Public Transportation in Athens

You are about to arrive in Athens and you are wondering how you will move in the city. Well, relax and get ready to enjoy your holidays! Everything is easy! Public transportation is well organized and user friendly. Just have a look at the helpful instructions below.

Monastiraki Metro Station

Monastiraki Metro Station

General information about tickets

TICKET TYPES

  • Τhe integrated ticket for all modes of transport (except Airport lines)

Regular: 1,40€

Reduced: 0,60€

The integrated ticket is valid for 90 minutes  from  validation  of  the  first  boarding.

  • 24-hour Ticket for all modes (daily ticket)

4,50 €

The Daily Ticket must be validated once upon first boarding and it is valid for 24 hours from validation, for unlimited travel.

  • 5-day ticket for all modes (except Airport services and bus line Χ80)

9,00€

The 5-day ticket must be validated upon first boarding and it is valid for 5 days from validation, for unlimited travel.

  • 3-day tourist ticket for all modes (includes 1 roundtrip to/from the Airport)

22,00 €

The  3-day tourist ticket must be validated  upon  first  boarding and  it  is  valid  for  unlimited  travel  including 1 round trip to and from the Airport by express bus or the metro.

Tickets to/from the Athens International Airport

  • Regular Airport EXPRESS bus ticket:  6,00
  • Reduced Airport EXPRESS bus ticket:  3,00
  • Regular Airport ΜΕΤRΟ ticket:  10,00
  • Roundtrip Airport METRO ticket to be used within 48 hours:  18,00
  • Airport METRO ticket for 2 people:  18,00
  • Airport METRO ticket for 3 people:  24,00

TICKET SALE POINTS

These tickets are sold at all public transport ticket kiosks and the automatic ticket machines in the metro and tram stations.

The integrated single ticket is also sold in approx. 1500 points throughout the Athens Metropolitan area (selected stores, kiosks, etc).

Ticket Kiosk   Kiosk

TICKET VALIDATION

You must validate your ticket  right after entering the bus or the tram or before entering the metro at the validating machines. After  the  expiration  of  the  validity  period, validation of a new ticket is required. You may be controlled  so you have to keep the proof of payment (ticket) when issued (validated), throughout the duration of the journey and demonstrate it when requested by the responsible fare inspector. Failure to display a valid ticket results to a fine which is 60 times the price of the ticket

Piraeus station ticket validating machines

Piraeus station ticket validating machines

Piraeus Port to the city center of Athens – Syntagma Square

Option A – By Metro

How to get to Piraeus metro station:

Walk from the pier to the metro station which is approximately  20 (from pier A) to  35 (from pier B)  minute walk depending on the pier  your ship docks.

Piraeus Station main entrance

Piraeus Station main entrance

If you do not like to walk then you may take the 843 bus from pier B (the bus station is out of the Terminal and you can buy the ticket at the kiosk just outside  the Terminal.

Once you arrive at Piraeus metro station you get on the metro, destination “KIFISSIA” (green line, line 1) and in 20 minutes you reach the MONASTIRAKI metro station where you change train destination to “AIRORT” or “DOUKISSIS PLAKENTIAS” (blue line, line 3). You get off at the next stop which is “SYNTAGMA” metro station. Syntagma Square is the heart of the city. Click here to see the timetable and more info.

To get back to Piraeus you may take the metro from either Monastiraki or Thission (destination Piraeus) (green line, line 1) and get off at the last station. You will then walk to the pier or take the bus 843 (you don’t need another ticket, the one you have from the metro is still valid) from the bus stop which is  opposite the Piraeus metro station   and get off at the same stop you took it in the morning.

Option B – By bus

You can take the bus 040 from near the pier B (the terminal is 200 ft away from the main exit) towards Athens. You get off at the last stop which is on Filellinon Street at Syntagma Square. The ride is approximately 50 minutes, there is a bus every  10-15 minutes and the ticket is 1,40€/ way. To go back to the port you take the bus 040 from the same place you were dropped and get off at the last bus stop.

Bus Station     Bus 040

(Also read: New Bus Line connection Piraeus port to Syntagma (X80) enables you to join the Athens Walking Tours!)

Athens Airport to the city center of Athens – Syntagma Square

Option A – By Metro

Airport Metro Station

You may come to Athens from the airport easily and quickly by taking the Athens metro. A one way ticket costs 10€ and the ride is approximately 40 minutes. You take the metro from the airport and you get down at Syntagma metro station where the center of the city is. For all the available ticket types please click here.

To get to the airport from the city centre you may take the metro from Syntagma Station or Monastiraki metro station always in the direction to the Airport. It leaves twice an hour, every half hour from Syntagma at 06΄and 36΄.

For time table and more info please click here

Option B – By Bus

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Take the X95 bus leaving from the airport to  the city center of Athens. It runs  every 15-30 minutes,  ends at  Othonos street at Syntagma square which is very convenient if you need to travel to some other place within the city. Your hotel may be at Syntagma area as this is the area where most hotels are located and it is also very easy to catch a taxi from there to reach your further  destination.You may also ask the driver to drop you on the way if you know the area your hotel is located. The duration of the trip is 60-70 minute.

You can see the bus route and the timetable here.

Get your tickets: Tickets are available from the bus drivers, from the ticket kiosk at the bus departure area and from all the metro stations around Athens. The cost is 6€ per person per 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.

Athens Airport to the port of Piraeus

Option A – By Metro

You may come to Piraeus port from the airport easily and quickly by taking the Athens metro. A one way ticket costs 10€ and the ride is approximately 70 minutes. You take the metro from the airport and you get down at Monastiraki metro station where you take the metro (green line) destination Piraeus. It is the last stop.

Option B – By Bus

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Take the X 96 bus leaving from the airport to Piraeus port. It runs  every 15-30 minutes,  ends at Piraeus port which is very convenient if you need to travel to the islands or board your cruise ship. The duration of the trip is 60-70 minute.

You can see the bus route and the timetable here.

Get your tickets: Tickets are available from the bus drivers, from the ticket kiosk at the bus departure area and from all the metro stations around Athens. The cost is 6€ per person per 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.

Move as a local is the best way to get to know any place. After all these information provided you are absolutely ready to start exploring this beautiful, historical city, mingling with locals and enjoying your trip!

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