Greece by Train
Find out about travelling on the rail transport network in Greece including domestic and international trains, and local trams and metro services...
Trains are operated by Greek Railways Organisation (Organismos Sidirodromon Ellados), known as OSE. Greece's railway network covers the greater part of the mainland and is approximately 2,500 Km long. It underwent a major overhaul in time for the 2004 Olympic Games.
There are two main lines, from Athens to Alexandroupoli via Thessaloniki, and the Peloponnese network. There are Intercity-type trains (express and regular) and regular high-speed trains. Trains also run to Kalambaka (Meteora) and the Pelion port of Volos for onward links to the Sporades islands.
- For information on ticket availability, pricing and schedules, Tel: 210 529 7777
- For pre-recorded routing information, Tel: 1110
- For information on fares and schedules, see the OSE website
The Athens metro system was upgraded for the 2004 Olympic Games, and its construction resulted in an archaeological excavation where more than 50,000 ancient articles were discovered, many of which are on display in Metro Stations, including the interchanges of Monastiraki and Syntagma.
There are three lines:
- Line One (Green): runs between the stations of Piraeus and Kifissia.
- Line Two (Red): runs between Aghios Antonios and Aghios Dimitrios / Alexandros Panagoulis.
- Line Three (Blue): runs between Egaleo and Doukissis Plakentias with an extension to the Airport Eleftherios Venizelos.
Greece's second city of Thessaloniki has a metro system scheduled for completion in 2014, with an initial thirteen stations and plans for three lines by 2020.
Athens has a tram system with three different lines serving 48 stations. The trams operate daily from 05:30 until 01:00 and 02:30 on Fridays and Saturdays.
- For further information on the tram system: Click here