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Last updated: June 18th, 2018


  • During 2017 the Athens transport ticket system transitions from paper tickets to modern electronic tickets.
  • With the new system, the paper tickets which were in use until today are being replaced by paper and  plastic smartcards (similar to London’s Oyster cards). Riders of the metro system have to go through turnstiles which have been installed in all stations.
  • This page was updated with information about the new system in October 2017. In the following weeks there will be extra information and improvement of the content.
  • If you have any questions you can leave the comment and we’ll try to answer as soon as possible. 

1. What are the different types of tickets and cards for Athens public transport?

From 2017 a new electronic ticketing system is being introduced for the Athens public transport network, replacing the older paper tickets and cards.

Fare prices will remain the same for now, however, the way you pay and use the tickets changes.

There are 3 new types of Athens Transport tickets:

  • The Ath.ena Ticket
  • The personalized Ath.ena Card
  • The anonymous Ath.ena Card

The Ath.ena Ticket at a glance:

  • Paper rechargeable ticket that can be used again and again as long as it remains in good condition.
  • Ath.ena Ticket can be charged and recharged with products varying from a “90-minute ticket for all modes” to 5-day tickets.
  • Airport transfer tickets and 3-day tourist tickets are available as well.
  • Ath.ena Ticket can be bought from and recharged at all Athens transport ticket offices as well as automatic ticket issuing machines.
  • Half-priced Ath.ena Tickets are available but only from Athens transport ticket offices.

The anonymous Ath.ena Card at a glance:

  • Plastic rechargeable card that can be used again and again.
  • The anonymous Ath.ena Card can be charged and recharged with products varying from a “90-minute ticket for all modes to 5-day tickets.
  • Airport transfer tickets and 3-day tourist tickets available as well.
  • When a new anonymous Ath.ena Card is bought, it has to be charged with a bundle of five 90-minute tickets for all modes, or any other ticket product costing at least €4.5.
  • The anonymous Ath.ena Card can be bought only from Athens Transport ticket offices. It can be recharged at the Athens Transport Ticket offices as well as the automatic ticket issuing machines.
  • There are no half-priced ticket products available through the anonymous Ath.ena Card.

The personalized Ath.ena Card at a glance:

  • Plastic rechargeable card that can be used again and again.
  • It bears the photo and name of the passenger it belongs to.
  • The personalized Ath.ena Card can be charged and recharged with all Athens transport products varying from “One 90-minute ticket for all modes” to 365-day tickets.
  • Personalized Ath.ena Cards are issued empty and can be charged by their owners with any ticket product they wish.
  • Cards are issued at most -but not all- Athens transport ticket offices. An online application can speed up the issuing process.
  • To issue a personalized Ath.ena Card, a Greek ID card and an AMKA certificate is required. Alternatively, for non Greek citizens, personalized Ath.ena Cards can be issued with a passport.
  • Cards can be charged and recharged at Athens Transport ticket offices, ticket issuing machines and online using a smartphone or tablet with NFC technology.
  • Personalized Ath.ena Cards that can be charged with half-priced products are available as well.

All of the above types of tickets:

  • Can be bought regardless of when they are going to be used. Any ticket product is valid with the first “touch in” of the card.
  • Ticket products that aren’t used remain indefinitely inside the Ath.ena Card or Ath.ena Ticket and can be used in the future as long as the ticket or card remains in a good condition.
  • All types of tickets can’t be bought online at the moment. However, personalized Ath.ena Cards can be charged and recharged online.

2.  What ticket products can I charge my Ath.ena Ticket or Ath.ena Card with?

At this moment you can charge and recharge your Ath.ena Ticket or Ath.ena Card with a number of short-term and long-term ticket products, as seen in the following 3 tables.

You are also be able to charge your Ath.ena Ticket or Card with directly with an amount of up to €50, without having to buy a specific ticket product.


  • All of the above ticket products can be used for an unlimited number of transfers on: city Buses (excluding Airport express buses and X80 line), Trolley-Buses, Tram, Metro (all stations except Airport), Suburban Railway (only the urban section, no Airport).
  • 90-minute tickets are valid for 90 minutes after the first ‘touch in’, 24-hour tickets for 24 hours after the first ‘touch in’, and 5-day tickets for 5×24 hours after the first ‘touch in’. For example, if the first time you use the 5-day ticket is at 10:05 am on Thursday it will be valid until 10:05am on Tuesday.

  • Express bus tickets for the airport are valid only for one ride on an airport express bus, and no other transfer.
  • 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.
  • 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 (72 hours after the first ‘touch in’), including line X80 (for example from 10am on Friday till 10am on Monday).

  • Long term tickets are only available through personalized Athe.na Cards.
  • Each ticket is valid starting from the first ‘swipe’, regardless of the day of the month, and until midnight of the last day. For example, a 30-day ticket that is first used at 2:20 pm on October 15 will be valid until 23:59:59 on November 14.
  • Cards for all modes excluding airport, are valid for unlimited 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 the urban section excluding airport).
  • Cards for all modes including airport, are valid for unlimited transportation and transfers on these modes plus trips from to/the airport by metro, suburban railway or bus.

3. 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 
  • An express bus ticket for the airport
  • A 3-day tourist ticket 
  • Any long-term ticket (from 30 days) which includes airport transfer

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

4. 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).
    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.

5. Who can use a Reduced Ticket or travel Free of Charge?

Reduced (half) priced 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 is available, among others, for:

  1. Children under the age of 6 (including those aged 6), regardless of nationality. No need to issue a ticket/card, children travel accompanied by an adult.
  2. Unemployed citizens of Greece, with a valid OAED card (excluding trips on suburban railway). Issue of personalized card and monthly recharge required
  3. Disabled persons, citizens of Attica region. Issue of personalized card required and monthly recharge required.


If you are eligible for a half-priced ticket, you will have to either buy a half-priced Ath.ena ticket from a ticket office or issue a personalized Ath.ena Card.

6.  How and where can I buy and recharge an Ath.ena Ticket?

Ath.ena Tickets are available at every Athens transport ticket office, as well as on automatic ticket machines. You cannot buy an Ath.ena Ticket online. Credit cards are accepted at a number of ticket offices (and soon, at every ticket office and automatic machine).

You don’t need to show any document in order to buy a ticket. If you wish to buy a half-priced ticket you’ll need to show the document that proves you are eligible (for example, your passport to prove your age.)

You can recharge an Ath.ena Ticket at all Athens transport ticket offices, as well as on automatic ticket machines.


7.  How and where can I buy an anonymous Ath.ena Card?

You can buy an anonymous Ath.ena Card from every Athens Transport ticket office. You cannot buy it on automatic machines or online. Credit cards are accepted at a number of ticket offices (and soon, at every ticket office and automatic machine).

You don’t need to show any document in order to buy an anonymous Ath.ena Card.

You can recharge your anonymous Ath.ena Card at all Athens transport ticket offices, as well as on automatic ticket machines.

8.  How and where can I buy a personalized Ath.ena Card?

You can only buy a personalized Ath.ena Card from a number of Athens transport ticket offices, located at metro stations.

To issue a card for the first time, you need your passport (if you are a Greek citizen you need your Greek ID card and an AMKA document instead). For a half-priced card, you also need to show the appropriate document that proves you are eligible. An online application can speed up the process [link – only in Greek as of now] but you’ll still need to go to a ticket office in order to get your card issued.

During the issuing process, the clerk will take your photo and will ask you to type an 8-digit PIN code for your card (you’ll need to remember it in order to recharge the card)

You can recharge your personalized Ath.ena Card at Athens transport ticket offices, automatic ticket machines, as well as online through the website athenacard.gr. [only in Greek as of now] (You buy a ticket product or add an amount of money online but the actual “recharging” of the card must take place on an automatic machine.)

9.  How do I use an Ath.ena Ticket or Ath.ena Card?

Ath.ena Tickets and Ath.ena Cards are made from different materials but use the same contactless technology.

In buses, trolley-buses and the Tram, you use the blue card readers, installed close to all doors. You place your Ath.ena Ticket or Ath.ena Card close to the ‘contact point’, under the screen. A sound and message on the screen will let you know that your card is valid (you can also see the time or tickets remaining in the card).  You need to touch in every time you get on a bus/trolley bus/tram, regardless of the ticket product you are using. You don’t need to touch in before exiting the vehicle.

On the metro and suburban railway, you need to pass through the gates installed at every station. Use the card reader on your right side as you’re going through the gate. Again, a sound and message on the screen will let you know whether your card was read successfully. You need to do this as you enter AND exit every station.

You can see the remaining time of your ticket while touching in the card and also at automatic ticket issue machines and ticket offices.

10. How about Athens Suburban Railway and other Railway tickets?

  • Ath.ena Tickets and Athena Cards are accepted within the urban section of Proastiakos (Suburban Railway) as well as Airport station.
  • 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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  • Anna Maria Antonowicz

    Hi, I recently graduated from high school and I’m starting university in October. Can I buy a reduced ticket?

  • Oanna

    Hello! Can the 5-day ticket be used for the trams that go to the beach (eg. Glyfada)?

    • This is ALREADY answered above. All Athens transport tickets can be used for Tram.

  • Ket

    Hi, can I use the trainose ticket for metro and other transport or is it meant only for the suburban? Thanks in advance.

    • Yes they are valid for 90 minutes after the first validation.

      • Ket

        Thanks a lot!

  • C Richter

    I am staying on Ilioupoleos, near the First Cemetery. Where is the nearest place I can purchase an Ath.ena ticket for the bus?

