The NMDF Dance Convention will take place at the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens (OAKA) where the major events of the Olympic Games 2004 took place.It can be easily accessed by train, bus, or taxi (visit www.oaka.com.gr for more information). It is about 20 minutes from the Athens International Airport.
Located in Athens’ beautiful northern suburbs, the stadium is close to Kifissia and Kefalari, two of the city’s most elegant neighborhoods, as well as shopping hot spots Chalandri and Maroussi.
Looking to experience the ancient ruins and the city center’s hustle and bustle? Downtown Athens is just a 20-minute train ride.
37 Kifissias Ave., Maroussi, “G. Kassimatis” Hall, Gate A
Olympic Athletic Center of Athens (OAKA) in Greece
37 Kifissias Ave., Maroussi
“G. Kassimatis” Hall, Gate A
Athens has a large public transportation network with a wide variety of means, making it easy for travelers to get around. All you have to do is fly into the Athens International Airport and then hop on a train, bus, or taxi to explore the capital.
The International Airport Athens is accessible via Metro Line 3 (Aghia Marina - Athens International Airport), the Suburban Railway, as well as bus services. www.aia.gr
TRAINS / METRO LINES
The stadium can be reached by metro. Stations Irini and Neratziotissa on Metro Line 1 (Green Line) are close to the Olympic complex. Metro Line 1 runs between Piraeus (port) and Kifissia (northern suburbs) through the Athens’ city center. It also connects to Metro Lines 2 and 3, the tram, and bus routes at hub stations.
If you’re in the mood for sightseeing, Metro Lines 2 (Red Line) and 3 (Blue Line) connect important landmarks in downtown Athens, such as the Acropolis, as well as the airport, and the Athens Central Station (also known as Stathmos Larisis).
When entering and exiting the stations of Metro Lines 2 and 3, look out for the artfully displayed antiquities unearthed during their construction!
TRAINS / SUBURBAN RAILWAY
This high-speed train offers a connection to the airport and Neratziotissa station, which is next to the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens (OAKA).
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Express buses connect the airport to the city center 24/7. The Athens blue bus network connects the city center with all the suburbs and Piraeus daily from 5:00 am to 00:15 am. You can find information on how to reach a destination by calling the Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA) at 11185.
Bus lines that will take you to the Olympic Stadium stop are 550, E14, and X14 (about 10 minute walk to G. Kassimatis Hall). You can also use the 444 bus; get off at Pittara stop (6 minute walk to G. Kassimatis Hall). Visit www.oaka.com.gr for alternative bus routes.
Taxis in Athens are yellow and can be a convenient way to get around. There is a flat rate from the airport to the city which varies depending on whether it is daytime or nighttime. The fare includes luggage charges, toll fees, airport charge, etc. The same applies when you hail a taxi from Athens to go to the airport.
When riding around town, always make sure the driver starts the meter. Keep in mind that rates double between midnight and 5:00 am.
Though there are usually plenty of taxis available on the road, if you’re having trouble finding one, try using the mobile app Beat (www.thebeat.co/gr).
WHERE TO STAY
There are a few hotels if you wish to stay close to the Olympic Stadium. The Civitel Olympic and Athens Habitat are located near the shopping center Golden Hall, while more affordable options include Verde Apartments, Olympic Hotel (located slightly further away in Chalandri), and the Civitel Attik near the large shopping center The Mall in Maroussi. Hotels close to Kifissia Station (Metro Line 1) include Hotel des Roses, Twenty One, Coco-Mat Hotel Nafsika, and Semiramis.
Click here to find other hotels close to OAKA Stadium. For hotels in Athens’ city center, click here.
WHAT TO SEE DOWNTOWN
Athens is often referred to as an open-air museum as a mere walk around the Acropolis will have you “stumbling” across ancient ruins and monuments, as well as picturesque neighborhoods. Take a stroll around Plaka, climb up the sacred hill of the Acropolis, visit the Theater of Dionysos, and feel like you’re on an island in the middle of the city at Anafiotika. To enjoy all this and more, all you need is to jump on the Metro Line 1 from Kifissia or Neratziotissa (close to OAKA) and make the stop at Thissio or Monastiraki Station.
If you don’t have time for all that, admire the entire city at once from the highest point in Athens at Lycabettus Hill, the perfect spot to watch the sunset and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view that stretches all the way to the sea.
Tip: After admiring the sunset from Lycabettus Hill, wait for the lights of the Acropolis, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Panathenaic Stadium, and the Ancient Agora to come on below.
The Olympic Athletic Center of Athens (OAKA) is located in the northern suburbs, so if you want to avoid the city center and connect with nature, find your zen in Syggrou Forest located between Maroussi and Kifissia. For a little bit of history, don’t miss a chance to visit the Goulandri Natural History Museum in Kifissia.
WHERE TO EAT, DRINK AND SHOP
Though the area around OAKA is mostly residential, there are amazing places to eat, drink, and shop close by.
Chalandri is a lively, young neighborhood only a few minutes away with many cool cafés, bars, restaurants, stores, and boutiques to choose from. It’s accessible by train (Metro Blue Line), bus, and trolley.
Maroussi is another area that’s only minutes away. Other than local restaurants, cafés, and stores, you will also find The Mall Athens next to the metro station Neratziotissa (Metro Line 1, Green Line). With a large number of shops, as well as food options, coffee shops, and state-of-the-art movie theatres, it is the most popular shopping center in Athens and one of the largest in Southeastern Europe. Next to the stadium in Maroussi is also the more elegant shopping center Golden Hall, which you can get to by buses Α7, Ε14, Χ14, 550.
A little more up north is Kifissia with its beautiful green streets, elegant stores, restaurants, and some of the best patisseries and cafés in Athens. Click here for some amazing recommendations. You can get to Kifissia from OAKA in less than 15 minutes by train (last stop on Metro Line 1) and by bus (550, X14).
Take the time to walk from Kifissia center up to Kefalari Square where you’ll find a selection of cafes and restaurants at various price ranges, from Greek souvlaki to Tex-Mex and sushi.
If you’re feeling adventurous, then don’t hesitate to visit Monastiraki, Ermou, and Kolonaki in downtown Athens for shopping. We also recommend enjoying cocktails or a coffee overlooking the Acropolis at A for Athens and City Zen. Looking for some delicious “street food”? Click here for the best the city has to offer (there’s even a vegan option).