Athens is a bustling capital that is easy to get around. However, there’s a few things to keep in mind when commuting.
1. Talk to the hand
Never show your inner palm as a sign of showing the number five when ordering food, drinks or when generally speaking.
It is actually an offensive gesture and it is best to show your back hand as a gesture for when you want to indicate for example ‘5 beers’.
2. Keep a look out
Whenever you are carrying any luggage or a bag with you, always keep an eye on it and be aware of your surroundings.
Just like any other city, Athens has with thieves that intend to steal on trains and other public transport.
3. Don’t pay the fine
Make sure you always buy a ticket which only costs €1.40 one way. This ticket lasts 1 and half hour, plus you have access to all public transports.
There are always random ticket inspectors at any train station, and if they catch you without a ticket you can get a fine for €60.
4. It’s a rat race
Here in Athens, it is like playing chess on the train when you want to have a seat.
You will notice that people will tend to be sneaky and race you in order to have a seat. 9 out of 10 times people argue (especially older women) on the train over a seat.
5. Book it in advance
If you are looking to get a taxi from your hotel, Airbnb or anywhere else from the city, book it through the app Beat (available on both androids and iPhones).
That way you know how much your trip will cost you, plus you can even pay for your trip by debit/credit card.
Taxi drivers tend to take advantage of tourists abroad, so in order avoid that, book your taxi journey first.