Athens is located in the Prefecture of Attica and sprawls across the plain of Attica hemmed in by mountains ( i.e. Mt Aigaleo, Mt Parnitha, Mt Penteli and Mt Hymettos). The Greek capital, together with its suburbs and the neighbouring city of Piraeus, forms an integrated residential complex (the capital’s main urban planning complex) numbering about 3.5 million inhabitants.
The entire prefecture has witnessed the development of state-of-the-art transportation infrastructure catering to residents and visitors in a fast and reliable way. Athens transportation system is good and easy.
The Athens public transportation network offers you a wide variety of routes, combining many different means, namely the metro, railway, buses, trolleybuses and trams. With a 1,40€ ticket you can move around using one or more means of transport within 1 hour and 30 minutes. You can buy tickets from all metro and train stations as well as from the kiosks on the streets. Alternatively, you can inquire about day or weekly passes that offer public transport at a discounted rate.
A quick reminder: When travelling on the bus, metro, railway and tram, passengers are required to validate their tickets after purchasing them and before boarding. The fine for a non-validated ticket in Athens, Greece is 40 times its value. The validation machines in the buses and trolleybuses are orange boxes. On the metro, the boxes are in the station lobby and on the tram, there are beige boxes located on the platform and inside the car. Be sure to inquire about the day and weekly passes that offer transport at a discounted rate.
Thermal Buses S.A (ETHEL)
The Ethel buses are the core lines that connect the Athens and Piraeus city center with the centers of surrounding municipalities. The renovation of the core Athens bus system resulted in hundreds of new buses, many of them powered by natural gas. There are several express bus routes to and from Athens International Airport. Thermal Buses run daily from 5:00am to 23:00pm. For more information: call 185 or +302108836076
The Athens blue bus network consists of more than 320 lines connecting the city center with all the Athens suburbs and with Piraeus. OASA provides information on the best way to reach a destination by dialing 185. Blue buses run daily from 5:00am to 00:15am. For more information: www.oasa.gr
Trolley or Electric Buses (ILPAP)
The old yellow trolleys of Athens’ past have been replaced by cutting-edge purple and yellow trolley buses with digital displays. The trolleybus is just one more means of transport to take you where you want to go in Athens. Trolleybuses run daily from 5:00am to 00:30am. For more information: call 185 or +302108836076
Intercity Bus Company or Association of Bus Operators (KTEL)
The Greek bus companies, or KTEL, serve destinations outside of Athens and have a dense network throughout Greece. Almost every city and village has a local KTEL with routes to main centers and to Athens. There are two bus terminals: Kifissou 100 serves the Peloponnese +302105124910 and western Greece; The Liossion 260 terminal serves central and northern Greece +302108317109; For more information: call 1440; www.ktel.org
24-Hour Bus Lines:
- 500 Piraeus – Kifissia
- Χ14 Syntagma – Kifissia
- 040 Piraeus – Syntagma
- Ano Patissia– Pagrati – Ν. Elvetia
- Glyfada-Peristeri (Agios Antonios)
- X93 Kifissos Interurban Station Buses – Athens International Airport Εxpress
- Χ95 Syntagma – Athens International Airport Εxpress
- Χ96 Piraeus – Athens International Airport Εxpress
- Χ97 Dafni Station – Athens International Airport Εxpress
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 on a 24-hour basis. For more information: www.tramsa.gr
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.
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.
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The Athens metro consists of three lines
– Line 1 (the old Athens-Piraeus electric rail service known as ISAP tom Kiffisia via Syntagma),
– Line 2 (underground) From Ag. Antonios station to Ag. Dimitrios station (via Syntagma or Acropoli)
– Line 3 ( underground) – From Athens Airport to Syngama Square. Covering a considerable part of the Attica region. New extensions are expected in the future. Analytical route maps are displayed in every metro station.
For more information visit Attiko Metro (www.ametro.gr )
The Suburban Railway
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 Chalkida for easier mobility. It also serves Athens International Airport. The suburban rail runs daily from 6:00am until 12 midnight. The line from Neratziotissa station to the Airport and back to Neratziotissa station runs 24 hours a day every 30 minutes.
Athens Suburbans Railway(Know as Proastiakos): It accommodates travel to/from Athens and the “Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens International Airport, with seven stops along the line. Connecting Larissa station (Athens Central Railway Station) with Eleftherios Venizelos International Airporte yellow.
New line to the Corinth (84 km west of Athens), – Corinth is much closer to Athens due the new “proastiakos” (suburban) railway system. While upon completion it will connect Piraeus and its port to Athens, the airport and other large urban centres in neighbouring prefectures (Thiva, Chalkida, Loutraki). For more information( www.proastiakos.gr)