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“A slow trip around the city”
Review of Athens Happy Train

Athens Happy Train
Ranked #138 of 289 Tours in Athens
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Hop on and off this bright red train to take in the city’s main sights.
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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385 reviews
259 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“A slow trip around the city”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

The 'Happy Train' was easy to find and is very good value for money cost of trip only 6 euros for the hour long trip. The trip is suitable for people of all ages but not so good for anyone with a back problem as it is not very comfortable.
The train moves at a very slow pace through the city, giving you plenty of time to focus your camera if need be. The only down side really is that you are not always made aware of where you are or what is just around the corner so you are often surprised by the historical sight you suddenly come upon. Some time is spent going through the very narrow streets of the city where the city sightseeing bus just cannot go.

Visited May 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Athens UNHAPPY red train”
Reviewed 29 March 2014 via mobile

It was an interesting and different way of sightseeing Athens in this train. We thought it would be fun instead of the sightseeing buses we take every time we travel, because this train could go through Plaka's narrow streets.
In the departure, the lady that sold our tickets told us that the trains were running every half an hour until midnight, and it has a total of ten stops.
It was a bit expensive 6 euros per adult (we were three) and 4 euros per child (I have two young kids), valid only for hop on, hop off on the day of purchase, but we thought it was worth it....ummm
This red train was very uncomfortable, poorly maintained and it seemed like it had some kind of problem with its brakes. The tour guide didn't explain anything and when she did, she did it in Greek, but neither the tourists nor Greek passengers understood what she was saying or what we were seeing.
We got off in the second stop, in front of the Acropolis Museum, and I asked, again, how often were the trains passing. She replied every half an hour. It was 3:30 pm and we went out of the museum at 5 pm just in time to take our train and finish our sightseeing....
We waited for half an hour, an hour, an hour and a half...but there wasn't a train in sight!
Finally, a green train arrived and when I asked when the red train was supposed to come, the driver said: it is not coming, no more red trains today. They stopped because they did not have any passengers.
Whaaattt????
The managers of the red train forgot they had passengers in different stops waiting for them to finish the trip they paid for.
Finally, we returned to our hotel by walking, it was only 10' minutes walk but we felt very disappointed about this attraction because we felt they stole our money.

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Örkelljunga
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142 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“A nice way to see Athens”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

We took the train to get up to Akropolis without having to walk so much. I have been in Athens several times before, but enjoyed the trip though narrow streets of the Plaka. A woman told us about places we saw and there was a stop at Monastiraki for photos. We didn't take the whole trip, since we got off at Akropolis. We took the train from Syntagma,

Visited February 2014
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Brisbane, Australia
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“There are better options”
Reviewed 1 January 2014

We did the happy train this afternoon and are sad to say that it was a waste of an hour in Athens. There was no commentary at all. So you didn't really know what you were going past / looking at. We were expecting it to be a good way to get an overview of sites, but without commentary, it was not an effective way to get around. We wish we spent the extra money and did the hop on hop off bus.

Visited January 2014
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Florida
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“No context or history provided”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

I often use this kind of attraction when traveling to get an overview of a location. Usually, there is recorded history or interesting facts. This one had none of that however, just an identification of the site by the driver over a sound system that was essentially inaudible. The vehicle also seemed generally poorly maintained, with torn seats, a jerky braking system and poor suspension (past rides I've taken in similar little "trains" have not been that bumpy and uncomfortable). There are other companies that offer this ride, including both a green and white train, and they might be better, but I would not recommend the red train.

Visited November 2013
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