Piraeus Port near Athens, Greece

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 2, 2019

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Two large passenger/car ferries docked at Piraeus Port outside of Athens.

Piraeus is the largest and busiest ferry port serving Athens, with ferries going to almost all of the Greek islands in the Aegean.

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Where is Piraeus Port?

Piraeus ferry port is located about 10km south of central Athens and 45km west of the Athens International Airport. Piraeus is well-connected to central Athens and the airport via reliable metro, train, and bus service.

Athens has a second ferry port called Rafina. It has fewer sailings than Piraeus but can be convenient if you’re coming or going via the airport and don’t need to see or stay in central Athens. From Athens airport to Rafina takes about 20 minutes and costs around €40 by taxi (€55 between midnight and 5am); 40 minutes and €6 by bus.

Transportation Between Piraeus Port and Central Athens

The best way to get from Central Athens to Piraeus Port is generally via metro. If you have a lot of luggage, limited mobility, or are short on time taxi is a better option because you can be dropped directly to your gate. To get from Piraeus port to Athens, consider Welcome Pickups car service over a taxi: they can be pre-booked, cost the same as a cab, and you’ll skip waiting in line at the taxi rank.

Taking the Metro between Central Athens and Piraeus Port

The metro is a cheap and easy way to get between central Athens and the port. It’s a direct route from Monastiraki or Omonia stations (you’ll need to transfer in Monastiraki if you are coming from Syntagma station), and the Piraeus metro station is located just across the street from the port. Keep your metro ticket with you for your entire ride, and don’t forget to validate it at the validation machines before getting on the metro, or you risk incurring hefty fines. Lastly, be aware that on this heavily-touristed stretch of metro, pickpockets are not uncommon; if you keep your wits about you, your wallet out of your back pocket, and a hand on your zipped bag you should be fine.

  • 20-30 minutes.
  • Metro tickets cost €1.40.
  • The metro runs from 5:30am until about midnight. If your ferry leaves at 7:30am, leaving downtown Athens at 6am should give you plenty of time. (Metro timetable)
  • There is direct metro access to Piraeus Port from Monastiraki and Onomia stations (green line/#1). If you start from Syntagma station, take Line blue line/#3 to Monastiraki and transfer there to the green line/#1. This will add an extra 5 minutes to the trip.
  • The Piraeus metro station is located right just opposite the port entrance near gate E5 – follow the crowd across the street; the ticket booths will be to your left once you pass through the gate.

Taking a Taxi between Central Athens and Piraeus Port

If you’re pressed for time, are traveling with a lot of luggage, or have limited mobility, taking a taxi or car service to/from Piraeus is recommended; the driver will be able to drop you directly at your gate. Going by taxi will also be more comfortable than taking the metro, which is often extremely crowded. Be sure that your driver turns the meter on when you get in the cab; not doing so is a common way that taxi drivers try to get tourists to overpay for their trip. Note that it’s not uncommon in Greece for taxi drivers to let in additional passengers headed in a similar direction (they pay their own separate fare, not split yours) – but the original driver has a right to refuse this. If you’d prefer not to share a cab, let the driver know.

  • 20 to 30 minutes.
  • A taxi from central Athens to Piraeus port will cost €25 to €30.
  • Greek taxis have a 4-passenger limit.
  • In Athens, hail a cab by flagging one down as it goes by or wait at a taxi stand at Monastiraki, Syntagma, and other major tourist squares.
  • At Piraeus, wait in line for a taxi at one of multiple taxi ranks located within the port.

Private Car Service at Piraeus Port

Welcome Pickups is my favorite car service in Athens, and is a great alternative to a taxi for those who have planned their ferry trip in advance. Transport is pre-booked, so everything’s taken care of before your arrival, and there’s no standing in line for a taxi or navigating to the taxi rank or metro station. Drivers speak English, monitor the ferry schedules in case of delays, and are available by text to answer travel questions throughout your stay in Athens. They can even provide travel extras such as SIM cards and maps. Child car seats can be pre-ordered in advance of your trip.

