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|country = Greece
 
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|name_native = Αθήνα, Athína
|map = <map lat='38' lng='23.74' zoom='10' view='0' />
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|state = Attiki
|pop = 2,805,000
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|map = <map lat='38.04' lng='23.75' zoom='10' />
|plate = YA - YH
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|pop = 3.827.624 in 2011 (not including migrants)
|motorways = 1, 6
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|motorways = [[A1 (Greece)|A1]], [[A6 (Greece)|A6]]
 
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'''Athens''' is the capital of [[Greece]].
 
'''Athens''' is the capital of [[Greece]].
  
== Hitchhiking out ==
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== Hitching out ==
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=== North to [[Volos]], [[Thessaloniki]] {{E|75}} ===
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Take the metro line 1, till the last station "Kifissia". From there, [http://osm.org/directions?engine=graphhopper_foot&route=38.0738,23.8083;38.0728,23.8123 cross the park]. You'll find a busy bus stop, direction north, take the bus [https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/10149229 509]
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Get off the bus after 30 min, at bus stop "Neo Terma", at the end of Agios Stefanos, when it makes a U-turn and continues back to the city. [http://osm.org/directions?engine=graphhopper_foot&route=38.1550,23.8573;38.1549,23.8558 Walk 300m] to the parallel of the high-way. It's quite busy with drivers avoiding toll station
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You can walk 3 km to that Afidnai Toll Station or wait for a short ride, who's gonna drop you there. Also 4 km after toll station is Kapandriti Motorway Rest Area with BP fuel station
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You can also catch a ride at the point where drivers who avoided the tolls are getting back into the high way. Half of the rides go to Halkida, and the other half go further North. Decline rides that don't go in your direction, they will only put you in a worse spot.
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For a place to sleep before [[Thessaloniki]], there is a [http://hitchwiki.org/maps/?zoom=15&lat=40.33&lon=22.58 24 hour rest area/gas station] in Korinos and it's called [https://olympusplaza.gr Olympus plaza]. It includes a restaurant with free wifi and showers. Nobody will disturb you if you sleep on the couches and workers of the restaurant often give food away.
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=== North-West to Thiva ===
  
=== North to [[Thessaloniki]], [[Republic of Macedonia|Macedonia]] (E75) ===
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New spot, i cannot confirm the hitch-hikeability of this route: Take the suburban till Magoula. From there, take the bus [https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/10574507 861] till the last stop. There's only 35km left to Thiva.
Take the metro from the center north to Nea Ionia station. ('''Suggestion''': When you get off from the metro, take the bus no. 724 (it starts from here, you can't miss the direction) and get off at stop "Gymnasio" that is 10th stop and just walk 50m. Way better than to walk few kilometers as described in next lines). From the exit of the metro station, turn right, go down a few dozen meters, and go under the tunnel. This is the start of Odos Elevtheriou Venizelou. Walk up this street to Odos Tatoiou and turn right. Walk straight for a few kilometers until the road rises to become a bridge over a large motorway. Note that you will cross ringroad/highway E-94 (A6) first, but continue straight until you get to the bridge going over highway E-75 (A1). Don't go up the bridge, but rather take the road that stays below the bridge and runs to the right side. This is signposted ''Lamia'', one of the first major cities north of Athens. The best time to get a lift is the early morning when local people are driving to work in more distant communities. Eventually someone will stop who can take you far enough north that you can escape the Athens metropolitan area and get long distance rides. For Macedonia, turn left about a kilometer after the enormous toll booth plaza before Thessaloniki.
 
  
Anywhere you hitch from, try to get a lift going at least to the town/village called Oinofyta. 10km before that there is a huge gas station called Autogrill where you can get long lifts if you are lucky. In Greece it is also no problem to hitch on the actual highway as long as you are far enough from the city suburbs.
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=== West to [[Patra]] or [[Tripoli]] {{E|94}} ===
  
For a place to sleep before Thessaloniki, there is a great 24 hour rest area/gas station called Olympus plaza(olympusplaza.gr). It is 10km east of Katerini and has free wifi, showers and comfortable couches you can sleep on. Workers were really nice when Sma asked if she could sleep there, they said "of course!".
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==== Option 1: Megara SEA ====
  
=== Southwest to [[Patra]]s and the [[Peloponnesos]] (E94) ===
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Take the suburban train direction Kiato, and get down in Megara. The controller always gets on the train in Nea Peramos, in the 1st or 5th (last) wagon. You can either :
==== Option 1 ====
 
