Trains, Trams and Metro in Athens
Route maps and booking information for the national rail service, regional trains and the urban train network: to help you find your way around Athens...
Greece's train service is run by the Hellenic Railways Organisation - OSE (Οργανισμός Σιδηροδρόμων Ελλάδος). Rail services in Greece are limited, but inexpensive, with express and regular intercity trains and regular high-speed trains available. There are only two main lines, one north to Thessaloniki, and one south to the Peleponnese. Timetables can be found on the TRAINOSE website.
- TRAINOSE Main Information Centre
At: Karolou 1, Athens
|OSE Information (English-speaking)||Tel: 1110|
|Ticket reservations (no online bookings)||Tel: 1110|
|Disabled passenger helpline||Tel: 1110|
|Information and reservations|
- For a map of the railway lines in Greece: Click here
Tickets are sold in the train stations as well as by tourist offices and travel agents. Reservations can be made by telephone.
Subscription cards with reduced tariffs are available for multiple trips, groups, senior citizens, children and students.
Rail cards are available for three to ten days in one month for both adults (over 26) and young travellers (12 to 26).
- For further information on Greek rail passes: Click here
Train services to northern Greece
Trains to the north of Greece leave from Larissa station (Stathmos Larissis), which is also a metro station on line 2. All trains go to Thessaloniki, with stops at Thive and Larissa. From Thessaloniki it is possible to catch connecting trains to other Greek cities and also to Balkan states.
- Information Tel: 210 529 8837 or 210 823 7741
Train services to the Peleponnese
Trains to the Peleponnese are run by the Proastiakos or Suburban Railway service of TrainOSE, which is a subsidiary of OSE.
- For the TrainOSE website: Click here
The Suburban railway runs from El. Venizelos International Airport, Larissa station and Piraeus station (also metro line 1) in Athens to Corinth and Kiato in the Peleponnese. From Corinth there are connections to other cities in the Peleponnese.
- Information Tel: 210 527 2000
TRAINOSE scenic routes
- Diakofto Kalavrita Railway: train line from Diakopto through the Vouraikos gorge to Kalavrita in the Peloponnese
- Pelion steam train route from Ano Lechonia to Milies, through Pinakates and Ano Gatzea in the Thessaly region: this touristic train travels at 25 Km/hour through the Pelion countryside
- For further information on the Pelion steam train: Click here
- Nestos river in Eastern Macedonia, near Thrace: the railway tracks run along the river bank
All international trains leave from Larissa train station. Destinations include Turkey and the Balkan countries, including Serbia, Bulgaria, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Hungary and Slovenia. All trains pass through Thessaloniki first.
Both Interrail and Eurail offer rail travel tickets for travel to and from Greece and other European countries. Interrail serves European residents, while Eurail only offers tickets to non-European residents (those who have been resident for less than six months).
- For an international journey planner: Click here
There are two tram routes run by Tram SA and operating in Athens from 05:00-00:00. These connect the city with Glyfada to the south and Piraeus in the West.
- Tram SA
Tel: 210 997 8000
- For information on the routes available: Click here
- For a map of the network: Click here
- There are audio-visual announcements at tram stops for those who are sight or hearing impaired
Three lines run throughout the city. Line 1 is operated by the Athens Piraeus Electric Railway (ISAP) and lines 2 and 3 by AMEL (Αττικό Μετρό Εταιρεία Λειτουργίας) or the Athenian Metro Service Company.
Line 1 (green line) connects Kifissia to Piraeus and operates Sunday to Thursday from 05:00-00:15 and Friday and Saturday from 05:00-02:15.
- Athens Piraeus Electric Railway
Tel: 210 324 8311
Line 2 (red line) runs from Agios Antonios to Agios Dimitrios - Alexandros Panagoulis. Line 3 (blue line) runs from the Airport to Egaleo. Lines run Sunday to Thursday from 05:30-00:20 and Friday and Saturday from 05:30-02:20.
Tel: 210 519 4012 (from 07:00-19:00)
- For information on timetables: Click here
- For a map of the network: Click here
Note: Eating and drinking is prohibited in the Metro.
Luggage storage is available at the Piraeus, Monastiraki and Omonia stations.
Metro lost and found
The Lost Property and Fine Collection office is located at Syntagma Metro station and is open on working days from 07:00-19:00.
- Lost Property and Fine Collection
Tel: 210 327 9630
A valid ticket is required for all journeys on public transport in Athens. Tickets must be bought before the start of the journey. They are sold in kiosks (periptero) and in all Metro stations at the ticket office or at automatic vending machines. Travel cards are available for frequent users.
The following ticket types and travel cards are available:
- Single ticket: valid within 90 minutes of validation for multiple trips on all public transportation and in any direction or single one way ticket, valid for bus, trolley and tram
- Reduced rate: valid for citizens over the age of 65 or below the age of 18 and for students up to the age of 25 with student identification
- Airport: valid for trips to the airport; different prices apply for the Metro and express buses
- Daily: valid for 24 hours of unlimited travel
- Weekly: valid for seven days of unlimited travel
- Monthly: valid for a month, different prices apply for the Metro and ISAP Line 1
- Annual: valid for a year, different prices apply for the Metro and ISAP Line 1
- Three-day: unlimited travel during three days on the suburban railway, Metro, tram, trolley, bus, sightseeing bus, 'X' buses to the airport
Children under 6 years old travel for free.
For general information on the ticket options, prices and travel cards: Click here
All tickets must be validated before the start of the journey. There are validation machines onboard buses, however train and Metro journeys tickets must be validated using machines in the station - before reaching the platform.
During the journey, a ticket inspector may ask to see the ticket. A passenger without a valid ticket will be fined 60 times the price of the ticket. Ticket inspectors do not wear a specific uniform but will have a clearly visible identity badge.
Services for Disabled Passengers
An information office is available at Larissa station for persons with reduced mobility.
- Larissa station
Office for People With Reduced Mobility
Tel: 210 529 8838
OSE employees are available at all stations in Athens to assist disabled persons, however it is recommended to call the office prior to travel to arrange for assistance.
People with reduced mobility have access to railway services via special ramps and there are special markings in the stations. Designated seating is available inside the trains.
Pets on Trains
Pets are permitted on trains if they can fit in a bag or cage and are placed on the floor with the accompanying human companion. Pets are only allowed on regular domestic trains and are not permitted on international or express trains.