Finding the right flights from Madrid can be as simple as doing a search at Orbitz.com. The search engine at the Orbtiz.com site combs through current flight schedules to show comparative costs, as well as departure and arrival times, layovers and other issues that make certain flight options more attractive than others. The Madrid-Barajas Airport, located at Avenida de la Hispanidad, 28042 Madrid, is 12 miles from the city center. It's the main hub for Iberia and does business with major airlines, including EasyJet, Delta, Air France, British Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Europa and others.
Orbitz.com can help travelers find convenient, affordable places on and off site for vacation parking. The airport in Madrid has express parking meant for dropping off and picking up travelers. For the first 30 minutes, the parking is free. Short- and long-term parking lots can be found at each terminal and cost from â‚¬9.60 for two hours up to â‚¬60 per day for Terminal 2 short-term parking. Long-term parking is available for â‚¬18.30 per day. The economy lot requires a shuttle ride back and forth to the terminals but costs only â‚¬10.80 per day or â‚¬62.80 per week.
For travelers who wish to avoid parking, Orbitz.com can help find special offers on ground transportation to and from Madrid-Barajas Airport. It takes approximately 30 minutes to get there from downtown by car. A credentialed taxi service will charge anywhere from â‚¬25 to â‚¬30 for the ride, but oftentimes there are taxi drivers inside the terminals offering cheaper rides who do not have the same credentials as those who have signed a contract with the airport. Passengers can also opt for a â‚¬2 train ride or take the bus for a similar fee.
There's no need to leave the airport to find an excellent selection of restaurants, counter service diners or bars. Orbitz.com can offer travelers deals on food and air packages, though they might not be dining in-house. The convenience of dining at the airport while waiting for flights from Madrid may be worth the cost, but passengers should expect the cost to be relatively more expensive than similar restaurants found in the city center.
Travelers visiting Athens will initially arrive at Athens "Eleftherios Venizelos" International Airport. Orbitz.com offers travelers the ability to search for cheap flights to Athens from a number of airlines, including United Airlines, Air Canada, US Airways, and Delta. The airport is located about 17 miles from the center of the city.
From the airport, travelers can use the public transit system to reach the city. A ride on the metro will cost about eight euros. Another option is to rent a car to enjoy increased freedom and flexibility for exploring Athens. Orbitz.com helps travelers find sales on car rentals prior to their arrival in Athens.
Travelers planning a visit to Athens should be aware that the best time to visit is March through May. The average temperature during this time is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperatures begin to rise from June through August, which may be an unpleasant time to visit. The average daytime temperature in August is 92 degrees Fahrenheit, but temperatures can also rise above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The temperatures begin to cool in October. Between November and February is when the city receives the most rain. During this time, Athens can be windy and chilly, with temperatures about 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Athens and the surrounding area are home to numerous historical landmarks, including the Acropolis, Parthenon, and Dionysos, the oldest theater in Greece. Museums are located throughout the city as well. Parnitha National Park is another popular destination for visitors to Athens. To find low-cost air tickets and cheap flights to Athens for viewing these attractions, check with Orbitz.com.
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