Fined on Athens public transportation?

If you get fined for using public transportation without a ticket in Athens, you will have to pay 60 times the price of the ticket.

This is:

  • €84 for a normal ticket (which costs €1.40)
  • €36, if you are eligible for half-price tickets

People who are eligible for half-price tickets are:

  • Children ages 7-12
  • Students
  • People over the age of 65
  • Members of families with multiple children

Can I pay less?

You can get a 50% discount on your fine if you pay it within 10 days.

A tip to pay even less:

During the first 2 weeks of every month, you can buy a monthly pass.

If you get fined during the first 2 weeks of the month, buy a monthly pass the same day you get the fine.

You will need a passport-type photo and €30 to get a monthly pass. The pass also allows you to use all public transportation for the rest of the month.

The same or the next day, between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., visit a Public Transportation Fine Payment Office and ask them to erase your fine.

Bring your:

  • Pre-Registration card, Full Registration Card or Residence Permit (or any document that proves your identity)
  • New monthly transportation pass
  • Fine notice

How do I pay my fine?

The easiest way is to go to a post office and pay by check.

Post office employees should be able to help you to fill out the check. You must write on the check:

  • The fine number
  • Your name
  • The name of the transportation company that issued the fine

There is a €4 charge for the check.

Find a post office near to where you live here.

If you don’t want to pay the extra €4 for a check, you can visit a Public Transportation Fine Payment Office.

Where can I find a Public Transportation Fine Payment Office?

What if I don’t pay the fine?

After 2 months (60 days) from the time you get fined, the amount gets multiplied by 5. This is:

Then the transportation company will send this unpaid fine to Greek tax authorities, who will register it as a debt under your name.

This means that, if you have a Greek tax number (AFM) (or if you get an AFM soon), the tax authorities will keep asking you for the payment.

As your AFM number is linked with your Pre-Registration or Full Registration or Residence Permit number, there is no way to avoid getting charged for this large amount of money.

If you get an AFM at any time after you are fined, any existing fines will be linked to your new number, and the tax authorities will start asking you for the payment.

Can’t I just ignore my fines?

Not if you have an AFM — and if you want to work in Greece, you must get an AFM.

Once you have an AFM, the tax authorities will start asking you to pay your fine — with added interest — starting two months after you get the fine.

If you have a bank account under your name or get one in the future, things can get even worse once you owe more than €500.

Current Greek law allows tax authorities to confiscate funds from your bank account when your debt is more than €500.

How can I protect my bank account?

Go to your bank and ask to declare your account “non-confiscated.”

Declaring your account “non-confiscated” ensures that tax authorities can’t confiscate any of your money if doing so would leave you with less than €1,200 in your account.

For example: If you have €1,562 in your non-confiscated account, authorities can only take €362. If you have €943 in your account, authorities cannot take any of your money.

Can they confiscate fines from my cash assistance?

No. Refugee.Info has confirmed that tax authorities cannot access your cash assistance to confiscate debt payments.