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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)
€ 10,
(ticket for 2 persons
€ 18),
(ticket for 3 persons
€ 24)
€ 5
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:

  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) as long as they have an academic ID card (issued online) with the indication «ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΕΙΣΙΤΗΡΙΟΥ».
  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 24 (including those aged 24, 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, free of charge travel (without ticket) is available, among others, for:

  1. Children under the age of 6 (including those aged 6), regardless of nationality
  2. Unemployed citizens of Greece, with a valid OAED card (excluding trips on suburban railway)
  3. 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:

  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 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:
  1. All operating Metro line 2 ticket booths, except those in stations Panepistimio, Omonia, Metaxourgio, Larissa station, Sepolia. View operating hours here.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).

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.


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).


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


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

    • 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.

        • You are welcome! Thank you for visiting.

          • guest

            Do you accept German ID for a blind Person?

          • I contacted Athens Urban Transport Organization a few weeks ago and it was concluded that free travel for disabled persons is available only for permanent citizens of Attica region, with a pass issued by Attica periphery. I changed the article to reflect this.

      • 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?

        • 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

    • Yes, it applies to everyone.

      • Bob Hiner

        does that include airport transfers for over 65s

  • 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.

    • 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

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


    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.

    • 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.

    • 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?

  • jarnaud@pkc.gov.uk

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

    • 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?

    • 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?

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

  • ishver

    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?

    • 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.

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


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

    • 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?

    • 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.

    • 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


    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

    • 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?

  • 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!

    • 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.

    • 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

    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!!

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

  • Anna

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

    • 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

    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?

    • 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

    • 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!

    • 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!

  • 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!

    • 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!

  • Eleni

    I have 2 questions:
    1- do the metro operate on new year’s eve?
    2- If I need to go to Koropi station, should I buy the Airport ticket?

    Thank you

    • The metro operates on New Year’s Eve, usually with a Sunday schedule. Last trains departures though are around 23:00.

      Koropi is within the urban section so you need the normal ticket.

  • george

    Hi there do i really need to bring a passport photo in order to purchase a monthly ticket or just show my passport.
    Thanks George

  • bianca teodorescu

    Hello, one information please.
    If I purchase A 3-day tourist ticket = 20 euro, does it mean: airport to the city centre and all around unlimited trips, during three days?

  • Mario

    I have been ROBBED on the metro in Athens. Watch out, Athens is a very dangerous city for tourists! Never again in Athens!

    • According to my experience in the tourism industry, Athens isn’t more dangerous than any other European capital city. Common sense is needed when traveling in public transport and generally when being in crowded places. This is a reason you will often hear «mind your personal belongings» announcements in the metro. People who can’t mind their own pockets or bags are better off if they stay at home.

  • maya

    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.

  • maya

    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.

  • Sugi Sugiarto

    We are going to athens in May, but our flight will be out of normal hours. We will be landing at 23:30 and a week later, we will be leaving at 06:00 . So I have to book a pick up & drop off service. Do you know which one is the cheapest company to book. We will be in the Athens for 7 nights and planning to buy a weekly ticket. We know we can’t use the ticket to /from Airport, but can we use the ticket for Metro/bus/tram/Suburban railway? How much does it cost?Thank you for this very helpful infos.

  • Bhagyanath Menon

    Hi, need clarification on the tourist ticket. Does the return journey to the airport need to be completed within 3 / 7 days?

  • Micaela Delgado

    Hello, could you tell me the last metro that i could take from the airport to Monastriki? My fly is arriving on friday at 11.50. Thanks!

  • marina

    does the metro from the airport to the center of Ahtenes
    works on the 1st may ?

    • It’s still very early to know how transport will be affected on May 1st. You’ll need to check a few days before.

  • Stucky

    Hello! We will be in Athens from 18/3 to 22/3 for the EXPOFOOD, staying in the City Centre. Is there a card that can be purchased to cover those 5 days Airport/City Centre/Airport without fuss? Thanks

    • Hi, the 5-day ticket doesn’t cover travels to/from the airport. You will need to buy the return metro tickets to the airport (or bus tickets to the airport) extra.

