Athens Buses

Athens Buses

Traveling by bus or trolleybus is a great alternative to taking the Athens Metro. The long-distance buses are especially interesting, since they connect Athens with most towns, like Cape Sounion.

Since central Athens is not very extensive, you most likely won’t have to use the city’s transport system if you stay in the center. Nevertheless, the capital’s public buses and trolleybuses are a very comfortable means of transport, which will allow you to discover the city and the way of life in this busy city.

Athens has over 60 bus and trolleybus lines that run through the city center and surroundings.

Nighttime buses

There are no nighttime buses in Athens, but some bus routes run 24 hours a day, and others just run on the weekends. The most important lines link Syntagma Square with Piraeus harbor and Kifisia.

Timetable and frequency

Most buses run between 5am and midnight. The frequency depends on the line and time of day.


Check out all the up-to-date information on fares, tickets and travel cards available for the public transport system in Athens.

Long-distance buses

If you’re planning to visit the environs of Athens, the city has numerous bus lines that travel long distances. These buses have their own bus stop (orange colored and marked “KTEL”). This means of transport is the most comfortable way to get to sights like Sounion cape.

The KTEL buses have a different fare from the city buses. You can purchase your bus ticket directly from the bus driver.