Getting Around Athens

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    the happy train!

    by mindcrime Updated May 9, 2014

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    There is a touristic small train that goes from Monastiraki to Syntagma and back and its called “Athens Happy Train”. In fact this isn’t a normal train but a an open miniature choo-choo train!! :)

    Of course, you will be with other tourists smiling and taking pictures of the sights while it strolls slowly through the traffic, you will smell the gas of the cars and of course the locals will take a strange look at you as they go to their work!... :) It’s slow but amusing especially if you have kids with you or someone that cant walk too much.

    There is one train per hour and the ticket costs 6 euros (for kids 4e). You can take it the train at Monastiraki square but also in other spots from 10:00am. It actually starts at Syntagma square and the main stops/sites of the circle route are:
    Syntagma Square (at the top of Ermous street) > Parliament/Monument of Unknown Soldier > Presidential Palace (Herodes Attikou street) > Panathinaic Stadium > Zappion Hall > Temple of Zeus/Hadrian's Arch > Plaka > Ancient Roman Market > Stoa of Attalos > Temple of Hephaestus > Apostolou Pavlous Street > Dionysiou Aeropagitou Street > Herodios Atticus Theatre > Acropolis > New Acropolis Museum > back to starting point

    the ride is about 45’-60’(after 22.00 Herodus Atticus street is closed so the route doesnt include some sites)

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    how to move around

    by mindcrime Updated Feb 26, 2014

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    Find a hotel in the center and walk! It’s the only way to feel a city, even a huge one like Athens, most attraction are in the center anyway. Then use public transportation for some long distance trips or just to return back to your hotel when you cant stand anymore.

    There are 2 metro lines and 1 subway that connect many areas but of course not enough for a city like Athens. We use buses very often but it’s gonna be complicated for tourists so I think metro will be easy for you for the basic areas anyway. The subway starts from Piraeus port (in case you’ll head for a boat to an island) and goes up to the north suburb of Kifissia (a nice expensive district anyway).
    From subway you can change to metro lines at Monastiraki, Omonoia, Attiki.

    Usually metro/subway opens at 05:00am and ends at 00:15 (02:00am on Friday/Saturday)
    Green Line(subway): Port of Pireus – Kifisia
    Red Line(metro): Elliniko – Anthoupoli
    Blue Line(metro): Airport - Egaleo

    There are 2 single tickets:
    a)one way ticket for bus/trolley/tram 1.20e
    b)ticket (valid for 90’) for metro/bus/trolley/tram 1.40e
    you can change to any of the above during these 90 minutes.

    there is also a 3day touristic ticket (for buses/tram/metro/subway including 1return trip to/from the airport) 20euro

    Some other useful tickets/cards(not for buses/metro to airport):
    24h ticket(for buses/tram/metro/subway): 4euro
    weekly ticket(for buses/tram/metro/subway): 14euros

    Monthly card(for bus/trolley bus only) 20euro
    Montly card(for buses/tram/metro/subway) 45euro
    Annual(for buses/tram/metro/subway) 450euro

    horse carriage tour a local bus typical trolley buses fun bike

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  • Car hire in Greece

    by gjmwolmarans Updated Jan 23, 2014

    AVOID Right-cars.com, a UK-based international car rental company, as they are misleading customers. I believe they don't own a single vehicle, but use 2nd league local care hire companies with retired vehicles, with rates just under the going rates for new/almost new cars. The don't stick to their own policies regarding pricing. They also waste your valuable time by bringing you under the impression that they have a outlet near the airport. They still owe me 33 Euro for an overcharge in Athens last June (2013) and it is impossible to get hold of them. They just ignore you.

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    Fly Air Berlin to Athens.

    by cachaseiro Updated Sep 5, 2011

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    On one of my visits to Athens i flew with Air Berlin from Munich.
    That is one of the best budget airlines i have ever flown and i highly recommend them.
    In a world where you can hardly get a cup of coffee on a flight without having to pay for it, it is really nice to fly Air Berlin where you gat free coffee, soft drinks, newspapers, magazines and an excellent service from the crew.

    Looking out of the window while flying Air Berlin.
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    Tickets for metro,bus and tram

    by Robin020 Written Jun 13, 2011

    You can buy the bus Tickets (esitirio in Greek) from Kiosk cost 0, 40 cent (kiosk=periptero in Greek) not from the bus Driver, and regarding the metro ticket you can purchase it from the reception down in the metro or from the machine , and that will cost you 0,80 cent.

