All info about buses, metro and public transport options in the center of Athens Greece.
Public transport in Athens
The advantage of a Athens city trip is that most sights are within walking distance of each other, so you rarely have to use the Athens public transport. The only location that is too far out of the city center is the port of Piraeus and the other reason you may want to use the metro network is for airport transfers. Probably you will ignore public transport for the rest of your city trip or use the Athens hop-on hop-off buses at the most for sightseeing.
1. Athens Metro
The Athens metro network consists of 3 metro lines. If you have a hotel in the center of Athens, your hotel is probably near the metro station 'Monastiraki', 'Syntagma' or 'Akropoli'. The Athens metros run every 5 to 10 minutes. Usually the metro runs in the morning from 5:30 am to midnight during the week and until about 1:30 am on weekends. You can see the exact time schedule in this overview.
- Metro tickets can be bought at the vending machines (or at some metro stations also a ticket office)
- Don't forget to stamp your metro ticket before boarding the metro!
- A single Athens metro ticket for a maximum of 90 minutes of travel costs 1.20 €
- A day ticket costs 4.10 €, a 5-day ticket 8.20 € (more info rates)
- To and from the airport you have to buy a special ticket for 9 €
2. Tip: Athens Travel Card
New: There is a new public transport product on the market, the Athens Travel Card. With this card you have the following transport including:
- Private taxi from Athens airport to your accommodation (one way), where the driver will meet you at the airport with a name sign.
- Optional: Athens public transport card for 3 days (EMT metro, bus and tram). You will then receive the metro card from your driver in the taxi.
- More info and bookings.
3. To and from Athens airport
You have a number of options to get from the airport to the center of Athens, namely by metro, taxi or shuttle bus. In this article we will tell you everything about the options between the airport and the city center.
4. Hop on hop off buses
As in any touristic city, you will also see the tourist hop on hop off buses in Athens. When purchasing your bus ticket, it is important to know that there are two different providers (the blue 'Sights of Athens' and the yellow 'Athens Open Tour' buses), which also have different routes for each company:
- Sights of Athens (blue buses): With a hop on hop off bus ticket you can travel unlimited for 1 day with 4 different lines, namely: Athens (orange line, along sights in the center), Piraeus (blue line, to the port of Piraeus), Glyfada (yellow line, along the Athenian Riviera) and Vouliagmeni (green line, along the beaches, among other things). This is the cheapest of both providers: a ticket costs only 13 euros and a family ticket 32 euros (more info and tickets).
- Athens Open Tour (yellow buses): A ticket for 1 day of the yellow hop-on hop-off buses costs 15 euros. You can use 3 different lines, namely the Athens route passing most of the Athens tourist attractions, the Piraeus route towards the ports and cruise terminals and the Beach & Riviera route (more info and tickets).