All this information and more can be found on the This is Athens website
Getting to Athens
At the crossroads between Europe and the Middle East, Athens has never been more accessible. The award-winning Athens International Airport services 130 countries and is the gateway to dozens of Greek islands and mainland destinations. Aegean Airlines, Greece’s leading carrier, currently has a network of 153 destinations in 44 countries.
If you’re coming from Europe, you can also get to Athens by boat (from Italy), and overland by train, coach, or car.
All licensed taxis in Athens are equipped with meters. The fare is charged per kilometre and per hour. Make sure the metre is switched on as soon as you set off.
Beat (formerly Taxibeat) is an app-based yellow taxi service which finds your location and offers the options of paying in cash, by card, or using a Paypal account.
Uber is also available in Athens with the UberTaxi product—you can call an Uber via your app and a yellow taxi will pick you up.
The Athens public transport system is affordable, reliable and covers most of the city and suburbs. You can use all means of public transport using the same ticket (a single ticket costs €1.20 and is valid for 90 minutes).
The fastest means of getting around Athens is the Metro. The Athens Metro system consists of 3 lines and connects to the tram, bus routes and suburban railway.
The Metro runs daily from 5 am to midnight. Lines 2 and 3 operate until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays. At peak hours, trains run every 5-6 minutes.
Athens Piraeus Electric Railways: Website
This overground train provides a direct link between Piraeus port and Athens International Airport. It also connects Athens to Halkida in Evia and Kiato and Corinth in the Peloponnese. The suburban railway operates from 4:30 am until 11 pm daily.
Suburban Railway: Website
Buses & Trolleybuses
The Athens bus and trolleybus network is very extensive. Most buses and trolleybuses run daily from 5 am to midnight, but do check the timetable of your route.
Airport Express buses operate on a 24-hour basis. These services connect Athens International Airport with the city centre (Syntagma Square), Piraeus port and the Intercity Bus Terminal (KTEL Kifissos).
The tram network connects central Athens with the coastal suburbs of Faliro, Voula and Piraeus. It takes approximately one hour to get from Syntagma Square to the final seaside stops at Voula or Piraeus. The tram operates from 5:30 am to 12:00 am daily.
Tram S.A.: Website
Tickets for Public Transport
Tickets and passes (Ath.ena tickets) for public transport are sold at ticket booths and machines in all Athens Metro and tram stations. There are three types of Ath.ena tickets: a paper ticket, an anonymous card that you can top up, and a personalised card. These tickets can be used on all forms of public transport.
- A standard ticket on Athens public transport costs €1.20. Students and senior citizens over 65 pay €0.50 (student ID and proof of age required).
- A 3-Day Tourist Ticket (€20) is valid for unlimited travel (including 1 round trip to/from Athens International Airport). 3-day passes are available at the bus and metro ticket kiosks at Athens International Airport, Omonia, Syntagma, Thissio, Monastiraki, Acropolis and Piraeus stations.
For convenient access to and from the SNFCC, transportation by shuttle bus is available daily to visitors, free of charge. A minibus bearing the SNFCC logo departs from Syntagma, makes a stop at Syggrou-Fix Metro station (Syggrou Avenue), and arrives at the south side of the SNFCC Canal (near the GNO building) and vice versa.
The starting point of the shuttle bus is located at the Bus station, near the junction of Syntagma Square with Ermou.
For your own safety, the use of a mask is compulsory in the shuttle bus.