* Bus A16 from Aigaleo Metro Station (end of blue line)
 
* Bus B16 from Metxourgio Metro Station (Red Line)
 
* Bus 865 200m from Eleonas Metro Station (blue line)
 
  
Get off at 1st Aerodromiou Stop or Levkes Stop. There you will see the connection with National Road 8(N8)
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A) stay in the 3rd wagon, and when you see the control approaching, go the opposite direction. If the train is full, the control might be slow and you might arrive in Megara before they reach you. If they catch you without a ticket, you wont pay any fine, but just the 3 euro ticket. From the train platform of Megara, you can see the restaurant / petrol station. Cross the field, and find this [https://www.openstreetmap.org/directions?route=37.992%2C23.361%3B37.995%2C23.365 underground pass]
  
==== Option 2 ====
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B) go down in Nea Peramos and try to find a [https://www.openstreetmap.org/directions?route=38.0128%2C23.4148%3B37.9954%2C23.3646 5km ride to Megara].
'''Harrys Truck-Stop'''
 
  
In the suburb of Aspropyrgos, in west Athens, there is a truck-stop well known and used by truck-drivers. There are many trucks from western and northern Europe which means that hitchers will have very good chances of getting a lift to the port-city of Patras and possibly even beyond into Europe.
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There are not many cars stopping there, but you can get a long ride. The intersection to Patra or Tripoli is just 40km away, be sure to ask for the correct direction before accepting the ride.
  
The truck stop is at the 17th km of National Road Athens-Korinthos (Athinon-Korinthou). Ιt seems this is where Halivas Cement Company is.
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==== Option 2: National Road 8 ====
It's a huge area and bus drivers and people know it.
 
  
==== Option 3 ====
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From Ag.Marina Metro Station (end of blue line) buses [https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/3648632 A16] or [https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/3648599 865].
Take Suburban Train Piraeus-Kiato from Piraeus or Athens aka Larissis Train Station-be careful when you ask because there is Larissa city far from Athens. The train station is next to the red line metro station with the same name.
 
  
:There are almost no controllers on that train. I have taken it 5-6 times last two months (April-May 2010) usually on Fridays and Sundays and have seen no controllers. My girlfriend neither in different occasions. Regular ticket is EUR 6.
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From Pireas Metro Station (end of green line), bus [https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/10014511 871].
  
Get off at last stop "KIATO". Walk straight from the right side of the railway line to the motorway
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Get off at 1st Aerodromiou Stop or Levkes Stop. There you will see the connection with National Road 8 (N8).
you see. There turn right. After 20m there is a left turn to Egio, Patras.
 
You can easily hitchhike there.
 
  
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==== Option 3 : Eleusina Toll Station ====
Eleusina Toll Station.
 
  
== Southeast towards Sounio ==
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With the same buses of option 2, you get off at Platia Elefsinas and [http://osm.org/directions?engine=graphhopper_foot&route=38.0431,23.5420;38.0420,23.4962 walk 5.3km] to Eleusina Toll Station.
  
To go along the coast, take tram 5 from Sintagma or Sigrou-Fix and get off at the last station: Asklipio Voulas. A little ahead there is a good spot to start hitch-hiking from.
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=== South to [[Sounio]] ===
  
== Sleeping ==
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Take the bus [https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/6753887 122] from metro Elliniko to Saronida, go down at the last stop, walk along the coast to get out of Saronida, and from there you can hitch-hike to Sounio.
From the northbound hitchhiking point, go up the stairs, across the bridge to the other side of the motorway, take the stairs down, and then walk a few meters south. You'll find a small wooded area surrounded by a fence. The gate of this is open, you just have to look for it. Surrounded on all sides by motorway and away from any normal pedestrian avenues, this is a pretty safe place to camp for the night, even pitch a tent. The large amount of trees means you won't be seen by the cars, which pass by rather fast.
 
  
 
== Public Transport ==
 
== Public Transport ==
Blackriding is possible .Controllers lately don't wear the the dark blue uniform nor name tag.
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In the metro sometimes the hide behind the turns of the connecting corridors.
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The metro has automatic doors. Black riding is quite common. We wait that somebody opens it with their ticket and we follow them.  
Good news is they are as rare as elephants in Athens.
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It's very possible to run into them between the last and the first 2-3 days of the month.
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Usually the controls are at the metro intersections (Syntagma, Omonia, Attiki, Monastiraki), where they hide behind the turns of the connecting corridors. If they catch you without a ticket, show them your passport, but don't pay the fine. Till now, nobody saw their fines redirected to their countries.  
Look for used tickets in entry/exit points or validating machines.Tickets of 1.40e or 0.70e student
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tickets are valid for 90min. after first validation.
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In nearly all stations, that are not underground you can also easily jump/climp the fence. In some underground stop points you can also jump easily small walls (for example 0,5m in Omonia) aside of the regular check points). Watch out for securities.
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== Ferry from/to Athens ==
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It is quite common to buy a ticket on the port (of Piraeus - south of Athens) for a ferry to the first stop, but getting off later. They never check you when you leave the ferry. Seldomly they check the people that are waiting downstairs for leaving the ferry.
  