    • There is no list of every point of sale available. Check at your nearest Tram stop though and ask around at newsagent’s and kiosks.

  • Olga

    Hello! I am student from Russia. Can I buy and use reduced ticket? I have ISIC.

    • Hello, someone mentioned recently that the ISIC card is not accepted, which I haven’t confirmed yet. If you have a card of pass from your own university, use that one.

      • Olga

        Ok, but I don’t think I can use cards from my univercity, they’re in russian lenguage all. It’d be great if you write here when you’ll confirm question about ISIC.

        • Say you’re a student, show both and hopefully they accept it. I’ll update with information about ISIC if they reply.

  • Irene

    Hello! Can you please tell if my 3-days tourist ticket is suitable for a one way trip to Corinth by Proastiakos? Thank you in advance!

    • Hello, the 3-day ticket (and any other Athens Transport tickets) are valid only up to Magoula station. To go to Corinth you need a ticket to that station which you can buy from any suburban railway station.

      • Irene

        Thank you very much!

  • James Chirila


    I will land at the Athens Airport Sunday at 22.20; after clearing the passport control (I come from outside the Schengen area) will be probably 22.50. Will I be able to buy the 22euro, 3 day (72 hours) tourist ticket from somewhere at that time? If yes, from a counter or from a machine? Thanks.

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      When you exit the airport and you are at the airport bus station there is both a ticket office and a ticket machine. The same applies for the airport metro station. (Otherwise, how someone would be able to buy a ticket?)

      Tip: If you buy the ticket from the ticket machine, it’s not called “Tourist ticket” there. To buy it, you select language > Buy travel product > Athens & Airport, Return > 3 days

  • Nick Xylas

    Is there a mobile ticketing option, to buy tickets on my phone? The old OASA app apparently no longer works.

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      No, since it wouldn’t be compatible with the current ticketing system and you also wouldn’t be able to open the gates at metro stations.

      There is only an app that you can use to top up your personalized ATH.ENA Card using your smartphone (only on NFC-supported devices)

  • Θεόδωρος

    Είμαστε μια οικογένεια με 4 παιδιά (είμαστε όλοι Έλληνες πολίτες) που ζούμε στο εξωτερικό και που σύντομα θα επισκεφθούμε την Αθήνα. Πώς μπορούμε να επωφεληθούμε από τα μειωμένα εισιτήρια και τιμές; Πρέπει ο καθένας να βγάλει μια κάρτα Ath.ena; Εάν ναι, πού μπορούν να εκδοθούν αυτές οι κάρτες; Θεόδωρος από Καναδά.

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Με βάση όσα λέει στο site του ΟΑΣΑ (http://oasa.gr/content.php?id=mkom ) φαίνεται πως πρέπει να είστε μόνιμοι κάτοικοι Ελλάδας για να δικαιούστε όλοι μειωμένο εισιτήριο λόγω του ότι είστε πολύτεκνοι.

      Βεβαια, τα παιδιά εφόσον είναι ανήλικα δικαιούνται ούτως ή αλλως μειωμένο κόμιστρο. Για να βγάλουν μειωμένο κόμιστρο πρέπει να πηγαίνετε κάθε φορά σε εκδοτήριο για να αγοράζετε μειωμένα εισιτήρια.

      Αν προτιμάτε να βγάλετε προσωποποιημένη καρτα ώστε τα παιδιά να μπορούν και αυτά να φορτίζουν την καρτα με μειωμένα εισιτήρια από αυτοματο μηχάνημα, μπορείτε να εκδώσετε από το εκδοτήριο των λεωφορείων στο Αεροδρόμιο, το οποίο βρίσκεται έξω από τις πύλες 4-5 των αφίξεων. Την ώρα που ο εκδότης εκδίδει την κάθε καρτα πείτε του να την φορτίσει και με εισιτήριο μετρό αεροδρομίου ή λεωφορείου αεροδρομίου (σε περίπτωση που χρησιμοποιήσετε κάποιο από αυτά τα μέσα).

      Για τις προσωποποιημένες κάρτες χρειάζεστε το διαβατήριο του κάθε ατόμου ή τον ΑΜΚΑ αν και όσοι έχετε. Για πιο γρήγορη εξυπηρέτηση στο εκδοτήριο, συμπληρώστε την αίτηση που θα βρείτε εδώ (https://athenacard.gr/QR_request.dev ) για κάθε άτομο και εκτυπώστε το QR Code, το οποίο θα δείξετε στον εκδότη.

  • Danny Todorov

    Hello, can I use ISIC card for reduced tickets?
    Thanks! 🙂

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Yes, of course, together with your passport to prove you’re 25 or younger.

      • Danny Todorov

        Well, They actually refused to sell me reduced tickets today. Twice. At Syntagma metrostation and earlier at the airport.

        • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

          I’m sorry to hear that. Next time (if you’re planning to use the metro again), show them the page from the Public Transport Authority website that proves you’re eligible for reduced tickets: http://oasa.gr/content.php?id=mkom

  • Anaïs Borrell

    Kalimera ! Hello !

    We ‘re a french company planning an holiday camp for teenagers in Greece in July 2018, travelling only with national buses.

    Because we will be a
    group of 18 people, we need to insure to have places enough in the
    buses so we would like to book our rides in advance.

    For this, we would need some advises please :

    is the best
    way to book in advance the rides with buses ktel ? and which are the
    different possibilities (online booking / booking at ktel offices in
    some cities / booking at tourist offices in some cities…?).

    we are interested by any kinf of advises, information, documents which
    could help us in the organisation of our transports and for avoiding any
    kind of difficulties during our travel.

    Thanks a lot !
    Best regards.

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Hello! As you may have noticed this site is an informational site about the public transport in Athens (not connected with the Public Transport Authority) and this page about the tickets and cards.

      If you want to contact with the KTEL companies, visit their websites:

      Attica region KTEL: http://ktelattikis.gr/en/

      Thessaloniki region KTEL: https://ktelthes.gr/en/

      And since you are 18 persons, I suggest contacting a travel agent to help you organize your trip and book bus trips, hotels etc.

  • Renca

    Hi, I have 5 day ticket, which I validated at Saturday 19.5. around 13:00. After validation it showed date and time 23.5. 23:59. On this side you say it’s valid for 5x24h, but from the validation machine in bus, it look like it’s valid for 5 calendar day, which one is true. Can I still use ticket at Thursday 24.5. morning? Thanks.

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Hello! I remind you that this site is an informational one and not the official site of the Public Transport Authority.

      Regarding your question, I also remember being for 5x24h and that what the official site of the ticketing system says (www.athenacard.gr in Greek only) but if what you say is true they probably changed it to match the way the 30, 90, 180 & 365-day ticket products work.

      Just to be sure, go to a ticket machine to check what it writes (you put the card in the case and you tap Card Info). If it says until 23/5 23:59, it’ll be valid until then.

  • Resha

    I bought two tickets from machine at airport and machine gave only one. I have a receipt for 2 . Staff were so rude and no one help . What do I do ? I have paid €44

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Which ticket product did you select? (And keep the receipt)

      Also, I want to remind you that this site is not the one of the public transport authority, so we can’t do something about the rude staff (unfortunately some of them are rude, but not all of them).

  • Leland Smith


    Is there a ticket office at the Airport Metro station to buy half price 3 day tourist tickets for my children? If so, where is it located? Thank you

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      There is one, as you enter the station when coming from the airport. At the level where the ticket gates are.

      Unfortunately, there is no half-priced 3 day ticket, as you may have read at the article. So the only options are the 5€ airport tickets and single tickets of 0.60€ from the rest of your journeys here.

      • Leland Smith

        I did miss the red ‘X’in the chart above for the 3 day tourist ticket half price. My mistake,thanks

  • Tea Kostic-Jankovic

    Hello, I’m coming to Athens next week and I’ll be living there for a month. I’m not a citizen of Athens nor Greece, I’m from Serbia, so I was wondering whether it will be possible for me to get that personalized card. Considering the fact that I’m also a student, I should be able to get the half priced card. Is this all doable? Thank you in advance!!!

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Yes, it’s possible using your passport. If the ticket office staff decline to issue a card with passport, insist. Just make sure, that the stations issues personalized cards.

      If you are a student and 25 or younger, you are eligible for half priced ticket by showing your student ID card.

  • Vicky Lin

    Hi, I would like to inquire the tickets for suburban railway. I with my husband would like to take the suburban from airport to Athens railway station to start the journey. Is it correct that we buy two 24 h tickets and plus two metro ticket for the airport? I’m not sure that the metro ticket can be available for suburban.
    Another question is about the recharge problem, we can buy the Ath.ena tickets for 24h-ticket and metro ticket at the same time or we should buy one product (24h-ticket) first, then use the ticket to recharge another product? Thank you.

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      The Suburban Railway needs a special ticket from the airport station. If you only want to do this trip (Airport – Athens), you need only the Suburban Railway airport tickets.

      At the airport station, you’ll be given different electronic tickets for the Suburban Railway (not ATH.ENA Tickets), which are used in the same way. The good thing is that you will be able to recharge them with the 24h tickets at the metro ticket machines at Athens Railway Station (Larissa station metro station).

      And you firstly have to use the airport tickets in order to recharge the electronic ticket with the 24h product, for example. Only ATH.ENA Cards support the ability to store 2 ticket products simultaneously.

      • Vicky Lin

        Thank you so much for your prompt response.

