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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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    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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    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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    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)

    horse carriage tour a local bus typical trolley buses fun bike

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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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    "Daily ticket" for public transport

    by PikaUA Updated Jul 23, 2003

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    As for moving in Athens by public transport - the first (and the last) thing you should worry about is the ticket. The most convenient way is to buy a special "Daily Ticket" (2.9 euro). It's valid for 24h and for any public transport: metro, buses and trolleys. Just check-in it once - and forget it. Until the next day :)
    Cost: 2.9 euro.
    Where to buy: in the kiosks at the metro station where clerks sell tickets. Just tell to the clerk "daily" - they know this english word.
    By The Way: there are air-conditioners in the city buses - very nice especially when it's +30C outside :))

    Piraeus metro station.
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    Hydrofoil to Monemvassia

    by SirRichard Updated Jun 24, 2003

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    Though the cheapest way to get to Monemvassia (a little byzantine village in Peloponessos) is by bus (5 hours), in summer there is also a hydrofoil service from Piraeus that takes you there in about 4 hours.
    For reservations, go to any of the many travel agencies you will find in Piraeus, as you go out of the Metro. They don't charge extra comission (usually), so go to any of them.
    30 euros one way.

    The hydrofoil in Monemvassia
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    The subway

    by OrlandoBR Written Feb 25, 2003

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    For touristic purposes, one seldom needs public transportation in Athens: everything can be reached by walking. Sometimes the subway will be useful, but you're not likely to be more than a couple of stations away from where you want to go. Taxis there are said to be the cheapest in Europe, and it only costs around 20Euros to get from the airport to the city, which is a very long ride.

    If you do take the subway, notice how different the stations are: the ones in central Athens are shiny, brand new, absolutely clean and always have good classical music playing in the background; the other stations have to be the ugliest I've seen in my life!

    Look out for the ancient articles on display at some stations: I believe they were found during the works of excavation for the subway system...

    Evangelismos metro station

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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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    From Dartmoor to Athens without flying.

    by johngayton Updated Jul 17, 2006

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    There are times when I enjoy the journey itself as much as the arrival and this was an excellent trip, 4 days by car, train. tube, eurostar, metro, 2 more trains, ferry, another 2 trains and a final short taxi journey: passing through London, Paris, Bologna, an overnight stay at Bari, and a quick beer at Patras before finally arriving in Athens. This will eventually be written up fully in a travelog here but just as a taster here's some brief details:

    The journey began about midnight with a mate of mine driving me from Chudleigh to St David's railway station in Exeter to catch the sleeper train to London, a journey I always enjoy. Then 1st class Eurostar to Paris, the only way! Metro across Paris to Gare du Bercy and then the overnight sleeper to Bologna. A morning in Bologna then another train down to Bari in the afternoon, the train line running down the coast, to catch the overnight ferry the following evening to Patras meeting the dawn as the ferry wound its way through the Islands. Then trains on to Athens, passing through some spectacular scenery and then the city itself and my introduction to the idiosyncracies of Greek taxi drivers. All-in-all an excellent journey and well worth taking the time to do if you were like me and trying to avoid having to go home and back to working for a living!

    Dawn over the Islands Ferry (not mine!) Arrival at Patras Train from Patras Athens!
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    How to get to Athens from Airport

    by Carmela71 Written Feb 12, 2007

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    From airport to Athens:
    By bus: Ticket price: €3.20
    http://www.aia.gr/EN/passenger_information/transportation&parking/by_bus/body.shtm

    take the X95 airport express bus from Othonos in Syntagma, opposite the Parliament (1 hour) or bus X96 from Plateia Karaïskaki in Piraeus

    By metro: line 3 Direct from Syntagma
    6 euros or 10 return

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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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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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