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The location of Athens in the southeast of mainland Greece makes it difficult to access by land for tourists who would be forced to travel a great number of kilometers to reach the Hellenic capital. For this reason, the plane is emerging as the most practical and comfortable means of transport to travel to Athens with children.
Once in Athens, we will have to use public transport on more than one occasion if we want to visit this great metropolis. Fortunately, Athens has numerous metro, bus and tram lines that will take us wherever we want.
The plane is the best option and almost the only one for a family trip with children to Athens since the rest of the options are too hard for the little ones.
Athens airport (Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport) is modern - it was built in 2001 - and is located 20 kilometers east of the city.
To travel this distance there are several options. The most comfortable is the subway that connects the airport with Syntagma Square in about 40 minutes. The first metro leaves at 6:35 a.m. and the last of the day at 11:35 p.m.
The price of a metro ticket to the center is 8 euros and includes the desired transfers - both to other metro lines and to other public means of transport - for 90 minutes.
Another option is the three Express buses that take travelers to the central Syntagma (line X95), the Kifisos bus station in the northwest (line X93) and the Dafni metro station in the south (line X97).
The duration of these bus routes is slightly over one hour and the price is 5 euros per passenger.
Faster but also more expensive is the taxi option, which costs about 35 euros per vehicle during the day and approximately double at night.
The ship is an interesting option to reach Piraeus, the port of Athens located about 90 minutes by bus from the city center.
Many are the tourists who come to the Greek capital in this way from boats coming from different parts of Italy or even as one more stop on a tourist cruise.
However, for a family trip to Athens the boat is not worth it.
Public transport in Athens is not the best or the most comfortable, but it allows us to travel –in some cases, making transfers– to almost all the tourist spots in the city.
A single ticket for the metro, tram or bus costs around 1.20 euros (cheaper than in other European capitals). There is also another ticket that for 1.40 euros allows you to make all the necessary transfers within a period of 90 minutes. If we prefer the 24-hour ticket, the price is 4 euros.
The Athens metro is not very extensive, but with its three lines –the last one opened in 2005- and its 60 stations, it serves to effectively connect the different areas of the city.
The blue line, which we have already talked about, connects Egaleo with the Athens airport, making stops at the famous Syntagma Square or the picturesque Monastiraki neighborhood. The red line connects Anthoupoli with Elliniko, making it convenient to go to the Acropolis and Syntagma Square. Finally, the green line goes from the port or Piraeus to Kifisiá and stops at places such as Monastiraki or the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, home of Olimpiakos.
In addition to being practical, the Athens metro has a unique tourist attraction since during the excavation for its construction, numerous archaeological remains were found that have been exhibited in museum-like showcases. The most interesting stations in this regard are Acropolis, Evangelismos, Dafni, Monastiraki, Panepistimio and Syntagma.
It operates from approximately 5:30 am to midnight, extending its hours until 2:00 am on Friday and Saturday nights.
After falling into disuse in the mid-20th century, the Athens tram became part of the Greek capital again at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
It is connected to the metro system and, like this one, it also consists of three colored lines with a total of 48 stations.
The red line connects Syntagma with Piraeus; the green also leaves from Syntagma but goes to the sought-after neighborhood of Glyfada and, finally, the blue line, connects Glyfada with Piraeus.
More than 60 lines cover the network of buses and trolleybuses in the Greek capital, making it possible to travel comfortably by bus to almost all the tourist spots in the city.
Athens is a very large city but with such an extensive public transport system, it is not necessary to take taxis.
In any case, prices are cheaper than in other European cities - a journey through the center can cost 3 euros - and taxis are plentiful so we will hardly have to wait. Of course, driving in Athens is quite chaotic and not suitable for the fearful.
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