  • Tatjana Grujic

    Hi, where are the locations of the tickets offices in the city centre? Is it possible to buy Athena 5 day ticket at the kiosk?
    Thank you in advance

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      You can find ticket offices at every metro station and you can buy any type of ticket from there.

      If you mean the places which sell newspapers, drinks, chips etc. with the term “kiosk”, no, you can only buy packs of 5 or 10+1 single tickets from there.

  • Najmul

    We (my wife, daughter and myself) will travel to Athens next week. My daughter is six years old. According to this website, she does not need any ticket. Please let me know how can she pass through the metro gates without tickets?
    Thanks in advance.

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Right now, the gates have not closed at all stations yet, so you touch-in with your ticket and pass through the open gates. You won’t face any problems with your daughter.

      On stations with closed gates, there is at least one open gate for any unemployed or handicapped persons who haven’t issued their free cards already; so again you have no problems.

      In case these gates are closed when you come, your daughter have to pass with you or with your wife, together from the large gate for handicapped persons, which has more sensitive sensors. (You touch-in and pass together).

      In any case, there is no chance of your daughter being injured by the gates, since they’re not closing if there’s a person in-between the “gate pillars”.

  • yoram

    Hi, i have to go from Pireus port to Athens.can i use one 90-minute ticket for bus x96 from Pireus to Edem and then use it for a tram? is bus x96 included in the ticket? is there any alternative? thank you

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Firstly, the X96 airport bus has a special 6€ ticket and secondly if you board on this bus, you can only deboard at the airport (Boarding rules apply on all airport express bus lines).

      The most obvious and easy alternative is to take the metro line 1 (green line) from the Piraeus metro station.

  • Bob Kerr


    We are visiting Athens for one day next month; a mixture of business and pleasure. We fly in from Rhodes in the morning and return in the evening. We have several visits to make and wish to use the Metro Lines 3 and 2 for all of them, there will be five or six journeys. Ideally we would like get to the airport and buy a one-day Metro pass which includes the airport and city and allows several journeys. Is there such a ticket or do we need to buy the 3 day visitor pass?

    Thank you.

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Hi! No, unfortunately the 24h pass does not include a trip to the airport.

      So, the cheapest solution is the 3 day ticket of 22€ instead of a 24h ticket + 2 airport tickets (4.5€ + 20€ = 24.5€)

      • Bob Kerr

        Thank you!

  • Chris

    Is it possible to combine the METRO Airport Ticket from/to Stations Pallini, Kantza, Koropi for 6 EUR and the 5 days Ticket? From Pallini the 5 days Ticket should be valid, right? So I suppose I would just need to buy the 6 EUR airport ticket and not the 10 EUR one.

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Note: The 5 day ticket is valid from Koropi station; so Pallini station is included.

      And yes, you can make this combination. You’ll buy the 6€ Airport-Pallini ticket, you will deboard at one of the stations Pallini, Peania-Kantza or Koropi, you’ll touch-out with the 6€ ticket, you’ll buy the 5-day ticket (9€) from the ticket machine, you’ll touch-in and you’ll continue your journey.

      • Chris

        Thank you for your answer. It is not possible to already buy the 5-day ticket at the airport and activate it there so I don’t have to exit at one of the stations?

        • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

          Firsty, I’m not sure if the 5 day ticket is sold at the airport station.
          Secondly, I remind you that the system works contactlessly, like the Oyster card system for example, so apart from the fact that you won’t be able to get through the gates a second time to touch-in the other ticket, the gates will probably show an error message with the 5 day ticket, since it cannot be used at the airport station.

  • Adam Zalewski

    I’m soon coming to Athens for a week. I’m disabled and have a disabled parking car issued in Poland, but valid in the entire EU. Am I elligible for free public transportation or do I need to be an Attica citizen, or file some additional paperwork? Looking forward to hearing from you!

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Unfortunately, you have to be a permanent resident of the Attica prefecture to be eligible for free public transportation. So, you pay the full ticket price or if you are a student of age 25 or younger you are eligible for reduced (-50%) ticket prices.

  • Topelius

    Coming to Athens next month and staying one week. Do I understand correctly, with the 3 day tourist pass, BOTH airport trips must be done within the 3 day period? So no use getting this pass for a 7 day trip – the return to the airport would no longer be valid? Second question. Does the 5 day pass include travel to the port (Piraeus)? 3rd question: No such thing as a 7 day pass?

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      1) Exactly as you describe it.
      2) Yes, it does. Only the airport metro station and the airport buses need a special ticket.
      3) Unfortunately, no. It’s indeed an issue. So if you’re going to stay for seven days, you’ll need 1 5-day ticket (9€) and 2 24h ones (2×4.5=9€). Plus the airport tickets.

  • elsasemize

    I have read that we could buy a tourist card voor 7 days to our visit in Athens. I also saw that as 65 years old we could have a reduction to the price but is not clear of that includes a tourist cart and if not which ones could we use with reduction? Thank you

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      The tourist ticket is for 3 days, not 7. The tourist ticket doesn’t have a discount for elderly people or persons under 18. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t buy one.

      If you want to buy tickets with 50% discount, you can only buy single tickets of 0.60€ or tickets packs of 2 (1.20€), 5 (3€) or 10+1 (6€) tickets.

      The cheapest solution is, of course, the 10+1 tickets pack, since with this pack each ticket costs 0.54€ instead of 0.60€.

      *With the term “pack”, we mean that all the tickets of the pack are included in 1 paper ticket.

      • elsasemize

        thank you very much i understand now how it works

  • mahdi nisirat

    Dear I have two questions. First we will be arriving on sunday 15 of April, having a training course at AUA Athens, covered by Erasmus plus project. mainly we are aged in the 40’s and 50’s. could we use reduced tickets for our stay in Athena. second, can we use the 5 day tickets for multiple trips or for just one trip.

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης


      1) Unfortunately, eligible for reduced ticket are only persons under 18, students of public universities up to the age of 25 and people who are 65 or older.

      2) The 5 day ticket (9€) is valid for unlimited trips in 120 hours since the first touch-in of the ticket. Remember, that this ticket does not include trips to the airport; you have to buy the separate 10€ ticket for each person (this applies for the 5 day ticket, as well; each ticket is only for 1 person).

      You can use the 5 day ticket for all means of transport except all the airport buses (X93, X95, X96 & X97), the seasonal bus line X80 and in the section Koropi – Airport of metro line 3.

      Remember to touch-in and touch-out every time you pass through a gate and every time you board a bus, trolley or tram.

      As it’s not mentioned in the article, if you prefer credit/debit cards as payment method for buying the tickets, you should use the white/blue ticket machines which accept bank cards, while not all ticket offices do.

      Hope you’ll enjoy your stay!

  • Danny Todorov

    What’s the price of the Ath.ena Ticket itself? Do I need to pay some fee and then charge it with the tickets I need?

    Thanks in advance! 🙂

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Hello! Both the ATH.ENA Ticket and the ATH.ENA Card are free. You only pay the value of the ticket.

  • Hristina Ivanova

    Hello, I read down in the comments that a 3-day ticket includes roundtrip airport transfer as well 3 days of travelling on buses, trams AND the metro, however up in the article it says “roundtrip to airport and unlimited travel on all other modes for 3 days’. Can somebody confirm that these ALL OTHER MODES include the metro trips in the city (aside from the airport transfer) for the 3-day ticket.

    Thanks in advance!

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      You can use all modes of transport (incl. metro, trams, buses and trolleys) for an unlimited period during these 3 days. And you have also a round trip to the airport with metro or with airport buses (X93, X95, X96 & X97).

      What you can’t do is to take an airport bus or go to the airport metro station before the return trip.

      The 3 days (72 hours) start counting from the first touch-in of the ticket at the start of the trip from the airport. You have to touch-in and touch-out with your ticket every time you pass through a gate (open or closed) and touch-in every time you board a bus, trolley or tram.

      • Hristina Ivanova

        Thank you very much!

  • vanina

    Hello, could you tell me when is the first train to the airport (LINE 3)-somewhere write 6.30am, somewhere-5.30am? Thank you in advance!

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      At 5:30 am from Aghia Marina and at 6:30 from the Airport. More info about the line 3 timetable here: http://www.stasy.gr/index.php?id=70&L=1

      • vanina

        Thank you!

  • Mara

    Hello, could somebody confirm to me that foreigners can have personalized ATH.ENA cards? For example those which cost 30 euros for one month?

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Of course, you can. You just need your passport instead of the Greek Social Security Number. If the person at the ticket office refuses, insist because it’s possible (some ticket office staff, just don’t know it). After you issue your card, you can top it up at a ticket machine with any ticket including the monthly one (30€) or ask the person at the ticket office to top it up for you.

      Note that ticket offices of specific stations issue personalized ATH.ENA Cards.

      • Mara

        Oh great! Thank you for the answer Dimitris!

  • webguy

    I am trying to locate some information about the grey Metro line that overlaps with the airport line, i need to travel along this line for several days and want to know if the 5 day pass will be valid for this route? My daily route will be Athens -> Paiania-Kantza -> Athens I can’t seem to locate any info on the fares?

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      That’s the Suburban railway not a metro line and the Athens station where it’s heading is not at the centre of Athens. If you need to go to the centre of athens from Paiania-Kantza, you’ll take the blue line towards Ag. Marina and you’ll get down at the Syntagma station (costs 1.40€).

