Visiting Athens

Visiting Athens

Here you'll find some info about the city of Athens. He hope you have a great time in Athens! If we can somehow help you, don't hesitate to contact us!

Places to visit

If you're in town before or after the festival, or if you're just here for the parties, you'll have a chance to discover a truly historic and beautiful city! Here's a list of some of the places you should visit.

Want to read more about Athens before you get lost in it's beautiful, tiny streets? Go ahead an read this online resume of a tour in Athens.

Transportation

Athens has a great metro system (especially in downtown) and an adequate bus system. All venues are at walking distance (max 10 mins) from a metro station so go for that if possible.

Google maps is your friend since commuting directions are accurate. Unfortunately it does not include live information.

Walking

It's quite easy and pleasant to walk around Athens. Especially if you're just here for the parties and you're staying somewhere downtown, you'll probably only use the metro to get to the party venues (some you might even be able to walk to, depending on where you're staying).

Beware of the Greek driving culture though! Always check for traffic when crossing roads even if there's a pedestrian crossing or have a green light. You have been warned!

Metro & Bus

On Friday and Saturday the metro runs from 5:30 till a bit after 2am (depending on the station). On the rest of the days it runs till 'round midnight (no pun intended!)

You must buy an electronic paper ticket which is reusable if you re-load it.

  • Single tickets cost 1.40€
  • Consider buying a 3-day tourist ticket
    • costs 22€
    • is valid for 3x24 hours since its first validation
    • and it includes a 2-way ticket for the airport (by bus or metro)
  • You can find detailed info here.

To/from the airport:

  • By metro
    • 10€ ( 18€ if you buy a 2-way ticket )
    • From 6:30 to approximately 23:00 (depending on the station you get it from)
    • Last train from the airport is at 23:30
  • By bus
    • Line X95
    • 6€ (no discount for a 2-way ticket)
    • Departs from Syntagma Square (as you're facing the Parliament, the stop is to the right of the Parliament)
    • See timeschedule and live data here.

Taxis

Taxis are quite inexpensive compared to other major European cities. There are two tariffs depending on the time of the day with prices being higher between midnight and 5am.

It's usually easy to find a taxi, especially during the day, but you can also use the app Beat (available for Android and iPhone).

Uber does not work in Greece.

We do not recommend a taxi to/from the airport as it's not very cheap. The price is fixed at 38€ during the day and 50€ from midnight to 5am.

What to eat

Greek food is world famous! Prepare to experience delicious dishes cooked slowly with love and imagination and seasoned with herbs, olive oil and spices!

10% discount at Allounou restaurant

Allounou is a restaurant near our studio where we often end up after classes. We definitely recommend it! It has great Greek food with a "twist" - you might not find some of the typical Greek dishes but you'll definitely enjoy the food, whatever you order!

If the weather is good (which should be) you can enjoy your lunch outdoors, at the nice plaza by the church!

To get the discount, just show them your Round Midnight bracelet when you get there!

Map

We don't get anything out of this deal. We would have recommended it anyways but we figured we could get something out of it for you!

Where to stay

If you're taking classes...

...and want to be near the studios, we suggest you book a place in «Ampelokipi» neighborhood. You can check out the addresses under "Studios" in the classes page.

There are not many hotels in that area but there are a lot of, quite inexpensive, Airbnb places. You might even want to group up to rent an entire place (instead of a private room) since it's cheaper and a bit easier to find one near our school. (Check on the Facebook event what friend's of yours are coming).

Ampelokipi is quite close to Syntagma, which is the city center (just 4 metro stations) and on the metro line that goes to/from the airport so it'll be easy to get there.

If you're here just for the parties...

...here are a few suggestions:

Hosting

Hosting is a great way to meet new people, exchange experiences from your local dance scenes and it makes your experience at the festival way more memorable!

As a host you get to connect with dancers from around the world and learn about their local Blues communities! You also encourage people from abroad to attend the festival, thus making the event more fun for you and other local dancers as you get to dance with people with different styles!

As a guest you get to experience the renowned Greek hospitality and visit Athens through the eyes of a local! It's always better having a local to give you the best tips around the city!

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