Getting around while in Athens
Buses and Trolleys:
Athens has a quite well organized transportation system that consists of buses, trolleys, subway and tram. Maps and schedules of the itineraries can be found at any subway station as well as at the Greek National Tourism organization offices. Bus and trolley tickets cost 0,50 Euro and can be bought at special booths and kiosks or even mini markets near the bus stops.
It is advisable that as soon as you get into a bus or trolleybus, you should validate your ticket by asserting it into one of the special machines you will find inside the vehicles; the ticket will be punched and dated. In case you haven't validated your ticket you will pay a 30 Euro fine).
The Metro (subway):
The Athens metro works since 2000 and is the most frequently used means of transport. During peak hours there is a train every 3 minutes. During the rest of the time there is one every 5 to 10 minutes.
The metro consists of three lines:
- Line 1 - Green Line (from the Port of Piraeus to Kifissia running from 05:00' to 00:30')
- Line 2 - Red Line (from Sepolia to Dafni running from 05:30' to 24:00')
- Line 3 - Blue Line (from Athens Airport to Central Athens-Monastiraki running from 05:30' to 24:00')
A ticket costs 0.80 euro and is only valid for a single route; a separate ticket should be purchased for the return route. Students with a valid student card pay 0.40 euro. Tickets are valid for 90 minutes after their validation.
There are also some tickets that cost 1 euro (reduced fare: 0.50 euro) and are valid for 90 minutes after their validation and can be used for subway lines 1,2 and 3 as well as for all other means of public transport in Athens (buses, trolleybuses, tram and part of the suburban railway).
You can also buy daily tickets (3 euro) and weekly tickets (10 euro) as well as monthly cards (standard fare: 38 euro, reduced fare: 19 euro) which apply for all means of public transport in Athens. Control is quite frequent. Fines in case of not having validated a ticket begin at 40 times the ticket price. Transition to the Athens International Airport requires a special ticket which costs 6 euro (reduced: 3 euro).
Greek taxis are considered to be quite cheap compared to other European countries. All licensed taxis are equipped with metres (the fare is charged per km). Passengers may be asked to pay a standard amount for a transition to a specific place, e.g. central bus station to a specific place; as a result, try to ask the exact amount of the route or if there will be any extra charges so that you won't come before suprises.
Before using a taxi, you should also be aware of the following:
- Charge per km:
For taxis throughout the country : € 0.32 (Tariff 1) and € 0.60 (Tariff 2). Also € 1 for initial charge (flagdown rate). For rural taxis throughout the country : € 0.28 per km if the passenger is to return to the point of hire (Return trip Tariff 1) and € 0.56 per km in case he does not return to the point of hire (Single trip Tariff 2)
- Other surcharges:
Waiting time per hour: € 7.90. Passengers' luggage: € 0.30 for every piece of luggage weighing over 10 kg
- Late night surcharge: Tariff 2, applying from 24:00 to 05:00 hrs
- Surcharges from airport, ferry, railway or intercity coach terminals: From railway, port and intercity coach terminals: € 0.80. From/to “ Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens International Airport 3 euro, “Macedonia ” Thessaloniki Airport : € 2.50 and other airports 2 euro. Radio taxi extra charge: € 1.50 (simple call), € 2.50 (appointed time & place).
- Minimum charge: € 2.5 for Athens and Piraeus, € 2.7 for the rest of the country.
- Taxi driver's obligations: the driver should carry the passenger's luggage from the pavement to the vehicle and vice versa. He has no right to deny you a ride and cannot pick up extra passengers without your permission. Passengers may have to wait up to 15 minutes in case something serious is wrong. Invoices can also be issued if a passenger asks for one.
Taxis can be easily caught on the roads but you can also call a radio-taxi company and ask for a taxi to come and pick you up from a specific place and at a certain time. The following table shows some radio-taxi companies' telephones.
Athens Radio-Taxi Companies
- APOLLON 210 3636508, 3389055
- ASTERAS 210 6144000, 6144500
- ATHINA 1 1203
- DIMITRA 210 5546993, 210 5560800
- ENOTITA 210 6459000 - 5
- ERMIS 210 4115200
- EUROPE 210 5023583, 5023783
- EXPRESS 210 9943000
- GLIFADA 210 9605600
- HELLAS 210 6457000, 8014000
- IKAROS 210 5152800
- KIFISSIA 210 6233100
- KOSMOS 1300
- PARTHENON 210 5323300
- PIRAEUS 1 210 4182333
- PROTOPORIA 210 2221623, 2928150
By using the tram you can reach the southern suburbs from the city center.
The routes are the following:
- Athens-Glyfada, running through Nea Smyrni, Paleo Faliro, Alimos, Helliniko.
- Athens- Eirinis kai Filias Stadion (Neo Faliro), running through Nea Smyrni and Paleo Faliro and from there branching out along the coastal avenue, and
- Glyfada- eirinis kai Filias Stadion across the coastal avenue and the Faliriko Delta.
Tickets cost 0,60 euro, 0.40 euro in case passengers change to another means of transportation such as the bus, trolley, electric railway and metro, 0,30 euro in case of students and 0,70 euro in case you buy a combined ticket.
The Suburban Railway (Proastiakos):
You can use the suburban railway to reach the Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos. You can also travel from Athens to Corinth (84 km west of Athens - with seven stops along the line) and from Corinth to Athens International Airport (with eleven stops along the line). Tickets cost 3 euros.