      The Suburban railway from Paiania-Kantza to the Athens station (which is connected with the Larissa Station metro station), costs 1.40€ as well (the 1.40€ metro tickets are valid on this route). In a white/blue ticket machine, you select: Buy Product > Athens Area > 90 minutes. Don’t forget to touch-in at the ticket barriers!

      • webguy

        Thank you very much Dimitris, appreciate the info, its a great help!

  • Giorgos

    Καλημέρα! Μήπως γνωρίζετε πότε θα ενεργοποιηθεί η φόρτιση του δωρεάν κομίστρου (επιδότηση) στα αυτόματα μηχανήματα;

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Όχι. Ο ΟΑΣΑ δεν έχει ανακοινώσει κάτι ακόμα. Κάποια εκδοτήρια λένε από αυτή τη βδομάδα. Δεν είναι 100% σίγουρο, όμως.

      • Giorgos

        Ευχαριστώ πολύ για την άμεση απάντηση. Ας ελπίσουμε ότι θα ανακοινωθεί κάτι σύντομα! Ισχύει ότι η καθυστέρηση έχει να κάνει με την LG και την ενημέρωση των μηχανημάτων;

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Απλά δεν έχει γίνει η διασύνδεση των database της ΗΔΙΚΑ με αυτές του ΟΑΣΑ. (Είδα την ερώτηση στο mail μου).

      • Giorgos

        Ευχαριστώ πολύ για την ενημέρωση!

      • Giorgos

        Γειά σας! Μήπως γνωρίζετε αν υπάρχει κάτι νεότερο σχετικά με τη φόρτιση δωρεάν κομίστρου για ανέργους;

        • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

          Δυστυχώς όχι.

  • Magnus Thierfelder

    Thank you for you informative reply.

  • Magnus Thierfelder

    Does anyone know what happens with the fantastic App for smartphones? Where you could buy tickets on the go? You could get what ever ticket you needed, 3days, 7 days 90’ Airport. etc. And it gave you an electronic ticket readable for both machines and humans. It was the future, this mess seems so complicated… Some time ago I tried to get a ticket being in Paleo Faliro. The machines couldn’t help me (as mentioned before it only had the options for checking your balance and getting lost in the meny’s. No one around knew anything. I had to take a cab.

    But anyways. You are doing a great job here helping out. Thanks!

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Firstly, this site has no connection with the public transport company; it’s an independent informational site.

      Regarding your question, the TfA app was removed from both the Play Store and the App Store on October 1st 2017, since it was not compatible with the new ticketing system (the fare gates, to be specific), for 2 reasons:
      1) The gates can read RFID tags only, while smartphones use NFC technology
      2) A lot of passengers who use iPhones would not be able to use the app anymore, since Apple hasn’t enabled the use of the NFC chip by third party developers.

      Regarding the automatic machines, the option “Buy Product” for buying a new ticket has always been there since their installation period between February and July 2017.

      The good news is that the public transport company’s CEO has said last year, that a future expansion of the system will allow the use of supported smartphones as tickets like with the previous system. Until then, the only way for someone to have tickets on the go is to issue a personalized card and download the “ATH.ENA Card” app for Android phones only, with which he can buy tickets and them load them into the card using the NFC chip.

      • Magnus Thierfelder

        Thank you for your informative reply.

      • Giorgos

        Καλημέρα! Μήπως γνωρίζετε πότε θα ενεργοποιηθεί η φόρτιση του δωρεάν κομίστρου (επιδότηση) στα αυτόματα μηχανήματα;

  • Maria Zahra

    Hi I will arrive at the airpot and will need to go to athens centre for 2 days..then will need to go to megara greece for 6 days (and will not need any transport whilst in megara). however will need transport again to go back to athens and back to airport. what is your advice?

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Hello! If you want to go directly to the airport from Megara, I suggest taking the Suburban Railway which costs 10€. You’ll take the train from Megara towards Athens and you’ll get down at the Kato Acharnai station. Then, from this station you’ll take another Suburban Railway train towars the airport, which is the last station of that line.

      If you want to go to Athens before going to the airport, you’ll take the same train from Megara and you’ll get down at the Athens station (costs 3€) and then you can take the metro to go where you want to go (costs 1.40€).

  • Trond Ø. Hølen

    Το Disqus είναι ένα δίκτυο συζητήσεων
    Το Disqus δεν ελέγχει, ούτε λογοκρίνει. Οι κανόνες αυτής της κοινότητας, είναι αποκλειστικά δικοί της.
    Δεν χρειάζεται να φερθείτε ανόητα, ή να κάνετε κάτι παράτυπο. Τα πάντα γίνονται ευκολότερα με αυτόν τον τρόπο.
    Διαβάστε όλους τους όρους και τις προϋποθέσεις

  • NatalieS

    Hi, can you tell me how much a 3 day pass is? Is it valid to and from the airport? And on all metro and buses? Thanks. Where can it be purchased upon my arrival at athens airport?

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      It’s 22€. It’s valid on all metro, buses, trolleys & trams and it includes one round trip to the airport with the metro or with the airport buses.
      You can purchase it at the airport metro station at a ticket machine, where you press: Buy Product > Athens & Airport, Round > 3 Days.

      You also need to touch-in and touch-out every time you pass through a gate (even if it’s open) and touch-in every time you board a bus, trolley or tram.

      The 3 days start counting from the first touch-in and the airport round trip must be in these 3 days.

      • Roman Mikuš

        Hi, I would like to ask if the trip with the 3 day tourist pass needs to be in the 3 days or can be done within the 3 days.

        • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

          What do you mean exactly? And I suppose you refer the round trip to the airport.

          • Roman Mikuš

            Yes, I might have got it wrong. It seemed that the trip needs to be done in 3 days, which means I can not use it for transfer, if i have only one overnight stay, because I would do the trip not in the 3 days but within 3 days.

          • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

            Okay, I got it now.

            You can do the return trip whenever you want within the 72 hours.

  • Robert Brown

    I will be in Athens for five days but not in a row. I will be on a tour and will spend days split up in Athens. Can I get the 5 day pass for the five days I will be there?

    • The 5-day ticket is valid for five days from the moment you first use it, so no.

  • Alvin Sim

    Is there an expiry on these tickets? ie. if I bought one for one trip and then went back home and came back in 2 yrs time, is the ticket still valid if I had credits?

    • Officially, Ath.ena Tickets last for a year. Ath.ena Cards last for 10 years.

      • Alvin Sim

        Is it 10 years from the purchase of the Ath.ena Card? or from last use?

        • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

          From the purchase. For example, I issued my card on September 24th 2017 and it’s valid until September 24th 2027. Until then, I can recharge it as many times as I want.

  • Hello, according to an answer from ΟΑΣΑ (the transport authority) last year, transport in free only for disabled people who are residents of Attica region.

    • Γιώργος Σ.

      Συγνώμη που γράφω σε άσχετο θέμα, αλλά δεν βρίσκω άλλον τρόπο επικοινωνίας. Τις τελευταίες ημέρες το Disqus μου εμφανίζει σε (σχεδόν) όλες τις αναρτήσεις το μήνυμα «Τα σχόλια είναι κλειστά για αυτήν την συζήτηση.» και προφανώς δεν μπορώ να σχολιάσω. Τι μπορεί να συμβαίνει; Δεν αντιμετωπίζω τέτοιο θέμα σε άλλες ιστοσελίδες με Disqus.


      • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

        Οι συζητήσεις είχαν κλείσει γενικά στο site λόγω εντάσεων που είχαν δημιουργηθεί στα σχόλια.

        • Γιώργος Σ.


  • niki

    when you buy the pack of 11 tickets …are they good whenever you use them or only in consectutive days…?

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      You can use them whenever you want: in the same day, in different days, consecutive or not. And each ticket in the “pack” is valid for 90 minutes.

      Also, there is a daily cap of 4 tickets per day, that means, if you have already used 4 tickets of the pack in one day, no other ticket will be used. Despite this, you continue to touch-in and touch-out every time you pass through a gate (even if it’s open) and touch-in every time you board a bus, trolley or tram.

  • Peter K Maddox

    Thank you very much. Efharisto poli.

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      You’re welcome! Parakalo (Παρακαλώ).

  • Kalilou Camara

    I will spend 6 weeks in Athens in summer, that’s why I’ve looked for informations about Athens public transport.
    I was wondering if I could use reduced tickets or travel free of charge only with my french student card?
    Do I need to show an europeen student card ?

    Many thanks,

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Hello! Since, you are a foreign student and only if you are 25 or younger, you are eligible for reduced ticket price (50% discount). I think you are ok with your French card, but in order to be sure, it’s better to apply for a European or International Student ID, if you can.

  • Peter K Maddox

    We are six UK pensioners, 60+, arriving 1800 hrs Monday 5th. I have booked a private transfer to our hotel near Omonia.

    We plan to sight see 6th, ferry to Aegina 7th, sight see 8th then return by public transport to the airport 9AM 9th ( within 72 hours of first using public transport) to collect a minibus and begin travelling on to Olympia and Nafplio.

    Which ticket do you suggest?
    Where/ when can we most easily buy them with our schedule?
    Can we buy reduced tickets at a machine or only “face to face” at a station office?

    I personally am planning to go to Rafina one day. Will the Athens ticket cover this trip? Where is the Rafina terminal in Athens?