  • Chelle Wright

    I’m travelling to Athens and need to get from the airport to Hotel Melia, I understnad I can do this by using the metro from the airport and specifically the line 3 to reach the city center Sintagma station and then change to line 2 to Omonoia, do I just need to purchase the Integrated Ticket €1.90 each way? Or have I misunderstood the above? Many Thanks

    • Please check «What kind of ticket do I need to travel from/to the Athens airport?» to see your choices.

      There are no tickets costing €1.90, Ι don’t know where you found that price.

      • Chelle Wright

        Apologies, I meant €1.40 as detailed below:

        Intergrated ticket for all modes (Valid for 90 mins) € 1.40 € 0.60

        • Ok, intergrated tickets are not valid for travel from to/the airport. Check above to see which tickets you can use.

    • Hi, please check the new section «3. I’m flying to Athens for a few days. Any advice on which ticket I should use?» and if you have any questions let me know.

  • sharon

    we (2 persons) will be arriving at Athens Airport and will be in Athens for 5 days please advise what kind of tikets are the best for to buy.

    • Hello, to answer your question I just added a new section above. Please check «I’m flying to Athens for a few days. Any advice on which ticket I should use?» and let me know if you have any extra questions. Hope you have a good time in Athens.

  • Olivia Billie Morton West

    Hiya so im in a huge pickle where ive been screwed over by a travel company and would like to know if its possible and prices on how mcuh it would be to get from Athens airport to the Mitsis Galini Wellness & Spa not going till June but could really use some help.

    • First of all I would suggest calling the resort directly. They should be able to give you all information. Google says it’s at Kamena Vourla which would mean that the easier way to get there is to take a long distance bus from Athens. Buses depart from the Kifissos bus station. To get there from the airport you take bus X93. The resort should be able to give you more information. Let me know if I can help further.

  • Abeer Hanania Makhamreh

    We are two persons booking a 10 day trip to Athens santorini and mykonos, please advise which is the most convenient ticket to buy for use of bus and Tran withing the countries and from and to the airport… many thanks

    • Hello, that depends on a few things. Please read part 3 «I’m flying to Athens for a few days. Any advice on which ticket I should use?» and if you have any specific questions not covered above, please let me know. Have a good time!

  • Vlad Stefan

    Hello, the all mods ticket for five days includes as well the proastiakos suburban rail athens-korinthos?

  • wateron

    Can I get a reduced ticket from a ticket machine

  • wateron

    Can you get a reduced ticket from a ticket machine

  • irvar

    Hi! thanks for the info! it’s really useful. I’m going to Athens from the 11th july to the 8th august and I’m planning to take transport everyday to the Piraeus, so could I take a monthly ticket at least for july? any other suggestion to make it cheaper?? thank you!

    • Hi there! Monthly cards are generally the cheapest option. However, monthly cards for July will be sold until July 10th. After that they will be sold for 5 more days downtown at Akadimias bus station and (if I’m not mistaken) Syntagma metro station. Even if you choose to buy a monthly card for July you won’t be able to use it for your trip from the airport (since you can only buy it downtown on July 11th) and you won’t be able to use it after July 31st. Still, if you use public transport every single day , buying a monthly card (30 euros) might still be cheaper than buying 5-day tickets (9 euros for 5 days). Read the section about monthly cards and let me know if you have further questions.

  • kista

    Hi! Do the 3 day tourist tickets include trips to the nearest beach?

  • Hello
    3-day tourist ticket is available for 3 calendar days or 92 hours? Because I will arrive at 10 July and I will depart at 14 July, but in Athens I will be only 90 hours

    • The 3-day tourist ticket is valid for 3 days from the time of validation, which is 72 hours.

  • Cristian Toma

    Congratulations for a very informative site! Explicit,clear and useful! Thank you for all the information and keep up the good work

  • NiinaT

    Hi, which is the latest time of day that a bus or metro goes to the airport?

  • Pauline Camilleri

    Hi,does the 5 day ticket cover to Piraeus from the let’s say Monastiraki please?

    • You can use it to travel from/to all Athens metro stations except Airport.

  • Dre Lima

    Good informations, I’ll go to athens in January 2017, and want to use the transport to visit the beach, and go to the Lake, Thanks.

    • Hello! You can use google maps to get transport information from/to any location. If you have a specific question, let me know.

