Transportation in Athens
Athens' white-and-blue buses are cheap, frequent, and cover an extensive network, but they are also crowded, which is why many people opt for a taxi instead. The yellow trolley buses link all the main points such as Syntagma and Omonia.
You’ll need patience to face erratic driving and honking horns as you navigate your way through Athens’ tangle of one-way streets. The city has attempted to ease congestion with colour-coded parking. Visitors can park for a maximum of three hours in the areas marked with white lines for €6.
Athens' yellow taxis are among the cheapest in Europe, and their drivers among the most erratic. If you hail one from the street, it is not unusual to share the ride (but not the cost) with other passengers.
The metro provides the quickest way to reach the outlying suburbs – the port at Piraeus to the south, smart Kifissia to the north, and the airport to the east. There are just three lines, and the stations are clean and modern thanks to the 2004 Olympics renovation work.
Walking is often the quickest way to get about in the city centre, as well as being a great way to discover the unexpected. Start from the Acropolis metro station and wander along the 4km (2.5-mile) tree-lined, pedestrianised Archaeological Promenade. It links all the city's main archaeological sites.
A Day Ticket covers one trip to or from Athens airport and gives unlimited travel on public transport (bus, trolleybus, tram and metro) in the city centre for 24 hours after validation.