Athens, being the biggest Greek city, and the 4th most populous capital of the EU, disposes with the modern public transportation possibilities to fulfil the needs of its inhabitants and visitors.
The transportation that the city offers includes
- City buses
- Suburban railway
The transportation fares are as follows:
|Type of Ticket||Ticket Price|
|90-min ticket for all modes||€ 1.40|
|24-hour ticket for all modes||€ 4,5|
|5-day ticket for all modes||€ 9|
|3-day tourist ticket||€ 22|
|Express Bus ticket for the airport||€ 6|
|Metro ticket for the airport
(also valid for Suburban Railway and all other modes)
(ticket for 2 persons € 18)
(ticket for 3 persons € 24)
|Return Metro ticket for the airport (for 2 journeys in under 48 hours)||€ 18|
Athens is connected to its International Airport, located about 25km away from the city centre, through several transportation options:
- Metro line 3 “Aghia Marina – Athens International Airport.”
- Suburban Rail from Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station) or from SKA (Rail center of Acharnes)
- Bus services (OSY) four lines provide transportation to the airport
- Regional buses (KTEL Express Service) five lines operate between the city centre and the airport
Port of Piraeus
Located 10km away from the city centre the port of Piraeus is the biggest port of Athens. The transportation to the port is possible via:
- Metro line 1
- Buses and Trolley-buses
Moving around the city
Buses and Trolley-buses operation hours vary according to line, day and season. Generally, they run between 5am – 12pm. Additionally, the city offers also five 24-hour lines, four airport lines and eight Express lines.
The Athens Metro has three lines. The oldest line in Athens and the second oldest subway system in the world, the Green line 1, started its operation in 1869. Later, lines 2 and 3 were added facilitating the functioning of the city.
All stations are fully accessible to disabled persons with elevators, majority of the trains are air-conditioned. Metro is most popular way of moving around the city due to its safety, speed and cleanliness.
Oprating hours are from 5:30am to 00:30am. On Firidays and Saturdays, lines 2 and 3 remain running until 2:30am.
Athens tram system offers 3 lines that connect the city with the southern seaside.
Operating hours are from 5:30am – 1:00am. On Fridays and Saturdays trams operate until 2:30am.
The suburban railway is mostly used as a connection between the city centre and the International Airport. It is part of the Greek national railway network, and is mostly used as a connection between the centre and more distant areas.
Taxis in Athens, similarly to other parts of the world, are yellow, whereas if you decide to travel outside the capital you will encounter any other colour except yellow. Often convenient, it is also a pricier way of transportation.
Be aware that taxi drivers in Athens tend to misuse the lack of knowledge about the city routes of their passengers, and tend to use the longest routes when transporting you to your preferred destination.