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Conference Venue: This year our 2019 Inspire Conference will take place at the Titania Hotel, located in the heart of Athens and just a few steps away from the city’s major sights and attractions. The TITANIA Athens hotel is surrounded by the most important monuments of the Grecian History, such as the Acropolis, the New Museum of Acropolis, the Parliament, the Archaeological Museum, and the National Library. The impressive lobby area, decorated with the famous "Pentelikon" marble and exquisite inlaid mosaics with themes from the Ancient Greek history, the impressive “La Brasserie” restaurant, as well as the Hotel’s Awarded Gourmet Roof Garden Restaurant “Olive Garden”, constitute TITANIA a unique Athens Hotel which guarantees its guests an unforgettable stay.

Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos (ATH) is located 36 km away from the Titania Hotel.


Here is some information on how to reach the venue from Athens International Airport:
By Taxi:

The Athens Airport Taxi service has a flat rate to the city centre of 38 euros during the day (before midnight) to the city centre and of 50 euros from midnight to 5 am. Taxis are available at the designated Taxi waiting area located at Exit 3 of Arrivals Level.

You can also pre-book your Taxi with Welcome Pickups and the driver will meet you in the arrivals lounge.

Please note that services such as Uber and Lift do not currently operate in Athens. However, if you wish to use another car ride service you can also download and use the Beat application.


Travel Time: The route to the hotel will approximately take around 35-50 minutes depending on traffic.

Fare: 38 euros (day); 50 euros (night).


TIP: Using the Athens airport taxi service is probably the best option for groups of three or more people and the easiest mode of transportation to the venue.

By Rental Car : Athens International Airport has a row of international car rental desks. The main roads leading out of the airport are big modern highways, but you may encounter issues when you get off the main, well-marked roads. This can be challenging in the dark and may be more difficult if you don't read enough Greek to make out street signs. If you plan on driving, you should know the basic Greek Letters. Please note that the Titania features an underground garage for 230 cars, operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (entrance at Feidiou street).


Travel Time:The route to the hotel will approximately take around 35-50 minutes depending on traffic.

By Metro: The Athens airport metro runs every 30 minutes, but only between the hours of 06.30 and 23.30. The ticket prices are 10 euros for one person, 18 euros for two people, and 24 euros for three people. A single return ticket valid for 48 hours is 18 euros.


To find the Metro station, follow the signs say ‘train' in the arrivals area. You will eventually cross a road, go up some stairs, and then use a bridge over a road system and to the metro station. Here, take the Blue Line (Line 3 - direction ‘Egaleo’) and get off at Syntagma station. From Syntagma station you can (a) either take the Red Metro Line (Line 2 - direction ‘Aghios Antonios’) and get off at Panepistimiou station (Exit: National Library) and from Panepistimiou station, walk to Titania Hotel or (b) walk from Syntagma Square to Titania Hotel.


Travel time: 1 hour in total.
Fare: 10 euros

By Bus: Getting to the Titania hotel by bus is definitely the cheapest option to get the centre. The Airport Buses are just outside Arrivals Gate 4. The Blue-coloured ticket kiosks where you can purchase the ticket are located between Exits 4 and 5 outside the Arrivals area. You can also purchase the tickets onboard (ask operator) at no extra cost. The airport’s Express Buses run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


To reach the Titania hotel, you would need to take the Bus Line X95 ‘Syntagma – Athens Airport Express’ (Orange Line). When you are on the bus, get off at the last stop, which is Syntagma square. From Syntagma Square you can (a) either take the Red Metro Line (Line 2 - direction ‘Aghios Antonios’) and get off at Panepistimiou station (Exit: National Library) and from Panepistimiou station, walk to Titania Hotel or (b) walk from Syntagma Square to Titania Hotel.


Travel time: 1 hour or longer, depending on traffic.
Fare: 6 euros


How to get Around Athens


Walking: Thanks to the central position of the Titania Hotel, most of the touristic attractions and historical landmarks are located within walking distance: both Syntagma Square and the National Archaeological Museum are located 1 km away from the Titania, while Plaka is 1.5 km away and the Acropolis and the Panathenaic Stadium are both located 2 km away from the Titania Hotel.


Public Transport (Metro, Bus, Tram): If you need to use public transportation, the Titania Hotel is easily connected with the rest of the city as the Metro stations Omonia and Panepistimiou are each 300 metres away from the hotel.

