Megaron Athens International Conference Centre
Vas. Sofias Ave. & Kokkali Str.
11521 Athens Greece
A landmark in the centre of Athens, Megaron Athens International Conference Centre (MAICC) has a total offering of 143,000 square metres and a choice of 18 meeting spaces, combined with expansive exhibition and foyer areas totalling 12,000 square metres. The Centre’s total capacity is 6,000 delegates depending on the configuration, with the largest meeting room accommodating close to 2,000.
Megaron is located on a direct metro line to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport, journey time 35 minutes. It is also very close to major hotels, museums, shops and fine dining, many of which are within walking distance.
HOW TO GET HERE
The Concert Hall is situated at the Vasilissis Sofias Avenue. This is a location most people know and you’ll find it easy to get to. If you come by taxi, just tell the driver you want the Megaron conference centre.
You can also get here by public transport from any part of Athens:
- By metro, it’s just two minutes from the Concert Hall Metro Station to the door of the MAICC
- By bus, buses Ε14, Α5 and 550 stop right in front of the MAICC
- By electrically driven bus, buses 10 and 3 stop right in front of the MAICC
- From the airport you can take bus Χ95, or a 35 minute ride on the Metro will bring you to the venue
- From the railway station, it’s just 30 minutes to the Concert Hall Metro station
- From Piraeus it’s just a few minutes ride on the Metro.
If you come by car you can park in the Concert Hall’s new three-level parking facility, which has spaces for 750 cars. The entrance is on Kokkali St. and the facility is open from 6am to 2am every day.
COVID-19 VENUE MEASURES
Megaron, prioritises the safety of its audience and its personnel, and applies all the necessary precautionary measures against the spread of Covid-19 in all areas. With the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Megaron is always informed and implements the most up-to-date measures for the protection of both staff and visitors and the prevention of the spread of Covid-19.
Specifically, for events held at Megaron, the following measures are in place:
- To enter the venue, for people over 12 years old it is mandatory that you present a Covid-19 vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate (issued 30 days after the first positive test and valid until 180 days after the first test). The certificates have to be printed or shown on a mobile device to the Megaron staff, who check their validity through the Covid Free GR app. You will also need to present an official ID or passport so that the name can be cross-referenced.
- Wearing non-surgical face protection masks is mandatory when entering the venue, throughout the performance, and when exiting the venue for both audience and staff.
- Antiseptic gels are available for public use at the entrances, the WCs and the bars.
- Bars are open, and their services are fully compliant with all requirements of food and drink preparation and serving during Covid-19.
- The Megaron air-conditioning systems are completely safe, as they operate on 100% fresh air, and all airways have been cleaned and disinfected, as certified by the Head of Health & Safety Operations.
For general city Covid-19 updates, please visit: https://www.thisisathens.org/whats-new/coronavirus-update
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COMING FROM THE AIRPORT
Athens International Airport is located 33 km southeast of Athens. It is easily accessible via the Athens ring road (Attiki Odos). The drive from downtown Athens takes 30-45 minutes, depending on traffic.
Metro Line 3 connects the airport to the city centre (Syntagma Square). The journey time is approximately 40 minutes. Trains run every 30 minutes, 7 days a week from 6:30 am to 11:30 pm. One way tickets cost €10 (€5 for children, teenagers, over 65).
24-hour express buses connect Athens International Airport with the port of Piraeus and the Intercity Bus Terminal (KTEL Kifissos). These non-stop services operate daily, including public holidays. All buses drop off passengers at the Departures Level and depart from the Arrivals Level. Bus tickets are sold at the ticket booth outside the Arrivals hall (between Exits 4 and 5), or on board at no extra cost. One way tickets cost €6 (€3 for children, teenagers, over 65).
There are four express bus routes from the airport:
- Χ93: Airport – Kifissos Station (Estimated journey time: 65 minutes)
- X95: Airport – Syntagma Square (Estimated journey time: 60 minutes)
- Χ96: Airport – Piraeus port (Estimated journey time: 90 minutes)
- Χ97: Airport – Elliniko (Estimated journey time: 45 minutes)
Taxis are available outside Exit 3 of Arrivals Level. A taxi from the airport to the city centre costs a flat rate of €35 from 5 am to midnight, and €50 from midnight to 5 am. The rate is determined by the time of arrival at the destination and includes all applicable surcharges.
The Athens public transport system is affordable, reliable and covers most of the city and suburbs. You can use all means of public transport using the same ticket (a single ticket costs €1.40 and is valid for 90 minutes).
The fastest means of getting around Athens is the Metro. The Athens Metro system consists of 3 lines and connects to the tram, bus routes and suburban railway. The Metro runs daily from 5 am to midnight. Lines 2 and 3 operate until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays. At peak hours, trains run every 5-6 minutes.
All licensed taxis in Athens are equipped with metres. The fare is charged per kilometre and per hour. Make sure the metre is switched on as soon as you set off.
Beat (formerly Taxibeat) is an app-based yellow taxi service which finds your location, gives you choice of taxis and offers the options of paying in cash, by card, or using a Paypal account.
Uber is also available in Athens with the UberTaxi product—you can call an Uber via your app and a yellow taxi will pick you up.
Radio taxis are another option if you don’t feel like hitting the pavement to hail a cab, or if you want to ask for a specific pick-up time and date. Call them for a cab or pre-book online.
Taxiplon is a combination of web and app-based service that also offers business class vehicles and city tours.