Athens Greece: Riding on the Athens Metro
Taking a ride on the Athens Metro!
I visited Athens in Greece for the first time recently and stayed about half an hour outside the city centre. An easy way to get into Central Athens was to take the Metro or Underground.
There are three lines and several key stations where you can cross from one line to another. The Green Line (Line 1) started operation in 1869, making it the second oldest underground system in the world after the London Underground. Lines 2 and 3 opened in 2000 and increased the popularity of the Metro due to its speed, cleanliness and security. The diagram of the system is posted above the doors so you can keep track of where you want to change and announcements tell you where you are.
There are a number of ticket options available to buy at the stations like single journey, hop-on-hop-off for an hour and a half, weekly tickets across metro, bus and tram and more.
At the station you can queue up at the ticket counter or use the ticket machines which have multiple language options and easy to follow instructions. Just click on the circle with the flag of your language and the whole screen will change.
If you get stuck there are plenty of staff ready to offer help.
The carriages are spacious and clean and off-peak were not crowded at all. Our return journey was crowded and we didn’t get a seat but compared to the London Underground it was a pleasant journey.
If you get a chance to visit Athens don’t be afraid of using the Metro – it is very user friendly. Do you have any experiences of using Metro/Underground services in other countries? Please leave a comment below on how you got on.
You can read more about my trip to Athens here:-