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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||€ 4||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)
ticket for 2 persons € 14,
ticket for 3 persons € 20
|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:
- 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) up to the age of 25 with an academic ID card issued online,
- 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 25 (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, 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:
- 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 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.
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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