Favourite airline: Lufthansa
37 % of flights booked on the route from Manchester to Athens are booked with Lufthansa, KLM and easyJet.
Lufthansa
18 %
KLM
16 %
easyJet
3 %
Tip: book 6 weeks before departure
If booked 6 weeks before travel, flights cost only £99.00.
45 days before departure
Stopover flights are the cheapest connection
Compared to direct flights, flights with a stopover on this route are on average 94 % cheaper.
non stop flight
1 stop
2 stops
03h 55min
24h 15min
14h 10min
£303
£156
£336
Favourite connection: via Amsterdam
Stopover flights on this route are especially popular via Amsterdam, making up 21 % of bookings.
Route
bookings
1 stopover Amsterdam Schiphol
27h 35min, from £186
21 %
1 stopover Frankfurt-Main
06h 00min, from £165
20 %
1 stopover Brussels
08h 05min, from £228
17 %
Return from £156.00
The price of a ticket for a flight on 13/09/19 and returning on 20/09/19 is currently £156.00.

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Athens, the cradle of Ancient Greece

Athens was the cradle of the Ancient Greece civilization, with many monuments such as the Acropolis, the Kerameikos cemetery and the Temple of Olympian Zeus still visible to tourists. Major museums in Athens include the New Acropolis Museum, the Agora Museum near Monastiraki and the important National Archeological Museum.

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Getting the best out of Athens

The best seasons for visiting are Spring and Autumn, as snow falls in Winter and Summers are hot and dry. Annual festivals in Athens include the Feast of Saint Basil on January 1st and Carnival, which is between February and Easter. Easter in Greece falls one week later than in the UK, and is celebrated with processions. During Easter week some of the museums and archaeological sites close.

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Useful information before travelling

Like all capital cities, pickpockets are always active in Athens, especially on the Metro and in crowded areas. Smaller shops and restaurants won't generally accept credit cards. Wi-Fi is widely available in public locations in Athens and many people speak good English. Costs are much lower than in London, with cheap meals amounting to around ten euros, while average prices for a taverna's set meal is between 18 and 25 Euros. A cheap alternative is Souvlaki, costing around 3 Euros.

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Local information about Athens

The Metro from the airport to the city centre (the station is located near exit 3 of arrivals) costs around 8 Euros for a single ticket, which is valid for one and a half hours. The ticket needs validating before boarding. Suburban trains and the Express bus are slower but slightly cheaper. A taxi fare is around 35 Euros during the day and 50 Euros at night, with a journey time of around 1 hour. Taxis around the city cost approximately 14 Euros for the first 5 km, with extra charges for heavy luggage. Check that drivers start the meter.

One ticket, valid for 70 minutes, costs about 1.20 Euros for all forms of public transport in Athens. A day ticket is around 4 Euros, while a 5-day ticket costs about 10 Euros.

Hostel accommodation starts from around 10 Euros in dormitories, while double hotel rooms are about 80 Euros. Cheap hotels abound in Plake, while pensions and budget hotels are located around the Acropolis area, while upmarket hotels are found in the Syntagma district. It is best to book ahead during July and August.

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