  • Gerhard

    If I have a 5 days Ticket to drive to Koropi, can I take the reduced Ticket from Koropi to the Airport for the last station?

  • Olga

    Hi, I’m a student from Russia.I was wondering if the reduced tickets also apply for me if I am older than 25 but have The ISIC card – International Student Identity Card

    • Hello, I’m not aware of any offer especially for holders of ISIC cards. I would contact ISIC to ask if I were you. If you show the card at a ticket booth and ask for a reduced ticket I don’t think they’ll ask about your age but this doesn’t mean it’s 100% safe to do so.

  • selfhiker

    Does X97 bus route from Airport go to the Agios Dimitrios station? We’re arriving late in the evening and want to get there, but we found different information about this direction: that it goes only to Elliniko station. What’s the right info?

    • Hello, bus X97 terminates at Elliniko station which is now the terminal station of Metro line 2. If you arrive before midnight you can simply take the metro and go to Agios Dimitrios (4 stations away). If you arrive after midnight line X97 gets extended to Dafni between 00:00-05:00 so you can get off at Aghios Dimitrios which is along the way.

  • Ann Howe

    Will the Metro ticket sales accept cash Euros at the Airport? U.S. credit cards chips/passwords sometimes do not work. Thanks. Great site.

    • Hello and thanks. Cash is the default way of payment everywhere in Greece. You’ll never face a problem when paying cash, including at ticket booths.

  • Hi and thank you!
    1. 3-day tourist tickets include those two trips from/to the airport as well as unlimited use of transport within Athens during those 3 days.
    2. You are correct. Ages younger than 7 travel for free, which makes many children in Athens stay unofficially 6 y.o. for a couple of years or so 😉

  • Jonny Filter

    Can I buy reduced tickets also at the ticket-machines?

  • I just realized it sounds confusing because it’s translated from Greek where it’s more clear. It means those aged 25 are not included. Just those under that.

    • Tom

      Thanks. But in one earlier comments you said «While you’re 25 you can buy the reduced ticket.» So now I am really confused. 🙂

      • That comment was about an erasmus student at a Greek university. Are you an erasmus student at a Greek university?

  • TH

    We are arriving at the airport, then heading to a hotel near Syntagma Square…then 3 days later need to head to the Piraeus Port to get on our cruise ship. Then we will be back in athens 12 days later and need to go from airport to hotel…then back again. Would the 3 day tourist be best for the first part of our journey, and then just a regular metro or transit pass at the end?

    • Makes sense to me. Please read «I’m flying to Athens for a few days. Any advice on which ticket I should use?» as well.

  • Joanna Paliszkiewicz

    Hi, I have a question as I’m a bit lost. We are coming to Athens for 4 days – coming late in the evening on 08.12 and leaving in the morning of 11.12 – can you please tell me what ticket should we buy if we want to take metro from the airport to the city and then we’ll have to take one more ride to get in the area of Museum of Acropolis. We will also take some buses during our stay and again we’ll take metro to the airport. Will the ticket of €22 be enough? If there’s 2 of us can we buy one ticket?

  • Kris

    Hi, great info!
    Wanted to ask, as we have seen in some cities – is the funicular included in the tourist card, or separately paid? Could you give us idea of price? Thank you

    • Hello! If you mean the Lycabettus finicular, it’s run by a private company so it’s not included in the public transport tickets and cards. Last time I used it (3 years ago) the ticket cost 7 euros (round trip).

  • Jim

    It’s really a great site!
    I’d like to ask if you buy the group metro tickets for 3 people, can you use it for yourself for 3 trips from/to airport within 7 days?
    I found from internet that there was X92 bus from kifisia to Athens aiport, is it still operating?
    My question can we use other bus (e.g 410/500) before connecting to X92 with the same ticket?

    • Hello, and thank you. Tickets to the airport for 3 persons are valid for 1 travel when 3 persons travel together. X92 route doesn’t exist anymore. Bus tickets for the airport are not valid for transfer to other bus/metro lines.

  • V-P

    If I buy a Metro airport ticket and validate it in the airport, do I have to validate it again, if I leave metro at the Kantza station and visit zoo and then during the same day go back to the metro again at Kantza towards Monastiraki station?

