Athens Transport Tickets and Cards

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From Monday September 1st, 2014, new Athens transport ticket prices take effect.

  • Holders of old tickets will be able to use them until March 31st, 2015.
  • Holders of old €1,20 tickets (single route buses tickets) will be able to use them as intergrated tickets for all modes until March 31st, 2015.

 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?
  • Who can use a reduced ticket?
  • Where can I buy Athens transportation tickets? How do I use a ticket?
  • How can I get a monthly card?
  • What kind of ticket do I need for the suburban railway (proastiakos)?

 

  • 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 70 mins) € 1.20  € 0.60
24-hour ticket for all modes €  No reduced ticket
5-day ticket for all modes € 10  No reduced ticket 
3-day tourist ticket € 20 No reduced ticket
7-day Airport ticket
€ 50 No reduced ticket
Express Bus ticket for the airport € 5 € 2.50
Metro ticket for the airport
(also valid for Suburban Railway and all other modes)
€ 8,
ticket for 2 persons € 14,
ticket for 3 persons € 20
€ 4
Return Metro ticket for the airport (for 2 journeys in under 7 days) € 14 Not available

 

- Integrated tickets are valid for 70 minutes after their validation for transportation and transfers on: city Buses (excluding Airport express buses and X80), 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 2014, they are available at Athens Airport metro and bus station.

- 7-day Airport tickets are valid for 7 days from the moment of their validation (for example from 9pm on Wednesday till 9pm the following Wednesday) and are valid for transportation and tranfers on: city buses (including Airport lines but not X80 line), trolley-buses, tram, metro (including travels from/to the Airport), Suburban Railway (including travels from/to the Airport but up to Magoula station).

24-hour and 5-day tickets are valid for transportation and tranfers on: city buses (excluding Airport lines, while the 24-hour ticket is valid for X80 line), trolley-buses, tram, metro (all stations except Airport), Suburban Railway (only sections Pireus – 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 vald for 70 minutes after their validation for transportation and transfers on the same modes as the integrated 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.

- Express bus tickets for the airport are valid only for a ride on an airport express bus, and no other means of transport.

 

  • 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 (8€ – 4€, see above).

- Return Metro tickets for the airport (€14) and 2 and 3 persons group tickets for the airport (€14 and €20) exist as well.

- An express bus ticket for the airport (€5 – €2.5, see above)

- A 3-day tourist ticket  (€20, see above)

- A 7-day metro ticket for the airport (€50, see above).

NO other tickets are valid for travelling from/to the Athens airport and the city.

  • Who can use a Reduced Ticket?

Reduced (half-price) tickets for Athens public transport are available for:

  1. Children aged 7-12 (regardless of nationality),
  2. Teenagers aged 13-18  (regardless of nationality) after showing their passport or ID card,
  3. Seniors over the age of 65 (regardless of nationality) after showing their passport or ID card,
  4. Students at public Greek universities and TEI (regardless of nationality, ERASMUS students included) up to the age of 25 with an academic ID card issued online,
  5. IEK (state-run or private) students up to the age of 22, with a student pass
  6. Students who study at universities outside Greece up to the age of 25 (regardless of nationality), after showing a Student Card – University ID card and passport or ID card.
  7. 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 at any time, regardless of when you are going to travel, from:

  1. Automatic ticket issuing machines at all Metro, Tram, and Suburban Railway stations
  2. Ticket offices at many Metro, Tram and Suburban railway stations (Operating hours of Athens Metro ticket offices)
  3. Blue/yellow ticket booths next to many central bus stations
  4. Many newsstands/kiosks
Ticket issuing machine at an Athens metro station

Ticket issuing machine at an Athens metro station

Tourist tickets can be bought from Athens airport bus and 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.

Airport metro tickets can be bought at metro stations.

Athens transport tickets can be bought only in cash. Credit cards are not yet accepted anywhere, although there are future plans for that.

 

  • How do I use an Athens transport ticket?

You need to validate the paper ticket at the beginning of your journey. Intergrated tickets (as well as Metro airport tickets) are valid for 70 minutes so you don’t need to validate it again if you use another mode of transportation anywhere in Athens within 70 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.

Ticket validation machines at Acropolis metro station

Ticket validation machines at Acropolis metro station

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.

 

  • 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 € 45  € 23 
3-month card for all modes of transport, including airport € 130  € 65 

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).

