Public transportation

The best and fastest means of transport is the Metro. Running since 2000, it has 36 stations covering most of the city’s areas, serving 700,000 passengers every day. The Tram and Suburban Railway are relatively recent additions to the city’s transportation network. Athenian passengers also use the older overground line of the metro system (you will too, if you’re heading for the port of Piraeus), Βuses and Τrolleys for their daily journeys. Overall, running hours start from 05:30 until a little before midnight, except for the Tram (Sun-Thu 05:30-01:00, Fri-Sat 05:30-02:30) and the Metro that extends its hours until 02:20 on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets cost €1.40, and are valid for all means of transport and for as many journeys as you wish for up to 90 minutes after validation.  If you are planning to move around a lot buy the daily ticket (€4). The weekly ticket costs €14. Ticket-control checks are frequent and if you’re caught without a ticket the fine is 20 times the value of the ticket you should have bought. To get to the ports of Rafina and Lavrio, you will need to use the intercity bus network (KTEL) departing from Pedion Areos park. For information call (+30) 210 8230007 (06:00-22:00, information in English available).

Getting to the Airport

4 bus lines are available to get you to the airport, every 15-30 minutes, around the clock for € 5: the X93 departing from Kifisos Bus Station; the X95 from Syntagma Square; the X96 from Piraeus Port; and the X97 from Dafni Metro station. Tickets can be bought once aboard the bus. You can also reach the airport by the metro or Suburban Railway (ticket price: € 8). Airport journeys by Metro start at 05:30 and run every half-hour until 22:45. The Suburban Railway airport service starts at 06:00 and runs every 20 minutes until 23:00. You can also take a taxi – but be sure to read our advice below first. 

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©Thanassis Karatzas

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