The capital of Greece is called Athens and is located in the region of Attica. The city owes its name to the Greek goddess Athena, who is considered the patron saint of the city. An Athens city trip almost feels like a trip back in time.
Nestled between the marble quarries of Pendeli, Hymettos to the east and the Parnes Mountains to the west lies one of the cradles of European culture, Athens. High above the city on a rock is the legendary city of Athens. Many visitors are drawn to the city every year on the trail of antiquity.
Athens City Trip – Excursion Tips
Travel information about Athens
About 27 km from the city centre, the city’s new international airport opened in 2001. Not only domestic flights land here, but also many connections from all over the world.
The airport is connected to the Athens metro network, with trains running every half hour or so. The journey to Monastiraki takes about 45 minutes. ATTENTION: The last train to the airport leaves around 23:30!
Airport bus X95 runs around the clock to Syntagma Square. Tickets can be bought at a kiosk at exit 4.
Travelling by train from Germany to Athens is very time-consuming. You often have to change trains and can expect to be on the road for 2-3 days. The trains go to Thesaloniki and from there you get to Athens.
There are two bus terminals in Athens, which are served by inter-regional bus lines. Buses also depart from there to the region.
The port of Piraeus is a good 10 kilometres from the city centre. From there you can take the metro and buses to the city centre. The port is a port of call for ships to Italy (Bari), Crete and Turkey, among other destinations.
On the way in …
You have to like Greek car traffic if you are going to plunge into the crowded, slightly chaotic and hectic traffic in Athens.
Taxi fares are relatively low. You should be careful to drive with a taxi meter, otherwise the advertised flat rate can often be more expensive than expected.
There are 3 metro lines in Athens:
- Line 1 (M1 Green Line) from Omonia Square to Piraeus or Kifissia.
- Line 2 (M2 red line) from Anthoupoli to Elliniko
- Line 3 (M3 blue line) from Nikea to the airport
Almost all the tourist places can be reached by metro. The announcements on the train are in Greek and English.
Small tip: Many interesting excavations were made during the construction of the tunnels. Some exhibits can be seen in the stations!
The tram is much slower than the metro, but has the advantage that you can see something of the city. The fare is relatively cheap.
There are trolley buses and regular buses in the city. There are about 450 routes in the urban area alone.
The bus usually only stops at the bus stop when you give a hand signal from the street.
Tickets can be bought at ticket counters or vending machines. Cheap day tickets are available for all means of transport. If you are staying longer, you can look for 5-day tickets at the ticket machines. However, these are not available everywhere. There are special tickets for tourists, which can also be used to travel to the airport.
The chlorinated tap water is of drinking water quality, even if the colour does not always suggest this.