Most tourist sites are within the city centre, which is easy to get around on foot; however, there is an extensive public transport network consisting of buses, trolley buses, minibuses and a fast three-line underground metro service. The metro is especially useful to get to Piraeus to catch a boat to the islands. Transport is cheap, but often overcrowded, especially during the siesta rush hour (1-3pm), and operates until midnight. A limited night bus service operates along major routes. Bus and metro tickets are not transferable, but a daily pass can be used on both.
Although taxis are plentiful it may be difficult to get one during the siesta rush hour, and it is not unusual to share the ride with other passengers. It is often easier to phone ahead for a cab. Taxis are inexpensive, but always check that the meter is on and set to the minimum fare as drivers often attempt to overcharge tourists. Legitimate surcharges can increase the final bill, but these should be displayed on the dashboard. Driving in Athens is not recommended; cars are banned from the commercial centre, and parking anywhere is near impossible.
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