 

 

  • 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 for all modes (€1.20, valid for 70 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 2014).

 

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  • Last updated: August 31st, 2014

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  • http://www.buvauten.lt Jolanta

    Very useful. Thanks. The only thing is that there is no date of this article. Hopefully this is not an old information.

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      Thanks for the comment! All information is valid at the moment. I’m going to update my English pages very soon (mainly add more info or explain better) and I’ll add a date too :)

      • Beryl B

        A really helpful site. Thanks to whoever compiled it.

        • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

          You are welcome! Thank you for visiting.

      • stacy

        do the student prices for under the age of 25 also include universities like new york college and deree? or is it just for public universities?

        • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

          For Ι.Ε.Κ. students, up to the age of 22, with a special pass. You need to contact your school for the process.

  • V.D.

    Please inform me if the reduced ticket for senior passengers apllies to tourists also. Thank you

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      Yes, it applies to everyone.

  • Kat

    Hi Alex,

    After visiting OASA and not finding the info I needed, I came here because I knew you would have what I needed. :)

    Also wanted to add that Piraeus is missing a letter, and don’t forget to add the “Buy 10, get one free” ticket paketos that have been offered since January 1.

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      Thanks Kat! It seems I always misspell “Piraeus”, why isn’t it called “Pireas” anyway?

      This page needs rewriting (to add more info and explain better) and I’m going to do it one of these days ;)

  • Yulia

    Hi,
    can you explain me how it is easier (or cheaper) to reach Larissa station from the earport? Thanks.

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      Hello, the cheapest way is to get either X95 or X97 bus lines up to a central Metro station and from there, use the metro to get to Larissis station. More info here: http://www.athenstransport.com/english/

  • IBRAHIM

    can I use the monthly ticket to go from airport to nea smirny,
    my kids are 1- less than 12 & 2- less than 8 years old, do they need full or reduced ticket.
    thanks

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      You can use a monthly card for transfer to and from the airport ONLY with an express bus, not the metro or the suburban railway. (Monthly card is good for all Athens metro stations except the airport one).

      Children over the age of 7 need a reduced ticket.

  • Swaroop

    Great information on this site! I will be arriving at around 2 AM at Athens airport. Will I be able to purchase the tourist ticket at that time? Thanks.

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      Thank you! The ticket office for express buses (Arrivals area) is open 24 hours a day. So I believe you will find tourist tickets there.

  • Niels

    Great information on this site! Very helpfull. I only have one question; does the reduced ticket also apply for foreign students from foreign universities?

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      Thank you. Yes, up to the age of 25, with a Student ID.

  • jarnaud@pkc.gov.uk

    Hi
    Are the 7 day tourist tckets half price for children under 18?
    John

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      It is stated clearly that there are NO reduced daily, 7-day, and tourist tickets.

  • ching-wa

    Hi. May I know the difference between a weekly ticket and a 7 day tourist ticket?

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      The main difference is that the simple weekly ticket is not valid for any transfer from/to the airport while the tourist ticket is valid for one transfer from and one transfer to the airport by metro or bus.

      However, take into consideration that tourist tickets are VERY overpriced. A simple weekly ticket plus 2 bus tickets for the airport cost 14 + 5 + 5 = €24 whereas the tourist 7-day ticket costs €50. Similarly, a simple weekly ticket plus a return metro ticket for the airport cost 14 + 14 = €28.

      There are no 7-day tourist tickets anymore.

  • ching-wa

    Thanks so much. The over-pricing was what I had in mind when raising the question. I now think a tourist ticket is a bad idea.

  • Aleksandrap

    I’m a student from Serbia (studying in my country).I was wondering if the reduced tickets also apply for me with my index from college or no?

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      It should be ok. Show your Student Card at the ticket counter to confirm it.

  • ishver

    Hi
    I will be arriving at Athens Airport and will be in Athens for 2 days only.
    I understand that I need to take the X95 express bus. Please confirm the discounted price is €2.5?
    And also, I would like to reconfirm if the daily ticket covers metro, trams, busses and trains?

    Thanks so much!

  • Scottydog

    Hi, we are coming to Athens in November and will look at 3 day travel cards. Our daughter will be 6 so does she require a card for travel or is it free travel for 5 years and under, not 6 and under?

