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 Metro: Website / Tel. +30 214 414 6400
Line 1 is an overground train (known as ISAP) that runs from the northern suburb of Kifissia to the port of Piraeus. It connects to lines 2 and 3 at three stations (Attiki, Omonia and Monastiraki).
Athens Piraeus Electric Railways: Website / Tel. +30 210 324 8311
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.
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.
There are two tram lines; T6 connects Syntagma with Faliro (Pikrodafni station) and T7 connects Voula (Asklipeio Voulas station) with Piraeus (Agia Triada station). The two lines meet at Pikrodafni station.
The tram connects to the Metro and overground train at four stops: Syntagma, Syngrou/Fix, Neos Kosmos and SEF (Peace and Friendship Stadium in Faliro). See the timetable here.
The tram operates from 5:30 am to 12:00 am daily.
Tram S.A.: Website / Tel. +30 214 4146400
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). Children up to the age of 6 travel free of charge; ages 7-18 pay €0.50 (proof of age required).
- Each ticket can be used for 90 minutes on any form of public transport (except services to/from the airport).
- A Day Pass (€4.10) is valid for unlimited travel (except airport services) for 24 hours.
- A 5-Day Ticket (€8.10) is valid for unlimited travel on all modes of transport (except airport services and bus line Χ80) for 5 days.
- 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 more information on prices, visit the Athens Transport website.
- For more information on public transport in Athens, call 11185 or visit www.oasa.gr