Moving in Athens

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Traffic in the Greek capital is heavy and at times chaotic. It is almost impossible to find parking and many streets of the centre are (rightly) inaccessible.
It is much easier to move about by taxi: they are cheap enough (though be careful of fraudulent taxis!) and can be called with a wave of the hand. A peculiarity is the sign with the inscription Elèfthero (free) which is raised on the dashboard whenever it is available. However you can try to stop the car even if the sign is not visible, because some taxi drivers will take additional passengers.  A trip downtown can cost 4 €, to Piraeus from 6 to 9 €.
Numerous buses in the city link the centre to all areas of the city, but are often overcrowded. Tickets cost 0.45 € and a book of 10 can be bought in kiosks.
The subway has three lines: the number 1 from Kifisia to Piraeus, stopping at Thiseio, Monastiraki, Omonia and Victoria; line 2 travels from Aghios Antonis to Aghios Dimitros and line 3 from Monastiraki to Ethiki Amyna, with some journeys that reach the airport. Tickets cost 0.90 € and are available in the stations. You can travel for up to a maximum of 90 minutes (the metro runs from 5:00 to 00:30 on Line 1, from 5.30 to 00.30 for lines 2 and 3); a daily ticket costs 2.90 €.
In July 2004, 2 tramlines were introduced (suburban rail, proastiakos in greek) connecting central Athens to Glifàda (on the coast south of Piraeus) or Neo Faliro (district south of Piraeus), the other beginning at Neo Faliro, travelling along the coast to reach Glifàda. The tramline operates 24 hours the ticket costs only 0.60 € or even 0.40 € for passengers who have already made a journey by bus, trolley or subway. Soon the lines should be extended to reach even Piraeus and Voùla, south of Glifàda.

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