Domestic Transportation in Greece

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

In Athens there are trolley buses (ILPAP), regular buses (ETHEL) and three metro lines. Tickets for buses and trolley buses can be purchased from the Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA) at various booths and kiosks situated around the city. Only Bus Line number 040 (Syntagma - Piraeus) and the bus lines to the Airport operate 24-hour schedules. The two Tram lines are perfectly integrated with the rest of the Athens metro network, the underground and the suburban line, creating an urban network of rail transport 156 km long.
In Thessaloniki there is regular bus service. Tickets can be purchased from the Thessaloniki Urban Transport Organization (OASTH) desks.
Athens has a reliable subway system (ISAP) that consists of three major lines. The old line runs north-south between Athens (suburb of Kifissia). Line 2 runs between Sepolia and Dafni and line 3 runs between Ethiniki Amyna and Syntagma. Tickets can be purchased at every Metro and ISAP station. The construction of the Thessaloniki metro started in June 2006 and should be completed by late 2012.
Maps of Urban Networks
Map of Athens and Thessaloniki metro
Map of Athens tram
Urban Transport Agencies
Athens thermal buses
Athens Piraeus electric railways
Athens Urban Transport Organisation
Athens tram
The organization of Urban Transport of Thessaloniki
Find an Itinerary
Taxi Companies
Athens taxi
Taxi Greece

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Athens - Eleftherios Venizelos Intl (ATH) 27 km / 17 miles EUR 28-32 / 40-60 min EUR 3.20 / 60-85 min EUR 6 / 40-50 min Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

The rail network serves the main towns.
The maritime network is extensive. Safety conditions for ferry and car-ferry links conform to international regulations. They are very frequent, especially in summer.
Frequent delays are typical at Athens airport, as the airspace is saturated particularly in the summer period.
Rail Companies
Hellenic Railways Organisation


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Olympic Airlines Major Yes Yes
Aegean Air Major Yes Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

The main motorway network links Athens to Patras (Peloponnese) to the south and Salonika to the north. The motorways are generally good quality but the rest of the road network is sometimes in bad condition. The fatal accident rate is the highest in the EU countries, mainly because of speeding and the bad state of the roads.
Driver's License
Visitors may drive using their national license, provided it is in a language that uses the Roman alphabet. Holders of other licenses generally must also show an International Driving Permit in English. All other driving licenses are acceptable.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old and have held your license for 1 year. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. Some suppliers have a maximum rental age of 70.
Rental Agencies
Rental car company in Athens
Rent a car guide Thessaloniki
Tolls or Taxes
There are tollgates on many spots both to Northern Greece and to the Peloponnese. There are tollgates on the highway that leads to Athens airport.
Road Maps
Road map of Greece
Find an Itinerary
Traffic Conditions Online
National Technical University of Athens
Parking Facilities
You are not supposed to park within 3 metres of a fire hydrant, within 5 metres of an intersection, or within 15 metres of a public transportation stop, though practically no one follows these rules. If you park in a No Parking zone in Athens or in other specific areas, the police may remove your licence plates if you owe a traffic fine or fines.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
Side of the Road For Driving
Speed Limits
The speed limit in Greece is approximately 50 kilometers (31 mph) inside the city and residential areas, 80 kilometers (50 mph) on small Highway and open roads and 100-120 kilometers (62 to 75 mph) on the major Highways throughout Greece.
Safety Belts
Seatbelts are compulsory in the front seats of any transport carrier..
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
0,05 percent
National Roads Organizations
Attiki Odos
Egnatia Odos

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