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metrosignThe Athens Metro is the underground public transport system of Athens, consisting of 3 lines.

Metro Line 1 was inaugurated on February 27, 1869 as a steam train connecting Athens and Piraeus and was operated by Athens Piraeus Railway SA. The line was electrified in 1904 and the operating company renamed to Athens Piraeus Electric Railway SA in 1976. Today, Line 1 reaches the suburb of Kifisia and is also known as the green line and the electric railway.

Construction of Metro Lines 2 and 3 began in November 1991 to decrease traffic congestion and clean up the environment by reducing Athens' smog level.

In 1997 the line under contruction between the Syntagma and Panepistemiou stations developed a 5-meter-wide, 24-meter-deep hole. Fearing that Panepistemiou (University) Avenue and the tunnel would collapse, construction was suspended. Later that afternoon, cement trucks filled the hole with concrete to stabilize the ground and avoid closure of the avenue and the subway project. After the hole was entirely filled, construction resumed.

Lines 2 and 3, constructed by Attiko Metro S.A. and operated by Attiko Metro Operations Company S.A. and known as red and blue lines respectively, were inaugurated in 2000 and as of 2005 have 23 stations between them. Line 3 reached the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport in the summer of 2004. All three Metro lines connect with Proastiakos, the Athens Suburban Railway and the tram system.


List of stations in Line 1 (the green line)
  • Piraeus, next to the port and is the southernmost station of ISAP (Line 1, Green Line), future line linking Zeas and Chalandri
  • Faliro, connecting with the tram near Peace and Friendship Stadium and Karaiskaki Stadium and the Athens Tramway linking with the southern suburbs
  • Moschato
  • Kallithea
  • Tavros
  • Petralona
  • Thission (Thissio)
  • Monastiraki, intersects with Line 3
  • Omonoia (Omonia), intersects with Line 2
  • Victoria (Viktoria)
  • Attiki, intersects with Line 2
  • Agios Nikolaos
  • Kato Patissia
  • Agios Eleftherios
  • Ano Patissia
  • Perissos
  • Pefkakia
  • Nea Ionia
  • Heraklio
  • Eirini, near the Athens Olympic Stadium
  • Nerantziotissa, intersecting with the suburban railway
  • Maroussi
  • KAT, near the KAT Hospital
  • Kifissia, the northernmost line of ISAP (Line 1, Green Line)

List of stations in Line 2 (the red line)
  • Aghios Antonios - the current north end of the line
  • Sepolia
  • Attiki
  • Larissa - central OSE train station; Proastiakos station
  • Metaxourgio - north-east of Omonia Square
  • Omonia - underneath Omonia Square, connection to Line 1
  • Panepistimio - near the University of Athens
  • Syntagma - Syntagma Square; connection to the Blue line
  • Akropoli - stop for the Acropolis
  • Syngrou-Fix - near Andreas Syngrou Avenue
  • Neos Kosmos
  • Aghios Ioannis - next to Vouliagmenis Avenue
  • Daphni - in the heart of Daphni
  • Aghios Dimitrios/Alexandros Panagoulis - near Aghios Dimitrios, Helioupoli and Vouliagmenis Avenue

List of stations in Line 3 (the blue line)
  • Eleftherios Venizelos Airport
  • Doukissis Plakentias
  • Halandri
  • Ethniki Amyna
  • Katehaki - next to Katehaki Avenue.
  • Panormou
  • Ambelokipi - near Ambelokipi.
  • Megaro Moussikis
  • Evangelismos
  • Syntagma -- next to Syntagma Square, also connects to the Red line.
  • Monastiraki -- also connecting to Line 1.

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