    • The metro ticket for the airport is valid for 90 minutes after the first validation. Therefore, I think you’ll need to buy an extra ticket from Koropi to Athens (1.40 euros).

  • Ondrej Smreček

    Hello, can i use student ISIC card from Czech university to have reduced ticket? thank you

    • Hello, there’s an answer for that above. You can use a reduced ticket up to the age of 24.

  • Anna

    Hello, I will be in Athens during Christmas (24-27 December). Is public transport going to be available during these days?

    • Hello, Athens transport is running on limited (Sunday) service during holidays (December 25th and 26th). No specific announcements yet for this year. There will be a post when we learn more.

  • Olga

    Hello! I intend to visit Athens for 10 days in April 2017 and I`d like to know if transfers from Airport (by Metro or by bus) to the city center, has stations at Sintagma Square. My accomodation is in Pagrati neighborhood, near Kalimarmaro Staduim. Thank You!

  • Esmail Owji

    One of the best and useful sites I have seen. Thank you and Mmerry Christmas!

    • Aww and that’s one of the kindest comments 🙂 Merry Christmas to you as well!

  • Paula Daniela Dobrescu

    Good morning!
    What does «for all modes» mean? Does it mean for all kinds of means of transport?

    • Exactly!

      • Paula Daniela Dobrescu

        Thanks for your prompt answer. I would also like to know if the ticket fare is 50% reduced for children aged 7-12.

  • faw

    Cards for a month and for all modes excluding airport, can we use it for metro line for exemple from Monasteraki to Ethniki Amynas? thx

  • faw

    Cards for all modes excluding airport, are they valid for transportation for exemple from Monastiraki to Ethniki Aminas? Thanks.

  • bee

    hello, i would like to ask if the Return Metro ticket for the airport (for 2 journeys in under 7 days) is valid in any metro station within the city? or does it specify such? thank you 🙂

  • sachit

    I am visiting Athens for a week, I have training in airport premises for a week and I would like to stay in down town. What option would be better for me so that I can commute airport every day from town.

  • Jason Williams

    it says disabled people can use metro fror free, does this apply to tourists who are disabled ?

    • Hello, it only applies to residents of Athens who have a special card.

  • Sigitas

    Hi, I am intrested in validation of tourist ticket, if I buy the ticket friday afternoon at the airport and i have to leave monday with the first metro is it valid return ticket to the airport or is expired ? Thank you

    • The ticket is valid for 3 full days. (3×24 hours). You can do your math 😉

  • manpet

    I think you should also have mentioned the TfA Tickets application for Mobile phones (Android and Apple) i think they are very convenient for Tourists because with this app they can choose their best suited ticket – it is written also in English in explaining each ticket type.

    • Hello, the ticket app will most probably not be available in a few months time.

      • manpet

        I Know that, Unfortunately, because it was a very helpful app esp. for foreigners visiting Greece. The sad thing in my opinion was that it was never properly advertised to the public, otherwise i think it would have been very useful (It still is…).

        • This is true. Our yearly survey has shown that familiarity with the app is particularly low.

  • south_coast_boyo

    Why is a 3 day ticket 22 Euros and a 5 day ticket only 9 Euros ???

    • The 3-day ticket is a tourist ticket which includes a round trip to the airport. You can’t use the 5-day ticket for airport transfers.

      • south_coast_boyo


  • Jim Schottel

    Coming to Athens on a cruise ship and departing via the airport. Have not seen any specific comments similar. We will want to get to city center from the port, then 2 days later go from city center to the airport. Will be 2 adults and 1 child. Believe the tourist pass would be best for this. Is that correct and can we purchase this pass when we get off the ship?
    Thank you,

  • Nita Kamdar

    Hello, does the 3 day tourist ticket include unlimited travel on the Athens sightseeing bus in 2017 or has that now been discontinued? I can’t seem to find information on this anywhere.

    • Hello, the sightseeing line has been discontinued. There are only private sightseeing bus lines right now.

  • Andy


    This is a really good website and helpful information. I have some questions:
    I recently moved to Athens and I take the bus everyday to work back and forward, until I can buy a monthly card, I have been buying 90min tickets twice a day. Do you recommend anything better? Also, I have notice that almost every person that take the bus doesn’t pay or validate a ticket? Feels like I’m the only one validating my ticket every day, is this for something that Greek citizens can do, ride for free?
    thanks in advance!

