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Last updated: July 19th, 2017
- During 2017 the Athens transport ticket system will transition from paper tickets to modern electronic tickets.
- With the new system, the paper tickets which are in use today will be replaced by paper and plastic smartcards (similar to London’s Oyster cards). Riders of the metro system will have to go through turnstiles which have already been installed in all stations.
- The full implementation of the new system is not expected before late summer of 2017, but it could be delayed until later.
- Until then, paper tickets will continue to be sold and used. Turnstiles in metro stations will be open and passengers are expected to validate their paper tickets using the old validation machines in Metro stations, Tram stops as well as inside buses.
- If you plan to travel to Athens during 2017, check back here for the latest updates on how to use the new electronic tickets.
Questions answered in this page:
- What are the different types of tickets for Athens public transport and how much do they cost?
- For what modes of transport and for how long is each ticket valid?
- What kind of ticket do I need to travel from/to the Athens airport?
- I’m flying to Athens for a few days. Any advice on which ticket I should use?
- Who can use a reduced ticket?
- How can I get a monthly card?
- What kind of ticket do I need for the suburban railway (proastiakos)?
1. What are the different types of tickets for Athens public transport?
Below the table you can read where/how to use each of those tickets
|Type of ticket||Ticket Price||Reduced Ticket Price|
|90-min ticket for all modes||€ 1.40||€ 0.60|
|24-hour ticket for all modes||€ 4,5||No reduced ticket|
|5-day ticket for all modes||€ 9||No reduced ticket|
|3-day tourist ticket||€ 22||No reduced ticket|
|Express Bus ticket for the airport||€ 6||€ 3|
|Metro ticket for the airport
(also valid for Suburban Railway and all other modes)
(ticket for 2 persons
(ticket for 3 persons
No reduced tickets
for 2 or 3 persons
|Return Metro ticket for the airport (for 2 journeys in under 48 hours)||€ 18||No reduced ticket|
- 90-minute tickets (also known as Integrated tickets for all modes) are valid for 90 minutes after their validation for transportation and transfers on: city Buses (excluding Airport express buses and X80 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, including line X80 (for example from 10am on Friday till 10am on Monday). As of 2016, they are available at Athens Airport metro and bus station and Omonoia, Syntagma, Thiseio, Monastiraki, Akropoli and Piraeus metro stations.
- 24-hour and 5-day tickets are valid for transportation and tranfers on: city buses (excluding Airport lines) (the 24-hour ticket but not the 5-day ticket is valid for X80 line), trolley-buses, tram, metro (all stations except Airport), Suburban Railway (only sections Piraeus – SKA and Magoula – Koropi, not for Airport). They are valid for 24 hours and 5×24 hours after the first validation. For example, from 1pm on Monday till 1pm on Tuesday for the the 24-hour ticket, and from 1pm on Wednesday till 1pm the following Monday for the 5-day ticket.
- Metro tickets for the airport are valid for 90 minutes after their validation for transportation and transfers on the same modes as the 90-minute tickets, plus a transfer from/to the airport with the metro. They are NOT valid for rides on Airport express buses. Same conditions apply for return metro tickets to the airport, and 2 and 3 persons tickets for the airport. Return tickets for the airport can be used for a return within 48 hours.
- Express bus tickets for the airport are valid only for a ride on an airport express bus, and no other means of transport.
2. What kind of ticket do I need to travel from/to the Athens airport?
To travel from to/the Athens airport and the city of Athens you need one of the following tickets:
- A metro ticket for the airport (€10 – €5, see above).
- Return Metro tickets for the airport (€18) and 2 and 3 persons group tickets for the airport (€18 and €24) exist as well.
- An express bus ticket for the airport (€6 – €3, see above)
- A 3-day tourist ticket (€22, see above)
NO other tickets are valid for travelling from/to the Athens airport and the city.
3. I’m flying to Athens for a few days. Any advice on which ticket I should use?
It all depends on how you’re going to travel between Athens and the airport, how often you’re going to use public transport while in Athens, and how many days you’re going to stay.
- If you plan to stay in Athens for up to 3 days, you should consider purchasing a 3-day tourist ticket (€22) upon your arrival at the airport. Especially if you travel between the airport and the city center by Metro, and also take a few shorter rides while in Athens, this should be the best ticket for you. However, if you’re going to use an express bus for the airport (€6 per route) and then take the metro while in the city just a few times it might be better purchasing 90-minute tickets (€1.40) when you do so or get a 24-hour ticket (€4.5). (Remember, 90-minute tickets, daily, and 5-day tickets are not valid for trips from/to the airport.)
