Last month I posted some questions about Greece and another reader informed me that the Athens Metro was shutting down for 8 or 9 months. I have inquired of numerous people about this without getting any good info until today and I thought I would pass it along. Matt Barrett has a terrific website on Greece and I wrote to him about my dilemma on how to get from the airport to Monostiraki where my hotel is located. I know about the bus, but it takes a really long time and is often too crowded. Here is what he told me:
"Important Good News/Bad News about the Airport Metro: From late Feb or early March the metro line between Monastiraki and the airport will be closed so that they can complete the new Agia Paraskevis station. That means if you want to get into Athens you need to take the Proastiakos-Suburban Railway to D Plakentias Avenue and from there switch to the #3 Metro line that will take you to Syntagma and Monastiraki. You can also take the 94 bus from the airport to Ethniki Amyna and from there take the #3 line. Or you can take the Proastiakos and get off at Nerantziotissa and take the old Green Line to Omonia and Monastiraki (or switch at Omonia for the red line to Syntagma and Acropolis stations). Yes, It does make it more difficult but its an inconvenience we have to put up with for the next 8 months or so. So what's the good news? I am moving back to Agia Paraskevis and there will now be a metro station there."
If you want more info from Matt go to www.athensguide.com and check it out. He is very helpful.