The Athens Metro System – The most stylish way to get around Athens

The Athens Metro was inaugurated On January 29, 2000. Since then it has immensely improved the lives of millions of Athenians and visitors to Athens and is used daily by approximately 830.000 passengers. Although the construction on lines 2 and 3 took over 10 years to complete, because every couple of meters revealed a new archaeological find, the wait was well worth it and today the Athens Metro is one of the most modern, reliable and beautiful rapid transit systems in Europe.

The Athens Metro has greatly contributed to the decrease of traffic in the city and has lowered pollution rates. The number of automobiles entering the center of Athens has been reduced by as much as 100,000.

As of December 2010, the system serves 34 stations and has a track length of 51.7 kilometres. It is one of the safest, quickest and most efficient ways to get around Athens. All metro stations have 24 hour security. Transport time between stations ranges from 2 to 5 minutes excluding the airport of course. Travel time between the Athens International Airport and Syntagma Square metro station is approximately 45 minutes. The first metro train departs from the Airport for Syntagma Square at 06:33 and the last at 23:33. The metro trains that serve the airport are easy to recognize as have the airplane symbol running along the sides of the train and the word Airport is written in English and Greek.

If you have are in Athens for a limited time you will find the metro most convenient since there is a metro station near all the major attractions and sites in Athens and near most of the major hotels. For more informaton on routes, stations and train schedules you may pick up a City Contact free edition of the Athens By Metro brochure which can be found at most of the major hotels of Athens.

But the most unique characteristic of the Athens Metro is that while the works were taking place new archaeological discoveries were coming to light continuously which eventually led to large-scale excavation works which spanned over an area of 79,000m2 and revealed more than 50,000 ancient artifacts

Some stations that exhibit these discoveries are Acropolis, Evangelismos, Monastiraki, Panepestimiou, Holargos and, the most extensive being that of the Syntagma Metro Station. We highly recommend that you visit some or even all of these stations to admire these stunning collections and the beautiful design of the stations themselves. If you would like a guided tour please visit:

The cost of a metro ticket to the Athens International Airport is 8 Euro per person one way. Seniors over the age of 65  as well as students up the age of 25 are entitled a reduced ticket upon showing their ID card or passport or their student card. Children under the age of 6 do not have to hold a ticket as they are entitled to travel for free. For unlimited travel between all other stations of the Athens Metro System the cost of your ticket is 1.40 Euro and it is valid for an hour and a half. Just remember to validate it before you get on the train because the trains are checked regularly for free riders.

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