The Athens public transport system covers most of the city and suburbs. You can use all means of public transport using the same ticket (a single ticket costs €1.40 and is valid for 90 minutes).
The fastest means of getting around Athens is the Metro. The Athens Metro system is made up of 3 lines and connects to the tram, bus routes and suburban railway. The Metro runs daily from 5am to midnight. Lines 2 and 3 operate until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays. At peak hours, trains run every 5-6 minutes.
Athens Metro: +30 210 519 4012 www.ametro.gr
Line 1 is an overground train (known as ISAP or electric railway) that runs from the northern suburb of Kifissia to the port of Piraeus. It connects to lines 2 and 3 at three stations (Attiki, Omonia and Monastiraki).
Athens Piraeus Electric Railways: +3 .210 324 8311 www.isap.gr
Buses & Trolleybuses
The Athens bus and trolleybus network is very extensive. Most buses and trolleybuses run daily from 5am to midnight, but do check the timetable of your route or call 11185. Airport Express buses operate on a 24-hour basis. These services connect Athens International Airport with the city centre (Syntagma Square), Piraeus port and the Intercity Bus Terminal (KTEL Kifissos).
OASA, 11185, http://oasa.gr
The tram network connects central Athens with the coastal suburbs of Faliro and Voula. It takes less than an hour to get from Neos Kosmos tram stop to the final seaside stop at Voula. The tram connects to the Metro and overground train at four stops: Neos Kosmos and SEF (Peace and Friendship Stadium in Faliro). See the timetable here. The tram operates from 5.30 am to 1am daily and until 2.30am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Tram S.A.: +30 210 997 8000 www.tramsa.gr
The Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) operates the national train service. Larissis Station (on Metro Line 2) is the terminus for most intercity trains.
Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE): 14511 www.trainose.gr/
Intercity Buses (KTEL)
There are bus terminals in Athens that will take you anywhere you want to go in Greece.
(100 Kifissos Avenue; Tel. +30 210 512 4910) serves the Peloponnese, western Greece and Thessaloniki. Bus routes 051 (from Omonia Square), 420 (from Piraeus port) or X93 (from Athens International Airport) connect to KTEL Kifissou.
(26 Stratigou Dagli Street; Tel. +30 210 831 7186) serves central and northern Greece. Bus routes 420 (from Piraeus), A10 (from Larissis Station), and X93 (from Athens International Airport) serve KTEL Liossion.
Buses leave from Pedion Areos (on Mavromateon Street) towards eastern Attica regions such as Sounion, Nea Makri, Marathonas, Markopoulo, Oropos, Kalamos, for the ports of Rafina, Agia Marina and Lavrion and for the beaches of Porto Rafti (Kakia Thalassa, Avlaki, Daskalio) and of Nea Makri ( Mati, Zouberi, Agios Andreas, Schinias). Buses leave from Thissio in Agion Asomaton Square towards Megara, Nea Peramos, Elefsina, Vilia, Erythres and for the beaches of Porto Germeno and Alepochori. In addition, KTEL Attikis S.A. connects the Athens International Airport "El. Venizelos” with the port of Rafina and Markopoulo.
Tel. +30 210 880 8080 http://ktelattikis.gr/en/
Tickets for Public Transport
Tickets and passes (Ath.ena tickets) for public transport are sold at ticket booths and machines in all Athens Metro and tram stations. There are three types of Ath.ena tickets: a paper ticket, an anonymous card that you can top up, and a personalised card. These tickets can be used on all forms of public transport.
- A standard ticket on Athens public transport costs €1.40. Students and senior citizens over 65 pay €0.60 (student ID and proof of age required). Children up to the age of 6 travel free of charge; ages 7-18 pay €0.60 (proof of age required).
- Each ticket can be used for 90 minutes on any form of public transport (except services to/from the airport).
- A Day Pass (€4.50) is valid for unlimited travel (except airport services) for 24 hours.
- A 5-Day Ticket (€9) is valid for unlimited travel on all modes of transport (except airport services and bus line Χ80) for 5 days.
- A 3-Day Tourist Ticket (€22) is valid for unlimited travel (including 1 round trip to/from Athens International Airport). 3-day passes are available at the bus and metro ticket kiosks at Athens International Airport, Omonia, Syntagma, Thissio, Monastiraki, Acropolis and Piraeus stations.
- For more information on prices, visit the Athens Transport.
- For more information on public transport in Athens, call 11185 or visit oasa.gr
Athens' taxis are good value but you have to make sure the meter is on as soon as you board. Taxis are yellow and can be hailed down on the street or otherwise picked up at taxi stands. There are also mobile applications and dispatchers you can use to order a taxi. When hailing a taxi on the street, you might find yourself sharing a ride with another passenger. In this case each passenger pays the fare on the meter minus any diversions for drop offs. There is an initial base rate fare of 3,44 euros for every journey.
There are numerous car rental agencies in Athens as well as around the city. EU citizens can use their European driving licence. Other nationals should have a valid international driver’s license. There are many parking lots throughout Athens, where you can safely leave your car. Street parking can be a challenge, but if you find a spot where non-residents are permitted to park, you need to purchase a ticket (for 1-3 hour time slots, available at most kiosks).