Each year Greece welcomes visitors from all over the world. In summer of course tourist movement soars as the Greek sun is synonymous with freedom and a carefree lifestyle, yet the country’s mild climate and many attractions, along with its excellent infrastructure, have made Greece a favourite destination in winter too.
One can travel to Greece in many different ways: by road, plane, train or sea. Majorroads link Greece with Europe and Asia. The country’s airports provide top-notch services. Rail connections with Europe allow for a lovely nostalgic journey. And last but not least, Greek ports welcome ocean-going ships and local ferries all year round.
By plane, ship, train or car, or even a combination of transportation means, traveling to Greece is relatively simple and quick, even though it is situated at the southernmost corner of Europe and the Balkan Peninsula!
Athens, being the biggest Greek city, and the 4th most populous capital of the EU, disposes with the modern public transportation possibilities to fulfil the needs of its inhabitants and visitors.
The transportation map /in PDF/
The transportation that the city offers includes
- City buses
- Suburban railway
The transportation fares/ tickets and cards
Since November 2017, the Athens transport tickets have been replaced by modern rechargeable tickets and plastic smartcards.
For more information, please visit:https://www.athenstransport.com/english/tickets/
A quick reminder: When travelling on the bus, metro, railway and tram, passengers are required to validate their tickets after purchasing them. The fine for a non-validated ticket in Athens, Greece is 40 times its value.
Athens is connected to its International Airport, located about 25km away from the city centre, through several transportation options:
- Metro line 3 “Aghia Marina – Athens International Airport.”
- Suburban Rail from Athens Central Railway Station (Larissis Station) or from SKA (Rail center of Acharnes)
- Bus services (OSY) four lines provide transportation to the airport
- Regional buses (KTEL Express Service) five lines operate between the city centre and the airport
Port of Piraeus
Located 10km away from the city centre the port of Piraeus is the biggest port of Athens. The transportation to the port is possible via:
- Metro line 1
- Buses and Trolley-buses
The Electric Railway Company/ Metro Line 1 (ISAP)
Referred to as Metro Line 1, the Electric Railway Company, or ISAP, runs between Piraeus and Kifissia and connects to Metro Lines 2 & 3, the tram and bus routes at hub stations. The total travel time from the first to the last stop on Line 1 is less than an hour. The electric railway runs daily from 5:00am to 00:15am.
For more information dial: 11185 or +30 214 414 6400 (Monday-Friday 08:00-16:00)
Attiko Metro (Metro Lines 2 & 3)
One of the charms of modern Athens is the new underground metro (its construction made headlines when ancient art was found underground and halted its progress). You will see many of these ancient artefacts incorporated into the design of the stations’. Two lines (Metro Line 2 and 3) serve 23 stations. From start to finish on each line (2 & 3) is 20 minutes or less. At peak hours trains pass by every three minutes. Attiko Metro runs daily from 5:30am to 00:15am. On Fridays and Saturdays operating hours are extended to 02:00am. For more information dial: 11185 or +30 214 414 6400 (Monday-Friday 08:00-16:00)
Athens tram system offers 3 lines that connect the city with the southern seaside. Ecologically and environmentally friendly, with a view of the Saronic Gulf, the Tram connects the center of Athens with the coastal neighborhoods Glyfada, in the east, and Piraeus (near Athens Port), in the west. Three station hubs along its routes connect passengers with Metro Lines 2 and 3 and one station connects to the Electric Railway (ISAP), or Metro Line 1. Total waiting time during peak hours is a mere 8 minutes. The Athens Tram operates from Monday to Thursday 5:00am to 00:15am and from Friday to Saturday 05:00am to 02:00am.
For more information: www.stasy.gr
Suburban Railway (Proastiakos)
The suburban railway is mostly used as a connection between the city centre and the International Airport. It is part of the Greek national railway network, and is mostly used as a connection between the centre and more distant areas. This new Athens high-speed train system offers access to Irakleio and Neratziotissa which is next to the Athens Olympic Sports Complex. A connection can be made to the Kifissia-Piraeus ISAP line. It also gets you to Kifissia, the hub of business in northern Athens; Doukissis Plakentias, an important urban residential area; Pallini and Kantza in the eastern part of the greater Athens area; and Koropi, a center of industrial development. A new route to Corinth has just been initiated with plans to extend the network with added routes to Lavrio, Rafina, and a new route to Corinth and Kiato for easier mobility. It also serves Athens International Airport. The suburban rail runs daily from 6:00am until 12 midnight. For more information: 14511 (daily 06:00-23:00)
Taxis in Athens, similarly to other parts of the world, are yellow, whereas if you decide to travel outside the capital you will encounter any other colour except yellow. Often convenient, it is also a pricier way of transportation. See also the most used taxi companies recommended by the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau:
(+30) 211 19 80 084
(+30) 210 27 19 555
Athens taxi quality
(+30) 693 73 06 011