Places close to Athens can be reached with the blue city bus lines (€1.20): Bus A16 from Koumoundourou Square for Daphni and Eleusina via Iera Odos; Bus 224 from Vassilisis Sofias or Akadimias, coupled with a 25-minute walk, for Kaisariani; Bus A2, A3, or B3 from Syntagma Square for Glyfada; Bus A2 to Voula; Bus A2 to Glyfada, then connect with Bus 114, or 116 to Vouliagmeni; Bus A2 or A3 to Glyfada, then connect with Bus 116, or 149 for Varkiza. For the rest of the destinations, if you can't rent a car, the next most efficient mode of travel is the regional KTEL bus system in combination with taxis.
The extensive network serves all points in Attica from Athens, and local buses connect the smaller towns and villages at least daily. KTEL buses for eastern Attica leave hourly from their main station in downtown Athens (Aigyptou Square at the corner of Mavromateon and Leoforos Alexandras). KTEL buses depart regularly for Marathon (€3.70), Ayia Marina (stopping at Rhamnous on the way; €5.20), and Sounion (€6.30).
The Greek National Tourism Organization (EOT) distributes a list of bus schedules, as does the KTEL terminal in Aigyptou Square. KTEL buses servicing Delphi, Arachova, Osios Loukas, and Galaxidi depart from Terminal B in Athens. To Delphi (via Arachova), there are six departures, beginning at 7:30 am. The journey takes about three hours and costs €15.10. Four buses daily make the four-hour trip to Galaxidi, starting at 7:30 am; the fare is €18.60. Buses depart hourly from 5:50 am to 8:30 pm for Livadeia near Osios Loukas; the journey takes 2½ hours and costs €12.80. From there, you can take the local bus to Osios Loukas, for an additional €3. For more information on this journey, call KTEL buses in Athens (210/831–7173) and in Livadeia (22610/28336). Note that the prices above are one-way fares. To get to Terminal B from downtown Athens, catch Bus 24 on Amalias in front of the National Garden. Tickets for these buses are sold only at this terminal.
Athens Terminal A (Kifissou 100, Athens, 10442. 210/512–4910 or 210/512–4911.)
Athens Terminal B (Liossion 260, Kato Patissia, 10445. 210/831–7096 for Delphi; 210/831–7173 for Livadia [Osios Loukas via Distomo].)
KTEL Ayia Marina (Rhamnous) (210/880–8082.)
KTEL Delphi and Arachova (260 Liossion Ave., Peristeri, Athens, 10445. 210/831–7096; 6936/648–239 agent's mobile. www.ktel-fokidas.gr.)
KTEL Marathon (210/880–8080. www.ktelattikis.gr.)
KTEL Osios Loukas (210/831–7173 or 210/831–7179.)
KTEL Sounion (Mavromateon St. at Egyptou Sq., Pedion Areos, Athens, 10434. 210/880–8081; 210/880–8080 general information. www.ktelattikis.gr.)
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