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Welcome to Athens! With an urban population of more than 4 million people, Athens is the capital of Greece and the 4th most populous capital in the E.U. with a large, modern mass transit system to serve the needs of residents and visitors. It consists of:

  • City buses
  • Electric trolley-buses
  • Athens Metro
  • Athens Tram, and
  • Athens Suburban railway.

Athens is connected to even the remotest destinations through the Athens International Airport, ports of Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio, national railway network operated by TRAINOSE and, long-distance bus network KTEL.

 

From the airport to downtown Athens

Athens Airport Railway/Metro Station

Athens Airport Railway/Metro Station

Getting to/from the Athens International Airport and the city center, located about 20 km (12 miles) east can be achieved via:

One-way travel time estimates: X93 (65 min), X95 (70 min), X96 (90 min), X97 (100 min).

Allow sufficient time to travel as traffic conditions may cause delays. For ticket info see Athens Transport tickets and cards.

  • Metro: Take Metro Line 3 (Aghia Marina - Douk. Plakentias – Airport), which connects the Athens airport with the city center. Trains run every 30 minutes, 7 days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The trip from/to the Airport to Syntagma station (Athens center) lasts 40 minutes. See the Metro timetable to the airport here. For ticket info see Athens Transport tickets and cards.
  • Taxi: A taxi from the airport to the city center costs a flat rate of €35 from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, and €50 from midnight to 5:00 a.m.

 

From Athens to the port of Piraeus

 

Port of Piraeus is the biggest port of Athens and the main gateway to the Aegean islands. It is 10 km (6.2 miles) away from Athens center and 47 km (29.2 miles) away from Athens airport. You can get to the port via:

 

  • Metro: Take Metro line 1 towards Piraeus. The terminal station is just across the street from the port. If you’re coming from or going to the airport, change lines at Monastiraki station.
  • Buses and trolleys: A large number of buses and trolleys connect the port of Piraeus to different areas of Athens. Bus line 040 runs 24-hours a day, between Syntagma square and the port.  Bus line 500 runs only during the night, on a route similar to that of Metro line 1. Bus route X96 is an express 24-hour line, running between Athens airport and the port of Piraeus. You can view more bus lines serving Piraeus here.

 

Moving around the city

 

Buses and trolleys

Different Athens city buses

Different Athens city buses

City buses and electrical trolley-buses serve Athens and its suburbs. Most vehicles are modern and air-conditioned. Special schedules apply during summer months of July-September

Operating hours vary according to line/day/season, but generally they run between 5:00 a.m. – midnight. There are also five 24-hour lines, 4 airport lines (see above section), and 8 Express lines.

You can find routes and maps for every line on this website: Athens Buses routes and timetables. You can also get additional information by calling 1185 from a Greek phone. For ticket info see Athens Transport tickets and cards.

 

Metro

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Athens Rail Transport Map (click to enlarge)

The Athens Metro has 3 lines. Line 1 (the Green line) started operation in 1869, making it the second oldest underground system in the world after the London Underground. Lines 2 and 3 opened in 2000 and increased the Metro’s popularity due to its speed, cleanliness and security. Today’s Athens” underground connects important landmarks of the Greek capital, such as the Acropolis, Athens Airport, Port of Piraeus, Central Railway Station and Olympic Stadium, in addition to connecting downtown Athens with the suburbs. Archeological exhibits found during Metro’s construction and modern works of art are exhibited in many stations. All stations are fully accessible to disabled persons with elevators in every level and platform and most of the trains are air-conditioned.

  • Line 1 (green line): Kifisia – Piraeus
  • Line 2 (red line): Anthoupoli – Eliniko
  • Line 3 (blue line): Airport – Douk. Plakentias - Aghia Marina

All trains stop at all stations all the time, except of the section Airport – Douk. Plakentias of line 3 where trains run every 30 minutes.

