Getting Around Athens

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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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    Flying Dolphins

    by iaint Written Dec 30, 2010

    Aaah, my hydrofoil operator to get me from Piraeus to Aegina (and vice versa). You buy your ticket at a booth by the pier in Piraeus. €24 return for me. It was Christmas Day, so that may not be the normal fare.

    The trip takes 45 minutes, and there is a LOT of movement. At least on December seas. So if seasickness ails you, take a ferry. Its nothing dramatic, but not for the squeamish!

    That apart, it’s all comfortable, quick and fun.

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    Aegean Airlines

    by iaint Written Dec 30, 2010

    My first experience of this airline, to fly me away from Athens to Brussels. I knew the name from island flights, of course.

    A quick and smooth check in, and the same with boarding.

    The plane (Airbus 320) was only 30% full so it was a comfortable flight, with an in flight movie & music! They also give a full hot breakfast!

    It left on time and arrived early! 10/10 I reckon...impressed!

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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.

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    Piraeus Port to Athens BY TRAIN

    by greekcypriot Written May 1, 2010

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    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.

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    Rental car from the airport

    by angiebabe Written Sep 26, 2009

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    I had a car organised - via www.auto-europe.co.uk - to pick up from the Athens airport - as usual it was a Europcar agency car - always good quality and as it turned out in this case also, good conditions such as ability to make changes to your policy such as extending an extra day and also changing drop off places without any one way fee.

    The airport has great access to the roads heading to Athens or out up to Corinth etc where I was headed. Good signposting and good roads - though the signposting for the Corinth canal was non-existent I eventually found it with working out from where it should have been according to my map and then finding my way to the old route that it now is - ie as differentiated from the motorway road nearby.

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    BEWARE WHEN Renting a Car in Athens

    by janetanne Updated Apr 28, 2009

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    Be sure to shop around when renting a car while in Athens. The prices are not regulated and each car rental can charge whatever they want. It's also very important that you read all the small print and have all agreements in writing.

    You will need an international drivers license to rent a car while in Greece.

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    cheep flights to Athens

    by eksvist Written Jul 29, 2008

    When you want to fly to Athens with cheap prices, I suggest you to choose the Easyjet.
    It is really cheep, by comparison with another companies.
    My ticket from Tallinn (in Estonia) - Berlin - Athens and Athens - Berlin - Tallinn, it was cost with return only ~190 Eur.

    Of course it is mean less the comforts.
    EasyJet does not allocate seats, and you can choose where to sit when you board the aircraft.
    EasyJet philosophy is that "there's no such thing as a free lunch" - so they don't offer one! They offer a great selection of hot, cold, and alcoholic drinks, snacks, and sandwiches at really competitive prices.

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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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  • Excursion to Kea (Tzia)

    by nicktheo Written Jan 7, 2008

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    Tzia or Kea as it is else known , is probably one of the best islands near Athens. You can get there from the port of Laurio (frequent buses leave from Pedio tou Areos opposite Victoria Train Station , and the route is about an hour), in about an hour , and the tickets cost not more than 7 euros. The beaches are wonderful , with the most appealing one being Gialiskari. If you have some spare time , go to Otzias and have a bite at the restaurant Anna tou Otzia. It's an ideal excursion if you want to relax , taste fresh fish and have a nice swim. That's why you should better visit it in the holiday months

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    Metro to the ferry port

    by Vija_v Written Aug 17, 2007

    The most easy and quick way to get to the ferry port is to go by subway!
    From the main center it takes just some 30 minutes to get there.

    You can get tickets inside the metro station and it costs 1.70 Euro one way.

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    Renting a Car While in Athens

    by Euromeet2007 Updated Mar 23, 2007

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    Some Euromeet2007 visitors may want to come early or stay on after the meet and see some other parts of Greece or Athens. We have been given a special discount at the following Car Rental business for anyone wishing to rent a car or minivan.

    Booking can be done directly from their website. Don't forget to mention that you are with the Virtual Tourist Euromeet2007 group. Ask for Manos or George. They may even be able to arrange a car rental on the islands as well. Ask.


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    117 42 Athens, Tel.: (+30) 2109210 964, 2109212206, Fax. (+30) 2109212915

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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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