    Many thanks,


    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Your tickets depend on how many times you’ll take the public transport. Note, that only if you are over 65 years old, you are eligible for reduced tickets.
      • For those who are between 60 and 64:
      If you’re going to use public transport for more than 3 times day, you should get 2 24h tickets (2×4.5=9€), one for each full day, and per person. Otherwise, get 1 ticket for 2 90min rides (2.7€), per person.
      • For those who are 65 or older:
      Buy at least 2 tickets for 2 90min rides (2×1.2=2.4€), per person (The 24h ticket is not available, as reduced)
      Then for the airport ride buy one ticket per person (10€ full price and 5€ reduced)
      Don’t forget to touch-in and touch-out every time you pass through a gate and touch-in every time you board a bus, trolley or tram.

      B) Because the tickets are the same on the outside, I suggest buying them before travelling, so you won’t be able to forget which ticket is for which ride.

      C) Reduced tickets can be bought only at the station office.

      D) You’ll be able to use one of the 90min rides to go to Rafina, only if you take the 314 bus, which departs from Doukissis Plakentias metro station (line 3). You can find more info abou the line’s timetable here: http://telematics.oasa.gr/en/#lineDetails_1161_314 : ST.DOUK.PLAKENTIAS – PALLINI – RAFINA_212-54

  • Hello,
    1) If you want to use the metro, it’s better if each one has their own card. Otherwise, one should enter (or exit), then pass the card to the other to enter too.
    2) Whichever ticket product you charge the card with it remains valid indefinitely until it’s used.
    3) Only one ticket product can be used at a time. If you want to go to the airport you should either a) have no other ticket product in your card apart from an airport ticket b) charge the card with the amount of money the airport ticket costs (€10) and that will be used instead or c) buy a simple Ath.ena ticket charged with an airport ticket.

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      1) You can’t touch-in the same card or ticket twice. The gate won’t open the second time. So, please, remove it.

  • No, only the new types of tickets are used now.

  • Yes, Ath.ena Tickets are rechargeable as long as they are empty (like in your case). You only pay for the ticket you charge it with.

  • You need to swipe your card every time you enter a bus and every time you enter AND exit a metro station.

  • Lynda Morris Childress

    I live in Glyfada. 10 days ago I purchased a rechargeable ath.ena TICKET (paper). I had successfully topped up that card once. Yesterday I tried to recharge it again and the machine informed me: Sorry. you can only recharge plastic cards. THERE IS NO CURRENT info posted ANYwhere. There were 5 other very angry people (all native Greeks, not foreigners) at that Espiridon tram stop in Glyfada yesterday holding rechargeable tix that are now, inexplicably, invalid. NO INFO posted at stop. NO updated info here. NOBODY could get where they needed to go without risking fines for riding with no valid ticket. THIS IS UNACCEPABLE.
    You all need to STOP making changes without informing the public. This is a disorganized, totally mishandled MESS!!!!! PLEASE post updates immediately to prevent confusion among residents NOW and before the tourist season starts or this will be COMPLETE chaos. Sorry to say you have completely screwed this transition up. Please help.

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Hello! Firstly, this site has nothing to do with the transport authority. It’s an independent news site.

      Secondly, ATH.ENA Tickets are rechargeable. Probably, that specific machine had a problem. You can try the machine of another tram stop.

      • Lynda Morris Childress

        Sorry. Your site name is a bit misleading. I tried 2 machines at Glfada Espiridon and Glyfada Katraki. Tickets cannot be purchased there. You are not given that option. It no longer works. Paper tickets cannot be recharged. Maybe this is a problem with 2 machines. Maybe they have changed someting and you don’t know about it yet. Is it possible for you to find out specific locations where one can buy a ticket from a human in greater Athens and suburbs? I’d say a large number of local tram riders are confused this morning by this. Thanks for this site and your respo se. Sorry I vented to the wrong people!

        • Nolyc T’nega

          Is the paper ticket completely spent? It might prevent you from recharging if you have rides remaining.

          There’s a list of ticket issuing points at the athenacard site, but I can’t find an english version.

          In short: all metro stations, Syntagma and Aghia Fotini tram stops (but note that buses replace trams in that section until march 6, so it might be closed), and most main bus terminals (Glyfada is one, the kiosk should be in the main square, next to the 120 bus)

          • Lynda Morris Childress

            Good point. No, the ticket had a zero balance. THANK YOU for ticket-purchase site info. Very helpful!!!! I’m in the tourist biz and will highly recommend your site. 👍

          • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

            I just sent an email to the authority to ask them if something changed or if it’s a malfunction. If and when they answer, I’ll update you.

            Note: The Syntagma tram stop is currently under renovation/re-construction, so there’s no ticket office there, at the moment.

          • Lynda Morris Childress

            I could not top up and I could not buy a ticket. The only screen that appeared was the one that offered top-ups, check balance, or purchase online. The check balance worked. The top up did not…maybe malfunctioning machine? It was a totally different home screen than 10 days ago. And no way to get to original home screen. Several people tried this…not just me. Thank you for checking into this; it’s important. Yesterday, I just walked to where I needed to go but others were either stranded or had to go by taxi…because nobody knew where else to buy tix. Suggestion: authorities should post ticket-purchase locations at each stop…

          • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

            I see. I’ll also check a machine at a metro station when I’m going to take it at noon, to see if it works (they’re the same machines).

          • Kostas

            I think they should leave well enough alone! It was EXTREMELY user-friendly and easy to use 10 days ago! Will be interested to hear what you find out. Thanks again.

          • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

            I know that it’s already user-friendly and by redesigning it, they’re going to confuse people.
            The only thing they should add is the ability to automatically open the top up menu, when you place the card in the special “case”.

  • Paul Clement

    Good morning; In a couple of week we will be in Athens and we need a 5 days ticket. I have an idea and I don t know if I m right. : If we arrive at the airport and take a single ticket on the metro from Airport to Koropi. From Koropi we can use the 5-days ticket. Is it as simple as that? Because this way , we don t need the expensive airport-transfer ticket. Same idea for the trip back. Thanks for your great website!

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      To go from the airport to Koropi, you’ll buy the 6€ ticket for the Airport to Pallini route. Then you’ll touch-out at Koropi with that ticket, you’ll buy the 5-day ticket, you’ll touch-in again and you’ll continue your journey.

  • Anna Mo

    I will be in Athens for three days in June. If I buy the “3 day tourist ticket”, the included airporttransfair is “one time only”? Or can I go back to the Airport on the third day with this ticket, when I allready used it on the first day (Airport – Centre , Centre – Airport). Thank you in advance 🙂

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      The ticket includes unlimited travel for 72 hours in all means of transport (except the airport) + 1 trip from + 1 trip to the airport.

      The trips to the airport must be done within the 72 hours, which start to count from the first touch-in.

      Please, note that this ticket is not officially called “Tourist ticket”!
      To buy this ticket from an automatic ticket machine, you select: Buy product > Athens & Airport, Round > 3 Days

  • There is no difference in the price.

  • Andrey Medin

    Hello, i was in Athens airport last October and bought the Ath.ena Card, but didn’t use it. Can i use this ticket in March 2018? Thank you

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Yes. The ticket products or stored value in ATH.ENA Cards do not expire.

      As for the cards themselves, they expire in 10 years from the issue date.

      • Andrey Medin

        Thank you

  • tastath .

    Υπάρχει η δυνατότητα αγοράς εισιτηρίου της γραμμής express προς αεροδρόμιο (€6) από τον οδηγό κατά την επιβίβαση στο μέσο της διαδρομής, όπως γινόταν με τα χάρτινα εισιτήρια, ή πρέπει να το έχουμε προμηθευτεί εκ των προτέρων;

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Ναι, μπορείτε να το αγοράσατε κανονικά από τον οδηγό, όπως πάντα.

  • stefan andrei

    I would like to know where to buy a personalized 30-day card with the active airport option at Athena International Airport

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Hi! You can issue a personalized card at the airport bus ticket office, which is located outside arrival exits 4-5.
      Just ask the person at the ticket office to top up the card with an Athens&Airport 30-day ticket, which costs 49€ (or 25€ if you’re a student or older than 65).

      • Sally Harper

        I asked at the bus kiosk today, they said they didn’t do them 🙁

        • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

          Unfortunately, some ticket office staff don’t follow the official rules. They actually could issue a personalized card.

          Anyway, you can go to ticket office of one of the following metro stations and issue your personalized card (make sure to have your passport with you)

        • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

          Also, if you want, you can fill this form (https://athenacard.gr/QR_request.dev) and either print the QR code or screenshot it with your mobile. You can, then, show it when at the ticket office, so you can save some time at the ticket office. Since, the site it;s in Greek, I provide you a picture, with the site translated to English.

        • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

          Unfortunately, some ticket office staff don’t follow the official rules. They actually could issue a personalized card.

          Anyway, you can go to ticket office of one of the following metro stations and issue your personalized card (make sure to have your passport with you)

          • Sally Harper

            I know about getting it in the city, I already have one, this is for a friend who will arrive in the early hours of the morning next month, wants the card & be able to use it immediately to get into the city. She will of course have her passport on her anyway, but what can she do if they refuse?

          • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

            Oh, so it’s not for you. That’s why they refused to issue the card.
            She has to go herself to issue a personalized card.

          • Sally Harper

            Yes I know, my question was ‘My friend will arrive at the airport next month, do you issue these cards (showing him mine) at this kiosk so she can get one on arrival?’ He said they didn’t do them, only at the metro ticket office, who don’t do them! If I have an issue like this another time I will ask for their name, I have had some great service regarding transport in Athens, it’s a shame a few give such a bad service & incorrect information, either because they don’t know their job, or don’t want to do it 🙁
            We will just have to wait & see, I hope she gets served by someone who will help her. She will fill in the form you provided to hopefully make things easier.

        • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

          Also, if you want, you can fill this form (https://athenacard.gr/QR_request.dev) and either print the QR code or screenshot it with your mobile. You can, then, present it at the ticket office, so you can save some time at the ticket office. Since, the site is in Greek, I provide you a picture, with the site translated to English.

  • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

    More specifically, on all airport lines, you can board only to go to the airport, you can’t deboard at another station.

    There are plenty of buses to choose from; you can plan your route from this site: https://www.google.com/maps/dir///@37.995622,23.751583,13z/data=!4m2!4m1!3e3?utm_medium=et&hl=en

    On these buses, you can use the 5-day ticket.

  • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

    That’s true; only state-run IEK students, as well as university students are eligible of reduced fare.
    Students of private-run IEK pay full fare.

    And 30€/month is not much for unlimited travel.

  • There are boarding rules as the line is only for trips from/to the airport. In other words you’ll need to use another line for trips within the city. Only airport bus tickets are accepted on the line.

  • The 5-day ticket doesn’t include transfers to the airport. To take the bus from the airport you will need a special ticket for it (6 euros full price, 3 euros for over 65 y.o.)

  • DGS

    Does the ticket office at the airport issue ATH.ENA cards?

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      The airport metro station ticket office issues non-personalized cards only.

      If you want a personalized one, you can go to the airport bus ticket office, which is located outside arrival exits 4 – 5.
      If you issue one from there and you want to take the metro, tell the person in the ticket office, to top up the card with an aiport metro ticket.

      • DGS

        Where can I find a list of metro stations that issue the ATH.ENA cards? Might be helpful to have this on your web site.

    • The one at the bus departures.

  • junye he

    Hi a bit confused that the returne metro tickets from/to airport valid 24hrs as the table suggested or 7 days as one of the QA (4) states??

  • Zanne King

    Hi, I’m in Athens in April and I have to drop my hire car off in Koropi which is on the suburban railway (one stop down from the airport) and need to get back into central Athens to finish my break. Can I change trains at Doukissis Plakentias onto the Metro Line 3, and is this the cheapest/best way (using a 90 minute ticket) to get back to Athens?

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Hello! Koropi station is on metro line 3 as well! So, you don’t have to change trains, instead you’ll catch a train towards Aghia Marina from Koropi station.

      Yes, the cheapest and fastest way is to take the metro and buy a 90 minutes ticket (1.40€).

      I suggest, however, buy the ticket in advance, from another metro station, in case the ticket machines at Koropi are out of order.

      • Vladyslav Bespalov

        And suburban trains from Koropi to city center (Attika) are also for 1,4 euro (90 mins)? So, we can walk there from the airport (it is possible on googlemaps) and safe my wife’s daily salary (1,4 instead of 10):D

        • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

          Yes, it’s the same ticket, but you have two options:
          • Take the suburban rail and change at Doukissis Plakentias, where you’ll take a metro line 3 train to Ag. Marina
          • Take the suburban rail until the Athens station, where you’ll change to the metro line 2, towards Elliniko.

          Tip 1: Before walking to Koropi, go to the Airport metro station and buy 2 90-minute tickets from the automated machines, in case the ones at Koropi are out of order.
          In the automatic machine you select: Buy Product > Athens Area > 90 minutes

          Tip 2: You can always take the X95 bus to Syntagma sq. which costs 6€ per person.

          • Vladyslav Bespalov

            Thank you so much for such a clear explanation. ευχαριστώ!

  • Please use the info above. This is the reason I wrote this page.


    I’m from Asia ~
    I wonder if I travel Athens from 2.5 days and pretty sure that I will take metro for 4 times in separate time and day. Is this will be much cheaper if I buy short-term 2-90 minute * 2 ? or I can just charge enough money to card ?
    And also can I pre buy the ticket to airport ?
    pretty thanks ~

    • Hello you can buy the ticket at the airport. Might work better for you if you charge the card with money instead of tickets because of the different types of tickets you will use (airport and the 90 minute ones)

  • 楊喬安

    I’m from Asia ~
    I wonder if I travel Athens from 2.5 days and pretty sure that I will take metro for 4 times in separate time and day. Is this will be much cheaper if I buy short-term 2-90 minute * 2 ? or I can just charge enough money to card ?
    And also can I pre buy the ticket to airport ?
    pretty thanks ~

  • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

    As the site’s administrator wrote below, you can’t use a photo ID apart from a Greek one.

    Indeed, you can travel all around EU with your ID, but the Athens Public Transportation Authority has nothing to do with this EU law. Apart from that, the law refers to traveling between countries, not traveling using the public transport of a member state.

  • For a personalized card you need a passport if you are not a Greek citizen. Otherwise you can issue an anonymous card.

  • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

    If you have a personalized one, you can issue a new one at a ticket office, with the amount you had on your old one, using the 8-digit PIN, you entered when issuing the card for the first time.

    If you have a non-personalized one, unfortunately, you lose the tickets or the stored value you had on it.

  • Lornie Caplan

    Hi. Thank you for all this information.
    Do you want us to use the card to go through every Metro and Electriko barrier even with the 30 day ticket on it? I know we will have to when the barriers start working. When will that be, do you know yet? Many thanks

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Firstly, this site has nothing to do with the public transport company; It’s an independent informational site.

      Yes, you have to touch-in and touch-out every time you go through a barrier, even if the gates are open and even if you have a 30-day ticket. You, also, have to touch-in every time you board a bus, trolley or tram.
      According to the Ministry of Transport, all gates will have closed at the end of the year. Until now, they have closed at the following stations: Aghios Dimitrios, Aghios Antonios (line 2), Eleonas, Doukissis Plakentias, Airport (line 3).

      • Lornie Caplan

        Thank you

  • Lina Niazi

    Hi! I wanna change my old tickets and i heard i can from omonia – does anyone know until when they are working/open to exchange tickets? Thanks!

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Hello! You can exchange old tickets from 07:00 to 21:30, 7 days/week until the end of the year.

      • Lina Niazi

        thank you so much for your reply!! 😀 super helpful!

  • saul gerstenhaber

    Dear Dimitri. My wife has a personalised card and loaded 30 EUR Athens monthly travel card. How can I buy in advance the travel card for December 2017?

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      The travel cards are not for each month (for November, December etc.) but for 30 days starting at the first touch-in.

      So, do you have a personalized card that’s not loaded or you don’t have one at all?

      • saul gerstenhaber

        Demitri, she has a 30-day card loaded (we think it will expire around 4th December). Can I load 30 more days before the first 30 days run out?

        • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

          Yes, you can load it now and it will become active at the first touch-in after the expiry of the current card.

          Also, you can check when the current card expires at any gate or blue card reader or at a ticket issue machine.

          • saul gerstenhaber

            Thank you, Dimitri. All the best.

  • Diland Stevens

    Hello i have a question can i drive with the 3 days tourist tiket from Voula to Athens city? can i use this tiket or it is only for athen?

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      When a ticket writes that it’s for “Athens” it means that it can be used for all areas served by Athens busses, trolleys, trams and metro, excluding the Airport.

      So, whether you take a bus or a tram from Voula, you are able to use it. Specifically, the 3-day ticket it can be used for unlimited travel in the Athens metropolitan area + 1 trip from and 1 to the Airport.

  • saul gerstenhaber

    I currently have ten 90-minute journeys paid on the personalised card. Can I pay and add more 90-minute journeys before the last one is used?

  • Mira Maunzi

    If have still old tickets..what must I do with them?

    Today I bought a Athena Ticket with eleven journeys for 14€
    After the one trip – at the entrance the whole ticket was no more valod!
    Can anybody help me with an information?
    Thank you

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      You can exchange up to 10 old tickets at the Omonia station ticket office.

      As your next question is regarded, what exactly happened?

      • Mira Maunzi

        Thank you for the first answer.
        Today I bought a 11 journey ticket for 14€ , made one trip to Omonia and when I wanted to get back after few hours It wasn t valid any more.
        Maybe I put it first on the wrong place.

        • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

          Did you tried touching-in at an other gate? Maybe that specific gate was faulty.

          Another thing that might happened is you took the ticket away from the reader too fast and the reader didn’t have time to “read” it.

          • Mira Maunzi

            Thank you
            Today it worked perfect
            Yesterday it told me that mz ticket is invalid

            So just still one probleme
            The waiting time at Omonia for changing the old tickets is 30 -35 people
            I am thinking about driving with my old ticket and throw it away after the trip

          • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

            You can’t use the old ticket anymore. The old ticket validation machines have been removed and using the old tickets is prohibited and in case of ticket inspection, you will be given a fine of 84€.

            So, just wait a few days for the queue to become shorter and then go to the Omonia ticket office.

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  • Idyl

    Where in the airport can we buy the Express Bus line tickets?

    • The ticket office is next to the express buses departures. That’s right outside the exit at the arrivals level (follow signs to buses)

  • miraorke

    I am wondering about the personalized card. I will soon arrive in Athens and stay for a little over 2 weeks. Thus, I find the 30-day ticket to be the best option in terms of the price, as I will be using public transport almost every day.

    I see there are guides as to how to apply for the card, but is it possible to go to a ticket office with the relevant documentation and get a personalized card issued straight away?


    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Yes, of course it’s possible, but not at all ticket offices. The most central stations that issue personalized cards are Syntagma and Omonia.

