Athens airport is a major hub in the Aegean, Balkan and East Mediterranean regions. Air Canada
===By regional coach===
Regional coaches (KTEL) connect Athens to other cities in Greece. The fleet of buses has recently been upgraded, which makes the journey pleasant and safe. For some destinations one can also use the buses of the railroad company (OSE, see next paragraph) that might be international, but can also be used for in-country transport. At times there are collaborations with companies from adjacent countries such as Turkey, Bulgaria,Serbia,
Cruise passengers on larger ships usually reach the main cruise terminal by port shuttle bus; otherwise, it can be a non-trivial walk. Smaller ships (e.g., 1200 or fewer passengers) may dock near the terminal...an easy walk. From the terminal, pedestrians face a safe, level walk of over a mile to the Piraeus Metro station; taxis are readily available to go there, but are not inexpensive.
Public transport in Athens has improved by leaps and bounds in the last ten years. The simple €1,40 ("integrated") ticket lets you travel on any means of transport — metro, suburban trains, trams, trolleybuses, buses — with unlimited transfers anywhere within Athens (except the metro airport line east of Doukissis Plakentias and the airport buses) for 90 minutes, and you can also get a €4 ticket valid for 24 hours or a €10 weekly ticket. Workers at the public transport are lately on strike at least one day per week, causing major troubles on traffic of Athens. Make sure that you are informed before your arrival because there is a strong possibility that you reach the airport and have no means to go downtown, or vice versa.
The new '''Athens Metro''' system [http://amel.gr/index.php?id=77&=&L=1], opened in 2001 (and followed by a restoration of the old Line 1) and currently being extended, is a wonder to behold, and puts many better-known metro systems to shame. Many metro stations resemble museums as they exhibit artifacts found during excavations for the system (i.e. Syntagma). Greeks are very proud about the new subway system, so do not even think about littering and by all means avoid any urge for graffiti- you will be intercepted by security at once. You are also not allowed to consume food or drink in the subway system. During rush hour, it can become very crowded and you must leave personal space at the door. There are three lines:
* '''Line 1''' (Μ1 – [http://isap.gr/ ISAP]): '''Piraeus – Kifissia''', connects the port of Piraeus and the northern suburbs of Athens via the city centre.
* '''Line 3''' (M3 – [http://ametro.gr/page/default.asp?id=4&la=2]): '''Egaleo – Doukissis Plakentias – International Airport''' connects the south-western suburbs with the northern suburbs (Halandri and Doukissis Plakentias stations) and the International Airport.
===By suburban rail===
Athens is certainly not the city to go around with a bicycle, as it does not have much bicycle lanes and the car drivers tend to drive quite aggressively. Nevertheless (or maybe because of this) riding a bicycle in Athens has become lately some sort of a political (counter-)action, especially by young people with an alternative lifestyle. In general, tourists not familiar with the terrible Athenian traffic are not advised to use a bicycle as a principal means of transport. Small rides are safe though in the long network of pedestrian streets around the Historical Centre of the city and can be quite enjoyable indeed.
[[Image:Ac.agora3.jpg|thumb|250px|The Tower of the Winds and the ruins of the Roman Forum]]
[[Image:Parthenon_acropolis.jpg|thumb|250px|The Parthenon at the Acropolis]]
[[Image:AteneOlympieionDaAcropoli.jpg|thumb|250px|The Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian's Gate seen from the Acropolis]]
[[Image:Old Greek Parliament Athens.jpg|thumb|250px|National Historical Museum (Old Parliament)]]
Because of its antiquity and influence, Athens is full of '''museums and galleries.''' The major ones are the '''National Archeological Museum''' near [[Omonia]], the '''New Acropolis Museum''' by the [[Acropolis]], the '''Benaki''' and '''Museum of Cycladic Art''' in [[Kolonaki]], the '''Agora Museum''' near [[Monastiraki]], and the '''Kanellopoulos''' and '''Folk Art Museums''' in [[Plaka]]. Details of these and others will be found in the district sections.
====Arts and Culture====
The visual arts enjoy a big share in the Athenian cultural and everyday life. Next to big institutions such as the '''National Gallery''' and the '''Benaki Museum''', a big number of small private galleries are spread within the city centre and the surrounding areas, hosting the works of contemporary visual and media artists. In recent years a number of bar galleries have sprung up, where you can have a drink or a coffee whilst visiting an exhibition.
