Athens is the historical capital of Europe, located at the crossroads of three continents and multiple civilizations throughout history. The city has a population of close to four million and is consistently ranked one of the most visit European cities by tourists and business travelers alike. Surrounded by spectacular seas and mountains, this travel-friendly city is filled with renowned archeological sites, modern and classical art museums and galleries, spas, chic shops, restaurants and bars, street markets and bazaars, sandy beaches, and picturesque Greek islands in close proximity.
The IMAST meeting venue and headquarters hotel, the Athenaeum InterContinental Athens Hotel, is located 2 km/1.2 miles from the Acropolis and city center and offers a complimentary hotel shuttle bus to central Syntagma Square, just steps from the Plaka. Making it easy for meeting attendees to explore this vibrant and remarkable city.
Athens International Airport (AIA)
The Athens International Airport (AIA) is located 35 km/20 miles southeast of the Athens city center and is approximately a 30-45 minute drive from the IMAST headquarter hotels. AIA has direct connections to about 65 international destinations, including all major cities around the world.
Arriving in Athens
Taxis are available at the designated Taxi waiting area located at Exit 3 of Arrivals Level.
Fares for taxis are as follows:
Day time flat fare (05:00 - 24:00): 38€ – Airport to Athens city center
Night time flat fare (00:00 - 05:00): 54€ – Airport to Athens city center
Note: The charge is determined by the time of arrival at the destination and includes all applicable surcharges and extras.
Passports & Visas
Most visitors must have a passport to travel to the Greece; some visitors may also be required to have a visa. More information on visas and other travel requirements can be found online at https://www.mfa.gr/en/visas/visas-for-foreigners-traveling-to-greece/.
Greece is a party to the Schengen Agreement. Inhabitants of the Schengen countries can move freely within the Schengen area without having to go through border checkpoints. However, they still must have their passports or identification cards with them when travelling
U.S. citizens may enter Greece for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay and one blank page per passport stamp. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. Additional information for U.S. travelers can be found online at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Greece.html#ExternalPopup.
Athens has a comfortable Mediterranean climate with mild spring temperatures. The average temperatures in April are 65°F to 45°F (18°C to 7°C).
Athens observes Eastern European Time and will be in Easter European Summer Time during IMAST (Note: European Summer Time begins March 29, 2020 at 3:00am). Eastern European Summer Time is seven (7) hours ahead of US Eastern Daylight Time and three (3) hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, GMT +3.
The currency of Greece is the Euro (EUR or €). Other currencies are normally not accepted, so be sure to change dollars, etc. at one of the currency exchange offices located throughout the city. Many shops and restaurants in Athens accept credit cards, but not all. It is therefore recommended to either ask before you order or ensure you have a sufficient amount in cash to cover the bill.
Athens operates on 230 volts, compared to the standard 120 volts in the United States, and uses a Type C or F Electrical Plugs with two round pins, spaced about 18 to 20cm apart
Tours & Attractions
With a multitude of cultural, historical, and archeological attractions, museums, and entertainment options; there is no shortage of things to do in Athens during your visit. Due to this, SRS will not be offering any scheduled tours.
Visit the "This is Athens" official visitors website for more information, including comprehensive lists of restaurants, sites, and suggested itineraries: https://www.thisisathens.org/