Update: There have been changes in the transit fares in Athens. The ticket pass for 7 days at 14 € is now at 5 days for € 10 and the single ticket is now at 1.2 €.
There is little to say about the public transport in Athens except that it’s quite effective. Just considering the fact that you are able to go to the airport directly from the blue line metro is a plus, and most metro stations have very convenient elevator for disabled and tourists with their luggage. Those who have experienced the RER in Paris (getting around whit your luggage is ruff, and the transit in the Paris Metro is stressful) or the bus 747 in Montreal (the shame) should understand.
Basic what to remember for a tourist is:
- A weekly ticket (5 days) costs 10 € .
- A 3 day pass (airport included) 20 €
- A one day ticket (excluding airport) € 4
- Regular ticket 70 min (excluding Airport) cost € 1.2 .
- A ticket to go by metro to the airport costs € 8.
- A ticket to go by bus to the airport costs € 5
- A round trip ticket to the airport costs 14 € ( to be used in the 48h, why? don’t ask me…) .
You don’t have to get your ticket out every time to get around, once the ticket is validated, you just have to keep it in a safe place in case of a control, there’s no gates in the Metro, you just walk your way in, but do not forget to validate your ticket at least once. The fines for a ticket not validated or an inadequate ticket is a bit costly (about 60 times the price of the ticket), so make sure you have a good and valid title… for example, to be controlled beyond the terminus for the airport with a ticket 1.2 Euro… 60 x € 8… Really! I do not want to pay that kind of fine! Also, even for the weekly pass you just have a small coupon… So keep it in a dry and safe place that it doesn’t slips when you take your credit card out or whit a 5 Euro bill.