Transport in Greece

Train of ISAP, the oldest urban rapid transit system of Athens metropolitan area

Transport in Greece have undergone significant changes in the past two decades, vastly modernizing the country's infrastructure. Although ferry transport between islands remains the prominent method of transport between the nation's islands, improvements to the road infrastructure, rail, urban transport, and airports have all led to a vast improvement in transportation. These upgrades have played a key role in supporting Greece's economy, which in the past decade has come to rely heavily on the construction industry.

Rail transport

Taxis in front of the New Railway Station, Thessaloniki


Main article: Railways of Greece

The state owned company that owns and maintains Greece's railway network is called OSE, while TrainOSE is the company responsible for operating all passenger and freight trains.


Cities with a rapid transit railway network:

Commuter Rail

Main article: Proastiakos
Proastiakos commuter rail

Cities with a commuter rail network (Proastiakos):


Road transport


Main article: Highways in Greece
A2 (Egnatia Odos) motorway
Moreas Motorway.


Bus transport

Urban bus transport

Preserved vintage trolleybus of ILPAP, Piraeus-Kastella line

Intercity and regional bus transport

Main article: KTEL (Greece)

KTEL is the common name for every company which is responsible for intercity and regional bus transit. Most of the regional units, though, have their own regional network of buses, and have their regional unit names labeled on KTEL vehicles that operate there. (e.g. KTEL Argolidas).

Water transport


View of the port of Patras

The 80 km system consists of three coastal canals including the Corinth Canal (6 km) and three unconnected rivers. The Corinth Canal crosses the Isthmus of Corinth, connecting the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf; and shortens the sea voyage from the Adriatic to Piraeus by 325 km.

Ports and harbours

Merchant Marine


  • over 3,047 m: 5
  • 2,438 to 3,047 m: 16
  • 1,524 to 2,437 m: 19
  • 914 to 1,523 m: 17

under 914 m: 10 (2005)

  • 914 to 1,523 m: 3
  • under 914 m: 12 (2005)


Major Construction Projects

Completed Projects




Projects under construction



Future projects




See also


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