Grabbing a taxi in Athens

Athens is swarming with yellow taxis. Compared to other international cities, the taxi rates in Athens are still pretty cheap but you should always request a receipt for the amount paid. Don’t be surprised if you end up sharing your cab with another traveller heading in the same direction as you – it’s common practice here. The minimum taxi fare is €3,20, the price per km is €0,68 and it doubles between midnight and 05:00 am. The Ministry of Transport has fixed the fare to Eleftherios Venizelos Airport at €35 (or €50 from 24:00 to 05:00), including luggage, VAT and tolls. Below are telephone numbers to order a taxi. All of them, with the exception of Planet and Pireas 1, charge €2-3 on top of the fare: 

Planet    (+30) 210 5123333

Asteras    (+30) 210 6144000

Express    (+30) 210 9943000

Ikaros    (+30) 210 5152800

Kosmos    18300

Pireas 1    (+30) 210 4182333

Glyfada    (+30) 210 9605600

Enotita    (+30) 210 6465309

The easiest, most effortless way to get a taxi, quickly and reliably. Instead of flagging down a passing cab, you can visit https://taxibeat.com/ and, based on the ratings of other Taxibeat users, call a cab wherever and wherever you want, at no extra cost. You can rate the driver afterwards. You can even visit the profiles of registered taxi drivers and check the languages they speak. Even better you can download Taxibeat on your smartphone.

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©Thanassis Karatzas

©Thanassis Karatzas