You Can Catch a Taxi in Athens with the Uber App

Athens

Technically, Uber doesn’t exist in Greece. But you can request and pay for a taxi in Athens with the Uber app. The taxi drivers use the app like all other Uber drivers.  The only strange thing is that you cannot see the total price of your Uber ride until after the ride is over. All the taxis have a set price schedule for rides, so your rides will always be priced right.

We used the Uber app to request a ride from the Athens International Airport (ATH) to our hotel, the InterContinental Athenaeum Athens.  The Uber pickup was a bit tricky. Our ride was in a taxi and there were many taxis waiting at the airport. The driver told us where to meet him, but it was still very difficult to find him (he ended up finding us). Our ride to the hotel took 45 minutes and cost 40.70 Euros ($45.75). As of June 4th, 2019, the exchange rate is 1 Euro = 1.12 US Dollars and I will use that exchange rate throughout this post.  In comparison, a shuttle van to/from the airport and the hotel would have cost 100 Euros ($112).

How it Works

I used Uber a few more times in Athens to get back to the hotel. This trip was 5.85 km (3.63 miles), 19 minutes, and cost 7 Euros ($7.87).

This last trip was 3.51 km (2.18 miles), 11 minutes, and cost 4.4 Euros ($4.95).

Like most taxi rides, the fare price is a combination of distance traveled and time.  There were plenty of taxis around Athens. But only a few taxis showed up on the Uber app when I was ready to request a ride.  Most of the time, I had to wait around 10 minutes or so for the taxi to arrive. The city streets can be very busy with people and vehicles.  Luckily, it doesn’t appear that there is surge pricing for Uber rides.  So if you have plans in Athens and need to get around, I highly recommend using the Uber app to request taxis.

If you have any questions about taking Uber in Athens, Greece, please leave a comment below.  Have a great day everyone!

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  1. Christian says

    In fairly low demand situations (not at the airport), you can agree on a price with a driver in person and get a very good price. My group of 4 went from downtown to the Hyatt for as little as 5 Euros. Also, always, always beware if a driver doesn’t want to drop you off right in front of your hotel. It’s inevitably a scam of some sort.

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