New 5-euro banknotes no good for transport tickets

They may have the image of Greek goddess Europa on them but for the next few weeks commuters in Athens will feel the frustration of mere mortals if they try to use new 5-euro banknotes to buy transport tickets as the software in machines has not been updated to accept the fresh tender.

Transport Ministry general secretary Nikos Stathopoulos said the companies that have installed the ticket machines at metro and tram stations have been asked to upgrade their software so the new notes, in circulation since May 2, can be accepted.

Almost 300 machines are affected and it will cost 32,300 euros to install new software.

The Kifissia-Piraeus electric railway (ISAP) is not affected as its machines only accept coins.