Eternal Elegance in the heart of Athens
Things to do and see in Athens
Europe’s oldest capital and our expert Concierge are delighted to introduce you to the most memorable experience in the luminous city of Athens and its modern and historic treasure troves. Located right in the heart of Athens as well as within walking distance of exclusive shopping areas, museums and the business district, the Hotel Grande Bretagne enjoys the ideal location in the city centre.
Transportation Options & Driving Directions
How to reach Hotel Grande Bretagne
From/To Athens International Airport
Athens International Airport - Eleftherios Venizelos(ATH), is approximately 45-minute drive away from the hotel.
- Private Transfer: Please visit our website to view costs and arrange your transfer >
- Taxi Service (When leaving the airport, please use the taxi line next to Door 3 of the Arrivals Level)
Day Service (6:00AM - 11:00PM): €38
Night Service (11:00PM - 6:00AM): €55
- Limousine Service
Day Service (6:00AM - 11:00PM): €110
Night Service (11:00PM - 6:00AM): €145
*For VIP Service, which includes pickup from inside the airport, there is a supplemental charge of €38.
For guests who wish to take the train, Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is connected to the center of Athens via an excellent public transportation system (Metro). The Metro Line 3 train runs between the airport and Athens every 30 minutes-on the hour and half hour. Passengers should disembark the metro at the Syntagma Station and follow the exit signs for the Hotel Grande Bretagne. The hotel is located at the corner of the street, directly across from Metro station.
Travel time on the Metro Line 3 train is approximately 36 minutes.
Fare per person: €10 one-way
Finally, a 24hrs public bus route connects the airport with the greater Athens area via the Route Χ95 Syntagma - Athens Airport Express. The ticket price is €6 for a one-way trip from the Airport to the center of Athens. You may purchase tickets from the bus driver, in the airport Metro station or at any public transportation ticket outlets.
From/To Piraeus Port
Athens' main port of Piraeus serves as the starting and ending point for the main ship routes to the majority of islands around Greece. Located 12km from the hotel, Piraeus is an approximate 30-minute drive from the hotel. Please be advised that in the summer months, traffic may be particularly heavy on Fridays, leading to possible travel delays.
Taxis are easily found just outside the port. You can always allow our concierge to assist you in arranging a taxi or limousine transfer at the following cost:
- Private Transfer: Please visit our website to view costs and arrange your transfer >
- Taxi Service: €45
- Limo Service: €110
Guests also have the option of using the excellent public transportation system (Metro) from the Port of Piraeus to the center of Athens. Please take Metro Line 1 to Monastiraki Station, then switch to Metro Line 3 in the direction of the airport or Doukissis Plakentias. Exit the train at Syntagma Station, and follow signs to the Hotel Grande Bretagne. The hotel is directly opposite the train station entrance. The travel time is approximately 20-40 minutes, depending on the frequency of the trains. Cost: €1.40
Getting Around in Athens
Athens enjoys a state-of-the-art public transportation system (Metro) that is unrivaled in Europe. Known for its timeliness and convenience, the Metro stations also serve as miniature museums showcasing Greek art and artifacts, as well as stunning original 19th century architecture.
The three major train lines that run during the day:
- Metro Line 1 (the electric rail service ISAP) connects the center of Athens with the Port of Piraeus. This train runs above ground.
- Metro Line 2 covers a considerable part of the Attica region. This train runs underground.
- Metro Line 3 covers the Attica region, and offers convenient service between Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport and the hotel. This train also runs underground.
The closest Metro station to the hotel is Syntagma Station. At the station, please follow the clearly marked exit signs for Hotel Grande Bretagne. As you leave the station you will see the hotel directly across the street.
It is worth mentioning that the gorgeous Syntagma Station is replete with extraordinary antiques and archaeological findings from the city's excavations, providing a fascinating divertissement for visitors to enjoy.
Maps of all three train lines are displayed in every Metro station. Most 90-minute tickets within city limits cost €1.40 one way per person.
A Day In Athens
Begin your day with a walk under the Acropolis hill, through unique places such as the New Acropolis Museum, The Ancient Agora, Plaka and Thission. Keeping these memorable feelings, visit the Monastiraki Flea Market and exceed even your best expectations by taking in the indigenous and authentic flavours of the city of Athens.
Heading back to the Hotel Grande Bretagne, for your midday relaxation, there is no better thought than passing through Zappeion, the Olympic Stadium of Modern Times and the National Gardens. The sun sets over the city, casting a golden light on an ancient land filled with the world’s greatest artefacts. Athens is without doubt a place where the past meets the present around every corner.
One minute you’re walking through The Acropolis, the next you’re right next to the sea-side or shopping in the city’s finest boutiques. And this is exactly where the renowned Voukourestiou Street comes to take the leading role. The day in Athens comes easily to an end as the evening sky fades under the city lights.