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      Hi, I have nothing more to add to «children under the age of 6 [...] can travel free of charge» other than no one would ever ask identification for a 5(ish)-year old child during a ticket inspection.

      Edit: Law says that children under the age of 6 don’t pay ticket and children between 7-12 years old pay a reduced ticket. Law forgot to say whether 6 year old kids should pay ticket or not. Therefore, 6-year olds don’t pay for a ticket.

  • Hugo

    Hi, I was planning a trip to Athens from 12th of Feb till the 15th.
    Is the 3day ticket valid for 72h or 3days? Because if I arrive and use my ticket on the 12th at 19:00 and use it on the 15th for the last time at 11:00,
    I would be within 72h. But not 3days…
    Having to buy a 7day ticket to make up for those 8h seems a bit excessive.

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      All tickets are valid for the time they are valid beginning at the moment of validation. 3 days = 72 hours of course.

  • TIJANA

    Can you please tell me where simple weekly ticket can be bought;

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      At all locations but most probably many kiosks (periptera) and newstands won’t carry them as they are not on very high demand.

  • Edo

    I will be in Athens airport next Sunday and then go to Piraeus. Is it true that X96 ticket at 5€ is valid for 24 hours on all the network of busus and metro?

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      Bus tickets for the airport are only valid for 1 travel on an airport line bus, and nothing more than that. Metro tickets to the airport are valid for 90 minutes of travel on metro/buses/tram excluding bus lines to the airport and Saronida bus line.

  • Kerin Taylor

    Thanks for the great info. Very helpful.

  • tony

    hi, does the integrated ticket for all modes work from/to airport?

    • athens transport

      No, you need an airport ticket.

  • athens transport

    There are no 7-day tourist tickets but simple 7-day tickets (14 euros, not good for the airport), and 7-day airport tickets (50 euros, includes unlimited transfers to the airport).

  • albert

    Please advise, we are a family of 5, 2 adults and 3 kids
    (12-18), we arrive in July on a cruise ship for the day. We consider public
    transport from harbour to the main attractions (Akropolis; plaka, zeus…) above
    a min van taxi due to the cost.

  • olivia

    May I ask if it is possible to buy advance tickets? (1 day before)
    We plan to buy the 14 Euro for 2 pax Metro Airport ticket-1 way and
    2 pcs. of 4 Euro Reduced Metro Airport ticket 1- way= total of 22 Euros.
    Our kids are 12 and 14, do we need to show original passports or are copies enough? Or maybe we can show our kids school ids even if non-Eu schools? (We are from Asia). Thank you. This website is truly very helpful.

    • http://www.athenstransport.com/ athens transport

      Thank you for your words. You can buy any ticket regardless of when you’re going to use it. What matters is that you validate it at the beginning of your journey. When issuing a ticket, you won’t need to show a passport. Just ask for the tickets you want or use the automatic machine. Passports might be needed in case of ticket inspection but I believe just the copies will be fine. I hope you enjoy your stay!

  • andreea

    Hello

    We will arrive to Athens on the 24th May at 22.30 and leave Sun 25th May . The one day ticket is it valid 24 hours from the moment of using or calendaristic day? For example if arrive at 22 in the evening does it make any sense to buy it? The transport from the airport to the city and from Piraeus to the airport it is included in the 1 day metro ticket? Or I have to buy a separate ticket? (I need it for line 1+ line 3)

    Thank you

    • http://www.athenstransport.com/ athens transport

      Answers to both questions are already replied in the article. Daily tickets are valid for 24 hours after their first validation. They are not valid for transfers to the airport. You will need a metro ticket for the airport. It’s valid for 90 minutes and transfer with all other modes (buses etc.)

  • Nick C

    There are four adults in my group, arriving at the Athens airport on May 29th. We would like to take metro to Syntagma. Is there a group ticket for more than 3 persons?

    • http://www.athenstransport.com/ athens transport

      No, I’m afraid there are no other group tickets.

  • Ju

    Hi, would like to get some advice from you, if it is wise to get the 3day tourist ticket if we are only staying in athens for 2days. We need to travel from airport to Piraeus on the day we arrive at about 1pm on the 6th of June, then travel around the area for the rest of the day on 6th and 7th of June. Leave for airport on the 8th to arrive by 1pm. Do you think it is wise to pay 20euros for just the use of two days? Is there tickets available only per trip instead of 1.40euros for 90mins. Havent been to Athens before, not exactly sure if we need to hit the railway/buses everywhere we go or it is walking distance to everywhere.
    Appreciate your help in advance!

