The Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA) has announced that, as of October 1, it will stop issuing paper tickets for special groups such as over-65s, under-18s, students and large families. As a result, they will have to purchase personalized electronic cards.
Up until now, they could only purchase paper tickets from counters at a few train stations as they were not available from ticket vending machines.
According to OASA, holders of the new personalized cards can purchase a fare via their smartphones using NFC technology without needing to go to a ticket counter or vending machine.
OASA says that it has so far issued more than 800,000 personalized cards and another 350,000 non-personalized ones.