Operating hours are 5:30 a.m. to 00:30 a.m., and every Friday and Saturday night, lines 2 & 3 stay open until 2:30 a.m. You can find information about Athens metro, including timetables, maps, parking and safety information on this website. For ticket info see Athens Transport tickets and cards.

 

Tram

Athens Tram

Athens Tram vehicles

Starting operation on the eve of Athens” Olympics, the Athens Tram connects the city center with the southern seaside. There are 3 lines:

  • Line 1 «Syntagma – SEF» linking downtown Athens to the Peace and Friendship Stadium,
  • Line 2 «Syntagma – Voula» which runs between the city center and southern suburb of Voula and
  • Line 3 «Voula – SEF» running along the coastal zone.

In summer, many Athenians choose tram to visit nearby beaches, seaside cafes and clubs.

Operating hours are 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays it operates approximately from 5:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m. Information on the Athens Tram, including timetables, can be found on on this website. For ticket info see Athens Transport tickets and cards

 

Suburban Railway

The Suburban Railway, or «Proastiakos«, is part of the national railway network of Greece. Its main route is Athens Airport – Kiato, while other routes travel up to Ano Liosia. There is also a route that connects Ano Liosia with the Athens Central Station as well as  a route that connects the town of Halkida (Chalkis) with the Acharnai Station (S.K.A.), the Athens Central Station and Piraeus Station.

Be aware that different fares apply: Piraeus to Acharnai Station (S.K.A.) and Magoula to Koropi stations use the normal ticket, while different fares are charged for more distant stations. Current Suburban Railway timetables: Airport – Kiato and Kiato – AirportKiato – Patra bus connectionsPiraeus – Athens – Halkida line. See also: Suburban Railway Discount Policy. More information on TRAINOSE website (click «en» on the upper right corner) .

 

Long-distance transportation

 

Athens Central Railway Station

On a platform of Athens Central Railway Station

 

Long-distance buses (KTEL)

KTEL buses are privately owned bus networks based in every prefecture/island of Greece and often are the most affordable and convenient means of transport, though the quality of service can vary. Detailed information on routes, timetables, ticket fares and practical information can be found at  livingingreece.gr.

Greek Railways

In an effort to return Greek Railways to profitability, TRAINOSE cut a number of routes and destinations, including all international routes. Most traffic is concentrated on the Athens – Thessaloniki line and the suburban network between Athens to Kiato and Athens to Halkida. Information and ticket sales on TRAINOSE website.

 

Ticket information

 

 

Information resources

 

Athens metro passing throught ancient agora

Athens metro passing through ancient Agora

Keep in mind that strikes in Greece occur regularly and many times affect transportation even though most times there is an alternative option. Strike schedules are usually announced just 1-3 days in advance, so it’s essential to stay informed. The best website to keep you updated on all strikes and protests is livingingreece.gr/strikes. For information about Athens transport routes, schedules and more, you can also call 11185 on a Greek phone.

If you read Greek, you may visit  athenstransport.com/strikes and/or also follow my twitter account @athenstransport.

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Have a question? Do you think more information should be added to this page? Feel free to leave a comment below or contact me via Twitter!

Last edited: April 22nd, 2014

Information on this page comes from websites linked above and personal experiences as an Athenian, blogging about transportation in my city. Photos and maps via 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

 

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  • http://twitter.com/mvarmazis Maria Varmazis (@mvarmazis)

    Σ’ευχαριστώ πάρα πάρα πολύ για τις πληροφορίες! My Greek is not very good so this page is very helpful.

  • eva

    Parakalo na mas grapseis How to go to the beaches around Athens by bus or train, and which stops to get off. Efxarsto

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      This is a blog post I’m planning to write in Greek first but it won’t be easy as it needs a lot of original research. It will happen though ;)

  • Αλεξανδρος

    Παρακαλω να με ενημερωσετε τι ωρες (πρωινες) φευγει ο προαστιακος απο
    σταθμο Λαρισσης και απο Νερατζιωτισσα για το αεροδρομιο Ελ. Βενιζελος. Ευχαριστω

  • sherif helal

    Please advise me back, how I can get from Athens Airport to Novotel downtown hotel where I will spend 1 night then I need also to go to Rafina port by also public transport.

