Metro of Athens

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If you want to see a lot of Athens, it is convenient to travel by metro. The metro of Athens is fast, easy and allows you to avoid the busy traffic in Athens. To ensure that your trip in Athens runs smoothly, we share all information about the metro of Athens here  😊
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Metro lines in Athens

Athens has three metro lines:
  • Green line, line 1. With start/end stops Kifisia – Piraeus
  • Red line, line 2: With start/end stops Anthoupoli – Eliniko
  • Blue line, line 3: With start/end stops Airport – Douk.Plakentias – Aghia Marina

Which metro tickets can I buy best?

Public transport in Athens is not expensive. You can see different tickets below. With these tickets you can make unlimited use of the bus, metro, tram and regional train in Athens 🙂
  • Single ticket: This ticket is a one way. It doesn’t matter where you go. You pay a fixed price and can then travel wherever you want within Athens. You can also use it to switch to another line. As long as you stay within the metro network. Do you ever go outside? Then you can throw away your ticket, because then it is no longer valid. This ticket costs €1.20.The single ticket is also available in discount packages of 2, 5 and 10+1 tickets. Discount tickets are only loaded on personalized Athenacards (see later in this article). –
  • Day ticket: If you want to travel for 1 full day unlimited in Athens you can buy a day ticket. It is wise to buy a day pass if you plan to travel by metro in Athens 3 times or more. A day pass costs €4.10. I would quickly opt for the day pass, because the price difference with a one-way ticket is minimal. –
  • 5-day ticket: you can purchase this ticket if you want to buy several days staying in Athens and wanting to travel by metro. You pay €8.50 for this. –
  • 3-day tourist ticket: this ticket has 72 uses and is ideal for a city trip of a few days. A big additional advantage: the trip to and from Athens Airport is included. This ticket costs €20. –
Tickets can be purchased at any metro station. Don’t forget to stamp your ticket at the machine before boarding. There are no special discounted tickets for students. The above prices may differ, because prices are adjusted annually. Check this website for current prices . –> Tip: do you prefer to travel above ground? Then a hop on hop off bus in Athens is highly recommended 😊

ATH.ENA Card, the OV chip card of Athens

There is the ATH.ENA Card for the local population, but you can also apply for it as a tourist. As with the OV chip card, it can be personal or anonymous. With this card you mainly save time, but also single journeys, 5 ticket pack and 10+1 ticket pack, are slightly cheaper. All tickets mentioned above can be loaded on the ATH.ENA card. You can purchase the ATH.ENA Card at any ticket counter. Another additional advantage is that you can check in via an app on your phone 🙂 You must have a personal ATH.ENA card for this.

By metro from the airport to Athens center

From Athens Airport you can travel to the center of Athens by bus or metro. The bus is the cheapest (€5.50). You then take bus line X95. The bus takes about 60 minutes to get to the center. The metro (line 3) is the fastest. You can reach the city center in 40 minutes by metro. A single ticket costs €9. There is also a return ticket, but it is only valid for 48 hours .. so if you stay in Athens for more than a day (which I do expect) it is of no use to you. The first metro from the center departs around 5.40 am. The last metro from the airport leaves at 11:30 PM. The metro line runs approximately every half hour. People older than 65 and younger than 18 can travel with a discount. They pay €2.70 for the bus or €4.50 for the metro. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket counter and the machines at Athens Airport station. Don’t forget to stamp your ticket at the machines at the top of the escalators before boarding.

At which metro stop should I get off for sights?

Below you can see which metro lines you can take to a number of nice sights and museums + at which stop you should get off. The text between the brackets is the exit stop 🙂 We have also placed a link to a reliable website where you can buy tickets for these sights or museums. The Acropolis, line 2 (Acropoli) – Book your tickets here. The Temple of Zeus, Line 2 (Acropoli) – Book your tickets here. National Archaeological Museum, Line 1 (Victoria) Olympic Stadium, Line 1 (Irini)

Metro map of the metro in Athens

Down below you can find a map of the metro in Athens. map of the metro athens map of the metro athens
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