The Greek capital has an array of historical sites to explore. It is good to know some travel tips before you start your journey to Athens, Greece.
Athens airport is an important hub in Europe. Several airlines have non-stop flights from Europe, North America to Athens. A large number of European airlines have direct flights to Athens. The International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos, located towards the eastern side of the city centre, provides excellent public transport options like Metro, Suburban Railway, Bus, or Taxi.
One can get inside the tourist information centre to enquire about the local festivities, nearby destinations, and other travel-related information. The Airport also has a small museum showcasing different artefacts from the history of Athens.
Several cruise lines dock in Piraeus port. Cruise ships sail from Fort Lauderdale take a minimum of 27 nights to get to Athens.
Travelling to Greece by train is not a convenient option. Greece has cancelled many international train services.
Driving to Greece from the European continent is not easy. A good option is to take a bus to Italy and take a ferry to Piraeus port or Patras port. And from Patras port, you can reach Athens by bus.
The most efficient way to get around is by metro. There are three metro lines:Line M1: Piraeus - Kifissia. connects the port of Piraeus and the northern suburbs of Athens
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By Suburban Railway
The suburban railway has three lines, namely,
Piraeus to airport
Piraeus to Aigio and
Athens to Chalkida
There are three tram lines:
Line T3: connects Faliro with the southern suburbs, runs along the coastal zone.
Line T4: connects the city centre with Faliro.
Line T5: connects the city centre with the coastal zone, southern suburbs.
Athens is served by buses that run on diesel, gas or electricity. Bus stops have smart displays. Buses work for 24 hrs a day and have their own designated routes.
Taxis are considered the cheapest way to get around Athens. You can opt for a shared taxi also.
You can hire a car at the airport, hotel or from anywhere. Many international companies, local companies offer car rental services at a reasonable price.
Athens doesn't provide bicycle lanes, so riding a bicycle is not advisable. But within the historic city centre, bicycle rides are safe and enjoyable too.
Walking down the city or urban street is not a good choice due to air pollution and heavy traffic.
Here are some travel tips to know before travelling to Athens: