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The Best Way to Get Around in Athens

There is a lot to see in Athens, Greece, and a little over ten years ago, getting around wasn’t such an easy task. Nowadays, the public transportation measures up to any other famous city, and the affordable prices and convenience allow it to be utilized everywhere in Athens and the surrounding areas. Be informed about what’s going on in Greece during your visit, because the recent situation with their economy has caused workers of the system to go on strike. If all is good, then take note of the many ways to get in, around, and out of Athens during your trip:

Acropolis of Athens

Acropolis of Athens

Getting from the Airport to the City Center:

There are four ways to get into the city from the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.


Where: Out Exit 3, head to the Skybridge, following signs to the Metro station.
What: Line 3, the Blue Line.
Cost: 6 euro one way, 10 euro round-trip. Discounts for children and seniors.
Where it Goes: To Syntagma and Monastiraki station (downtown).
Time/Distance: About 2 hours.
Tips: Make sure to validate your ticket before riding. Tickets are only good for a particular time, including single tickets (1.5 hours after purchase) and round trip tickets (one week). The platform welcomes many different trains, so make sure you get on the right one. The train runs every thirty minutes, give or take. You can also take the Suburban Railway (see below), but it can take longer.


Where: Between Arrival Exits 4 and 5
What: X93, X95, X96, X97
Cost: 5 euros, discounts for children and seniors (half-off).
Where it Goes: Kifissos Coach Station, Syntagma Square, Piraeus, and Dafni Metro Station, respectively.
Time/Distance: Up to an hour.
Tips: Buses run 24 hours a day. You can buy tickets at the kiosks between Exits 4 and 5, or on the bus itself.


Where: Outside Exit 3.
What: Public taxi, private car, or minibus (for groups).
Cost: 35 euros during the day, 50 euros at night. Minibus is between 100 and 200 euros depending on the group’s size.
Where it goes: Anywhere you want! These fees are to the city center.
Time/Distance: About one hour, depending on traffic.
Tips: Make sure the rate your driver is giving you is a flat fee, including tolls you’ll go through.

Once you are in the city of Athens, it is pretty easy to take any form of transportation to get to where you want to go. The great thing about the public transportation here is that one ticket (an ‘integrated ticket’) can be used towards transfers from one form of transportation to another. However, the downfall about this is that if you do not transfer in a certain amount of time (70 minutes) that your ticket is active for, then you will have to buy a new ticket most likely at a higher fare than you originally paid. Make sure always to get your tickets validated before travel, and have the timing planned out before you go. Because of the flexibility, the rules are quite strict, and if you break them or try to sneak on a train, you will be severely fined.

The Metro is a great way to get around Athens.

The Metro is a great way to get around Athens.

From Here to There (in the City):

The fastest and most reliable way to get around the city and see your favorite sights is to take the Metro. Although this is the same Metro that serves the airport, prices are less. The Metro is easy to navigate, as there are only three lines. Line 1 goes from Piraeus to Kifissia; Line 2 runs from Anthoupoli to Agios Dimitrios, and Line 3 goes from Egaleo to Doukissis Plakentias and the airport. The lines are color coded; green, red, and blue respectively. The base fare is 1.20 euros, and they are building more rails every day.

Another way to get around, although not as popular, is the Suburban Railway. Like it sounds, it serves the suburbs of Athens, which is perfect for visitors who want to see something a bit different. The Suburban Railway can be used to visit many famous archaeological sites as well. There is the Airport-Kiato Suburban Service, which stops in the center of Athens and Piraeus, as well as the Piraeus Chalkida Suburban Service, which connects Chalkida and Enoi to Athens and Piraeus. Both lines make frequent stops along the way, making it more convenient for the adventurous traveler.

Lastly, another good form of public transportation is the bus. The same integrated ticket rules apply for the bus, so a ‘bus only ticket’ is not sold. Several routes operate at night, and for 10 euros, you can get a weekly pass.

Of course, you can always opt for a taxi, a bicycle (although not recommended), or just walk!

The Tram in Athens is easy to navigate.

The Tram in Athens is easy to navigate.

City to the Outskirts:

If you want to head to the beaches or the smaller, suburban neighborhoods of Athens, then take the tram. The tram serves Neos Kosmos, Nea Smyrni, the marina at Alimos, EDEM, the beaches at Glyfada and Voula, and the coastal town of Faliron. The enjoyable, relaxing trip is about an hour to the beach from Syntagma Square and Alimas Avenue. Tickets are less than a euro. Like other tickets in Athens, they do expire fairly quickly but are valid for various forms of transportation to get you to and from the tram. Make sure your ticket is validated and plan your trip before you embark.

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Michelle Rae

Michelle Rae

Michelle Rae is the creator of The Traveling Vixen, which captures her adventures around the world. Her passion is to inspire others to grow by experiencing and learning new things in the world.