We will be arriving in Athens on 22 October at 1400. We intend to take the Metro to our hotel (Hotel Tony, Zacharitsa 26, Athina 117 41, Greece). Which lines would we take what is the cost for 2 of us and how far is the closest station to the hotel?
Jim You'll want to take the blue line (line 3) to Syntagma and then change to the red line (line 2) heading towards Aghios Dimitrios. The metro journey will take a little under an hour. The nearest metro station to your hotel is Sygrou - Fix and my guess is that it's around a five to ten minute walk to your hotel, depending on how fast you walk and how much luggage you have. A metro ticket should be 14 euros. It's a nice area to be staying in. Have a great trip. Alan
In April of 2013, last data point for me, you could get a specially priced metro ticket from the airport into town for two people. I am pretty sure of this. It was only for going to and from the airport that these tickets exist. And it had to be for two people. It wasn't a gigantic savings...but I would have kicked my self for not taking advantage of the special. Where do you find these special tickets. Look for them at the airport metro entrance in the vending machines or ask for one (for two people) at the ticket window if it is open. Same thing coming back. Upon arrival in Athens downtown, When you get off the line from the airport to switch to another line to your hotel ...look for the vending machines. Other stations, not directly going to the airport don't offer these tickets. At least that was my experience. wayne iNWI
You can buy your Metro tickets at the airport from the Metro kiosk or from a vending machine. Clik here to see what's available. Last time I used that option there was a time limit on the return ticket. I believe it's 48 hours but you can confirm this when you buy it.
To clarify: the metro ticket from the airport is 8 euros for one person or 14 for two. That will take you anywhere on the network. You don't need to buy another ticket when you change at Syntagma. As Lee says you can also buy a single return ticket for 14 euros and this lasts for 48 hours. Alan
Just in case Jim isn't used to the European usage, when friends refer to "return tickets" that means, in USA lingo, Round-trip tickets.
Thanks Janet, you live and learn. It never occured to me return wasn't universal. Two countries divided by a single language once again. Jim, it might also be useful for you to know that there are screens in the luggage collection area that show the time of the next metro. Also, the metro station is a few minutes walk from the arrival hall. Out the main building, across a road which is mainly used by taxis, up an escalator to the first floor and along a longish corridor to the ticket hall. Then down again to the trains. The escalator and corridor are to the left of the Sofitel Hotel. It's clearer than I've made it sound. Alan
Thank you all for you great help!!