Urban transport in Athens and Attica
The metro and tram lines are on the map of Athens distributed at the tourist office.
A single ticket costs 1.40 € (price 2016). Reduced rate (€ 0.60) for children under 18, over 65 and students up to 25 years of age on presentation of their student card. Children under 6 years do not pay.
The ticket can be bought at the ticket office or at the distributors. It is valid for 1 and a half hours on all public transport in Athens (metro, bus, tram and trolley), EXCEPT on the lines for (or from) the airport, whose pricing is special.
There is a 3 days tourist ticket at 22 € (which includes the A / R ticket to / from the airport).
You can also buy a ticket for the day (€ 4.50), which can be used in all public transport except airport (valid 24h from the moment it is issued) or a ticket valid for 5 days (€ 9).
Finally, for long stays, monthly card at 30 € (which does not include the airport journey).
Subway ( Ilektrikos )
Recent and very practical, the network has 3 lines.
The trains run from 5h (line 1) or 5h30 (lines 2 and 3) to 0h15 during the week, and until 2h on Friday and Saturday (lines 2 and 3).
- Information in 11-185 (OASA info service, the Athens Public Transport Agency) and on stasy.gr
The metro connects the most important points for travelers:
- Line 1 (Piraeus-Kifissia)
- Line 2 (Anthoupoli-Elliniko)
- Line 3 (Agia Marina-Airport)
Line 3 is in the process of being extended between Agia Marina and Piraeus (opening planned by 2020).
WARNING: Pay attention to organized pickup bands on the metro, especially at Omonia and Monastiraki or on the way to Piraeus. The number of flights has increased dramatically in recent years. Do not tempt the devil by exposing bags or bananas at hand.
Buses, trolleys and trams
The tramway starts at Syndagma then descends to the south of the city, via the national garden, before splitting into 2 branches. One continues through Glyfada to Voula (on the coast, to the southeast of the city). The other joined Neo Faliro (southern district of Piraeus). It can also be used to connect Voula to Neo Faliro, following the coast.
It runs from 5am to midnight (until 2am on Friday and Saturday).
Buy his ticket to the stations (no sale possible in the tram). A little slow: to count around 45 mn for Néo Faliro from the pl. Syndagma, about 1 hour from Syndagma to Voula, and around 40 minutes between Neo Faliro and Voula.
Interesting, if you stay a few days in Athens, to go to take the air from the sea without being stuck in traffic jams. The lines should be extended: that of Neo Faliro will join Piraeus.
Getting around Athens is a real sport. Most of the streets are one-way streets and, apart from the main roads, rather narrow, especially as the Greeks like to park in double file. Pay attention to the taxis, who appropriate the right lane and stop without warning. The 2-wheeled daredevil will bring you their lot of cold sweats.
For parking , on the other hand, it is not too difficult. Many parking lots, even in narrow streets of Plaka (where you sometimes have to leave your keys, because the vehicles are tight as much as possible, you have to be able to clear access to the exit of a car parked at the bottom .. .), In courses where the vehicles are packed (half-day package, € 8-10 or more, or less, crisis) or in the underground car parks.
Beware of illegal parking , contractors are numerous! The plates are also removed to make sure that the fines are well paid. Recuperation at the police station … the next day. Have, as a precaution, a photocopy of the gray card. If the parking is particularly annoying (angle of a street), the pound intervenes very quickly!
You can also park on paying parking spaces. You should then buy, at the kiosk or in the small neighborhood store that you will be told, the cards where you specify your arrival time to place prominently. It costs 2 € per hour.
Do not leave anything apparent in the car when you leave it.
TaxiOf yellow color, they are very numerous to furrow the city.
Head of station, among others, place Monastiraki. Except from the airport to the city center (fixed price), taxis operate on the meter . If the driver does not engage (rare), ask for it (” put the meter, please “).
Approximately € 1.30 a pick-up, then about € 0.75 / km (€ 1.30 midnight-5h). Min price of the race: 3,50 €.
There are also various overloads (for the use of bus terminals, stations and ports, for luggage of more than 10 kg, etc.), the amounts of which must theoretically be displayed in Greek and English on the edge. Some examples of prices: 50 € for an airport-Piraeus route, 10-12 € for Piraeus-Athens center.
For a small race in town: approx.
The driver has the right to take other passengers in the same direction. This does not mean that the price of the race will be divided by the number of passengers: the driver simply cashes more.
The Greeks excel in this national sport, which is the interception of taxis: at the crossroads, they shout the name of the district where they want to go and the driver stops … or not.