Athens public transport

If you found accommodation in the center of Athens, you might not even need to use the Athens public transport network. However, if the place where you’re staying in Athens is farther away or you wish to explore more than the center of the Greek Capital, using Athens public transport is a great and affordable option!



Athens public transport (Table of contents)

1. Athens public transport tickets and fares
2. Taking the subway in Athens
3. Riding the tram in Athens
4. Going on a bus ride in Athens
5. What to keep in mind
6. Athens public transport map



Athens public transport tickets and fares


Types of tickets for Athens public transport

  • The Athena Ticket is a rechargeable paper ticket, valid from 90 minutes to 5 days.
  • The Anonymous Athena Card is a rechargeable plastic card, valid for a duration from 90 minutes to 5 days. It can also be used for getting to and from the airport by using the public transport network.
  • The Personal Athena Card is more suitable for people who are planning a longer stay in Athens. It is a rechargeable plastic card with the owner’s photo, valid for a duration from 90 minutes to one year.

Athens public transport ticket prices

Below are the prices for the most commonly used tickets:

  • 90-minute ticket for € 1.40
  • 24-hour ticket for € 4.50
  • 5-day ticket for € 9.00.

(There is also a 3-day tourist ticket at € 22.00, but I personally don’t find the logic in buying it, considering the cheaper options listed above.)

50% discounts are offered to:

  • Children with ages between 7 and 12 years
  • Teenagers with ages between 13 and 18 years, on the basis of passport or ID card
  • Students under the age of 25 years, on the basis of their Student Card and passport / ID card.
  • Seniors over the age of 65 years, on the basis of passport or ID card.

Children under the age of 7 can travel for free.


Where can I buy tickets for Athens public transport?

The Athens public transport tickets can be bought in subway stations, tram stations, and bus ticket stalls. You can also find them in train stations at at newspaper stands, as well.

Please note that the Anonymous Athena Card can only be bought from Athens Transport ticket offices. You can find them in subway stations.

Also, if you are interested in obtaining a Personal Athena Card, you have to present your passport when requesting one at an Athens Transport ticket office.

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Taking the subway in Athens

The subway of Athens is available between 05.30 to 00.30. On Fridays and Saturdays, the last train departs at 02.00.

Subways run with a frequency of 5-10 minutes. However, the duration between two subways lowers to 3 minutes during peak times.

There are three subway lines in Athens:

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Riding the tram in Athens

Trams are available between 05.30 and 01.00. On weekends, the final tram departs from Syntagma Square at 02.15.

There are three tramway lines with a total of 48 stations, connecting Athens to the seashore:

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Going on a bus ride in Athens

The bus network is very large and travelling in this manner is quite cheap. This is why buses are also very crowded 🙂

Buses and trolleybuses are available between 05.30 to 00.30. The frequency is not predetermined, it depends on the bus line and the time of the day.

There are no special night buses running in Athens, but some routes actually have buses non-stop.

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What to keep in mind for Athens public transport

Make sure you validate your transport ticket for every ride and keep each trip under 90 minutes.

In trams, buses, and trolleybuses you can validate your ticket after you get on your ride, at the orange machines inside. For the subway, you must validate the ticket before getting on the train.

If you happen to get caught using the Athens public transport without a ticket, you are subject to a fine of 60 times the price of the 90-minute ticket. That is € 84.00, so better make sure you always have a valid ticket!

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Athens public transport map

If you click on the icon on the left on the electronic map below, you can select to view only subway, tram or suburban railway. The icons for the subway are colored to correspond to the three lines: green, red, and blue.

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