      However, for your convenience I suggest filling the form “Έντυπο προσωποποιημένης κάρτας” at http://www.athenacard .gr, print the QR code or make a screenshot of it, and bring it along with your passport at the ticket office.
      Since the above-mentioned website is in Greek only, I have translated the options, so that you know what to fill in each “box”.

      • miraorke

        Many thanks!

  • steve

    Great information but I am still confused. It seems as though there is no way to pay for a card & have a ticket ready for travel any time without having to recharge a card each time for 24 hrs.

    I live in Athens & travel occasionally on the bus & Metro. Which card system do I need to buy that will allow me to travel whenever I want within the 90 minutes for unlimited days during the year? I want to have the card in my wallet ready at any time.
    Do I have to charge my card each time for one ticket or can I get numerous tickets during the year without a time limit? Thanks

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      What you have to do is get an anonymous or a personalized ATH.ENA Card from any ticket office and charge it with money up to 50€ (Pay as you go).

      So, each time you want to travel, you will touch-in and the amount you have in the card, will be reduced by 1.40€.

      You will continue to touch-in on the bus and both touch-in and touch-out on the metro, but it will charge you again, only 90 minutes after the first touch-in and so on.

  • Nolyc T’nega

    Personalised cards are mainly useful for people who need 30-day tickets or are entitled to discounts.

    Best to get an anonymous card (queues are only for personalised cards, go to a station with no queue) and get a set of 10+1 tickets for the price of 10.

    You can also get the same 10+1 tickets on an athena ticket (same price) but the paper is not as sturdy.

  • The form is here: https://athenacard.gr/request.dev (Greek only) Will add it on the article.

  • Roxanna Smith

    With reference to my previous question above, please provide the link to top up / recharge online. Many thanks in advance.

    • The website is athenacard.gr (Greek only right now)

      • Nikitas Iliopoulos

        The recharge/top up webpage supports English as well. But you have to sign up first. So if you want to register we can guide you. (Very clever, good work guys :/ )

  • Roxanna Smith

    I wasn’t asked to type in an 8 digit pin when applying for my Ath.ena personalised card. Do I have to go back or can I set this myself online?

    • You’ll be asked to do it while issuing the card.

      • Roxanna Smith

        Thank you for your reply. I have the card and had to pay 30eur when they gave it to me but I wasn’t asked to enter an 8 digit pin

        • Does your card have your name and photo on?

          • Roxanna Smith

            Yes it does

          • Weird. They should have asked you to type a pin code.

          • Roxanna Smith

            The agent who gave me the card couldn’t speak English and nearly sent me away without issuing the card. I had to insist that she looks inside the envelope to see what documents I had. She issued the card, charged me 30.00 eur which I am assuming is a monthly metro pass and called for the next person. Please advise if I can get this pin online as I do not have time to stand in a long queue again as I already took a day off work to deal with this.

          • You need to contact the transport authority at oasa@oasa.gr

          • Nolyc T’nega

            The ticket agent messed up. There’s a decent chance that the pin is set to your birthdate, as that was what the ticket agent suggested when I was getting my card.

            The problem here is that I don’t know if it’s possible to test a PIN or to reissue it if it’s lost. They might be able to fix it if you are still in possession of the card, but I’m not sure if even that is possible.

            For the time being, assume the PIN is lost and that you’ll have trouble if you need to replace your card if lost. Keep photos of the card and & your receipts handy.

            If the queues die down in 30 days time it might be best to simply scrap this card and get a new one with a PIN you know.

  • You can buy an Ath.ena ticket charged with airport ticket and then a 5-day ticket for moving around Athens.

  • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

    I just looked the passport number format in UK passports. On the site, you will write only the 9 numbers not the “GBR” part.

  • Glo tim

    Hi am a Foreigner in Greece and i dont have Amka, can i still register for the personalized card with my passport alone .

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης


      • Glo tim

        Thank you Dimitry

        • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

          You’re welcome
          It’s “Dimitris”
          Dimitry or Dmitry is in Russian.

          • Glo tim

            Sorry about that Dimitris

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      But make sure you have created and printed the special QR code, by filling the “Έντυπο προσωποποιημένης κάρτας” form at athenacard .gr. You have to bring this at the station’s ticket office, when going to issue the card.

      I’m uploading a screenshot of the form, in which I translated the names of each “box” of the form, so you know what to write in each one:

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      But make sure you have created and printed the special QR code, by filling the “Έντυπο προσωποποιημένης κάρτας” form at athenacard .gr. You have to bring this at the station’s ticket office, when going to issue the card.

      I’m uploading a screenshot of the form, in which I translated the names of each “box” of the form, so you know what to write in each one:

  • Either you make an online application or not, you’ll still need to stand in line to get a personalized card. Unless you need a 30 day ticket, consider buying an anonymous card which doesn’t need any paperwork. If you do need the personalized card, if you wait for some days there will be less people standing in line.

  • Lina Ghaleb Lira


    • Nolyc T’nega

      Old-style paper tickets will stop being sold, but will be accepted and/or swapped for new ones for at least 2 weeks.

      You’ll be able to get a single or at worst a 5-ride ticket from a machine regardless. There’s also a 10+1 ticket (11 rides for the cost of 10) that might make sense for you.

      The photocard queues are for people who need monthly cards or are entitled to discounts.

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      Old paper tickets will be sold and used until this Monday, November 6th. But, as Nolyc T’nega writes below, you will be able to issue the new electronic single tickets (with 1.40€ cost) from the new white/blue ticket issue machines.
      The queues you see are for the personalised photocards. No need to stand in that queue.
      So, until Monday, you can still use the old paper tickets.

  • According to the transport authority it is important to make sure your ticket won’t expire before you reach your destination. If you are in a bus you can touch in a second time after the 90 mins are over so a second ticket will be used (provided you have one)

  • For the time being they can travel with the OAED paper. Soon they’ll have to issue cards.

  • vivien

    Hi, I have 3 paper Athena tickets in front of me which I bought at ticket office two weeks ago. How can I control how much money is on them, how can I see how they are charged. If I scan them it will be delared as a ride immediately, but I just want to control them, I just want to know how they are already charged, how can I see this?

    • You can check them at the ticket issuing machine. Choose “card information” from the menu (translated that from Greek, I suppose that’s how it’s written in the English menu)

  • Yes, but I think only at the bus departures. (it’s a 3-4 minutes away from the train station)

    • Esteban Ray

      Thank you for all of the information provided here. Do you know the hours during which Personalized Ath.ena cards can be purchased at the airport bus departures location? My wife and I are flying into Athens in early December and as we will be in the area for several months want to buy the long term product on arrival, but our flight does not arrive until 8:45PM.

      • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

        I’m not sure if the ticket office will be open at 20:45.
        If it’s closed, you’ll take the metro or the bus to Athens (single tickets are sold from automatic machines at the metro station or inside the bus) and the next day you’ll go to one of these ticket offices and issue the personalized cards:

      • The ticket office at the airport is open 24/7. Even so, there are also automatic ticket machines.

        • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

          But that doesn’t mean that they will issue personalized cards at that time. The other ticket offices issue cards until 20:00 or 21:00.

          • Esteban Ray

            That was my concern. I’m only out 18 Euros if they are closed and I have to buy the single use Airport transfer for two, so I won’t worry about it too much. Thank you for your response.

        • Esteban Ray

          Thank you.

  • Andrew David Boyle

    Question: On Wednesday, 1st. of November, rather than queing for a personalised plastic card, can I buy a 5-day ticket, then when that runs out, on the 5th of November, buy a personalised card when the queues have died down?

  • Hello, last time I heard something about it there was an issue because the ministry of education wouldn’t sign the agreement with OASA in order for IEK students to receive a half-priced ticket. I’m not sure whether this issue has now been resolved. I would suggest to contact your school first and then OASA and if you learn something new you can let us know.

    • Xavxav

      I appreciate your reply sir.
      Right now , I am sure that they would require the students in iek to pay the regular price rather than half price .
      Because in our passports we are adults.
      I wrote a comment because I thought students in iek should have same treatment with the students in private ones..
      Hopefully they will accept our certification letter.

  • Halina Karetas

    Two questions. (1) Is there any sort of deadline for getting the new card/tickets? (2) When are the barriers expected to sart operating? Thanks!

    • There is no deadline, the cards and tickets will always be issued. The barriers are supposed to start operating from November.

  • Isabell Ajeti

    As the previous monthly carf was costing 30 euro, is there anytjing comparable at the moment?

  • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

    No, that’s not possible for obvious reasons. Every ticket or card is used by one person only. If you are 4 people, you have to issue 4 anonymous ATH.ENA Cards and then charge each one with a single ticket, which costs €1.40 (4×1.40=€5.60)

  • Hello, in the future there might be a way to buy just one 90-minute ticket (through the paper Ath.ena Ticket) but at this moment the cheapest solution is to buy a bundle of 5 90-minute tickets or a 24-hour ticket. Alternatively, you need to buy an Ath.ena Card (anonymous or not) but at this moment those are only sold from Metro stations. Unfortunately there is no other solution and this is a problem for locals as well.

  • Robert A. Watson

    The article above seems to contradict what your employees are telling their customers at ticket kiosks. We had an employee tell us today that each time we change our mode of transport, going in the same direction, we have to validate the new 90 min ticket. The total trip was less than 90 minutes are we are concerned that we are being overcharged. (A similar situation happened with MyKi, the Melbourne – Australia plastic card system and they had to change the way the cards were used as tens thousands of people were issued refunds by court order. It was understood that th tapping scanner up until the 90 min mark was only to be used to keep track of usage numbers by specific time and route, but the electronic system had problems and people were being overcharged each time they tapped their cards on and off.) How are the cards supposed to be used? Have your employees been properly trained?

