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As if my mission to convince folks that you can’t do Athens justice in just 3 days wasn’t difficult enough, the modern Greek Gods of transportation in Athens, Greece (otherwise known as the “Athens Public Transport Organisation” have now gone and issued a “Three day public transportation ticket”. The 3-day tourist ticket will be valid for all forms of public transportion, including the Airport metro, the inner city metro, blue buses, purple and yellow trolleys (the ones with “antennas”) and the coastal tram, and an added bonus: the Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus 400.

The 3-day metro/bus/trolley/tram ticket costs 15 euro and is available at the Eleftherios Venizelos airport (ATH), check for the kiosks near the Airport “X” buses, which travel into the city center and Piraeus; the Larisis and Piraeus Suburban Railway Stations (the Greeks call this the “Proastiakos”); Syntagma Square Metro Station and the Omonia Square and Pireaus stations along the Green line (this is the “old” ISAP or electric train line which runs between Pireaus and Kiffissia.)

Other transportation options for those staying just one day include the 3 euro ticket which is good for 24 hours and a weekly pass for 10 euro. Neither of these tickets include transport between the airport and city center or the Hop On Hop Off Bus 400 (of course, the Bus 400 needs to run consistently for this perk to be of much value – hopefully with the addition of the new Double Decker Red Sightseeing bus the public transportation Gods will do their utmost to make the Blue 400 Sightseeing Bus run a bit closer to its schedule.

DON’T FORGET to validate your ticket when you first start using it. You’ll need to do this at the first station/bus/tram/trolley you enter. Look for the orange or yellow boxes on the buses and trolleys, or the silver “tubes” in the hallways in the Metro Stations. Validation starts the clock ticking on your period of use, so you don’t need to revalidate it after the initial use (and you should not, as this will overwrite the time/date stamp and invalidate your ticket!)

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!