The grandeur of this historic capital gratefully filled your memories with unrivalled pictures and authentic flavours ranging from landmark monuments to modern shopping. This day’s closure could not be more beautifully met than by watching the Change of the Guards right before having an opulent dinner at the GB Roof Garden Restaurant where the unsurpassed views of the illuminated Parthenon create special moments. And why not have a drink before saying goodnight; either in the numerous city bars or in the award-winning Alexander's Bar of our hotel.
The New Acropolis Museum
Was established in 2009 and is named to be one of the highest-profile cultural projects undertaken in Europe for the last decade. Visit its 226.000 sq. meters space, and become proudly part of the city’s greatest and most historic museum.
The Ancient Agora
Is placed right inside the renowned Stoa of Attalos, at the foot of the Acropolis. The spiritual sense of the place where ancient Athenians used to have their every day commercial and social activities will fill you up with a deep desire of buying rare artefacts and miniature models of how the Acropolis and the Agora looked like during ancient times.
Plaka is a pleasant walkway located on the north slope of the Acropolis. Some of the most renowned and worth-visiting sights are met while strolling under the sunny cobblestone of “Dionusiou Areopagitou”. One of them would be the well-know Tower of the Winds. This enchanting neighborhood embraces archeological sites nestled next to small ouzerias and tavernas, colourful flower stands and artisan shops for an authentic flavor of local Athens.
The Olympic Stadium of Modern Times
Also known as Panathenaic Stadium, is situated right opposite the National Gardens’ entrance on Vassileos Konstantinou Avenue. It was built in 330BC and it was the venue to host the Zappas Olympics in 1870 and 1875 as well as the first Modern Olympic Games of 1896. The sparkling marble can still convey the feeling of greatness of the 80.000 Athenians that were and still are able to watch some of the greatest events to be hold during the years.
The Monastiraki Flea Market
The perfect place to be upon the beginning of a bright Sunday morning. Here, you will be thrilled to walk through colourful shops and find a wide selection of souvenirs and traditional relics to take back home.
Zappeion is built between the temple of Olympian Zeus - the largest ancient temple in Greece which was dedicated to the Olympian god Zeus and was being built since the 6th century until 700 years later- and The National Gardens. The Zappeion was once the first building in the world to be constructed in order to serve Olympic needs and is today, one of the most beautiful walks in the heart of Athens.
After your morning walks through historic treasure troves enjoy an afternoon visit to the shopping district where the most elegant international brands are being hosted.
• Monday, Wednesday and Saturday: 9am – 3pm*,
• Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am – 9pm.
*Large shopping malls remain open until 9pm.
**While most are closed on Sunday, some shops around Plaka and Monastiraki are frequently open.
The drive along the coastal road takes you past the countless private coves and lovely beaches of Glyfada and Varkiza. From the comfort of the luxury motorcoach, bask in the splendid views of the Saronic Gulf as you head toward the tip of the Attiki peninsula to Cape Sounion. Here on a cliff top overhanging the deep green Aegean Sea stands the tour’s ultimate destination—the spectacular Temple of Poseidon, built in the Doric style in 5th century B.C as a place of worship to the god of the Sea.
Hydra, Poros & Aegina
You will travel by luxury motorcoach from Athens to Piraeus Port and embark on a cruise ship for your sail to the island of Hydra. Enjoy the pristine beaches and warm ocean, sip an ouzo in a local taverna or wander down pave stone streets lined by characteristic red-tiled homes. In the early afternoon, set sail for the lovely island of Aegina, passing through the narrow strait separating the Peloponnesian coast from the island of Poros. In Aegina, you will delight in a vibrant self-contained fishing community that has managed to retain its island customs and authentic flavour.
More to Explore
One of the most intact temples of ancient Greece, is located at one end of the Ancient Agora. First built in 450 BC, the Pnyx, the hill on the west side of the Acropolis, was the meeting and debating venue for the Athenians. Nowadays, Thission is one of the priority choices for an evening walk along its cobblestones and numerous elegant restaurants & bars that set the scene for the perfect city experience.
The National Gardens
Once named “The Royal Gardens” are located right behind the Parliament. Standing at the very entrance of The Garden, one can immediately feel the magnitude of the place which is surrounded by extremely high palm-tress. Hosting a large number of walkways, small lakes and rich vegetation, this peaceful place will give you the absolute sense of tranquillity even though in the heart of the city centre.
The Lycabettus Hill is located approximately 300 meters high. This favourite spot among locals and visitors alike boasts superb views and a sense of tranquility amidst the sprawling Athenian landscape. Intrepid travellers may ascend the hill on foot. The funicular is an easier alternative.