Ride the Sunshine Express or the Happy Train
When the kids have had enough, a trip aboard the Athens Happy Train or the Sunshine Express is sure to bring a smile to their faces – and a rest to just about anyone who is looking for a break from exploring the historic center on foot. The two similar “trains” that really operate on wheels circle along the pedestrain paths and promenades in the historical center of Athens, offering a relaxing tour of the city center.
The “trains” stay pretty much within the historical center, and other than the drive through Syntagma, it is pretty unlikely that these areas will be closed. It is a nice, although silly, way to see the historical center, particularly on a hot day. On weekdays (MON to FRI): Departures every hour approximately between 11:30 – 14:30 and 17:00 – 24:00. On weekends: Every hour between 11:00 and 24:00.
The trains are a nice way to get a brief overview of the historical center, or to move from one part of the center to another if you don’t want to walk, but don’t expect a comprehensive tour from the driver or the “guide” on board. There is a prerecorded guide which tells you a very little bit about some of the places you will be passing, and which announces the next stop – but it isn’t a full blown tour like a traditional “City Hopper” offers. It is, though, great for young ones, and the young at heart.
The train starts at Agora Square (Market Square) near the Roman Agora. Tickets are 5 euro, and the published rate for children under 10 is 3 euro, although the last time I rode with my nieces did not charge me for the kids.
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Great article, thanks! We’ll be visiting Athens in December. The Happy Train probably won’t be running on weekdays at that time? Do you know?
One of the two trains may be running during the weekdays, although I’m not sure which. What are your December dates? (The train usually has daily service during the holiday period as well).
I stopped and chatted with the ticket attendant for the Sunshine Express today, and he told me that they plan on running the train everyday throughout the winter. So come to Athens and ride the Sunshine Express this December!
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