    • http://www.athenstransport.com/ athens transport

      Hello, all the available tickets are the ones listed above. The historic center of Athens (roughly the area between Syntagma – Monastiraki – Acropolis) is walkable if 15-20 minute-long walks aren’t an issue. If you’re planning to go downtown from the airport with the metro, I think the tourist ticket could be a good idea as you’ll be able to get in the metro or into any bus as many times as you want without worrying about paying again. If you plan to travel from/to the airport with an express bus, and use the metro only if it’s necessary though, it should cost you less than the price of the tourist ticket. I hope you enjoy your time here!

  • Gkn

    Hello! Is it possible to use monthly card for transportation to suburbans? I will stay 1 month in Xylokastro and wondering if I can use monthly card to go to Athens and come back. Thank you in advance.

    • http://www.athenstransport.com/ athens transport

      Hello, since Kiato is outside the urban section of the suburban railway, you’ll need a special card by TRAINOSE. You can ask more info about it and buy it from any suburban railway station.

  • Jonathan

    Hello,
    for how long the airpor return ticket is valid?? for exemple I arrive in the airport on a saturday and I leave on the airport on a thursday, can I buy a airport/return ticket on saturday and keep it with me to return on thursday? Many tks!!

    • http://athenstransport.com athenstransport

      Hello, the return airport ticket is valid for 48 hours, I’m adding this info.

  • Anna

    Hello!
    Is it possible to get ticket discount if I am non EU student and hold ISIC card? Thank you!

    • http://www.athenstransport.com/ athens transport

      Hi, there is no condition that you have to be an EU student to get the discount. I copy «University students up to the age of 25 with a Student Card – University ID card (regardless of nationality)»

  • Anna

    Hi!
    Is it possible to get ticket discount if I am non EU student and hold ISIC card? Thank you!

  • Britta S

    i can only repeat: thanks for this helpful site. good work and stay tuned! :-)

  • Robert

    Thanks for the clear info.

    Where does the Express bus go? Where can I find out the route it takes, please?

    • http://www.athenstransport.com/ athens transport

      If you click at the links in the ’24-hours express buses” section you can see the timetable and map of each line.

  • kikiribg

    Hello I need to travel with my mobility scooter from/to airport and the city, do I need to buy ticket or its free? I lived in Athens before and I had a card that confirmed my disability but it has expired so I don’t know the rules now. thaks

    • http://www.athenstransport.com/ athens transport

      Hello, as a disabled person you are supposed to be allowed to travel for free. Carry with you some paper that proves your disability and ask at the ticket counter. The regulations say you need to have a special card for that but tourists and foreigners obviously don’t. I hope common sense will prevail and they’ll let you travel for free.

  • Petra Lassigová

    Hello! I am 25 years old right now and I´m student in Prague and I will be on erasmus in Athens in Panteion uni, I have to pay full price? Thanks a lot!

    • http://www.athenstransport.com/ athens transport

      While you’re 25 you can buy the reduced ticket. Ask more details about it at Panteion. I’m not sure whether Erasmus students can issue a Greek «student pass» for transport or you’ll have to use your own country’s university pass. Also consider issuing a reduced price monthly card. Costs 15 euros and you can use it around Athens for a whole month. (Except for journeys to/from the airport). I hope you enjoy your stay here!

  • http://www.athenstransport.com/ athens transport

    If you use the metro to move from the airport to Athens and back then the tourist ticket is a good choice. If you use a bus it depends on how much you’re going to use public transport while you’re in Athens

  • Panos stavros

    The ticket for Saronida E22 ,how much does it cost? from 1/09/2014 -1,60 or less, is it covered within the new card of 30 euros? Thank you!

    • http://www.athenstransport.com/ athens transport

      You can go up to Saronida with the €1.20 ticket and €30 card.

  • Tomas

    Hello, I would like to ask:
    «Return Metro ticket for the airport (for 2 journeys in under 7 days)»
    – If I arrive to the Athens airport at Wednesday at 14:00, use Metro and then make the Metro journey back to the airport next Wednesday at 8:00, is it OK? Is it simply counted as less than 168 hours? Or does it count whole days, so the last day I could go back would be Tuesday in this case?
    Thank you!