Last updated: July 11th, 2017

PLEASE READ: During 2017 the Athens transport ticket system will transition from paper tickets to modern electronic tickets with the use of plastic smartcards (similar to London’s Oyster cards). If you plan to travel to Athens during 2017, check the Athens Transport Tickets and Cards page in time, for the latest updates on how to use the new electronic tickets.

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.

Looking for places to visit in Athens, Greece? Check out: 20 places to visit in Athens, Greece and how to get there

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:

All buses run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with frequency varying according to day, time and season. Click on the links above to see timetables as of now.
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.
  • Proastiakos: The Suburban railway connects the Athens airport with the Athens Central Railway Station and Acharnai Railway Center, and through them to the National Railway network. Trains run 7 days a week from 5:26 am to 21:44 pm. Current timetables: Airport – Kiato and Kiato – Airport, Kiato – Patra bus connections, Piraeus – Athens – Halkida line.
    Tip: The Suburban railway departs every 15-25 minutes from the Athens Airport railway station to Plakentias station, where you can change trains (platforms are on different levels) and continue to the city center (Metro Line 3 to Egaleo), using the same ticket.
  • Taxi: A taxi from the airport to the city center costs a flat rate of €38 from 5:00 a.m. to midnight, and €54 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 X80 is an express tourist bus line running during summer months between Piraeus cruise terminal and Athens center (only tickets valid on X80 line are the 3-day tourist ticket and the 24-hour ticket). Bus line 040 runs 24-hours a day, between Syntagma square and the port. Bus route X96 is an express 24-hour line, running between Athens airport and the port of Piraeus.

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, maps and real time bus movement information for every line on this website: Athens Buses routes and timetables. You can also get additional information by calling 11185 from a Greek phone. For ticket info see Athens Transport tickets and cards.



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. Archaeological 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.



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 90-minute ticket for all modes, 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. Tickets for the suburban railway (other than the 90-minute ticket for all modes) can be bought at all suburban railway stations. More information on TRAINOSE website.



Taxis (yellow in Athens, while other colors are preferred elsewhere in Greece) can be a more convenient -although pricier- mean of transportation. While many taxi drivers are excellent professionals, it is believed that some of them try to gain more by opting for the longest route when their passenger (Greek or non Greek) is not familiar with their destination.

Taxi drivers in Athens are required by law to always use a taximeter and issue a receipt at the end of the journey. You can remind your driver to do so in case they don’t turn on their taximeter. There is also an official list of fares and surcharges they must follow. On the islands and elsewhere around Greece, fares are usually subject to agreement at the beginning of the journey.



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


Greek Railways

In an effort to return Greek Railways to profitability, TRAINOSE cut a number of routes and destinations. As of 2016, most traffic is concentrated on the Athens – Thessaloniki line and the suburban network between Athens to Kiato and Athens to Halkida. There are also limited international routes to Sofia, Skopje and Belgrade. 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. We will try to update the top of this page when we have new strike information. For information about Athens transport routes, schedules and more, you can also call 11185 on a Greek phone.

If you read Greek, you may follow my twitter account @athenstransport for more timely information.

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  • 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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!

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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


    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!


    • 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.

  • biggles thecat

    With the new situation fom September 1, does the €10 weekly travel pass cover 5 days from the date of purchase or only the 5 working days of the week (ie, Mon-Fri)?
    Also, what are the validation rules for this card? Do you only validate it on Day 1 or does it need to be validated once on each of the 5 days?

    • The rules don’t change. The 5 day ticket will be valid for 5×24 hours after the first validation. It is validatated only once, at the beginning of the first journey.

      • biggles thecat

        Thank you for confirming these details – we’ll be visiting Athens next month and your advice (and indeed your whole site) has been invaluable! I’d be delighted to contribute via paypal in a small way to show my gratitude.

        • It’s my pleasure to be able to help 🙂 Let me know if the paypal link at the end of the article is not working.


    Hi I am a mature student studying in London in a university, will I be able to get discount on the public transport in Greece?

  • Novi Svet

    Hi, I would like to get some advice from you. We will arrive to Athens Airport at 22:45 and stay 3 days. If I plan to travel from/to the airport with metro is the 3-day tourist ticket could be a good idea? Better suggestion!? Can I buy 3-day tourist ticket at 23:00 when I will arrive to airport?
    Thank you.

  • Luca Tavian

    How do I make a complanit?

  • Luca Tavian

    How do I make a complaint?

  • Luca Tavian

    How do I make a complaint?

  • Elaine Burden

    will be coming to athens later this year and was thinking of getting thr 3 day tourist card. Will be arriving at airport on sunday evening, hotel in athens centre for 2 nights then going to cruise port to embark ion cruise on tues morning. Was thinking metro from airport to centre and bus from centre to cruise port. Is that poss?
    any advice gratefully received..

  • Leonid Sokolov

    Can we get from the Airport to Piraeus and from there to Aegina on 11.05 ? Thank you!

    • Hi I’m not sure I understand. Is there a specific boat you want to catch for Aegina departing at 11.05? Or is that the time you arrive in Athens? What exactly do you mean?

      • Leonid Sokolov

        Hi! Thank you for your response. My apologies for not being precise. My worry was, that transport may be down due to general strike (that’s how it seemed on the news here, and I could not find out anything concrete).
        If you could make a recommendation how to get to Aegina on the 11.05, arriving at the Athens Airport at 15:10. We don’t have any boat in mind, as long as we arrive on Aegina the same day.

        • Right now there are no scheduled transport related strikes. From the port of Piraeus there are departures to Aegina every 30 mins to an hour from early morning to late afternoon. Online I see that the last boat departs at 17:45 but there might actually be some leaving later. In any case you’ll have plenty of time to reach Piraeus if you arrive in Athens at 15:10.

          • Leonid Sokolov

            Thank you very much for your answer. Looking forward a lot to greece!

  • Hello, I don’t understand where you want to go but have you tried Google Maps?

  • Traveler171

    Hello – Can metro tickets be purchased with a credit card at the Athens Airport?

    • Hello, the answer I just got from the operating company is that the Metro ticket booth at Athens airport does not currently accept credit cards. However, you can buy a ticket using credit card from the bus ticket booth instead.

  • James Hunter

    Hi staying at Arethusa Hotel in Athens need help and directions on using ,Airport to Hotel using public Transport (Airport Train) and also help with best way to go from Arethusa Hotel to Piraeus Port BUS ,Train ,Tram to use High Speed Ferry to Santorini need to be at Piraeus Port by 6:00 -6:15am

  • jay

    Great site thanks. So all the metro tickets are also valid
    for buses (excluding special airport transports) as long as within
    validity (90 min or 3 days etc)? And Required to go through driver on buses or
    can hop on back? Thanks

    • You are correct. On buses, you can enter from any door, excluding buses to/from the airport where everyone enters from the first door.

  • davidkolhoff

    Please, can you tell me if express bus X80 will be operating on May 29, 2017? I need to go to the Port of Piraeus from the Plaka area of Athens. I will also post this in Greek using Google translate. Please excuse any inappropriate translation and my ignorance of Greek.

    Παρακαλώ, μπορείτε να μου πείτε αν λεωφορείο express X80 θα λειτουργούν στις 29 Μαΐου 2017; Πρέπει να πάτε στο λιμάνι του Πειραιά από την περιοχή πλάκα της Αθήνας. Θα τοποθετήσω επίσης αυτό στην ελληνική γλώσσα χρησιμοποιώντας το Google μεταφράζει. Παρακαλώ συγχωρήστε οποιαδήποτε ακατάλληλη μετάφραση και μου την άγνοια της Ελληνικής.

  • Jodie Byrtus

    The airport return tickets are only valid for 48hrs, not 7 days beware!