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Athens Airport

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Athens Airport

We are flying back from Santorini in June and will have around 6 hours free time at the airport. Is it possible to maybe check our luggage in early (Emirates flight) and take a train or bus to somewhere close to the airport to have a look around without travelling back into Athens. Our other option is to fly back from Santorini a day earlier and spend another day in Athens, would prefer to spend the extra time in Santorini as we have 5 days in Athens at the start of our trip.

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You will just stress yourself out doing the islands in that order with a very tight schedule at the end for your flight. You must allow some buffer time when travelling through the islands. Schedule changes/ cancellations must be catered for both Flights and Ferries. The most essential buffer is at the end, so days in Athens should preferably be put at the end, or you should allow time for ferry connections from Santorini, 2 ferries in hand is useful (even if you are flying).

Good 'end on' island is Paros which will have around 6 ferries a day to Piraeus.

Another is Mykonos, which has a Piraeus and Rafina (near to airport) connection.

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5 days in Athens is enouph...but 6 hours in the aiport,,well 3 hours ok,4 hours ok..but 6 is a little bit much...and travelling back to Athens wouldnt be a nice idea...cause you will lost time just walking around and being stressed for the returning..i will advice you to take proastiakos train from the aiport and stop at nerantziotisa station...there you can find a place where you can do simply everything...it has cinemas,shops of whatever you can buy and about 25 restaurants and many cafes..you will need 15 minutes from the aiport to go there(proastiakos train going to larissis station from the aiport)...furthermore has amazing views of the olympic complex ,where you can also visit it from nerantziotisa station...www.themall.gr the best idea to spend your time ...and not to far from the aiport as the centre of the city

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sorry www.themallathens.gr this is the right site of this place

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There is something to say for both sollutions. Yes, you definately should have a bigger buffer zone before your departure in Athens and, when you have that, a visit to the center and to the mall should be no problem timewise.

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Maybe it is better to fly back from Santorini the day before. If we book the midday flight there are two others after it that will still get us back to Athens before our flight back to Australia, and we shall overnight in Athens......would be safter I think.

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Yup Shezzac, that would be the very best :-)

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my advice is to make sure you fly back from Santorini the day before - especially if you do not have a connected ticket.

you may even go the opposite direction and go to the seaside area off markopoulou (Porto Rafti-Avlaki).

This is 20-30 min away from the airport, has a wondeerful beach and is lively with tavernas and bars etc

Provided you can get a taxi back to the airport it will be a nice way to conclude the holiday

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shezzac unfortunatelly you will understand the best for you if you are on santorini....if you wamt to stay even one day more and having departure tickets you will feel sad for sure..i have felty many times like that lieaving from a greek island

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After all your great advice I have decided to do the island hopping first and then Athens at the end that way we will definately make our connections home. And with several days in Athens plus Meteora overnight the buffer will be alot better. It would have been nice to leave Santorini to last but its now worth it if you are stressed about connections back to Athens to make the flight back home. Thank you so much for your help would never have thought about doing it that way.

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Hey, that's what we are here for :-)?

Have a great trip and let us know how it was when you return.