Find a hotel in the center and walk! It’s the only way to feel a city, even a huge one like Athens. 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 1 ride 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a miniature of a choo-choo train!! :)
Of course, you will be on board only 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!... :)
There is one train per hour, the ride is about 45’ and the ticket costs 6 euros (for kids 4e). You can take it the train at Monastiraki square from 10:00am and the circle route is: Monastiraki Square > Plaka > Syntagma Square (Zappion Hall/Parliament etc) > Panathinaiko Stadium > Hadrian's Arch > Herodios Atticus Theatre > Acropolis > Thision area > Monastiraki Square
First time I’d used this airline - the phoenix operation after Sabena went under after 9-11.
We left 45 late - I’m not sure why. Getting all those Greeks on board seemed to be too much for them. It took forever, and looked like we waited for some late transfers.
The seating was so tight I almost burst! 3 hours in a straightjacket!
You have to buy food if you want it.
Cheap and cheerful?
Anyway, just getting there was an achievement in the circumstances. Flights were being seriousy delayed or cancelled that week all around N Europe as a result of snow and ice.
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