    • Hello and thanks! Those you see not validating a ticket either a) have a monthly card, b) have already validated their ticket (for example on another bus or metro), c) are allowed to travel for free (for example, the unemployed) or d) are fare dodgers. There is a large number of all of the above but things will get clearer once the new ticketing systems goes in use in the next months.

      Instead of using 90 min tickets every day (I guess 2 per day), you can buy a 5-day ticket (costs 9 euros).

  • Carine C

    Thank you for those good information
    I still Wonder what is the best choice for me and my friend. There are four of us coming in april for 4 days arriving on the 24th evening at the airport , staying in athens until the 28th in the afternoon. My idea would be to buy a 3 day ticket for each one and buy an airport shuttle bus ticket for the last day . What do you think?

  • Şükrücan Tonyalı

    Hello! This web site is perfect. But I can not find any answer my situation which is complicating. I am planning a trip to Athens on 19.03.2017-25.03.2017. I study at university and my birth date is 15.04.1992 so when I will be there, I will be still 24 years old. If I use reduced tickets, will be any problem when an inspector asks me ticket and ID? Thank you for your helping!

    • You question is already answered under «4. Who can use a Reduced Ticket or travel Free of Charge?»

  • Kris

    Hello, is 3-day tourist ticket valid for travel from Neratziotissa station to the airport in Athens by trains ?

    • Your question is already answered under «2. What kind of ticket do I need to travel from/to the Athens airport?»

  • The return ticket for the airport is for 1 person. Same price with one-way ticket for 2 persons.

  • Sempre Libera

    Hello, does the 5-day ticket include the travel to Vouliagmeni Lake or is it to far away?
    In general, is there a map where I can see the farthest stations I can travel to with the 5- day ticket?
    Thank you

  • Elly

    Do I need to buy a ticket for the suitcase (catching the metro from the airport)

  • south_coast_boyo

    Is it possible to take the bus to Sounion, Temple of Poseidon from Omonia bus station?

  • Bridie Wylie

    Is there a plan your journey web page for metro trains? I need to get from the airport to a hotel (Novotel Athènes hotel I need Michael voda)

  • Marie-Pierre ANCELE

    Hi, I have a plane to catch on 17/05/1st at 8:00 am do you know if the metro is working early morning on the 1st of may ?

  • Alejandro Panameno

    Alex P. Hi I’m going to Greece in September for more than 2 weeks and I am thinking in buying the monthly card all modes of transport including airport. Is it OK to buy a reduced card even I am US citizen.

  • Michael Alexander

    I see people already using the electronic tickets.
    Where can they be bought?

  • M Leong

    I would like to know the location of the Airport Express Bus Station at Monastiraki

  • Alex Kramer

    Is there anything in english about how late the metro runs?

  • David Stoker

    Our trip to Athens will be four days. If we buy a tourist ticket on arrival and only use the metro for three days, will the return trip to the airport still be valid?

  • Alyssa

    When does the x80 line start running for the summer? We will be there the first week of June and it looks like our best option if it’s up and running by then.

  • ernestoz

    Great site! Helped me be prepared before arrival!

  • Anna Sunhee Kim

    The Metro Ticket for the Airport for two people, which costs 18euros is good for a roundtrip for one person or two people? For 18 euros, two people can go to and from airport or just one? Thank you!

  • The paper the university gave you can substitute the University card.

  • 3-day tourist tickets cost the same for all. You can use it for all modes of Athens Transport, including 1 round trip to the airport, if you wish.

  • Serena Grimaldi

    I will be arriving in Athens from Gythio Lakonias, how do I get to Monastiriaki please?

    • By taking the metro I suppose?

      • Serena Grimaldi

        Thankyou for your reply, but it is not very helpful, as I don’t even know where my bus stops in Athens….

        • If you don’t know, I don’t know either, sorry. Ask when you get to your destination.

  • All your questions are very clearly answered on this page as well as http://www.athenstransport.com/english/

    Please take a few minutes reading them and if there’s still a question let me know.

  • Athens transport tickets are only used for trips on Athens public transport. You can’t use them outside Athens.