  • 20 to 30 minutes.
  • €25 to €30 from Piraeus port into central Athens.
  • Welcome Pickups drivers operate 24/7.
  • Drivers will meet you at the ferry gate, holding a sign with your name.

Getting from the Piraeus Cruise Ship Terminal to Central Athens

Cruise ships dock at the far southern end of Piraeus port, a 20-minute walk around the harbor from the metro station. If your cruise line does not offer shuttle bus service to central Athens, take a taxi, pre-booked car service, or the Χ80 Piraeus-Akropolis-Syntagma Express bus that connects Piraeus cruise terminals with Athens city center. Bus stops are located at the cruise terminal gates directly outside of gates E12 and E11; from there, the express bus route stops at the Piraeus Archaeological Museum, the Acropolis, and Syntagma Square.

  • The X80 takes 30 minutes to get from the cruise terminals to central Athens.
  • For this bus, you need a €4.50 24-hour transit ticket.
  • During cruise season, buses run every 35 minutes from 7am to 9:30pm.
  • Tickets can be purchased on board the bus (exact fare only) or at any public transport ticket kiosk.

Transportation between Piraeus Port and Athens Airport

The best way to get from Athens airport to Piraeus Port is generally via the suburban train. It’s safer, more comfortable, and more reliable than the metro or bus, and far cheaper than a cab. Trains from the airport to the port run only once an hour, however, so the bus, car service, or a taxi are better options for those without a lot of time to spare between their flight and their ferry.

Taking the Suburban Train between Athens Airport and Piraeus Port

  • 65 minutes.
  • Train tickets cost €10.
  • Trains leave the airport once an hour from 6:09am until 10:09pm. (Airport-Piraeus timetable)
  • Trains leave Piraeus once an hour from 4:44am until 08:44pm. (Piraeus-airport timetable)
  • The suburban train station at Piraeus is in the same place as the metro station in Piraeus, directly across from the port entrance on Platform 3 near Gate E5.
  • The suburban train at the airport uses the same station as the metro train, a 10-15 minute walk from the arrival gate, but is located on the other side of the platform.

Taking the Bus between Athens Airport and Piraeus Port

The bus is the cheapest option when traveling between Piraeus port and the airport. It usually takes about an hour, and there are many stops along the way. The bus is generally reliable, but often crowded and always uncomfortable.

  • 60-90 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • Bus tickets cost €6. Children aged 6-18 and seniors over 65 are €3. Children under 6 are free.
  • The X96 bus runs all day and night between Athens Airport and Piraeus port, departing every every 15-30 minutes. (Bus timetable)
  • At the airport, the bus stand is located just outside of arrivals, between exits 4 and 5.
  • At Piraeus port, the bus stop is located opposite the port entrance near gate E5, just outside the metro station.
  • Tickets can be purchased from bus drivers, from the ticket kiosk at the bus departure area at the Athens airport, and from airport and Piraeus metro stations.

Taking a Taxi between Athens Airport and Piraeus Port

Though it costs more, a taxi is one of the fastest modes of travel between the airport and Piraeus port, and the increase in price can be justified by the convenience of not having to rely on a train or a bus timetable, as well as the comfort of not having to endure a long ride in a crowded metro car or bus. One big advantage of taking a taxi from the airport is that the driver will be able to drop you directly at your Piraeus ferry gate – ideal if you’re pressed for time, are traveling with a lot of luggage, or have limited mobility. Be sure that your driver turns the meter on when you get in the cab; not doing so is a common way that taxi drivers try to get tourists to overpay for their trip. Note that it’s not uncommon in Greece for taxi drivers to let in additional passengers headed in a similar direction (they pay their own separate fare, not split yours) – but the original driver has a right to refuse this. If you’d prefer not to share a cab, let the driver know.

