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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Trains in Greece

One can get around Greece’s mainland by train and it’s actually one of the best options for moving between the big cities. Only means that could be better are the KTEL buses or for convenience, domestic flights. While the railroad from one city to another is pretty simple, within the biggest cities it’s quite varied. In Athens for example one can take the train, the metro and even the tram to move around. The official railway pages for Greece such as OSE and STASY can be a great source of extra information.

The Railway Network

The biggest cities in the Greek mainland are also the ones with the main train station. The Athens station is called Larissis Station and is located in Athens 104 44. The other one is in Thessaloniki at the following address: Monastiriou 87, Thessaloniki 546 27. Besides these there are other stations in smaller cities, forming the following lines: Athens – Thessaloniki, Athens – Patra, Athens/Thessaloniki –Alexandroupoli, Athens/Thessaloniki – Florina and finally Athens/Thessaloniki – Kalambaka.

In recent times significant improvements have been observed in the Greek railway. The trip from Athens to Thessaloniki used to take 6 hours, but with the newer trains it’s been reduced to 4 hours.

Railway Options in Big Cities

Metro

Athens is the only city in Greece to have metro lines so far. There’s a metro line being constructed for Thessaloniki, with an extension for Kalamaria, currently but it won’t be complete until at least 2020. Within Athens there are 3 main lines. The first line connects Piraeus, the biggest port in Greece, with Kifisia, Athens, making 24 stops along the route. Line 1 is the oldest, slowest and the only one above ground level. Lines 2 and 3 are both underground and cover most of Athens. Line 2 goes from Anthoupoli to Elliniko making 20 stops. Line 3 connects Agia Marina with the Airport of Athens, Eleftherios Venizelos. Metro is the fastest way to move within the big and historic city of Athens.

Tram

The tram is a much slower option than the metro but covers certain parts of the city such as the coast that the metro doesn’t reach. There are 3 tram routes within Athens, with more extensions under construction currently.

Prices

You’ll be happy to hear fares of trains in Greece are actually priced fairly and are in most cases cheaper than bus tickets. For example Athens to Thessaloniki which is a 5 hour trip costs between €20-40.

Within the big cities tickets are shared between all means of transport so you can use the same ticket for the bus, metro and tram. The ticket costs €1.40 for adults. Recently the electronic ticket was also introduced with which you can have a ticket for free with every 10 tickets you buy. These tickets are valid for 90 minutes meaning you can use the same ticket on several lines or buses within the time limit.

The railway network in Greece has come a long way but it still has a lot to go. We hope you found this information helpful.