The Athens public transportation network offers you a wide variety of routes, combining many different means, namely the metro, railway, buses, trolleybuses and trams. With a 1,00€ ticket you can move around using one or more means of transport within 1 hour and 30 minutes. You can buy tickets from all metro and train stations as well as from the kiosks on the streets. Alternatively, you can inquire about day or weekly passes that offer public transport at a discounted rate.
A quick reminder: When travelling on the bus, metro, railway and tram, passengers are required to validate their tickets after purchasing them and before boarding. The fine for a non-validated ticket in Athens, Greece is 40 times its value. The validation machines in the buses and trolleybuses are orange boxes. On the metro, the boxes are in the station lobby and on the tram, there are beige boxes located on the platform and inside the car. Be sure to inquire about the day and weekly passes that offer transport at a discounted rate.
There are numerous reliable car rental agencies inAthens Greece. Major and local agencies can operate only if licensed by the Greek National Tourist Organization (G.N.T.O.) and require a valid national driving license. Before renting make sure the vehicle has adequate insurance cover (against accident, theft, fire, etc). Visitors during the summer months are advised to book in advance.
Greek taxis are inexpensive by European standards and offer an alternative to mass transit. All licensed taxis are equipped with meters (the fare is charged per km and per hour) and display a card detailing the latest valid tariffs and surcharges.
In certain tourist areas you may be asked to pay a predetermined (standard) amount for a ride to a specific destination; thus, before boarding a taxi make sure to seek information from another source on the exact fare for the journey.
The Taxi driver's obligations are as follows:Driver should carry passenger's luggage from the pavement to the vehicle and vice versa.
Driver is not entitled to deny passenger a ride and cannot pick up extra passengers without your permission.
Passenger may request a waiting time up to 15 minutes, or more if there is a serious reason.
Upon passenger's request, the driver is obliged to issue a receipt stating the route and metered fare paid.
For scheduled pick up service you may call any of the taxi companies serving the greater Athens area.
If you are looking for something more comfortable and luxurious to get around in, then a limousine is the perfect choice. There are numerous reliable limousine service agencies in Athens Greece that will meet all your needs. Many limousine service agencies offer excellent VIP service with all levels of comfort, convenience, security and suitable offers. Experienced chauffeurs transfer you safely and on time around Athens.
Athens Road Connections:
Athens' road network consists of motorways, national roads, highways and asphalt roads. Greece's main road axes are:Athens - Thessaloniki (E 75) Athens - Corinth (E 94) Corinth - Patras (E 65) Corinth - Tripoli - Kalamata (E 65) Patras - Pyrgos - Olympia (E 55) Thessaloniki – Kavala - Alexandroupoli (E 90)
The new Attiki Odos Motorway in Athens is a cutting-edge motorway that links the town of Elefsina (located in western Attica) to the Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport (Spata, eastern Attica). Part of the Athens peripheral ring road, it circumvents Athens and offers 27 main and secondary interchanges for entrance and exit into /from the capital. To enter the motorway tolls are paid, the fare depending on vehicle category based on height and axis number. For more information go to: http://www.aodos.gr
Ymitos circumferential road is a modern highway connecting the southern suburbs of Athens Greece (districts such as Argyroupoli, Elliniko, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) to the north (districts such as Papagou, Agia Paraskevi, Psyhiko, Holargos) and providing access to the new Attiki Odos Motorway.
Driver's Licenses: EU citizens can use their own.Other nationals should have an International Drivers License in addition to their valid driver's license.
Piraeus Port is the Main port of Athens Greece with a year-round service to international destinations as well as islands of the Argosaronic (Hydra, Spetses, Poros, Aigina and Salamina), the Aegean Sea ( Cyclades, the Dodecanese) and of Crete. It does not serve the islands of the Sporades.
The Agios Konstantinos Port is the only Athens port that has scheduled departures to the islands of the Sporades (Skopelos, Skiathos, Skyros and Alonissos).
The Lavrio Port offers year-round service to Kea, Kithnos, Syros, Tinos, Andros, Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros, Milos, Paros, Naxos, Limnos, Agio Efstratios and Kavala.
The Rafina Port offers year-round service to Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Marmari and Evia. In the summer there is an additional service to Syros, Naxos.
One of the greatest things about a trip to Athens is its proximity to beautiful whitewashed Greek islands, charming villages and ancient historical cities. Each has a distinct character, culture and color. The residents themselves, known for their filoxenia or, graciousness and hospitality, will welcome you with a smile and invite you to try their local specialties.
Even if you are in Athens for just a few days, we urge you to spend a day or two at one of the following destinations. You will be glad you did.
When in Athens, hop on over to one of the islands of the Argosaronic Gulf.
The islands off the coast of the Saronic Gulf are ideal one-day getaways. Agistri, Aegina, Hydra, Poros and Spetses are popular destinations among the Athenians, indicating their special standing amongst Greece's many islands. Cruises that tour the islands in one day are available, as are easy connections from each, should you prefer to explore them at your leisure.