04 Dec Athens Public transportation
Getting around Athens
Athens is really a walk-able city and if you are up for exploring its historical center you really won’t have much use for taxis or public transportation.
Athens public transport
Apart for the new ticket system, Athens public transportation is easy to use. For inner city transport all tickets are integrated, meaning that once it is validated it can be used for any means of transport (bus, metro, trolley, train or all together if you like for the time limit of the ticket, ( except to the airport, this is usually a separate ticket).
different types of ticket
There many different types of tickets can be bought, one single one ticket that costs 1,40 and is valid for 70 minutes after it has been validated, 4 euro for 24 hours and 9 euro for 5 days and some include the metro to the airport.
tips using public transport in Athens
Barriers are now in place at most metros and sometimes the only way to get a ticket is via the machine. To be honest these machines are slow and confusing, and queues form during busy times. The system is still not full operational , so even if the barrier is open use and endorse the ticket . We recommend that if a staying in Athens for a few days, multi day tickets offer the best value and most convenience. If you need help don’t be worry locals are always willing to help. Also Athens is like any other busy city, the metro is favorite spot for pickpockets, always keep you bags close and secure
Airport and taxis in Athens
The only ticket that that will cost you more is the ticket to/from the airport:: X95 Bus will be 5 euro and takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes (airport bus starts atairport bus Syntagma square and runs 24 hours a day) and the Metro which costs 10 euro and will take about 45-mins. to 1 hour. While we’re on the on the subject of transportation you might want to be mindful; and cautious any time you decide to use a taxi service. A taxi to the airport should cost no more than 40 during the regular hours and 50 if you are leaving late in the night or early in the morning. Taxis to the port usually run between 15-20 euros. It’s usually better to establish a fixed price before getting into a taxi or handing them your luggage before you get in.