Public transport in Athens, Metro, tram, buses

The public transport in Athens has been modernised the last 7 years. New roads, bridges, a brand new rail network and new modern means of transport like the Athens Metro, the suburban railway and the Athens tram have reduced a lot the transportation problems of Athens, as well as they have played a main role to the reduce of the atmosphere pollution of the Attica basin. Day trips from Athens you can make using the buses, trains and the metro.

The means of transport in Athens are divided in 4 categories.

The urban buses that are under the authority of the OASA (organisation of urban transport of Athens) that connecting all Municipalities of Athens and Piraeus.
The suburban buses that connecting Athens with suburban areas and with the rest of the mainland of Greece under the authority of KTEL.

The main terminal stations of Ktel are located in 2 major areas, the first is at Kifisou 101 for western Greece and Peloponnesus and the other is at Liossion street 260 for northern Greece. For East Attica suburbs and coastal resorts like Rafina the terminals are in  Pedion Areos next to the junction with Alexandra’s avenue. OASA has create an innovation with the  bus line 400 that takes you to the most interesting sites of Athens the ticket costs 5 euro and it makes a sightseeing tour of Athens.The bus 400 goes from the Archaeological museum to Omonoia, Psyrri, Kerameikos,Thiseion, Monatiraki, athens Market, Klafthmonos Square, Syntagma Square, Benaki museum, National Gallery, Ampelokipoi, Stadium, Plaka,Acropolis, Olympian Zeus temple, Greek Parliament, University and Omonoia. Frequency every 30 minutes.

Who is entitled to a reduced ticket or free travel on the means of transport in Athens?

The categories of passengers of Athens Public Transport who are entitled to travel with a reduced ticket or card, as well as those who are entitled to free travel. Discounts are provided on the Means of Transport supervised by OASA (Buses, Trolleys, Metro, ISAP and Trams).

Buses Trolleys Tram and Metro


Bus ticket 0.50 euro, Daily ticket 3 euro, 90 minutes ticket bus, trolley, tram 0.70 euro, 90 minutes ticket for all transport means including ISAP the subway line Piraeus- kifissia and suburban railway PROASTIAKOS ( until Plakentias station) 1 euro, Monthly ticket for bus, trolley and tram 17.50 euro Airport express bus ticket 3.20 euro.
Line 400 Athens sightseeing bus 5 euro

Athens Tram

: The tram of Athens as well as the metro was one of the most innovating projects that the Greek government did in an effort to develop the traffic network of Athens.  The tram connects Athens from Parliament square all the way down to Sygrou Avenue and continues along the coastal Poseidonos Avenue to the south coastal suburbs until Glyfada . It is true that the Athens 2004 Olympics was a  blessing for the Capital of Greece because one of the main factors for all of those great projects alongside with the renovation of the transport system, was also the successful hosting of the games.

Athens Metro

The Athens Metro is one of the the 3 greatest projects that where accomplished in Athens within the new millennium, the other 2 was the new airport in Spata and the Attiki odos the Athens ring highway . The Attiko Metro is a private owned company that has solved a great deal of the transportation problems in Athens. The Attica metro joins together with the Athens Piraeus Electric rail and the Proastiakos suburban and it has 3 lines.

The first line is the old line of ISAP Piraeus-Kifisia. The other 2 lines is the red line direction Agios Antonios-Agios Dimitrios and the blue line direction Aegaleo-Doukissis Plakentias. From Doukissis Plakentias the passengers can take the suburban rail to  the Airport of Athens. The Attiko Metro is extended in all directions, the accomplishment of the Aegaleo station was a relief for all the west suburbs. Within the next years the Metro blue line will go further via Haidari, Korydallos, Nikea to Piraeus , the red line will extend to Anthoupolis on the west and to Elliniko to the south. The most beautiful stations of the Metro are those of Syntagma and acropolis as well as the one of Monastiraki which are in fact public museums with artefacts that where discovered during the opening of the tunnels. Enjoy bellow pictures of the Syntagma and Acropolis station.



