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Metropolitan Area: Athens
Location: 38° 2′ 8″ N, 23° 32′ 13″ E


Rank xxth
Population: (2001)
 - Total
 - Density¹
 - Rank



sea level
5 m (centre)
around 700 to 800 m
Postal code: 192 00
Area/distance code: 11-30-210 (030-210)
Municipal code: 1104
Car designation: Y (prev.)
Z pres.
3-letter abbreviation: ELE

Elefsina (Greek: Ελευσίνα, Ancient/Katharevousa: Ελευσίς - Eleusis) is a small town about 30 km NW of Athens. It is best known for having been the site of the Eleusinian Mysteries, one of the major cults of ancient Greece. It was also the birth place of the great tragic poet of antiquity, Aeschylus. See also Metanira.

Today, the city has become a suburb of Athens, and is linked by the freeway, the Athens metro freeway (Attiki Odos) and Athens metro (transit). A toll post named after the community is on the westbound lanes of GR-8A. A hill is nearby, between the tolls and the refinery. North of Eleusis is Mandra and Magoula, and northeast is the Thriasian plain with Aspropyrgos. To the SW is the Gulf of Eleusina.

Elefsina is the town where the majority of crude oil in Greece is imported and refined. The refinery nearest to the city is on its west side. The other major town is Aspropyrgos, next to the shipyards of Skaramagas.

Forests align with the bay with a length of around 200 m. The nearest mountain is in the northwest.

Athens's nearest military airport is a few kilometers east of Elefsina. It has been used since the mid-20th century. Its runway is about 2 km and its buildings are to the west. It sits in the Thriasian/Eleusina Plain. It has a nearby interchange slightly north of the Eleusina(east) interchange about 2 km west.

The city is host to football club Panelefsiniakos FC.

Nearest places

  • Mandra (west)
  • Magoula (north)
  • Aspropyrgos (east)

Historical population

Year Municipal population Change
1981 20,320 -
1991 22,793 2,473/12.17%


External links

North: Mandra
West: Nea Peramos
Eleusis East: Aspropyrgos
South: Gulf of Eleusis