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Nov 22nd, 2014, 10:08 AM
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Transportation ticket in Athens

Hi

Is an holder of a daily ticket of Athens entitle to use it on the buses of Piraeus?

What is the meaning of "daily" same date or 24 hours?
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Nov 22nd, 2014, 10:46 AM
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Norha, if you want advice, you need to give us more context. Are you planning to stay in Athens for a couple of days, and then go to Piraeus to catch a ferry or a cruise ship?? Or are you going to dock on a cruise ship and want a day on busses in Athens. Totally unclear.

I think the daily ticket means 24 hours, but you need to say what you're doing. IF you are briefly staying in Athens, mainly to sightsee, then get a ferry/cruise ... no point in a daily ticket. You should be staying in Central areas (called Plaka, Monastiraki, or Makrigianni) and most of the major landmarks are within walking distance. In fact many of them are in pedestrian-only areas, so a bus or taxi cannot even go close (this map makes it very clear: click to enlarge): http://www.orangesmile.com/destinati...ns-map-big.jpg The only major place that's a far walk is the Nat. Arch. Museum, and that's a short taxi ride. A daily ticket has to be purchased in advance at a Kiosk. And unless you are fluent in Greek, which I'm guessing you are not, you can get VERY lost on a bus, and cannot count on your English (or whatever language you speak) to find out where to get off.

I'm not even sure what is meant by "the busses of Piraeus". Are you thinking about how to get transport from the Metro terminal in Pireaus to whatever vessel you're taking? If u are taking almost any ferry, it's either right across the road from the metro, or a short walk in either direction. If it's a cruise ship -- the cruise docks are a long way off (a mile?) and you may be better off taking a taxi from the Metro terminal. Some cruises may provide shuttles to/from central Athens also, I think.

I may just be dense but I'm confused as to your exact needs; please clarify and we can be more helpful!
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Nov 22nd, 2014, 11:03 PM
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Thanks for your long reply.

The "story" is very simple.Upon a short stay in Athens (4 days and not the first one)we want to visit Piraeus for one walking day.

From this fact arises our request to an advise.
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Nov 22nd, 2014, 11:37 PM
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You can very easily connect from Athens center to Piraeus and quite possibly you will only need one ride on public trasnport to go and one to return, maybe one more in between in case you want to connect on different Piraeus areas.(Swapping lines on metro or using different forms of public transpoort within a 70 minutes time frame is considered as one ride and a simple, 1.20 euro ticket is all you need). I do not think having a daily ticket or pass is of use if you plan to use public transport for so few rides.
Green Metro Line 1 goes all the way from Omonoia and Monastiraki to Piraeus metro station by the port. If you are interested on Mikrolimano area, get off metro one stop before Piraeus on Palaeo Faliro cross the road towards the SEF basketball stadium and walk 10-15 minutes.
In case you want to go near Tourkolimano/Marina Zeas area, you may get a 040 bus all the way from Syndagma to Dimotiko Theatro and walk 5 minutes or metro to Paleaeo Faliro and take a bus from outside, said 040 on any that goes through Dimotiko Theatro.

The only case I can think of that a 4 euro day ticket migh be of use is if you plan to use the X80, because this is excluded from the ordinary ticket. X80 is an express bus introduced recently, connecting Piraeus-Acropolis-Syndagma. I guess it saves you time versus other buses, but not really versus the metro and it is of use if you want to go exactly where it makes the stops. (I read Piraeus center on the official site but I am not sure where they mean).

I tend to disagree with TJ on the buses as a form of transport. It is not so easy to get lost as far as you ask your hotel or make your homework in advance and know which stop you need to disembark at. If no one around you seem to be interested to help you or doesn't understand what you want, simply stand near the driver and ask him/her. For extra convenience if you are not sure of pronnounciations, have name of the stop written in Greek in a piece of paper.
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