About Athens

 

The city of Athens, a marvelous modern metropolis full of life and excitement, has always been one of the most beloved holiday and business destinations in the world. Throughout history, it was a center of intellect, art, science and entertainment. Today, Athens is a unique European capital, where ancient features fuse with ultra-modern characteristics, creating a city like no other.

Transport

The entire prefecture has witnessed the development of state-of-the-art transportation infrastructure catering to residents and visitors in a fast and reliable way.

  • Buses-trolleybuses: For information on city bus and electric trolleybus itineraries , as well as on timetables and tickets click here.

  • Metro: The Athens metro consists of three lines - Line 1 (the old Athens-Piraeus electric rail service known as ISAP), Line 2 (underground) and Line 3 ( underground) - covering a considerable part of the Attica region. New extensions reaching other parts of the city are expected in the future. Analytical route maps are displayed in every metro station. For more information visit Attiko Metro and I.S.A.P.

  • Tram: The tram network connects the centre of Athens ( Syntagma Square ) to the southern (coastal) suburbs. Boasting state-of-the-art technology and modern vehicle design, it serves the following routes:
    - Athens-Glyfada, running through Nea Smyrni, Paleo Faliro, Alimos, Helliniko.
    - Athens-Peace & Friendship Stadium (Neo Faliro), running through Nea Smyrni and Paleo Faliro and from there branching out along the coastal avenue, and
    - Glyfada-Peace & Friendship Stadium via the coastal avenue and the Faliriko Delta.
    For more information
    click here.

  • The Suburban Railway (Proastiakos): It accommodates travel to/from Athens and the “Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens International Airport (with seven stops along the line), Athens and Corinth (84 km west of Athens - with seven stops along the line), Corinth and Kiato (24 km) and Corinth and the “Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens International Airport (with eleven stops along the line). Upon completion it will connect Piraeus and its port to Athens, the airport and other large urban centres in neighbouring prefectures (Thiva, Chalkida, Loutraki).

  • Taxis: All taxis are yellow and equipped with a metre displaying the fare. The driver is obliged to activate the meter upon hire. From 05:00-24:00hrs Tariff 1 applies, while from 24:00-05: 00 hrs Tariff 2 comes into effect.

  • Intercity coach service: For information on how to get to other areas in the Prefecture of Attica, Click here.


Sea Trasport

Piraeus Port is the Main port of Greece with a year-round service to international destinations as well as islands of the Argosaronic (Hydra, Spetses, Poros, Aigina and Salamina), the Aegean Sea ( Cyclades, the Dodecanese) and of Crete. It does not serve the islands of the Sporades.
The Agios Konstantinos Port has scheduled departures to the islands of the Sporades (Skopelos, Skiathos, Skyros and Alonissos).
The Lavrio Port offers year-round service to Kea, Kithnos, Syros, Tinos, Andros, Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros, Milos, Paros, Naxos, Limnos, Agio Efstratios and Kavala.
The Rafina Port offers year-round service to Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Marmari and Evia. In the summer there is an additional service to Syros, Naxos.

 Name

Telephone

Area

Destinations

AGIOS KONSTANTINOS

+302235031759

Agios Konstantinos

Sporades | Euvoia

LAVRIO PORT

+302292027711

Lavrio

Kyklades | East Aegean Islands

PIRAEUS PORT

+302104147800

Piraeus

Crete | Kyklades | Dodekanisa | Argosaronikos

RAFINA PORT

+302294023605

Rafina

Sporades | Kyklades | East Aegean Islands



Road Connections

Athens' road network consists of motorways, national roads, highways and asphalt roads. Greece's main road axes are:

Athens - Thessaloniki (E 75)

Athens - Corinth (E 94)

Corinth - Patras (E 65)

Corinth - Tripoli - Kalamata (E 65)

Patras - Pyrgos - Olympia (E 55)

Thessaloniki – Kavala - Alexandroupoli (E 90) 

The new Attiki Odos Motorway in Athens is a cutting-edge motorway that links the town of Elefsina (located in western Attica) to the Eleftherios Venizelos Athens International Airport (Spata, eastern Attica). Part of the Athens peripheral ring road, it circumvents Athens and offers 27 main and secondary interchanges for entrance and exit into /from the capital. To enter the motorway tolls are paid, the fare depending on vehicle category based on height and axis number.

For more information go to: www.aodos.gr

Ymitos circumferential road is a modern highway connecting the southern suburbs of Athens (districts such as Argyroupoli, Elliniko, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza) to the north (districts such as Papagou, Agia Paraskevi, Psyhiko, Holargos) and providing access to the new Attiki Odos Motorway.

Driver's Licenses: EU citizens can use their own.Other nationals should have an International Drivers License in addition to their valid driver's license.

Traffic Police: 10400; +302105284000

Road Service ELPA Road Side Assistance: 104; +302106068800

 

General Information


Health

Ambulance Service: 166
SOS Doctors : 1016
Duty Hospitals and Clinics: 1434
Poisoning First Aid: 210 7793777
Pharmacies: 1434
Open Line for alcohol drug Addiction: 210 3617089

 

Athens Sightseeing

Athens is literally packed with archaeological sites, historical monuments and exquisite museums. While in Athens, we suggest visiting:

  • the Acropolis Hill and its impressive monuments, such as the world-famous Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Propylaea, the Theater of Dionysus and the Herod Atticus Odeon

  • the Ancient Agora

  • Hadrian's Arch

  • the Olympeion Site

  • the Academy of Plato

  • the Pnyx

  • the Panathenaic Stadium

  • Zappeion Hall

  • the Parliament Building and the traditionally dressed Evzones guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Solider

  • the triad of neoclassical buildings in Athens Center (the Academy of Athens, the National Valianos Library and the National & Kapodistrian University)

  • the National Archaeological, Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Benaki Historical, Byzantine, Epigraphical, Folk Art, Goulandris Cycladic Art, Goulandris Natural History, Maritime, National Art Gallery Numismatic and War Museums, to name just a few

  • the old neighbourhoods of Athens: Plaka, Psyri and Thission to take a stroll through their quaint alleyways

  • the seaside neighborhoods of Piraeus: Castela, Mikrolimano and Freattyda, where you can have a great seafood meal

Outside Athens City center are several very significant ancient sites and their museums, such as:

  • the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion

  • the Elefsis Archaeological Site and its Museum

  • the Vravron Archaeological Site and its Museum

  • the Museum in Marathon