- What are the different types of tickets for Athens public transport?
|Type of ticket||Ticket Price||Reduced Ticket Price|
|Intergrated ticket for all modes (Valid for 90 mins)||€ 1.40||€ 0.70|
|One-way ticket for city buses or trolley-buses or tram||€ 1.20||€ 0.60|
|Daily ticket for all modes||€ 4||No reduced ticket|
|Weekly ticket for all modes||€ 14||No reduced ticket|
|3-day tourist ticket||€ 20||No reduced ticket|
|7-day Airport ticket||€ 50||No reduced ticket|
|Package – 11 intergrated tickets (Valid for 90 mins)||€ 14||€ 7|
|Package – 11 one-way tickets for city buses
or trolley-buses or tram
|€ 12||€ 6|
|Express Bus ticket for the airport||€ 5||€ 2.50|
|Metro ticket for the airport
(also valid for Suburban Railway and all other modes)
ticket for 2 persons € 14,
ticket for 3 persons € 20
|Return Metro ticket for the airport (for 2 journeys)||€ 14||Not available|
- Integrated tickets are valid for 90 minutes for transportation and transfers on: city Buses (excluding Airport express buses and Saronida line), Trolley-Buses, Tram, Metro (all stations except Airport), Suburban Railway (only sections Piraeus – SKA and Magoula – Koropi).
- Tourist tickets are valid for: 1 round trip from/to Athens International airport by Metro or Express Bus and unlimited travel on all other modes for 3 days. As of 2014, they are available at all Metro stations.
- Weekly tickets for the Airport are valid for 7 x 24 hours from the moment of their validation and are valid for transportation and tranfers on: city buses (including Airport lines), trolley-buses, tram, metro (including travels from/to the Airport), Suburban Railway (including travels from/to the Airport but up to Magoula station).
- Daily and Weekly tickets are valid for transportation and tranfers on: city buses (excluding Airport and Saronida lines), trolley-buses, tram, metro (up to Koropi station), Suburban Railway (only sections Pireus – SKA and Magoula – Koropi). They are valid for 24 hours (daily) and 7 x 24 hours (weekly) after the first validation.
- Who can use a Reduced Ticket?
Reduced (half-price) tickets for Athens public transport are available for:
- Children aged 7-12 (regardless of nationality),
- Teenagers aged 13-18 (regardless of nationality) after showing their passport or ID card,
- Seniors over the age of 65 (regardless of nationality) after showing their passport or ID card,
- University students up to the age of 25 with a Student Card – University ID card (regardless of nationality)
- IEK (state-run or private) students up to the age of 22, with a student pass
- Members of Greek families with 4 children or more, with a special pass.
Also, children under the age of 6 (including those aged 6) and disabled persons can travel free of charge. If you are disabled, confirm this with station personnel/drivers.
- Where can I buy a ticket?
Tickets for Athens public transport can be purchased:
- On automatic ticket issuing machines at all Metro, Tram, and Suburban Railway stations
- At ticket offices on many Metro, Tram and Suburban railway stations (Operating hours of Athens Metro ticket offices)
- At blue/yellow ticket booths next to many central bus stations
- At many newsstands/kiosks
Tourist tickets can be bought from all metro stations, as of 2014.
Airport express bus lines tickets can be bought from metro stations, blue/yellow ticket booths, or from the drivers of the airport buses.
Athens transport tickets can be bought only by cash. Credit cards are not accepted yet at any point although there are future plans for that.
- How do I use an Athens transport ticket?
You need to validate your paper ticket at the beginning of your journey. Intergrated tickets (as well as Metro airport tickets) are valid for 90 minutes so you don’t need to validate it again if you use another mode of transportation anywhere in Athens within 90 minutes of the first validation.
If you think the last leg of your journey might exceed the 90 minutes limit, you should validate your ticket for a second time before you begin the last leg of your journey so it will not expire before you reach your destination. The second validation should take place within 90 minutes of the first one.
To validate your ticket, you need enter it in the slit of the orange, grey, green, or white validation machine. You hear a sound and your ticket gets a stamp with the date, time and location your ticket was validated.
Ticket validation machines are situated at:
- The concourse level of Metro and Suburban Railway stations (For Metro line 1 stations with only one level, ticket validation machines are right before the entrance to the platforms)
- Tram stop platforms (you need to validate the ticket before entering the vehicle)
- Inside buses, close to the first 2 doors. In some buses, like airport express buses, you might be expected to enter from the first door and validate your ticket in the validation machine placed next to the driver’s seat.
You must keep the ticket with you until you end your journey. Ticket inspection staff might ask to see your ticket at any point during your journey after entering ticket control areas (right after you go past the ticket validation machines). If you use a reduced price ticket you will also need to show the appropriate document (e.g. passport, university card etc.) More info on ticket inspection/fare evasion fines.
- How can I get a monthly card (travelcard)?
Monthly cards are valid for one calendar month. They can be purchased during the last and first 7-10 days of each month at Metro stations, Suburban railway stations and Bus ticket booths. To issue a card for the first time you need to bring your ID/passport and also one passport photo. In case you want a reduced price card the appropriate document is essential (e.g. University card).
There are different types of monthly cards:
|Type of monthly card||Monthly Card Price||Reduced Monthly Card Price|
|For all means of transport (buses, trolley-buses,
tram, metro up to Koropi station,
suburban railway for Magoula-Koropi section)
|€ 45||€ 23
|For buses (excluding Airport and Saronida lines),
trolley-buses and tram
|€ 20||€ 10
|For all modes of transport
including metro to the airport
|€ 140||Not available|
- How about Athens Suburban Railway and other Railway tickets?
For the urban section of the Suburban Railway (Piraeus – SKA and Magoula – Koropi), you need an intergrated ticket (valid for 90 minutes).
For journeys from/to Athens Airport to/from any station within the urban section, metro tickets for the airport are valid.
For other journeys from or/and to any other station outside the urban section, different fares apply. (More info at TRAINOSE website. Suburban Railway ticket information only in Greek as of 2013).
- Last edited: March 12th, 2014
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