Getting Around Athens

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    how to move around

    by mindcrime Updated Sep 7, 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

    Since September 2014 the one way ticket costs 1,20e and it’s valid from for bus/trolley/tram/metro, valid for 70’ so you can change to any of the above during these 70 minutes. (but not valid for the airport)

    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:
    24h ticket(for buses/tram/metro/subway): 4euro (not valid for the airport)
    Montly card(for buses/tram/metro/subway) 30euro (45e including the airport)
    3Months card(for buses/tram/metro/subway) 85euro (130e including the airport)
    6Months card(for buses/tram/metro/subway) 165euro (230e including the airport)
    12Months card(for buses/tram/metro/subway) 320euro (450euro including the airport)

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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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  • 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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    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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    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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    Brussels Airlines

    by iaint Updated Dec 30, 2010

    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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    Buses, Metro and Trolley Buses (Trams)

    by samitbabu Written Aug 16, 2010

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    A ticket for 1 euro is valid for one hour in any number of buses, metros and Trolley Buses (trams).
    You can use it successively in any number of trips, within one hour .
    As soon as you enter the bus or Tram you have to do the check in.
    In case you have missed, the fine is Euro 60.
    So be aware.

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    Strikes in Athens and Transport

    by greekcypriot Written May 26, 2010

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    Even if there is a strike, this lasts for a couple of hours.
    But even if that happens, it is very scarcely that the Metro or trains stop.

    The foreign Papers many times are very extreme and against Greece, and they give the impression that at least once or twice a week we have strikes and riots.
    Of course the people here are not happy from the situation, but believe me at least on the last strike nothing happened. It lasted for a couple of hours and that was it.

    So, tourists are welcome to come without fear, and besides they will have the chance to buy cheaper believe me.

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    PUBLIC BUS FROM PIRAEUS TO ATHENS

    by greekcypriot Written May 1, 2010

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    THE PUBLIC BUS FROM PIRAEUS TO ATHENS

    You can take 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 Filelinon Road at Syntagma Square and only 3 minutes walk from our meeting point. The ride is approximately 50 minutes and the ticket is 1 Euro one 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.

    AIRPORT TO ATHENS
    Instructions on how to use the Athens Metro System from the airport towards Athens and back. You may come to Athens from the airport easily and quickly by taking the Athens metro. A one way ticket costs 6 Euro and the ride is approximately 30 minutes.

    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.
    The ride with the metro to Athens from Piraeus is approximately 20-30 minutes.

    In the Streets of Athens under the shade of trees!
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    Piraeus Port to Athens BY TRAIN

    by greekcypriot Written May 1, 2010

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    PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TRANSFERS

    Piraeus Port to Athens
    Instructions on how to use the public transportation means from the port of Piraeus to Athens and back.

    OPTION A- USING THE ATHENS METRO SYSTEM FROM THE PIRAEUS PORT

    To get to Piraeus metro station, you can:
    • Walk from the pier to the metro station which is approximately a 30 to 40 minute walk depending on the pier the ship docks
    • Take the 843 bus from pier A to Piraeus metro station
    Once you arrive at the metro station in Pireaus you get on the metro in the direction of KIFISSIA (line 1) and in 20-30 minutes you reach the MONASTIRION metro station where you get off and change trains into line 3 in the direction towards AIRPORT. You get off at the next station which is SYNTAGMA station. Once off the train you will follow the EXIT signs until you reach the ticket validating machines and the escalators will be directly in front of you.
    The cost is 1,00 € per person.

    To get back to Piraeus you may take the metro from either Monastiraki or Thisseion in the direction toward Piraeus (line 1) and get off at the last station. You will then walk to the pier or take the bus 843 from opposite the metro station of Piraeus and get off at the same stop you took it in the morning.

    The train Station at Monastiraki Square
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    Long Flight

    by GracesTrips Written May 6, 2008

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    Some things to consider on a long flight, take a sweater in case it gets cold and don't dress to warm in case it gets hot. I take my shoes off and put on booties (socks). Your feet will swell up. Periodic massaging of the feet might help keep the swelling down. Most planes provide a pillow and blanket. I would double up the blanket and use it for extra cushion on the seat. I always pack some extra snacks for the trip such as beef jerky, nuts and chocolate chip cookies in my carry on. Remember not to bring the open food packages back - especially the beef jerky. Customs has a real problem with that. Anyway, just some suggestions for the long flight.

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  • 3-day Excursion to Nauplion

    by nicktheo Written Jan 7, 2008

    Nauplio was the first capital of Greece, and once you visit it you could easily understand why. It is situated in the Peloponese , 3 hours by bus from Athens. The city is very beautiful , and it is a typical weekend romantic trip. You should certainly visit Palamidi , the ancient fortress as well as Bourtzi , the small fortress in the island of Agioi Theodoroi , visible from the centre of the town. Simply stroll around the picturesque town of Nauplion , or visit its monument and museums.

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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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