When traveling by public transport, you will need to purchase either the Athena Ticket, a paper ticket that be used for anything from a 90 minutes ticket to a 5-days ticket and is rechargeable. You can buy it at any metro station or ticket office as well as in the automatic ticket machines. The tickets purchased as valid for the city public buses, trolleybuses, metro, tram and commuter trains.


Cost:


  • 90-minute ticket: 1.40€. Students and senior citizens over 65 pay €0.60 (student ID and proof of age required). Children up to the age of 6 travel free of charge; ages 7-18 pay €0.60 (proof of age required).
  • 24-hour ticket (unlimited travel): 4.5
  • 5-day ticket (unlimited travel except airport services and bus line Χ80): 9€
  • A 3-Day Tourist Ticket (€22) is valid for unlimited travel (including 1 round trip to/from Athens International Airport). 3-day passes are available at the bus and metro ticket kiosks at Athens International Airport, Omonia, Syntagma, Thissio, Monastiraki, Acropolis and Piraeus stations.

Operating Hours: 5:15am–12:30am


IMPORTANT NOTE: Whenever possible we advise you to travel from the Panepistimio Metro Stop as walking around Omonia square is not recommended (and should be completely avoided at night).





Taxi: Taxis operate a 24-hour service in Athens, and you are advised to use them after 12.30 am when other forms of transports stop operating. They can be hailed down on the street or otherwise picked up at taxi stands around major tourist squares such as Monastiraki and Syntagma. You can also book one calling the radio taxi line.

Fares are charged with a meter after the initial base rate of €3.44 is applied. The tariff is €0.74 per Km and will double after midnight through to 5am.


Please note that services such as Uber and Lift do not currently operate in Athens. However, if you wish to use another car ride service you can also download and use the Beat application.


Useful Information:


Time Zone in Athens: (GMT+3)

Eastern European Summertime

1 hour ahead of Central European Summertime (CEST)

In October sunrise is at: 7.20 am

In October sunset is at: 7.10 pm

Telephone Country Code: +30

Currency: Euro € - you can check the exchange rate online here.

Electrical Sockets: In Athens the power sockets used are:


Type C also known as the standard "Euro" plug. This socket also works with plug E and plug F.

Type F also known as "Schuko". This socket also works with plug C and plug E.

For any other type, you will need a travel plug adaptor to plug in.


Weather: At the end of September/ Beginning of October the average high will be 26 degrees and the average minimum will be 17 degrees. The weather is usually warm and sunny but there will be a small chance of rain.


Security: Generally, Athens is quite a safe city for travellers. However, you should take the usual safety precautions you would in any urban or tourist area during a visit to Athens. Due to the economic crisis that struck the country, over the years pick-pocketing and petty thefts have been on the rise. Street crimes continue to be common and most of these cases occur within the popular tourist areas and on the Metro system. When walking in crowded areas please be vigilant, keep a close eye on your belongings and avoid walking alone at night. When keeping in mind areas to avoid in Athens, know that Omonia, Exarcheia, Vathi, and Kolokotroni Squares have high crime rates and should be avoided at night, if not altogether. In particular, pay attention at Omonia square, which is located close to the Titania hotel.

Emergency Contact: Dial

  • 112 for any Emergency;
  • 166 for Ambulance;
  • 199 for Fire Department;
  • 100 for Police;
  • 171 for Tourist Police;
  • 139 for International Phone Assistance;
  • 11888 for general telephone information.

Supermarkets: The BAZAAR Supermarket is open Monday to Saturday from 8 AM to 9 PM. Located 200 meters away from the Titania Hotel. Walk from the Titania Hotel towards Omonia square and take the first left on Aiolou Street.



Masoutes Supermarket is located 400 meters away from the Titania Hotel close to the Panepistimio Metro Stop. Masoutes is open Monday-Saturday from 8 am until 9 pm. From the Titania hotel walk towards Panepistimio and when you reach the metro Stop turn right and you will find the Supermarket.



ATM & Cash withdrawal: Always withdrawal in Bank. To find the closest hotel to the Titania Hotel, exit the Titania and walk along Panepistimiou towards Omonia square for 100 metres and you will find Alpha Bank on your right.