Public transportation in Athens
capital, together with its suburbs and the neighbouring city of
Piraeus, forms a residential complex numbering about 4.5 million
The best solution to get around Athens is of course by foot, and fortunately, the major sights of the city are concentrated in a relatively small area. However if you decide to use the public transport, here is a look at the alternatives:
* The Buses, the Trolley busses and the Tram Line.
Metro: Tickets are purchased
from vendors or automats in the stations. Signs are written in
both Greek and Latin alphabet and stations are identified with
signs on which the letter M appears. Trains run quite often until
midnight. The new "Attiko Metro" line is spotless
clean, efficient and safe and the ticket costs 0.80 cents.
The old subway line ticket costs 0.70 cents
The Athens Metro consists of three lines - Line 1 (the old Kifissia - Athens - Piraeus electric rail service known as ISAP, coloured green), Line 2 coloured blue (underground) and Line 3 coloured red ( underground). Route maps are displayed in every metro station but click here if you want more information.
Line: The tram network
connects the centre of Athens (Syntagma Square) to the southern
(coastal) suburbs. Boasting modern vehicle design, it serves the
- From Athens centre through Nea Smyrni, Paleo Faliro, Alimos and Helliniko (the old airport area), to Glyfada.
- From Athens centre through Nea Smyrni and Paleo Faliro and from there branching out along the coastal avenue, to Peace & Friendship Stadium (Neo Faliro), and
- From Glyfada via the coastal avenue and the Faliriko Delta to Peace & Friendship Stadium.
Click here for more information on the tram Line operation.
* The Suburban Railway (Proastiakos): Travels between the Athens Railway Station and the Athens International Airport, with seven stops along the line connecting to the Metro Line at Plakentias Station. For more information visit, http://www.proastiakos.gr
* Yellow Taxis. Taxis in Athens are inexpensive and providing you can find one free, they are the most convenient way of getting around. All taxis display an illuminated taxi sign on top when free. They are flagged down along the street. The driver is obliged to activate the meter upon hire. There are two rates; The single and the double tariff. The double tariff is applied outside the city limits and also between midnight and 05.00am. There is a minimum charge applied even for the shortest run. Don't be surprised if, once you have finally got one, your driver will stop and pick up other people along the way, especially during rush hours. Normally, the taxi driver should ask you about this but sometimes they don't. Make sure the meter is on always. There is a surcharge for dropping off / picking up people from the airport, ports or bus and train stations. (Don't forget to leave a small tip). Click here for more information concerning charges.
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