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Attica - Public Transportation

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During the last 8 years, the transport system in Athens is constantly being modernized and now it is offering to the traveller many reliable and efficient options for combined trips.

The Athenian public transportation system is divided in five main categories: the urban buses, trolley, tram, ISAP and the Athens metro.

One of the greatest projects, accomplished in Athens during the last decade is considered to be the Athens Metro. With 33 stations and almost 50 km length lines, the Athens Metro is believed to be the solution to the traffic issues that Athens faced for a long time, as it is estimated that on an annual basis approximately 170 million people use the Metro . What is more, it is anticipated that, the Metro’s operation reduced by 70.000 the number of cars entering the city center.
At the same time, the Metro operation was combined with the restructuring of other public transportation modes as well, by reducing the bus terminal stations in the city center due to the creation of new bus terminal stations close to the Metro Stations. Therefore, the Metro’s operation reduced significantly not only the number of private cars, but also that of buses in the center of Athens.
The Athens metro joins with the Athens-Piraeus Electric rail (ISAP) and the Proastiakos suburban.
Generally, the Athens Metro consists of 3 lines: The red line (Aghios Antonios-Aghios Dimitrios), the blue line (Aigaleo-Airport) and the green line (Piraeus-Kifissia).Within the next years the Metro blue line is expected to expand more both to the west and to the east of Athens. It is worth mentioning that many of the Metro stations are characterized as public museums due to the fact that all the artifacts discovered during the excavations for the Metro, are now being exposed in these stations.

For those who are interested in visiting the south coastal route of Athens, there is also the tram for their transportation. The tram is a light, brand new rail system with three routes (Neo Faliro/SEF-Voula, Sintagma-Neo Faliro /SEF and Sintagma-Voula).
More specifically, 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.

In addition, Athens city center and Athens International Airport are connected with Athens greater area, as well as with Corinth and other cities in Peloponnese and Chalkida to the north, via Proastiakos (suburban train).

Last but not least, the urban buses that are under the authority of the OASA (organization of urban transport of Athens) are giving the opportunity to the visitors, to travel around all the Municipalities of Athens and Piraeus.

Moreover, there are the suburban buses (under the authority of KTEL), which connect Athens with suburban areas and the rest of the mainland of Greece. 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. All of the above can be used in combination to move around, in and out of the city, at low cost fares and in reasonable short time.

It is also good to know that there is a new three-day integrated ticket that offers unlimited use of all public transport means (buses, trolleybuses, electric railway, tram, metro and suburban railway). Tickets are sold at the airport and in the metro/electric rail stations.

The public transportation system is been complemented with the taxis as a mean of transportation. There are more than 14.000 taxis around the city of Athens, which operate 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and offer their services in reasonably low prices.