In brief, there are 3 metro lines:
- the Green line (line 1: Kifisia- Piraeus)
- the Red line (line 2: Elliniko- Anthoupoli)
- the Blue Line (line 3: Nikaia- Doukissis Plakentias/ Airport).
There is also the "proastiakos train" which is a suburban railway.
A 4th metro line and 15 new metro stations are scheduled to operate in 2030.
View a map of the metro network.
About the metro network
The metro network stretches on nearly 80 kilometers, has 52 stations, 86 vehicles and serves over 1,150,000 passengers every day.
Some metro stations operate with two metro lines and interchanges are available.
The stations are connected with buses, trolley buses and trams.
Stations are modern and have escalators as well as special lifts and ramps for the convenience of the elderly, the pregnant or passengers with impaired mobility.
On the platforms, there are panels announcing when the arrival of the next train is estimated.
The Athens metro is considered generally safe and security guards, as well as cameras, are in every metro station. Unfortunately, as in every tourist destination, pickpocketing might occur so stay cautious and keep your belongings safely close to you.
Besides providing a fast, comfortable and reliable mode of transportation, the Metro also houses an impressive collection of archaeological exhibits in central stations such as Monastiraki, Syntagma, Panepistimio that came to light during the creation of the metro tunnels.
There are different ticket options:
• 90-minutes single ticket: 1,20 € (0,50 € discounted)
• Daily ticket: 4,10 €
• 5-day ticket: 8,20 €
• 3-day tourist ticket pass: 20 €
• Metro Airport ticket: 9 € (2,70€ discounted)
The same tickets apply to all means of transportation in Athens.
Tickets are made available through automatic ticketing machines installed in all stations of the Metro and must be validated in the checkpoints.
Note that discounted fares apply for single tickets and airport tickets for children, students, and the elderly.
Check info about tickets on the official website.
The timetables might differ according to different seasons.
There are schedules every 5-10 minutes while the first and the last train depart at:
• Green Line (line 1: Kifisia-Piraeus) 05:00-24:30
• Red Line (line 2: Elliniko-Anthoupoli) 05:30-24:04
• Blue Line (line 3: Nikaia- Doukissis Plakentias/Airport) 05:30- 24:05, 05:30- 23:01, 05:30- 23:52
More info on the official website.
The metro lines
Green Line (line 1: Kifisia-Piraeus)
The Green line (line 1) is the oldest line and is also often referred to simply as "Elektrikos".
It connects the northern suburb of Kifisia and has stations in key city center points such as Omonia and Monastiraki, and finally reaches Piraeus port.
It is an electric railway that runs almost for its entire part on the ground level. This means that its speed is slower compared to the underground metro lines but you enjoy the views during the ride.
The Green line is especially useful for travelers to the Greek islands since it connects the city center with Piraeus port. It is considered the most popular, easiest and cheapest way to reach the port.
The Red line is an underground metro line that runs from the western suburbs (Anthoupoli) to the Southern (Elliniko).
It has 18 metro stations, including the "Stathmos Larissis" station which is connected with the Central Railway station for trains that travel to Greece and abroad.
Furthermore, " Omonoia", "Panepistimio", "Syntagma", "Akropoli" and "Syggrou Fix" are the most popular stations in Athens located in the city center.
Last but not least, if you want to reach the Athens Riviera and the beaches, it is in the "Elliniko" metro station that you have to disembark and continue with a bus or a tram.
Popular Red line Metro stations:
• Attiki (connection with the Green metro line)
• Stathmos Larissis (connection with the Central Railway Station)
• Omonoia (connection with the Red metro line)
• Syntagma (connection with the Blue metro line)
• Syggrou Fix
Blue Line (line 3: Nikaia- Doukissis Plakentias/ Airport)
The Blue line is an underground metro line that runs from the city Center, passes by several Northern suburbs and reaches Athens International Airport.
It has in total 21 metro stations. Most of them are in central points of Athens such as "Monastiraki", "Syntagma" and "Evagelismos" while others serve the suburbs of Agia Paraskevi, Chalandri and Vrilisia.
One of the most important stations which is part of the Blue line is the Airport. Although the Airport is located away from the city center, the blue line provides direct access to it in just a 30’ metro ride.
Popular Blue line Metro stations:
• Monastiraki (connection with the Green metro line)
• Syntagma (connection with the Red metro line)
• Megaro Mousikis