The travel guide’s article refers to Athens’ subway with flattering comments, also saying that “One of the crowning achievements of this city’s Olympic bid was the creation of Attiko Metro, a system with stations housing archaeological exhibits and items that were uncovered while digging (walls, cisterns, urns, and even sarcophagi). Even if you don’t need to get to any of the 50-plus stations, it’s well worth a visit to Syntagma Square or Akropoli stations to see the relics or Ethniki Amyna station for more contemporary art installations. Though the trains aren’t that modern or extremely efficient, the visual surroundings make it all worthwhile.”
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A few “historic” facts about Athens’ subway system: it first began in 1992 and the first two sections delivered in January 2000 were line 2 “Syntagma – Sepolia” and line 3 “Ethniki Amyna – Syntagma”. Today, the two lines run along 59,7kms and include 40 stations. There are about 938.000 passengers daily on lines 2 and 3 of the subway, plus another 460.000 using the linked overground. Line 3 is currently being extended with a further 7,6kms and 6 new stations.