29 July, 2005
Transport Minister Mihalis Liapis on Thursday inaugurated the 400 bus line, a new public bus service providing sightseeing tours of Athens.
The new service is chiefly targeted at foreigners visiting the city and goes past major Athens museums and monuments. The new buses provide additional services, such as GPS satellite navigation and telematics programs that will give passengers information on the next stop and let them choose where to get off.
Liapis said the new buses were a pilot program that will be further expanded next summer if the public response is good, with the acquisition of open double-deckers. According to an announcement about the new service last week, there will be 20 stops along the new route, at special bus stops not shared by other OASA buses, while recorded messages in Greek and English will announce the next stop for passengers.
The bus service will operate between 7:00 and 21:00 every day, running roughly every half hour, and the entire tour will take between 80 and 90 minutes. The ticket will cost five euros and will only be on sale inside the bus. The same ticket will be valid for 24 hours after issue and can be used for unlimited journeys on all Athens-area public transport, except services to the airport and Saronida.
Source: Athens News Agency