Athens: Transportation, Telephones, Information
Urban transport serving the city of Athens and the surrounding suburbs consists of fixed rail transportation (Metro, Tram, Suburban train) and means of road transport (Buses, Trolley).
The operation of Metro and Tram is under the public company STASY SA, Bus and Trolley from O.SY. and the Suburban Train from TRAINOSE.
The OASA Athens (OASA) oversee all these means, apart from the Suburban Train.
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The Athens road network consists of major arteries, highways and paved roads. The main roads connecting Athens to other main cities of Greece are:
All taxis have legal permits, are fitted with taxi meters and charge per kilometer.
These taxis operate all day and charge a fee for the call or for the scheduled appointment.
Liabilities of taxi drivers
The driver is required to carry the passenger’s luggage from the sidewalk to the car and vice versa.
The driver has no right to refuse to take on-board a passenger and he cannot take on-board another person without the occupant’s permission.
The passenger has the right to request a wait of 15 minutes or more, if there is good reason.
If requested by the passenger, the driver is obliged to issue an invoice indicating the route and the passenger’s charge.
For any comments or for lost items, you can contact the Taxi Syndicate of Athens (SATA)
Tel. (+30) 22.214.171.1249
The organization that oversees and is responsible for the operation of public transport in the Attica basin, except for the Suburban Train, is the OASA.
OASA: tel. 185
Find the means and the route
Find the best and fastest route to follow by public transport with the help of Google: Google Transit
The Thermal Buses (ETHEL), are the buses linking the various points of Athens to the center and also to Piraeus and the surrounding municipalities.
Info: tel. 185, (+30) 210.88.36.076, www.ethel.gr
Trolleys Or Electric Buses (ILPAP)
The old yellow trolleys of Athens were replaced by modern colorful trolleys with a contemporary design, air conditioning and many conveniences for passengers. A comfortable and pleasant means of transport in the city.
Info: tel. 185, (+30) 210.88.36.076, www.ethel.gr
Touristic Busses (tour of Athens)
Tour of Athens with an open top double decker bus, which starts from the Constitution Square (Syntagma).
City Sight Seeing Athens & Piraeus
Athens open tour
A means of transportation that existed in earlier times in Athens, then disappeared only to reappear again a few years ago in the city. The tramcars, with Pininfarina’s innovative design, are ecologically constructed and friendly to the environment, making the visit to the beaches of Athens a pleasant ride. They depart from Syntagma - every 8 minutes during peak hours - and connect the southern suburbs of Athens, reaching to Glyfada on the east and Piraeus to the west. The Tram is also connected to the Lines 2 and 3 of the Athens Metro, and to Metro Line 1 (ISAP).
Info: tel. (+30) 210.99.78.000, www.tramsa.gr
The Electric Railways of Athens-Piraeus (ISAP), otherwise known as Metro Line 1, was, for many years, the only metro line in Athens, connecting Athens to Piraeus. Today, it is connected to lines 2 and 3, and to bus and tram stations. The line starts from Kifissia and ends at the port of Piraeus and is probably the fastest option if you want to take a ferry from the port. All Line 1 stations have been completely renovated in 2004. The route from Kifissia to Piraeus takes less than an hour.
Info: tel. 1440, 126.96.36.1991, www.isap.gr
A new, fast means of transportation that connects the northern suburbs of Athens to the Mesogia area. The suburban rail connects the airport with Nerantziotissa, from where you can go to Piraeus or to Kifissia via the Metro Line 1 (ISAP), to the Plakentia Duchess junction, where you can take the metro to other parts of Athens, to Larissa station, where you can get the train to other places of Greece, to Pallini, Kantza, Koropi, and also to Corinth.
Info: tel. 1440, (+30) 210.52.72.000, www.proastiakos.gr
ΟΑΣΑ and Google
As part of the modernization of services, the OASA utilizes modern technology and innovative technological means to offer passengers the opportunity for a better combined use of public transportation.
Giving a new dimension to everyday transport, the Agency formally announces its collaboration with Google for the implementation of a web application that finds the optimal route using public transportation means, Google Transit.
Athens with OASA, becomes a member of an international network of 471 cities that have already joined the program.
The purpose of Google Transit is to facilitate passengers in planning their daily journeys with the Urban Means. This is a free service, accessible from any computer, smartphone, netbook, or tablet connected to the internet.
The user - passenger can use the application and through the Agency's website (www.oasa.gr), simply fill in the departure-arrival or date-time movement. The application automatically calculates and presents the best combinations of urban transportation means.
The user can select his ideal route, always having an image of his transport duration with every means, distance and duration of walking to a stop or station and the knowledge of the total travel time to the selected destination. He can even choose bus, trolley, subway, tram, or suburban stations and be informed about the passing vehicles - trains.
It is a reliable and fast application with the potential for continuous improvements.