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Standard Athens transport ticket to rise to 1.40 euros on January 1

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The standard ticket for public transport in Athens, valid for 70 minutes, will increase in cost from 1.20 to 1.40 euros from New Year’s Day, Transport Minister Christos Spirtzis said on Thursday. He added that the reduced-price ticket, for children, students and the elderly, will increase from 0.60 to 0.70 euros.

Spirtzis, who said that the ministry is hoping to keep the prices of other tickets and travelcards unchanged, made the announcement as he presented plans for the so-called electronic, or e-ticket scheme.

The minister said that the new system may be rolled out earlier than expected, possibly within seven months on the city’s buses.

He said that replacing the current paper tickets with “smart” tickets would allow for a more flexible pricing scheme, which would mean passengers paying according to the distance they cover.