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Flight Information to Athens from New York City

distanceDistance4913 miles (7924 km)
durationAverage flight duration17 h 50 min
changesDirect flightYes

Flights from New York City to Athens cover the 4913 miles (7924 km) long trip taking on average 17 h 50 min with our travel partners like. There are direct flight services available.

Flights from New York to Athens

Athens was the cradle of ancient Greek civilization, a democracy more than 2400 years ago. These days the Acropolis and the imposing relics of classical antiquity look down on a vibrant and fast-paced modern eurosopean capital that also serves as the gateway to the idyllic islands of the Aegean, with ferry services from the ancient port at Piraeus. US sightseers, sun-seekers and business travelers can book a direct flight from New York to Athens seven days a week. Late night departures from New York offer overnight travel to the Greek capital, with journey times around nine hours and 15 minutes, arriving in the afternoon. Frequent additional indirect flights to Athens from New York operate daily, with one change required in transit, at a eurosopean hub. The connections from two New York airports with a layover take a little longer than direct flights, but departures from afternoon to late at night increase the daily flight options to Athens.

Which airlines travel from New York to Athens?

Emirates is the only airline offering a direct flight from New York to Athens, with a nightly service to the Greek capital seven nights a week departing from Newark Liberty International Airport. Several airlines offer indirect flights from New York airports to Athens, including Italian national airline Alitalia's service from John F. Kennedy International Airport via Rome Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport, Swiss Air flights from Newark via Zurich, and German national airline Lufthansa and United Airlines' connection from Newark via Munich.

How long is the flight from New York to Athens?

The fastest flight from New York to Athens is the Emirates direct service from Newark, taking nine hours and 15 minutes to complete the 4937 mile (7945 kilometer) trip east over the Atlantic to the Greek capital. Alitalia provides the fastest indirect flight from New York to Athens, with its departure from JFK Airport via Rome taking a total journey time of 1one hours and 30 minutes. Swiss Air services via Zurich and Lufthansa and United Airlines flights via Munich take five minutes longer to reach Athens. Most indirect connections take upwards of 1two hours to reach the Greek city from New York, with exact journey times depending on the route and the length of layover between connecting flights.

How many flights are there from New York to Athens?

The Emirates timetable offers one direct flight from New York to Athens seven nights a week, departing from Newark Airport just before midnight for overnight travel. There are also more than 20 daily indirect flights from New York to Athens requiring one change in transit departing from Newark and JFK airports. These services have takeoff times ranging from early afternoon to late at night and all involve overnight travel over the Atlantic. For timetable clarity New York time is seven hours behind  Athens time.

What are the departure and arrival airports for flights from New York to Athens?

Departure Airport:  Newark Liberty International Airport is located in New Jersey, about nine miles (15 kilometers) southwest of downtown Manhattan, with public transit transfers provided by regular train services from Amtrak and NJ Transit, taking about 30 minutes to reach the airport station from the city. John F. Kennedy International Airport is situated in Queens, 14 miles (20 kilometers) southeast of downtown New York City,  with transfers available on New York Subway services to Howard Beach or Jamaica stations, met by AirTrain shuttle services to the terminal, taking 45-60 minutes. Both airports have long and short stay parking lots, currency exchange bureaux, luggage storage facilities, business lounges, ATMs and free WiFi. Dining options include a wide range of fast food outlets, international restaurants, pizzerias, pubs, cocktail bars and coffee shops. Duty free shopping malls offer designer brand fashion boutiques, sneaker stores and luxury luggage outlets, gourmet food and wine specialists, jewelers, bookstores and newsstands.

Arrival Airport: Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport is located 12 miles (20 kilometers) to the east of central Athens, with public transit transfers downtown and to the harbor at Piraeus available on suburban Proastiakos trains and the Athens subway line 3 services, taking 20-30 minutes to reach the center. The airport has car rental agencies, currency exchange desks, ATMs, executive lounges, a nail bar, children's play area, a pharmacy, free WiFi and taxi stands. Restaurants include pizzerias, burger bars, a bakery,  Greek grill, coffee shops, pubs and wine bars. Duty free shopping outlets include designer brand fashion and accessory stores, cosmetics, Greek olive oil retailers, wine and liquor stores, bookstores and a mini-market for groceries.

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Flights from New York City to Athens
Take a flight to Athens easily. Whether you want fast, cheap or something entirely different, our travel experts have collected everything you need to know so you can find the best option from New York City to Athens.
How far is it from New York City to Athens by plane?
The distance from New York City to Athens by plane is approximately 4913 miles (7924 km).
How long is a flight from New York City to Athens on average?
While the time it takes to travel 4913 miles (7924 km) between New York City and Athens can vary based on specific dates, weekends, and holidays, the New York City to Athens flight journey time is on average 17 h 50 min.