  
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== Nomadwiki & Trashwiki ==
  
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[[Category:Route Athens - Thessaloniki]]
 

Latest revision as of 08:41, 21 September 2021

Athens
Αθήνα, Athína
<map lat='38.04' lng='23.75' zoom='10' />
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Greece
State: Attiki
Population: 3.827.624 in 2011 (not including migrants)
Major roads: A1, A6
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Athens is the capital of Greece.

Hitching out

North to Volos, Thessaloniki E 75

Take the metro line 1, till the last station "Kifissia". From there, cross the park. You'll find a busy bus stop, direction north, take the bus 509

Get off the bus after 30 min, at bus stop "Neo Terma", at the end of Agios Stefanos, when it makes a U-turn and continues back to the city. Walk 300m to the parallel of the high-way. It's quite busy with drivers avoiding toll station

You can walk 3 km to that Afidnai Toll Station or wait for a short ride, who's gonna drop you there. Also 4 km after toll station is Kapandriti Motorway Rest Area with BP fuel station

You can also catch a ride at the point where drivers who avoided the tolls are getting back into the high way. Half of the rides go to Halkida, and the other half go further North. Decline rides that don't go in your direction, they will only put you in a worse spot.

For a place to sleep before Thessaloniki, there is a 24 hour rest area/gas station in Korinos and it's called Olympus plaza. It includes a restaurant with free wifi and showers. Nobody will disturb you if you sleep on the couches and workers of the restaurant often give food away.

North-West to Thiva

New spot, i cannot confirm the hitch-hikeability of this route: Take the suburban till Magoula. From there, take the bus 861 till the last stop. There's only 35km left to Thiva.

West to Patra or Tripoli E 94

Option 1: Megara SEA

Take the suburban train direction Kiato, and get down in Megara. The controller always gets on the train in Nea Peramos, in the 1st or 5th (last) wagon. You can either :

A) stay in the 3rd wagon, and when you see the control approaching, go the opposite direction. If the train is full, the control might be slow and you might arrive in Megara before they reach you. If they catch you without a ticket, you wont pay any fine, but just the 3 euro ticket. From the train platform of Megara, you can see the restaurant / petrol station. Cross the field, and find this underground pass

B) go down in Nea Peramos and try to find a 5km ride to Megara.

There are not many cars stopping there, but you can get a long ride. The intersection to Patra or Tripoli is just 40km away, be sure to ask for the correct direction before accepting the ride.

Option 2: National Road 8

From Ag.Marina Metro Station (end of blue line) buses A16 or 865.

From Pireas Metro Station (end of green line), bus 871.

Get off at 1st Aerodromiou Stop or Levkes Stop. There you will see the connection with National Road 8 (N8).

Option 3 : Eleusina Toll Station

With the same buses of option 2, you get off at Platia Elefsinas and walk 5.3km to Eleusina Toll Station.

South to Sounio

Take the bus 122 from metro Elliniko to Saronida, go down at the last stop, walk along the coast to get out of Saronida, and from there you can hitch-hike to Sounio.

Public Transport

The metro has automatic doors. Black riding is quite common. We wait that somebody opens it with their ticket and we follow them.

Usually the controls are at the metro intersections (Syntagma, Omonia, Attiki, Monastiraki), where they hide behind the turns of the connecting corridors. If they catch you without a ticket, show them your passport, but don't pay the fine. Till now, nobody saw their fines redirected to their countries.

In nearly all stations, that are not underground you can also easily jump/climp the fence. In some underground stop points you can also jump easily small walls (for example 0,5m in Omonia) aside of the regular check points). Watch out for securities.


Ferry from/to Athens

It is quite common to buy a ticket on the port (of Piraeus - south of Athens) for a ferry to the first stop, but getting off later. They never check you when you leave the ferry. Seldomly they check the people that are waiting downstairs for leaving the ferry.


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