The welcome kits are already at the airport and will be available for pick up through October 23rd.
With the help of our generous sponsors and partners in Athens, we are pleased to welcome you to Athens with a welcome kit full of helpful information and resources. These resources will help you navigate airport transportation, public transportation around the city,
The welcome bag can be picked up at the Athens International Airport at the City of Athens Infopoint at Gate A. The Infopoint is open from 8 am-8 pm daily, with extended hours of 8 am-10 pm on October 20-22. Although the Infopoint will have a list of attendees, if you have a hard or digital copy of your registration, it will help speed the process along. The welcome kit can be picked up at the airport Infopoint through October 23rd. If you won’t be arriving via the airport, see note below.
What’s in the welcome kit? A city map and guide, transportation passes, Athens Spotlighted Card, and a letter for free admission to a variety of venues. Here’s more detail on each to help you make your Athens plans.
Airport Transportation Pass
This pass will provide you with hard-copy tickets that are good for transportation to and from the airport, and is courtesy of Athens Urban Transport Organization (please note that not all pages of their website are offered in English). Ask the staff at the Infopoint for help getting pointed in the right direction to get transportation into town. This isn’t a card or pass, but is an actual hard ticket to use, and is good only for transportation to and from the airport. For your return to the airport, please check with the Athens representatives at TBEX for further information, or check with your hotel for pick up locations and times.
City Transportation Card
This card, also courtesy of Athens Urban Transport Organization, will give you 5 days of use on all public transportation – tram, metro, bus, trolley. This card will be good for getting around the city on your own time, with the 5 days starting after the first use, and will let you plan how to best maximize getting around Athens. That’s the metro map above.
Athens Spotlighted Card
The Athens Spotlighted Card provides a variety of discounts at restaurants, arts and cultural attractions, entertainment, shopping, and services around the area. Discounts range from 10-50%, with some restaurants offering a special menu, and some attractions offering a special admission fee. For a full list of participants, addresses, and discounts offered, go here.
Complimentary Archaeological Sites and Museums
The Ministry of Culture has granted official admission to the below archaeological sites and museums. A special admission letter, written in Greek, will be in your welcome kit and will need to be presented upon entry to the sites/museums. Each attendee will need to have a letter in hand to present to at the site or museum. There welcome kit will also have an English translation of the letter, along with an explanation of what this letter is and which sites it includes admission to and the applicable dates. Please note this admission is strictly controlled and available on specified dates only.
To help you plan out your time, we’ve listed the sites and dates below:
- The Temple of Aphaia; valid on October 21st and 26th only
- The Marathon Archaeological Museum; valid on October 22nd
- The National Archaeological Museum; valid on October 22nd
- The Archaeological site of the Acropolis, Roman Agora, Dionysus Theater, Ancient Agora, and Adrianou Library; valid on October 22nd and 26th
- The Temple of Olympian Zeus; valid on October 22nd and 26th
- The Temple of Poseidon at Sounion; valid October 22nd
NOTE: If you’re in Athens early, or are arriving by rail, bus, driving, walking, etc., you may pick up a welcome kit from the City of Athens Infopoint. That location is: at the intersection of Amalias Avenue and Dionysiou Areopagitour Street, near Melina’s Statue (Acropolis Metro Station). This Infopoint will be open 9 am-9 pm, October 20-26.