- If you plan to stay in Athens for longer than 3 days, you will definitely need separate tickets for your Airport – Athens center (and vice versa) trips and your trips within Athens. Express buses from/to the airport (€6) cost cheaper than taking the Metro (€10), however, there are return Metro tickets for the airport (€18 – return must be within 7 days) and also tickets for 2 (€18) and 3 (€24) passengers travelling together.
For your trips within Athens, a 5-day ticket for all modes (€9), or a 24-hour ticket (€4.5) if you don’t use public transport every day, might be cheaper than purchasing a 90-minute ticket (€1.40) every time you get in a metro station or take the bus.
4. Who can use a Reduced Ticket or travel Free of Charge?
Reduced 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
- Students at public Greek universities and TEI (regardless of nationality, ERASMUS students included) as long as they have an academic ID card (issued online) with the indication «ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΕΙΣΙΤΗΡΙΟΥ».
- IEK (state-run or private) students up to the age of 22, with a student pass
- Students who study at universities outside Greece up to the age of 24 (including those aged 24, regardless of nationality), after showing a Student Card – University ID card and passport or ID card.
- Members of Greek families with 4 children or more, with a special pass.
Also, free of charge travel (without ticket) is available, among others, for:
- Children under the age of 6 (including those aged 6), regardless of nationality
- Unemployed citizens of Greece, with a valid OAED card (excluding trips on suburban railway)
- Disabled persons, citizens of Attica region, with a spe cial pass.
5. Where can I buy a ticket?
Tickets for Athens public transport can be purchased at any time, regardless of when you are going to travel, from:
- Automatic ticket issuing machines at all Metro, Tram, and Suburban Railway stations
- Ticket offices at many Metro, Tram and Suburban railway stations (Operating hours of Athens Metro ticket offices)
- Blue/yellow ticket booths next to many central bus stations
- Many newsstands/kiosks
- Tourist tickets can be bought from Athens airport bus and metro stations, as well as Omonoia, Syntagma, Thiseio, Monastiraki, Akropoli and Piraeus metro stations, as of 2016.
- Airport express bus lines tickets can be bought from metro stations, blue/yellow ticket booths, or from the drivers of the airport buses.
- Airport metro tickets can be bought at metro stations.
- As of August 2016, credit cards are only accepted at:
- All operating Metro line 2 ticket booths, except those in stations Panepistimio, Omonia, Metaxourgio, Larissa station, Sepolia. View operating hours here.
- All operating Metro line 3 ticket booths, except those in stations Airport (you can buy a ticket using credit card from the bus ticket booth instead), Koropi, Kantza, Pallini. View operating hours here.
- Selected blue/yellow ticket booths next to many central bus stations (including the one at Athens airport). You can view a list in Greek here.
6. How do I use an Athens transport ticket?
You need to validate the paper ticket at the beginning of your journey. 90-minute 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.
Similarly, 24-hour tickets are valid for 24 hours after the first validation (for example from 2pm on a Thursday to 2pm on a Friday) and shouldn’t be validated more than once.
The only ticket that should be validated twice is the return metro ticket for the airport. It should be validated at the beginning of the return trip (within 7 days from the first leg of the trip).
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. Please make sure your ticket was stamped successfully.
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.
7. How can I get a monthly or a 3-month card (travelcard)?
Monthly cards are valid for one calendar month (for example from June 1st to June 30th) and 3-month cards for 3 consecutive calendar months (for example from July 1st to September 30th). 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 and 3-month cards:
|Type of card||Card Price||Reduced Card Price|
|Monthly card for all modes of transport, excluding airport||€ 30||€ 15
|3-month card for all modes of transport, excluding airport||€ 85||€ 43
|Monthly card for all modes of transport, including airport||€ 49||€ 25|
|3-month card for all modes of transport, including airport||€ 142||€ 71|
Cards for all modes excluding airport, are valid for transportation and transfers on city buses (excluding airport lines and X80 line), trolley-buses, tram, metro (exlcuding travels from/to the airport) and suburban railway (only sections Koropi – Magoula and Piraeus – SKA).
Cards for all modes including airport, are valid for transportation and transfers on city buses (including airport lines but not the X80 line), trolley-buses, tram, metro (including travels from/to the airport) and suburban railway (only sections Airport – Magoula and Piraeus – SKA).
6-month cards and yearly cards are also available for purchase from OASA hq offices and Omonoia metro station.
8. How about Athens Suburban Railway and other Railway tickets?
- For the urban section of the Suburban Railway (Piraeus – SKA and Magoula – Koropi), you need a 90-minute ticket (€1.40, valid for other transfers to other modes as well).
- 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).
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