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      Please check your hotel’s website, there are detailed information on how to reach them. You need to go from the airport to Athens center (bus or metro) and from there to Larissa metro station.

      For Rafina port there are buses departing from Pedion tu Areos, close to Victoria metro station. Your hotel’s staff should be happy to give you all the information you need.

  • Helen Nickolson

    Would it be possible to take the Metro from the airport toward Agia Marina to catch a ferry at Agia Marina for Nea Styra? I believe that there is a bus that can be taken from one of the Metro stops to Agia Marina. Thank you so much.

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      No, the only way to get to the port of Agia Marina is by bus (or by taxi but that would be a lot more expensive). For bus information try contacting http://www.ktelattikis.gr/contact.html (info@ktelattikis.gr or (+30)210 88 08 000)

  • http://www.athenstransport.com/ David

    Just returned from a business trip to Athens and was very shocked by the utter rudeness and contempt shown by the women in the ticket booth at the metro station in the airport. «Come on! Come on!» she screamed at the people in front of me who were dithering before leaving her counter. Fair enough, they were holding things up ever so slightly… But then she did exactly the same to me while I was just trying to put my change in my wallet and pick up my tickets. She was rude throughout the brief interaction and was a very poor ambassador for Athens. This person should not be allowed to interact with customers, let alone be the first experience of Athens for international travellers!

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      I understand it looked bizarre to you, but this was the typical behaviour of a Greek civil servant. It’s what every Greek faces every time they come in contact with someone employed by the government. Once in a while, I might find a polite person and I always feel the need to tweet «A person just did his job and was polite to me!». I’m afraid it’s a cultural thing, and it doesn’t matter how much we complain. Nothing ever changes, because there are no consequences for their behaviour.

      However, if you would like to complain to Athens Urban Transport Organization, you can do so by completing this form. They are required to respond to everyone.

      I’m sorry for you bad experience. I do hope you met some polite people in Athens as well :-)

  • J. Blish

    It would be very helpful to find out which metro and HSAP stations have and/or do not have taxis available. Some stations, like Irinis, are impossible without an appointment.

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      From what I know there is no information on which metro stations have taxi stands anywhere online. Due to its location, Irini station is one of the least used stations (except of when there are sport events at OAKA), and happens to be in some distance from any major roads. However, it’s relatively easy to find a taxi outside most of the other stations (or in a close distance from them).

  • J. Blish

    How about Nerantzotissa?

    Incidentally, the Koropi Station has 2 lifts and 2 esclators, none of which work, and a very long staircase to climb. No good for disabled persons.

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      Neratziotissa is going to get a taxi stand in the following days/weeks. However, there’s already a taxi stand outside The Mall.

      All proastiakos stations have infrastructure problems. I don’t see things getting better before TRAINOSE gets privatized next year. (Even though stations will still be owned by the government).

  • G. Yestrau

    Hi!

    I’m planning on travelling to Greece in the upcoming spring/summer and I’m attempting to plan my route from Patra to Athens.

    I have been able to find tickets for a bus from Patra to Kiato, but I am having problems finding a train ticket from Kiato to Athens (or near Athens) even though all the information I have seen says these tickets should be available quite easily.

    The Trainose website does not show any available trips from Kiato in that direction.

    Any information would be helpful!

    Thanks.

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      Hello there, a single train ticket from Kiato to Athens costs €12 but if you buy it together with the Patra-Kiato bus ticket there is a small deduction. Suburban railway tickets (such as the Kiato – Athens Airport route) can’t be booked online because those trains don’t have numbered seats. The only option is to buy a ticket at the station before you board the train (I believe you can also buy it in Patra). Note that many of those travelling from Patra to Athens and vice versa prefer to use a direct bus instead of the TRAINOSE bus to Kiato and then 2 different trains to get to Athens. Let me know if I can offer you any more help.