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{{About|capital city of Greece}}
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{{Infobox Location
 
{{Infobox Location
 
|country = Greece
 
|country = Greece
 
|name_native = Αθήνα, Athína
 
|name_native = Αθήνα, Athína
 
|state = Attiki
 
|state = Attiki
|map = <map lat='38' lng='23.75' zoom='10' />
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|map = <map lat='38.04' lng='23.75' zoom='10' />
|pop = 3,090,508
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|pop = 3.827.624 in 2011 (not including migrants)
 
|motorways = [[A1 (Greece)|A1]], [[A6 (Greece)|A6]]
 
|motorways = [[A1 (Greece)|A1]], [[A6 (Greece)|A6]]
 
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'''Athens''' is the capital of [[Greece]].
 
'''Athens''' is the capital of [[Greece]].
  
 
== Hitching out ==
 
== Hitching out ==
=== North to [[Halkida]], [[Lamia]], [[Thessaloniki]] {{E|75}} ===
 
Take the metro line 1, till the last station "Kifissia". From there, [https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=38.073600,23.808195&daddr=38.072389,23.811949&t=h&dirflg=w cross the park]. You'll find a busy bus stop, direction north, take the bus [http://www.oasa.gr/xpmap.php?id=p509&lang=en 509]
 
  
Get off the bus when it makes a U-turn, at "NEO TERMA", and [https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=38.1549,23.857&daddr=38.155,23.8559&t=h&dirflg=w walk 300m] to the parallel of the high-way. It's quite busy with drivers avoiding the toll station 3km away. You can either walk to that toll station, or wait for a short ride, who's gonna drop you 18km away at "Sirios" complex. To help you make your decision, drivers are in better mood after eating than after paying tolls.
 
  
Sirios includes a restaurant, a gas station and Jumbo store. If Sirios restaurant is empty at that time of the day, 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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=== 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.
  
 
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.
 
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.
  
=== West to Thiva ===
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=== North-West to Thiva ===
New spot, i cannot confirm the hitch-hikeability of this route:
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Take the suburban till Mandra. From there, take the bus [http://www.oasa.gr/xpmap.php?id=p861&lang=en 861] till the last stop. There's only 35km left to Thiva.
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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.
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=== West to [[Patra]] or [[Tripoli]] {{E|94}} ===
  
=== West to the [[Peloponnesos]], [[Patra]] or [[Tripoli]] {{E|94}} ===
 
 
==== Option 1: Megara SEA ====
 
==== Option 1: Megara SEA ====
From metro Neratziotissa, take the suburban train to Kiato, and get down in Megara. The ticket costs 3 euro.
 
The controller always gets on the train in Nea Peramos, in the 1st or 5th (last) wagon. You can either :
 
  
a) go down in Nea Peramos and try to find a [https://www.google.com/maps?saddr=38.0141,23.4145&daddr=37.9964,23.364&t=k short ride to Megara].
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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 :
  
b) 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.
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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]
  
From the train platform of Megara, you can see the restaurant / petrol station. Cross the field, and find this [https://www.google.com/maps/dir/37.9922,23.3613/37.9954,23.3647/@37.9941846,23.3608798,633m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!4m1!3e0 underground pass] 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.
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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].
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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.
  
 
==== Option 2: National Road 8 ====
 
==== Option 2: National Road 8 ====
* from Ag.Marina Metro Station (end of blue line) buses [http://www.oasa.gr/xpmap.php?id=pa16&lang=en A16] and [http://www.oasa.gr/xpmap.php?id=p876&lang=en 876].
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* from Pireas Metro Station (end of green line), buses [http://www.oasa.gr/xpmap.php?id=p845&lang=en 845] and [http://www.oasa.gr/xpmap.php?id=p871&lang=en 871].
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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].
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From Pireas Metro Station (end of green line), bus [https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/10014511 871].
  
 
Get off at 1st Aerodromiou Stop or Levkes Stop. There you will see the connection with National Road 8 (N8).
 
Get off at 1st Aerodromiou Stop or Levkes Stop. There you will see the connection with National Road 8 (N8).
  
==== Option 3: Harrys Truck-Stop ====
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==== Option 3 : Eleusina Toll Station ====
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.
 
  
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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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.
It's a huge area and bus drivers and people know it. ''Not sure if you can say they know it. ** ''[[User:nerd-has-a-shirt|Val]] asked around the area and nobodoy could help him out. I ended up hitching from an on ramp to the highway which worked just fine as well''
 
http://www.eurotruckstops.com/city/harrys-truckstop-athens/
 
  
==== Option 4 : Eleusina Toll Station ====
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=== South to [[Sounio]] ===
With the same buses of option 2, you get off at Platia Elefsinas and [https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=ΠΛ.ΕΛΕΥΣΙΝΑΣ[email protected],23.542327&daddr=38.042,23.495 walk 5.5km] to Eleusina Toll Station.
 
  
=== South to [[Sounio]] ===
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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.
Take the bus [http://www.oasa.gr/xpmap.php?id=pe22&lang=en E22] from 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 ==
 
== Public Transport ==
Tickets cost EUR 1.20 (full price) or EUR 0.60 (students) and are valid for 70min after first validation. As an act of solidarity, partially used tickets are left on the validating machines, escalators, etc. If you find one, take it. The time of first validation are the last 4 digits printed.
 
  
You can check where are the controls on the mobile site [http://syrma.gr/ Syrma.gr]. Usually the controls are at the metro intersections (Syntagma, Omonia, Attiki, Monastiraki), where they 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.  
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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.
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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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If they catch you without a ticket, give them your passport, but don't pay the fine. Till now, nobody saw their fines redirected to their countries.
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== Nomadwiki & Trashwiki ==
  
[[Category:Route Athens - Thessaloniki]]
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{{nomadwiki}}
[[Nomad:Athens]]
 
[[trash:Athens]]
 
[[nomad:Athens]]
 

Latest revision as of 08:41, 21 September 2021

Athens
Αθήνα, Athína
<map lat='38.04' lng='23.75' zoom='10' />
Information
Country:
Flag of Greece
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.


Nomadwiki & Trashwiki

Check Nomadwiki for info on accommodation, showers etc. or Trashwiki for dumpsters...and share your wisdom :)