Directly in the centre of the city around the Akropolis a large archaeological park has been built with many paths, pedestrian and low-traffic streets. With a bike, you can relax, enjoy and discover hidden Athens. Take a ride to the new Akropolis museum or explore the hidden streets in old Athens (Plaka).
On a bike you will able reach locations that are sometimes difficult for pedestrians to access and a lot of more ground can be covered, giving you more time to admire and photograph important ancient monuments and sights that are found around Akropolis.
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The best and cheapest way from Athens airport to Piraeus, where all the ferries go from, is the E96 bus. It departs every 15 minutes from airport arrivals, direct to the ferry quay. €3.50 (The Metro is interesting but you have to change at Monastiraki)
Delphi is usually the second point of interest on every traveller’s list when planning their itinerary for Greece. Second only to the Acropolis. 180 kms from Athens it is quite easily a day trip. The famous oracle of Delphi has a fascinating history. But how does one get there?
You could go on one of the tours. Or you could do what we did. You would need two things. A map of Athens and a metro map. Armed with that you head to the nearest metro station and head towards Kato Patissia on the Green line. You exit the metro station and head towards Terminal B on Liossion Street. It’s a ten minute walk at most. Ask for directions or follow the map. I find the metro a lot faster than the bus, but you could take a bus from Syntagma (the centre of Athens) to Terminal B. The bus terminal itself is more or less like an inter state bus terminus in one of our metros. If you are looking for great service and smiling personnel, take the tour from the city centre. At the terminal, go to the office and look for a kiosk marked for Delphi. There is a bus going every couple of hours or so. We managed to take the one that left at 10.30 am. The ticket was approx 10 Euros. Buy the return. Actually, decide if you would like to stay in Delphi or Arahova. If not, get the return ticket.
In Athens, the most important map you will need is a metro map. You can get one there, but better to get comfortable with the places and the connections before you land there. It is fairly simple. There are only 3 lines and you cannot possibly get lost. There are metro lines and an ISAP suburban railway line. You will find a map on www.ametro.gr. There is a coastal tram and a convenient bus service in Athens.
Buses are the best way to get around mainland Greece. Fairly inexpensive, and a good network. There are 2 terminals in Athens, which service different regions of the country. There is also a good train network that connects the main cities. Two train stations — one for the west and one for the north.
The ferries to the islands would blow a considerable hole in the pocket, even if you take the slow ones. Schedules are fairly reliable so you need to check at a travel agent or head down to Piraeus and book tickets. You don’t really need to take a taxi except when you venture out at night. Public transport makes most places quite accessible. On the islands you could rent motorbikes for a day and that’s the best way to discover the place.
Avoid the modern day intercity for a romantic night ride on train 504.
It departs Athens central station at 22.50 arriving at Thessaloniki at 5.30 just in time for morning coffee and fresh bougatsa (cream pie).
Early booking can secure one, two, three or four bed compartments but the real thing are the six bed compartments in older cars.
True old fashioned experience on one of Europe's oldest trains with the bonus of the lovely city of Thessaloniki at the end of the journey.
Since the 2004 Athens Olympics, Athenians have been spoilt for choice with a transport system that is one of the most sophisticated in the world. By far the best – and cheapest - way to travel into central Athens is on the ultra-efficient metro, which leaves Sparta International Airport every 30 minutes (a one-way ticket costs €6).
Your last stop, Monastiraki, near the foot of the Acropolis is a 39-minute ride away and offers expansive left-luggage facilities. This is a subway system that not only offers you archaeology (displayed in stations where it was unearthed during construction) and contemporary art, but sings to you, too. Constantly expanding, the network’s only drawback is that it does not reach every corner of the capital yet.
For those whose destination is not near a tube line, it will have to be the ubiquitous yellow taxi that will take you into town – a ride that with airport and ring-road tariffs will easily set you back €25.
It covers a circular route through the city with an auto bilingual commentary, it is very cheap and the tickets are good for other forms of public transport (except to the airport) for the rest of the day. It is route 400, see the link below for a route map.
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