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Are local buses, trams, trains or taxis safe and affordable?

Yes. No security issues with local transportation. - Oct 3, 2017
Yes. Buses, trams, and trains are very reasonable, relatively clean, and mostly predictable. Taxis are relatively cheap and can be summoned using Uber, TaxiBeat, or similar apps. - Jan 15, 2017
The local public transportation system is safe and affordable. Taxis, with the exception of the fixed price for airport transfer (as of writing fixed at 38 euros), are very affordable. Athens also has Uber and TaxiBeat. - Dec 20, 2016
Taxis and the Metro are reasonable and easy to use. Calling for a taxi works better than trying to hail on the streets. Taxi drivers are known for picking up multiple fairs if they are going to the same area. You have to yell to the driver what part of town you want and they may or may not stop for you. Can be very frustrating, so keep the taxi number handy. - Sep 7, 2013
The Metro is the newest in Europe and very good, if somewhat limited (about 35 stops). Train service outside Athens is very limited, mostly between Athens and the second largest city, Thessaloniki, to the north. Buses are effective and not very expensive. Taxis are everywhere, and not too expensive, but you MUST keep an eye on the meters for excessive charging. Taxi drivers are unscrupulous! - Jul 14, 2012
They are safe and affordable, as is the metro. - Jun 30, 2010
Great metro, taxis are everywhere and reasonable and buses in every neighborhood that I know of. I would say they are all very safe. - Jan 6, 2009
Yes on both counts. The Metro is a good bargain. - Dec 27, 2008
Yes and yes. You buy bus tickets at the magazine/soda stands. - Jun 20, 2008