Mass Transportation Systems in Athens

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Mass Transportation Systems in Athens

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  • Vadim
    Murmansk, Russia22,405 contributions
    The Athens metro is very old, only 6 years younger than the London metro. However, it is not as extensive as one would expect since 1869. There are only 3 lines and they all intersect in a quadrilateral: Monastiraki, Syntagma, Attica and Omonia. The most convenient thing for tourists is that the metro goes from the airport to the port of Piraeus, because tourists often skip Athens and go straight to the port. The trip costs 1.4 euros. The ticket is valid for 90 minutes. However, it is more expensive to get from/to the airport. 9 euros. You can save money on a day pass. It is valid for 24 hours and costs only 4.5 euros. At the same time, it operates on all types of municipal transport. The metro in Athens was put in order for the 2004 Olympics, for which Greece will still pay for many decades. The stations are modern and beautiful. During the construction process, many antiquities were found, which were left right in the subway, making a free museum. So antiquity will meet you already in the subway...
    Written May 10, 2022
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  • Lisa T
    Toronto, Canada5 contributions
    We took the round trip train from Athens to Kalambaka. The train was prompt and the train was clean.

    However, the trainose website is TERRIBLE. We traveled in May 22, 2022 but the website didn't release its schedule or seats until May 9th. I got first class tickets for a family of 4 with 2 young children (4 and 6 yo). 2 days before my trip, the train company emailed me and said I have booked the handicapped seats/non existent seats due to technical mistake from their part, and they changed my tickets to coach class. There was no offer of refunding the price difference. I wasn't happy but I wasn't going to fuss about it. But when we were boarding, those coach seats were actually occupied. The train website doubled booked the seat! After some stress and communication, the train conductor put us in empty seats in first class (and some other wonderful passengers volunteered to move their seats so we could sit together with our young children). And similar thing happened on our return train tickets back to Athens. I'm happy that at the end it was resolved. But we were traveling in low season now. I can't imagine what would happen if the train was full during high season.

    If I have to travel on this train again, I'd book through a third party who has experience dealing with these online train tickets.
    Written May 23, 2022
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  • Sam D
    March, UK136 contributions
    The buses are fine and it is a cheap way to travel but getting tickets is a nightmare, easiest way book online.
    Pitfalls of the Athens bus station, its a good hours walk from central Athens. Obviously Greek is the main language so you expect some difficulty but getting to the point where the ticket seller can't be bothered to arrange a return ticket because well he can't be bothered...
    Finally top tip the taxi rank outside bus station is a rip off . 35€ to go to Aegina port, when we arrived at the port his meter read 20€ which he hid from view , nice little scam they have going ...
    Written July 4, 2019
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  • Arcee_CO
    Wheat Ridge, CO1,064 contributions
    As a first time foreign visitor, once I got settled in my hotel I was pleasantly surprised how generally friendly and easy to use all four Metro lines are, at least within in the main city during daylight, and also the branches to Piraeus Port and the Airport (below). A 10+1 trip ticket cost 13.50 euro (1.23 euro per 90 minute ride). Just tap your ticket; no exit minders; get back on at no charge if it is under the 90 min. Signs are clear and in English and Greek, maps are everywhere. Other reviewers warn of pickpockets and gang theft so do take note, but I never saw that myself. My Red Line stop (Metaxourghio) was 50 ft. from the hotel and got me to all the major sites. Notes: 1) the Airport costs 10 euro, but is fast and better for one rider than my 38 euro cab ride on arrival. 2) Graffiti is overwhelming on most underground cars, a combination of disgusting and verging on art, if illegal.
    Written February 26, 2019
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  • Cathrine L
    Penang, Malaysia35 contributions
    Close encounter with pick pockets not once but twice during our Greece trip. Both happened inside MRT train.
    Pick pockets are present in many countries and it depends on how they work their "modus operandi', some are lone ranger and some work in groups and they are very skilful.
    Our trip to Greece was smooth, all worked out according to our schedule and itinerary. Nothing exceptional until the last 2days.

    1st incident:
    We boarded a train from airport to destination/hotel and as it's not our first time boarding a train to/from airport-hotel, we know which train to take and where to change trains and stop. So, all goes well until a "friendly" stranger knowing us being a traveler approached us asking us where we were going and so forth and showing us where we should stop .... so as to be polite I listen to him when he point on the train map direction where u need to look up........ however as my hubby already know where to stop, he didn't look up to where he pointed. but instead looked at him. Both my hubby's hands were full tending to our luggages. As my hubby didn't look up, he sensed something near his trouser pocket was out of place, so he quickly check his pocket and realised that someone tried to pick his pocket as the items had been moved.... It happened very fast especially when we were about to disembark from the train.

    2nd incident:
    Today being our last day at Athens, as usual we boarded a train to airport. As it is peak hour in the morning, the train was crowded too. This time, i tried to be more alert especially on a lookout on my hubby's pocket. Well, what do you know..... the pick-pockets, don't know how many but definitely more then one, they will all get close to you when the train is about to stop, as though they are going to disembark from train as well. I was standing a bit further away from the door and kept looking at his pockets. When i saw a hand about to go in his pocket, i shouted and caught a hand of a girl who was trying to pick his pocket when train reached a train station. Quickly she left the train.
    Written May 28, 2018
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