    • Hello, this page doesn’t belong to the transport authority. It is an independent website. If you want to contact them you can email oasa@oasa.gr This article is about the old style 90 minute paper tickets that will be phased out soon. Those were validated only once on the first journey. The new ATH.ENA TICKET needs to be scanned with every trip and there is no overcharging if 90 minutes haven’t passed.

  • sof

    I was just at one of the ticket offices in Kato Patisia, with my ID card to get the new electronic card for one month. I’ve seen my friends getting a monthly card without a problem the previous days with their foreign ID’s. And now I tried with my greek ID but I was told off in a very rude manner that I also need an “amcard” and I have no idea what that is and they weren’t able to tell me in english. I kind of figured it has to do something with health insurance so I showed them my german Insurance card and even my insurance card that I have here and still they wouldn’t do it. What exactly is the problem now ?

    • Sorry about that, I will update this page with more info in a few days. According to the transport authority you can issue the personalized card either with Greek ID + AMKA document (insurance number) OR with your passport. In that case no AMKA number is needed. If you need an official response please email oasa@oasa.gr with the same question.

      • sof

        Thank you very much!

  • Mindmypet-Athens Lynne

    I use tfa app but it’s no longer working Is there a new one available?

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      No, there’s not a new one, since in the new electronic ticketing system, the fare gates, cannot read the app’s QR code, because they’re working RFID technology.

  • niki

    if you already have a monthly paper card for this month should you get the new plastic card?
    if so where can you get it and what do you need to bring?

    • You don’t need it this month but it was announced it will be needed from next month. You can buy it anytime though. If you have an AMKA number you need a document with it and your Greek ID. If you don’t have an AMKA number you only need your passport.

  • Lisa Liang

    I would like to purchase train ticket from Kalambaka to Thessaloniki via the Trainose website (https://tickets.trainose.gr). The route/time I would like to book is not available for online purchase. What does this mean? How can still purchase the ticket for that time and day?

    • Hello, it seems to be working here. There is a problem only with one specific time? In any case you could buy tickets at the station. These days there are always seats.

  • Globen

    Israelis senior are includet for reduceb tickets

    • Yes, go with your passport at a metro station and they’ll tell you about the process.

  • Raya Harb

    Hello, i need to buy a metro ticket from the airport to thissio stop , can i choose the 90-min ticket? thanks

  • Nelson Fonseca

    Can I buy tickets near of the cruise terminal?

    • Δημήτρης Σαρτζετάκης

      There are tickets in the “Piraeus” metro (ISAP) station, which is near the Ε5 gate at the port.

  • Nishan

    we are a group of 3 adults planning to reach Athens on 22 Sep evening and return 27 morning. What i understand is we can use a 5 days ticket( 3 person group) to use while in Athens and Airport return ticket. Can you please confirm
    thank you

  • You can find all the information you need here: athenstransport.com/english/

  • Uzair Abbas

    Do I really have to carry passport around with me or a picture of it is fine for reduced ticket price?

    • For age verification? You don’t need it to buy a ticket. You’ll need proof of your age in case of a ticket inspection. I assume a copy of it will be fine.

  • Kristina

    I am traveling to Greece next month, but will only be in the city 1 day, and i need to get to and from the airport. Is it recommend that i buy the return metro ticket, and does that get me to and from the airport for 1 fee? thanks in advance 🙂

  • Denisa

    Hello, i have a question. If i go from Elefsina to Athens with the A16 or 845 or 876, the 5-day tickets are available on those routes? i cant find anything similar on any website. please help me!

    • Yes, you can use it on those buses.

      • Denisa

        Thank you very much!!!

  • Hello, there is no “metro return ticket for two passengers”. Metro return tickets are for one passenger only. If you are two, you’ll need to buy two tickets.

  • Hello, please click on the links to view the timetables.

  • Kristine Pedersen

    Im going to Athen this Friday, plane comming in late. And I will leave next Friday, early morning. Can I buy a return ticket for €18 for metro from/to the airport? Or will the last day to use it be Thursday?

    • Return tickets are only valid for 2 days.

      • Kristine Pedersen

        Ok, so that changed? Because its said here over: “however, there are return Metro tickets for the airport (€18 – return must be within 7 days)”

  • Ana

    Hi ,can you tell me please: Airport bus ,Route X97 has last station Dafni ,near Dafni metro point? Or last station is Eliniko metro point ? Thanks in advance!

    • During daytime it’s Elliniko Metro station but at night it goes up to Dafni Metro station.

  • If you mean take the metro or the bus from somewhere to Pireas then yes. More information here: https://www.athenstransport.com/english/

  • Michael Johnson

    Is it absolute that a senior over 65 may get the metro/express bus price by showing a passport? One of the official websites refers to police ID only. Also, I read that the metro is free on Sundays up to 2 p.m. Is that still the case? Is that so also with the express buses? That would be great for me, as my flight leaves at noon. I saw that the M1 line to Piraeus from Syntagma is only €1.40 each way. Finally, in choosing whether to take Metro or Express bus from/to airport where does the express bus stop at Syntagma? Is there a terminal or just a street? I am trying to figure out which would be closer to get to my hotel a few blocks away, and whether a taxi would pick me up for a short journey. I know that the express bus is between exits 4 and 5 at the airport, but the Metro is a bit of a walk. Do they allow you to take your luggage trolleys all the way to the Metro, and are there elevators or escalators at the airport station and at Syntagma? Sorry for all the questions, and I appreciate your attentiveness.

    • 1. Those over the age of 65 can use a reduced price ticket. The age is verified if needed by showing an appropriate document such as ID, driver’s license or passport.

      2. Athens transport is not free on Sundays and it never has been.

      3. Metro line 1 doesn’t directly go to Syntagma. It goes to Monastiraki station from where you can change to line 3 and get to Syntagma (with the same ticket).

      4. At Syntagma the bus stops in the street. The Metro/train station at the airport is definitely not “a bit of a walk”. A moving walkway covers most of the distance. All metro stations in Athens have escalators and elevators, including the ones at airport and Syntagma. At Syntagma I suggest you use the elevator to get to the square.

      • Michael Johnson

        Weird that some article wrote about the Sunday/free thing, but can’t find it anywhere else. No big deal. Re escalators/elevators and the Metro I am always a little concerned, because sometimes they don’t work. This has happened often in Paris and elsewhere, just when you have bags, etc. As I am arriving on an 8:25 pm flight from London and the x95 bus is between doors 4 and 5 of arrivals, can the commuting time difference (assuming I am not ready with bags until after 9 pm) for travel in the relatively late evening after rush hour to Syntagma be so much greater than the Metro and possibly, due to the bus’ proximity to the arrivals area, it might actually be more convenient? Thanks for the tip about Line 1. The other station is surely easy walking distance from my hotel, so it’s not necessary to take line 3 and change to line 1.

        Finally, and I do very much appreciate your responding so quickly, re tix to the islands, are the ferry prices the same if you went to a local travel agent or kiosk near Syntagma as the online sites? For example, online it lists one-way to Hydra at €28 on most of the online URLs, even saw it at €38. However, it might be less expensive buying it locally. In any event, I was warned not to wait until getting to the port and also wonder if a Thursday, Sept 28 journey might be fully booked if I wait too long (most of the hotels already are, but not the ferries, from what I gather — and fortunately, I am planning a day trip). Would you recommend a 2nd day’s outing for Aegina or are the islands rather similar? I have 4 full days in Athens and wonder if 2 is enough to walk around the city, (have been there twice before, but a long time ago), with the other 2 for day trips. So many thanks again. You’re wonderful. Best, Michael

  • Joseph Bugeja

    Can I purchase the 3-day tourist ticket on-line?

    • No, tickets are in physical form.

      • Joseph Bugeja

        Thank you for your reply

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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!

  • ernestoz

    Great site! Helped me be prepared before arrival!

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Alex Kramer

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

  • M Leong

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

  • Michael Alexander

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

  • 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.

  • 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 ?

  • 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)

  • south_coast_boyo

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

  • Elly

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

  • 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

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

  • 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?”

  • 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?”

  • 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?

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • 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


  • 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.

  • 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 😉

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 🙂

  • faw

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Jonny Filter

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

  • 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 😉

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • NiinaT

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

  • Cristian Toma

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

  • 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.

  • kista

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

  • 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.

  • wateron

    Can you get a reduced ticket from a ticket machine

  • wateron

    Can I get a reduced ticket from a ticket machine

  • Vlad Stefan

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Bhagyanath Menon

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Britta S

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

  • Anna

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

  • 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)”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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.)

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • tony

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

    • athens transport

      No, you need an airport ticket.

  • Kerin Taylor

    Thanks for the great info. Very helpful.

  • 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.


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

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

      • Tina Pandurić

        Athens transport I just came to buy reduced ticket with my ID and my university ID but could not on the machines and the worker working at the ticket issue refused to give me reduced card because, I quote “there says no university on my card” (it says “sveučilište” which is Croatian word for university and on the back of the card with the microchip it says it is an officcial document of students in Republic of Croatia. Any help with the situation?

  • 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.


    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.

  • Yulia

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

  • 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 😉

  • 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

  • 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.