Ferries , Hydrofoils, Catamarans

From the port of Piraeus there are daily ferry connections with all the islands of the Aegean. From Rafina and Lavrio the ferries are departing mostly for the Cyclades islands. From Piraeus are departing all Greek ferries to the Aegean islands, Crete and the Saronic islands. For getting to the Ionian islands like Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Corfu, Ithaca either you should use the buses to Patras, Igoumenitsa or Kylini for Zakynthos and get the ferries, or better to fly from Athens Airport.Read more about transport in Greece


Plateia Attikis  – Tzizifies – Moschato
Plateia Kypselis – Pagrati – Kaisariani
Nea Philadelfeia – Ano Patisia – Girokomeio
Ano Kypseli – Plastira- Aghios Artemios
Labrini – Syntagma – Tzitzifies
Ippokratous – N.Philadelfeia – Kokinos Milos
Panepistimiou str – Alexandras avenue (circular)
Alexandras Av- Akademias str (circular)
Ano Kypseli – Petralona
Ano Patisia – Neo Pagrati- Nea Elvetia
Zapeio – Peristeri
Labrini – Plateia Kanigos- Neo Psychiko
Papadiamanti – Alexandras – Neo Psychiko
Petralona – Courts – El Venizelou
Ag Ioannis Rentis – Piraeus
Pireaus- Agios Georgios (circular)
Museum- Halandri (Ethnikis Antistaseos)
Museum- Halandri (Sidera)
Neo Faliro- Kastella- Drapetsona
Athens- Petrou Ralli – Nikea
Petroupoli – Ilion- Agios Antonios
Kamatero- Ilion- Agios Antonios (circular)

Beneficiaries of free travel, including the Airport

The following categories of passengers can travel free of charge on Buses (and for Airport express lines), Trolley, ISAP, Metro (and for travel to and from the Airport), and Suburban Trains (in the Piraeus – Magoula – Airport section), with presentation of certificates proving their status:

The unemployed with all means of OASA (does not apply to Suburban). Until the required procedures are completed, the unemployed should show their unemployment card or recent (within one month) certificate, both issued by the OAED, as well as a proof of identity (police ID, passport, driver’s license or sick book).

Children up to 6 years old (Official Gazette 792/81, Official Gazette 380/83).
Conscripts of all corps, (soldiers, sailors and servicemen serving their term) including conscripts with the rank of cadet reserve officer, with presentation of military ID.

Persons with Special Needs, who are granted special annual Free Movement vouchers by the OASA. When the specific persons are entitled to a companion, then the companion must also carry a corresponding card. It is clarified that the companion cannot use the card alone except when accompanying the main cardholder. It does not apply to PWDs. who are not permanent residents of Attica.

Beneficiaries of reduced fees

The following categories of passengers on the means of transport supervised by the OASA (Buses, Trolleys, Metro, ISAP and Trams) are entitled to travel with a reduced ticket or a reduced monthly card. It is reminded that the beneficiaries, when moving, must bring the corresponding supporting documents that prove their status.

People over the age of 65, with proof of ID or Passport or Driver’s License or the Individual Health Book of all insurance companies

Children aged 7 to 12 years. When the child is present when the fee is issued, no supporting document is required. Proof is not required during the ticket check. When the child is NOT present when the fee is issued, then proof is required (sick book, passport or birth certificate).

Young people aged 13 to 18, upon presentation of a police ID or Passport or Driver’s License or the Personal Health Book of all insurance companies.

Primary and secondary school students (over 18; for those under 18, ID is sufficient), with presentation of an OASA Student Card, and only during the school year. The Student Cards are provided by the School Management.

Students of higher education, with presentation of an Academic ID that replaced the student card (pass). Those studying at private universities – colleges and at the Hellenic Open University are NOT entitled to a reduced fee

Students of public and private IEK and EES which operate on the basis of Law 2009/1992 (Government Gazette A΄ 18/1992) up to 22 years of age, with presentation of their Police Identity Card, or Passport or Driver’s License or the Personal Health Book of all insurance agencies and the OASA special ticket card when it is issued by the schools.

Students of higher education schools and universities abroad, up to 25 years old, with presentation of student ID “Student Card – University ID” and Passport or Identity

Parents with multiple children and members of their families, with presentation of a valid and certified multiple-child booklet on the back, which is granted to the beneficiary by the Supreme Confederation of Multiple Children of Greece. Children with three children and their families are NOT entitled to a reduced fare.