Accessible Transportation in Athens
Accessible transportation in Athens is as good or better than any major city in Europe. While there are many other cities with accessible buses, Athens is the only city I have visited in Europe where ALL of the subway stations have elevators. Consequently,wheelchair users and people with other disabilities have multiple options for accessible transportation in Athens.
Getting around Athens can be challenging for people with mobility issues because the presence of numerous hills and many cobblestone areas.
While there are wheelchair ramps at most, but not all, sidewalk street intersections, many of these ramps have been poorly maintained and have broken concrete. Many of them are steeper than those found in the USA and UK.
I would recommend getting a useful map before you leave for Athens. These Pop-Out maps are the best ones for navigating European cities. This one actually contain several maps including one that shows the Athens subway system:
Accessible Buses in Athens
Although I have read that all of the buses are accessible in Athens, I didn’t actually use them when I was there. The subway system was so easy to navigate and use that using the buses are not essential. If you need to plan your trip by bus, you can find the bus map here: www.oasa.gr
The subway system in Athens is fully accessible. There are elevators at each of the stations. Sometimes they are positioned on the sidewalk; sometimes they are in the middle of a plaza, and sometimes they are in a nearby building. Typically there is an elevator to lead you down to the ticket booth and a separate elevator to get down to the platform.
Different elevators lead to different subway tracks. The subway direction is identified by the final stop, so you will need to look for signs that list the subway number and the correct direction. Escalators are also found throughout the subway stations.
Subway map: www.amel.gr
There are some modern trams in Athens but they do not run through the main tourist sections of the city. I am unsure of their accessibility.
Accessible Taxis in Athens
You will have no problems waving down a normal taxi in Athens. If you need an accessible taxi, you can find them here: www.specialtaxi.com. You should definitely use a taxi to get youto the entrance of the Acropolis due to the uphill cobblestone path leading to it.
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