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    Taxi

    by xaver Written Jun 12, 2011

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    I used taxi a couple of times, only when, out of a metro station could not understand where to go to reach the place I was looking for.
    Actually for short distances like mine, taxi were really cheap, let's say about 3 € for a 10 minuts ride. All the ones I tried used taxi meters and speack fluent english.

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    Underground

    by xaver Written Jun 12, 2011

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    Actually this is the way I moved most around Athens. You can get the underground from airport to the centre and the ticket is 8 € (bus is more convenient and less crowded). I used to buy the daily ticket (4€) and easily go around the city.

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    Bus from airport

    by xaver Written Jun 12, 2011

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    From Airport to the city centre you can get bus number 95X which is just outside the exit of airport. Ticket office is in front of bus stop and the ticket costs 5 €.
    It is supposed to take you to the central Syntagma square, but be prepared that the square may be closed for protests or strikes and it will leave you next to a metro station not far from the square.

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    Traveling between Athens and Dubrovnik

    by midnight_mike Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    To get to Dubrovnik from Athens, you have two options. One is to take a bus or train from Athens to Thessaloniki. From there, take the 8:21 a.m. train to Ljublijana. Get off the train at Zagreb. In Zagreb, you can either take a bus or a train to Split. From Split, you can either take a bus or a ferry to Dubrovnik. It will take about two days to make this trip.

    The other option is take a bus from Athens to Patras. From Patras, take a ferry to Bari in Italy. Then, from Bari, take a ferry to Dubrovnik. This option will also take about two days.

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    The Suburban Rail

    by AndyRG Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It started to operate in the summer of 2004 and more extensions follow in the future. The trains are clean and fast, you need about 35' to arrive to the centre from the airport. Prices are according to the distance of the destinations.

    The station at the airport
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    Athens Airport: The Biggest in Greece !

    by Pakistaniguy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Most travellers arrive in Greece by air, the cheapest and quickest was to get there. Greece has got 16 Internationak airports but only Athens receive all the major airline carriers from all over the World. So, If you r planning to come to Greece, you will most probably will arrive in Athens and it is the best place to start your trip to Greece.

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    Olympic Airways: The Greek National Airline

    by Pakistaniguy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Olympic airways is the Greek National Airline. It has got the best air route network in Greece. The service of the airline is okay. Its not too bad and not too good. They have got large Boeings for International flights and small twin trotters or Fokker planes for going to Greek Islands.

    Olympic Airways aircraft standing at Athens Airpor
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    Athens: The Main hub of Airlines in Greece

    by Pakistaniguy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    All the World's major airlines arrive in Athens first and then proceed further in Greece. Cornus Airline is the second best national Airline of Greece and its aircrafts are better than Olympic Airways. If you are coming to Athens then u can either take your own national carrier or Cornuy airline or Olympic airways for the best connection to Athens.

    PIA and all the major airlines come to Athens
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    Travelling from Athens to Greek Island

    by Pakistaniguy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Crete-based Aegean Airline is the sole surviver of the many new airlines that emerged to chanllenge National Greek Carrier, Olympic Airways, following the 1993 decision to end Olympic's monopoly on domestic flights. While other airlines have come and gone Aegean appears to have settled in for the long run following its merger with international operator Cornus Airlines.

    After arriving in Athens, I bought ticket of Olympic Airways from Athens to Mykonos Island, and from Mykonos to Santorini Island and of Aegean Airline from Santorini Island to Athens & from Athens back to Stuttgart in Germany.

    Buying Olympic Airways ticket to Mykonos Island
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    Ferry Frequent Schedules

    by greekcypriot Updated Mar 9, 2011

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    The thread below will help you pick the island you wish to visit.
    It has been helpful to me, so why not with you.

    Greek islands are beautiful, do some reading before you go, and see what you really are looking for to the island you are booking.
    There are islands for peace and quiet, relaxation with beautiful beaches, and others with much history, but no beaches at al.

    Santorini for instance is a beautiful island, but I would not recommend this island for swimming.
    Another tip: Better make a last minute booking because during the high season there might be frequent cancellations, strikes, - at least it happened last year.
    Otherwise you will have to come and go from Athens to Piraeus to make the changes.

    Greek islands are beautiful

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There’s a lot of traffic in Athens but you will hardly notice it as most attractions are located at the compact/walkable city center. So, no need for public transport in general but there is a...

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