All you need to know about Athens Transit:
Life can be complete chaos sometimes. Even worse, there are days when the bus simply won’t arrive or the subway train will stop without warning. It happens, incidents happen, in any corner of the world. Even in Athens. Tourists traveling to Greece for the first time often find themselves in difficulty regarding Athens transit. But happily, there are ways to solve these mysteries of transport.
- Athens Transit: Bus
From the moment of arriving in Athens, people wonder how to travel safely and conveniently in this crowded cosmopolitan metropolis. Those who don’t want to rent a car or a bike can safely use the local buses.
After the flight, tourists need to consider the best way to get to the center of the city. The principal airport of Athens, Eleftherios Venizelos is situated 35 km away from the city, and the connections between this and the main stations, Piraeus Port or the center of the city are assured by express airport buses. There are four express bus routes. They function 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Depending on the route, the departure time varies.
Usually, they leave at an interval ranging 30 to 60 minutes.
The bus X94 goes to the metro station Ethniki Amyna. The bus X95 goes to Plateia Syntagma. Each course leaves at every 15 minutes, between 05:00-24:00 and every 30 minutes during nighttime. The bus X96 goes to Piraeus Port, at every 20 minutes during the interval 05:00-23:59, and at every 40 minutes between 00:00-04:59, for the price of €5.
- Athens transit: Subway & Taxi
The prices are higher for subway, at around €8 or €14 round trip, both options per person.
Also, there are special taxis that fee €35 during daytime and €50 during nighttime. In Athens, taxis are usually yellow.
The attractions are neatly organized, so walking could be an efficient way to get around, especially with the heavy traffic and crowded parking lots.
- Athens transit
The central point of Athens transit is represented by Plateia Syntagma and Plateia Omonia. From here, buses and trolleybuses take people to the airport, Piraeus Port, stations and bus stations.
- Athens transit: Subway Lines
There are 3 major subway lines that functions during the interval 05:00 a.m.- 00:30 a.m. First line has the interval 05:00-00:30 a.m.
Second and third line have the interval 05:30-00:00 a.m.
A metro ticket is available around 70 minutes, but there are multiple tickets and cards to choose from.
First line ( the green line on the Metro map) with the route: north Kifissia to Piraeus Port;
Second line ( the red line on the Metro map) with the route: Anthoupoli to Elliniko;
Third line ( the blue line on the Metro map) with the route: Airport, to Doukissis Plakentias, to Nikaia
- Athens transit: Bus types
Numerous and cheap, buses are also very crowded during rush hours.
Their program? 05:30-00:30 a.m.
It’s important to know that there are 3 major networks that divide Athens, Athens’ suburbs and Attica. Each of them has a different color. Buses for Athena, with around 300 routes, and Athens’ suburbs, are colored blue, with white and yellow. For Attica, the buses are white with orange, and the payment for the ride is made directly to the driver. The Attica ones are more expensive, due to the bigger distances.
There also ecological green buses, that function on natural gas. Their route is the central area of Athens to Piraeus.
- Athens transit: Trolleybuses
The same tickets can be used for trolleybuses, which are yellow. There are around 20 trolleybus routes. The most important are: Trolleybus 9, Trolleybus 8, Trolleybus 7, Trolleybus 3, Trolleybus 1
The Trolleybus 9 with the route: Acropolis-Plaka-Plateia Syntagma-National Museum of History-Plateia Omonia-National Museum of Archeology
The Trolleybus 8 with the route: Benaki Museum-National Museum of Archeology-National Art Gallery-Museum of Cycladic Art
The Trolleybus 7 with the route: Plateia Syntagma-National Museum of Archeology- Museum of Cycladic Art-Benaki Museum-again Plateia Syntagma
The Trolleybus 3 with the route: Plateia Syntagma- Benaki Museum- Museum of Cycladic Art-National Art Gallery
The Trolleybus 1 with the route: Acropolis-Plaka-Plateia Syntagma-Plateia Omonias
- Alternatives: Taxi
For convenient prices, there are taxis in Athens ready to take tourists to their destination. Usually yellow, there are plenty of them around and cheaper compared to other European metropolises. A ride from the center to the airport costs around €35 and the minimum fee for a fast ride on a small distance ranges from €2.7 to €3. The costs are bigger during nighttime or holiday seasons, Easter and Christmas mostly. Sometimes taxis are busy, but they take more people at once if they all go to the same place, so it’s worth asking before assuming. For an additional fee of €1.5, calling a taxi is an alternative. There might be additional costs for luggage bigger than 10 kg, especially for rides to stations or the airport(I’ve heard about it but it didn’t happen to me).
Sometimes, unfair taxi drivers take the scenic route when they feel they take foreigners for a ride so I would suggest you use Beat App which connects you to the taxi drivers nearby similarly to Uber but in Greece. You can pay either with cash or card and it is the most reliable way of getting around with taxis in Athens.
Ticket types for public transportation:
- Available for 70 minutes in any type of transport, except for airports and suburbs : €1.20
- Metro card available 1 day in any type of transport: €4
- Metro card available 5 days in any type of transport : €10
- Tourist ticket, 3 days: €20
- Airport ticket, 7 days: €50
- Airport Bus Express: €5
- Ticket from metro to airport: €8 per person, €14 per two , €20 per three
- Ticket available 70 minutes on all lines from suburbs: €1.20
- Round trip ticket for airport, available 7 days: €14
- For children 7-12 y/o;
- For teenagers 13-18 y/o (with passport or ID card)
- Elders over 65+ ( with passport or ID card)
- Students up to 25 y/o with a proof card, no matter the nationality
- Kids under 6 and people with disabilities have free entry
Indeed, traveling means throwing yourself into the unknown. And while some parts of the unknown must be discovered at the right time, when it comes to transport you have to research before even going to the airport. However, in this informational era, only a lack of willingness could stop somebody from learning all these things.
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