*'''The National Art Gallery'''
*'''The City of Athens Technopolis''', an industrial museum of incomparable architecture - among the most interesting in the world, has been transformed into a multipurpose cultural space. The centre has assisted in the upgrading of a historic Athens district and the creation of yet another positive element in Athens' cultural identity. Technopolis is located at '''Peiraios Avenue''' & Persefonis Street, right next to the Kerameikos metro station (line 3).
Most attractions in Athens offer free or discounted admission for disabled people living in the European Union (badge or card required). The discount is not advertised and you have to ask staff to get the information. You will also be offered assistance and lifts access if necessary.
* Attend an event at the '''Athens and Epidaurus Festival''' [http://greekfestival.gr/]. It runs during the summer and offers a wide spectrum of events covering almost every taste. Try to attend a performance at the ancient theater of Epidaurus -a truly unforgetable experience.
* If the weather is good, head out of town on buses A2, B2 or E22 from metro station Sygrou, or the tram from Syntagma to the '''beaches to the south of Athens'''. Just get off wherever the sea takes your fancy. Be aware though that beach-side cafes can hit you hard with prices of food and drinks. If you are the only person getting on the bus, be aware that you need to flag the bus down to get it to stop or it will just fly on by.
* Watch a basketball game. The two major teams of Athens greater area belong to the elite of Europe and they offer high quality basketball. Panathinaikos dominates the euroleague the last 15 years and its main opponent Olympiakos is also a member of the Europe's top fly teams. Tickets are available out of the stadiums.
* [[Kolonaki]] is the upscale, hip, and artistic shopping area. Another is [[Kifissia]].
* For a more reasonable price tag, try '''Ermou Street''', beside Syntagma Square
* '''Street vendors,''' with their wares laid out on blankets on the pavement, can be found in many places where tourists congregate, especially in Plaka and Monastiraki. Their goods are mostly forgeries, cheap knock-offs, and illegal CDs. These vendors are unlicensed, which is in violation of Greek law, and you may notice them vanishing as soon as a policeman is in sight, to reappear the instant the police have gone. They are best ignored. (This warning doesn't apply to vendors of fruit, nuts, etc. from street carts, who are usually legitimate.)
[[Image:Plaka_Restaurants.JPG|thumb|left|250px|Restaurants (taverna) in the side streets of the Plaka district]]
* For quick, decent and low-budget meals that do not fall into the commercialized fast food category, try a souvlaki' (pronounced soo- VLAH-kee), mainly grilled meat (pork, chicken, it's your choice) vegetables (tomato and onion slices) and greek 'tzatziki' (pronounced tzah-TZEE-khee) which is yogurt enriched with garlic and cucumber. All the above (often accompanied by french fries) are wrapped inside a thin slice of pan bread, named 'pita' (PEE-tah). Prices of 'souvlaki' vary according to the confidence and/or nerve of the cornershop owner, but usually you can get one from €1.70 to €2.20; add some soda, salad and french fries and you can have lunch for no more than €7 - if you ask for a take away, the price is considerably cheaper than if you sit at a table. You can get souvlaki just about everywhere, especially where tourists roam, though they are a bit more expensive in those regions.
For listings of specific restaurants, see the individual [[#Districts|district sections]], especially [[Kolonaki]] and [[Plaka]].
* Go to the '''Psyrrí''' area (Monastiraki or Thisseio stop, Lines 1 and 3 and Line 1 respectively) for a number of smart bars and small clubs. It is the area immediately north of Ermou street between these two metro stops.
* The area north of Ermou street between Monastiraki and Syntagma has seen a considerably rise in the number and quality of bars during recent years. Aiolou and Kolokotroni streets both offer a fair variety of cafés and bars.
* The area around the Kerameikos station, called '''Gazi''' (Γκάζι, ''gas'') has been the gay village of Athens for quite a few years. Since the opening of the metro station, in 2007, the neighbourhood has attracted all kinds of crowds. This is a home to dozens of bars, cafés and clubs, gay or not, as well as to small theatrical scenes, the latter one especially to the northeast of the area, towards Metaxourgeio.
===Clubbing & Night Life===
There are many free wireless hotspots across the city. Wi-Fi internet connection is available at Syntagma Square, Kotzia Square and Theseion. Alternatively, you can go to one of the many internet cafés located in the center of the city. Many bars, restaurants and cafes offer free wi-fi for their guests.
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