Flights to Athens: Flights from UK to Greece
Flights to Athens from which airports in the UK?
Direct flights between the UK and Athens are both frequent and, thanks to a recent boom in low-cost carriers, relatively affordable.
However, passengers living outside of London have far less choice, with flights leaving from only Manchester Airport.
This lack of competition can mean airline tickets on the route are relatively expensive, with travellers often opting to head to London first and then fly to Greece in order to save money.
Airlines flying from the UK to Greece
Several carriers currently fly from the UK and Greece, offering passengers a choice of services and a wide range of airline ticket prices.
Linking the two capitals, British Airways and Greek national carrier Olympic Airlines both fly out of Heathrow, though the latter also offers services from Gatwick for those passengers not keen on negotiating the hustle and bustle of the major west London terminal.
Meanwhile, low-cost operator easyJet flies to Athens from both Luton and Gatwick Airports and rival budget flyer Aegean operates direct international flights to the historic capital from Stansted.
Also, both Olympic and easyJet fly from Manchester to Athens.
Where is Athens in Greece?
By far the largest city in the whole of Greece, Athens sits proudly on the end of the Attica peninsular, with its location close to the Aegean having helped its ancient residents spread the ideas of democracy and philosophy to the then-known world.
However, far from being simply a living museum, Athens has been officially ranked as an 'alpha city' and is emerging as a major business hub, with the hotels and infrastructure to support this.
All current flights between the UK and Athens are direct, with a short flight time making a stop-over along the way unnecessary.
Things to see and do in Athens
Though a modern and cosmopolitan European capital, many of the tourist highlights in Athens are several thousands of years old.
Almost all visitors to the Greek capital will take at least a little time out to explore the city's main archaeological hub, with ancient wonders such as the Parthenon, the Arch of Hadrian, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Agora still wowing locals and tourists alike to this day.
For when temperatures get unbearably hot during the summer months, it's also possible to get an appreciation of the city's rich history through a visit to the fascinating National Archaeological Museum, the Benaki Museum or the Byzantine Museum, all of which are easily-reached from most central hotels.
For sports fans, the refurbished Olympic Stadium, which hosted the 2004 Games, is well worth a visit, while the streets surrounding Omonoia Square are teeming with bars, restaurants and small shops.