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Athens Transportation - Athens is an easy city to travel around. The center is compact and most of the sights are within walking distance. A lot of Athens is pedestrianised, and the quickest way around is by foot and it also means you can get right into the mood of the city. It can be a good idea to take a map showing street names.

 
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Driving is not recommended in Athens, as the center city can be confusing. Cars can’t travel in certain parts of Athens. There are also one way streets. However, you may want to rent a car especially if you plan to travel outside Athens City. Athens' new ring road, the Attiki Odos, goes right round the city and links up the Olympic Stadium, the city and also Athens Airport.

In March 2000, Athens launched its Metro System for the 2004 Olympic Games. There are three lines and the Metro is a quick, easy and cheap way to travel around Athens. Line 1 goes south-west to north-east across the city and it ends at Piraeus Port. Line 2 is the shortest metro line and it starts in the south city and goes out to Sepolia. The third Metro Line, Line 3 begins at Syntagma Square in the centre and goes to Athens Airport. The lines are distinguished by different colours and the system is very easy to use.

Taxis in Athens are reasonable and quite easy to find. However, taxis are often shared with others if passengers are travelling in the same direction. On the other hand, some taxi drivers will refuse to take you if they don’t want to go in your direction. Getting a taxi in Athens can be difficult at certain times of the day, especially in the early afternoon. Make sure that the taxi meter is running and that it is not showing “2” - this is the double fare for use late at night. Taxis are very cheap and commonly used and you can easily recognise them by their bright yellow colour. A few taxis can be booked by telephone but this can be more expensive and it is easier to flag one down. Taxis can be recognised by the yellow color of the vehicles.

Buses serve the city centre and the main visitor districts of the city - twenty-four hours a day every day. Blue buses connect the city to the outer suburbs. At peak hours, Buses in Athens can be very crowded.

The new Athens Tram System is modern and clean but again it is often quite crowded. The carriages pick up speed quickly so when you get on grab a seat or get hold of a rail. The trams can have three times as many people standing as sitting. The tram runs from Syntagma Square down to the sea so you can use this service to go to the beaches.

The light rail and suburban rail systems run from 5 am and 2 am. It starts at Larissis Station and goes to Athens Airport and also serves some of the suburbs.

Tickets for buses and trams can be bought at many of the kiosks run by the Transport Authority - OASA. Tickets for the Metro can be bought at any Metro station.

If you want to go by bicycle, these are becoming more popular and you can hire one from Pame Volta and they are at 20 Chatzichristou Street in the Makrigianni district. The telephone number is 210 922 1578.

   
 
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