seasonality and, of course, price. When it comes to popularity, July is the top 1º month to fly to Athens from London in terms of searches from our customer, followed by August and September. If you prefer to avoid high peaks of turism, however, and escape a crowded period, January, November and March are the months with less volume of searchs for the route London - Athens.
Is it possible to purchase a flexible ticket for my flight from London to Athens?
At Opodo we want to make sure that your travel plans are not affected by any cancelation as well as any possible restrictions Greece may apply when travelling from London. Is your flight cancelled? We've got your back! With our flexible ticket guarantee you can decide if you want to book another flight - free of rebooking fee - or get a full refund!
How is the weather in Athens compared to London?
While in London the temperatures can reach an average of 29.01 ºC in summer, with precipitation levels up to 9.0 mm ,Athens's temperatures can go up to 35.31 ºC during the hot season, with 5.3 mm average of rain rate . In winter, however, weather indicators show around 2.15 ºC in Athens, compared to the -3.09 ºC average degrees reported in London. During the winter period, London can register 6.0 mm precipitation, while Athens have an average of 9.0 mm rain level.
Which airports have flights between London and Athens?
The main airport route flying between London and Athens is: Gatwick (LGW) to E. Venizelos (ATH). This route is covered by the following airline(s):
  • Easyjet.
  • Aegean Airlines.
  • Alternatively, you can find London - Athens flights between Heathrow (LHR) to E. Venizelos (ATH) with the following airline(s) flying the route: Aegean Airlines.
  • British Airways.
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Airlines with indirect flights from London to Athens are:
Eurowings, stoping in Stuttgart for 330 minutes minimun.
  • Pegasus Airlines, with 100 minutes scale in Istanbul.
  • Pegasus Airlines, with 100 minutes scale in Istanbul.

E. Venizelos - Latest customer reviews

3.0 /5
Reviews: 1
3.0 /5
Date 2019-04-20 Age 51-70 City UK

No warning on how long the Wizzair departure lounge and gate is from main terminal building would be very difficult for an older person

Flight Duration 3 h and 44 m Flights between London and Athens take, on average, 3 h and 44 m minutes, but the time can vary according to other factors
Cheapest flight £34 Cheapest price for a flight between London and Athens found by our customers in the last 72 hours
Departing Airport Heathrow The airport Heathrow is the departure airport operating flights between London and Athens
Arriving Airport E. Venizelos Flights departing London with Athens as destination arrive at E. Venizelos

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