Below you will find the most recent version of the Athens metro map provided by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport of Greece at the end of 2018. Click the map to see it in full size or download it. You’ll be able to pick up your hard copy of the Athens metro map at the majority of hotels in the city.
Athens metro is an excellent way to travel around the city. On the other side, if you don’t want to deal with exploring metro on your arrival day, just use taxi or some private transfer service.
As I mentioned in one of my previous posts – I had a good experience with this international transfer service. You can book your transfer in advance and a driver will meet you with a nameplate right at the arrival terminal exit.
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Athens has one of the cleanest, safest and most reliable metro systems I have seen. All trains are new and air-conditioned which is very nice especially in summer.
All of the signs are translated into English. You won’t have any problems figuring out what way to go.
Athens Metro Lines
Athens Metro system consists of 3 lines:
- Line 1 (green): Kifisia – Piraeus. It started transporting its first passengers in 1869. Green Line is supposed to be the 2nd oldest underground metro system in the world after the London underground.
- Line 2 (red): Anthoupoli – Eliniko. Red Line was opened in January 2000. It was one of the key projects as part of the preparation process for the 2004 Olympic games.
- Line 3 (blue): Airport – Douk. Plakentias – Aghia Marina. Similar to Line 2, the Blue Line was opened in the beginning of 2000.
Athens Metro Timetable
Getting from the airport to the city center (Syntagma square) and back is very easy.
Metro Line 3 connects Athens city center with the international airport. It takes about 40 minutes to get from the airport to Syntagma metro station. The first train from Syntagma station to the airport departs at 5:40 AM and the last one at 11:06 PM. The first train from the airport to Syntagma station departs at 6:30 AM and the last one at 11:30 PM.
The train runs every 30 minutes:
|Syntagma (Athens center)||International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos)||5:40 AM||11:06 PM||40 min|
|International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos)||Syntagma (Athens center)||6:30 AM||11:30 PM||40 min|
If islands are your final destination in Greece then you’ll probably need to get to the Piraeus port to catch your ferry.
The easiest way to get to Piraeus from the airport is by using either Athens metro or suburban train.
The suburban train will take you to Piraeus in about 1 hour. The first train departs from the Airport at 6:00 in the morning and the last one at 10:09 PM.
If you decide to use metro then you’ll first have to get to the Monastiraki station in the center of Athens and change lines there.
After the switch you’ll need to use the Green Line (Line 1) to get to Piraeus.
Use the following timetable:
|International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos)||ΜONASTIRAKI station||6:30 AM||11:30 PM||40 min|
|ΜONASTIRAKI station||Piraeus station||5:19 AM||00:49 AM||20 min|
Athens Metro Tickets
Every metro station has a ticket booth as well as modern ticket machines where you can purchase your ticket. Most of the ticket booth workers speak English so the process becomes very easy. The ticket vending machines have English menu that is really easy to navigate. Make sure to validate your ticket in one of the machines at the entrance. There is a strict fine (60 times the value of the ticket) for riding without a ticket or failing to validate it.
In 2018 the whole Athens transport system has transformed to the new ticketing system that now offers two kinds of electronic cards:
- Athena ticket – that’s a paper ticket that can be used for the metro and bus rides. It can be used for the period of 90 minutes after validation. I typically use Athena ticket when I want to get from Syntagma metro station to the coastal part of Athens (Varkiza beaches). I activate the ticket at Syntagma station, then switch to the bus at Elliniko station and continue my trip with the same ticket.
- Anonymous Athina Card – it’s the same as Athina ticket except it is made of plastic, can be charged and recharged and can be used for airport transfers using metro and bus.
So, to make it more simple, Athens ticket is a great option to travel around the city by bus and metro (excluding airport transfer).
Here are your ticket options and prices:
|Ticket Options||Full Price||Half Price (discounted)|
|One 90-minute ticket||1.40 Eur||0.60 Eur|
|Two 90-minute tickets||2.70 Eur||1.20 Eur|
|Five 90-minute tickets||6.50 Eur||3 Eur|
|Eleven 90-minute tickets (1 free ticket included)||13.50 Eur||6 Eur|
|24 Hour Ticket||4.50 Eur||n/a|
|5 Day Ticket||9 Eur||n/a|
When you want to go to the airport just purchase one way bus or metro airport transfer tickets.
Here are your options:
|Airport Transfer Ticket||Full Price||Half Price (discounted)|
|Express Bus Transfer||6 Eur||3 Eur|
|Metro Airport Transfer||10 Eur||5 Eur|
All of the mentioned options are available at half price to the following categories of passengers:
- Children aged between 7 & 12 years old
- Teens aged between 13 & 18 years old
- Students (with appropriate student id)
- Seniors aged 65 and obove