  • 40-60 minutes, depending on traffic.
  • Standard taxis charge a flat rate for trips between the airport and Piraeus: 54€ in the day (5am to nidnight) and 70€ at night (midnight to 5am).
  • Greek taxis have a 4-passenger limit.
  • At the airport, the taxi stand is located at the arrivals area, between Exit 2 and 3.
  • At Piraeus, wait in line for a taxi at one of multiple taxi ranks located within the port.

Private Car Service between Athens airport and Piraeus Port

Welcome Pickups is my favorite car service in Athens, and is a great pre-planned alternative to a taxi. Transport is booked in advance, so everything’s taken care of before your arrival; no standing in line for a taxi or navigating to the taxi rank or metro station. Drivers speak English, monitor the ferry schedules in case of delays, and are available by text to answer travel questions throughout your stay in Athens. They can even provide travel extras such as SIM cards and maps. Child car seats can be pre-ordered in advance of your trip.

  • 40-60 minutes, depending on traffic – car service and taxi are the fastest ways to get between the airport and Piraeus.
  • Flat rate for trips between the airport and Piraeus: 54€ in the day (5am to nidnight) and 70€ at night (midnight to 5am).
  • Welcome Pickups drivers operate 24/7.
  • Drivers will meet you at the ferry gate or airport arrivals, holding a sign with your name.

Taking the Metro between Athens Airport and Piraeus Port

Though it’s one of the cheaper options, taking the metro between Athens airport and Piraeus port is not recommended; metro trains are crowded and uncomfortable, and the journey entails a transfer at hectic Monastiraki station. Bus, suburban train, car service, or taxi are better options. If you do take the metro, don’t forget to validate your metro tickets at the validation machines before getting on the metro, or you risk incurring hefty fines.

  • 85 minutes.
  • A metro ticket between the airport and Port cost 10€. Children under 6 are free.
  • The metro runs from 5:30am until about midnight. (Metro timetable)
  • To get to Piraeus port from the Athens airport on metro, take the blue line/#3 to Monastiraki station, where you will transfer onto the green line/#1 to Piraeus. To get from Piraeus to the airport, do the reverse.
  • The metro station at Athens airport is only a 10-15 minute walk from the arrival gate, outside of the airport itself. Follow the signs up one level to the main station area to buy your tickets, then go down the escalators to track level to board the train.
  • The metro station at Piraeus is located directly opposite the port entrance near gate E5. After arriving at Piraeus, follow the crowd across the street; ticket booths will be to your left once you pass through the gate.

Piraeus Port Ferry Tickets

How Early to Arrive for Piraeus Ferry?

  • Piraeus is a big port; arrive early to ensure enough time to collect your tickets and find your ship – an hour is a safe bet. There are port shuttles on site, but depending on the location of your ferry and the port shuttle schedule, walking to your gate could take 20 minutes or more. Many ticket booths are closed off-season, so allow extra time in winter, early spring, and late fall.

Should I buy my ferry tickets in advance or at the port?

  • Big ferries like the Blue Star rarely sell out, but the smaller, faster, catamaran-type ferries sometimes do, especially during high season. If you’re traveling between June and September and are taking a smaller ship, it’s a good idea to purchase tickets in advance. During the spring, fall, and winter, it’s generally not a problem to show up at the port an hour early and purchase tickets there. Ferryhopper.com’s helpful search function makes it easy to research ferry routes, schedules, and prices, whether you’re buying in advance from their website or purchasing at the port.

Where are the ticket kiosks in Piraeus Port?

  • The main ticket offices and travel agencies for most major lines are located inside the port gates, in a large building to the left of the vehicle entrance near gate E7. Ferry operators also maintain smaller booths for purchasing and collecting ferry tickets near the port’s main pedestrian entrance (near gate E6), as well as at individual ship gates. Many of these smaller ticket booths will be closed off-season, so be sure to allow yourself some extra time.

Do Greek ferries use e-tickets?

  • Certain Greek ferry companies, such as Golden Star Ferries and Aegean Speed Lines, now offer electronic tickets, eliminating the need to collect physical tickets at the port. After booking tickets on FerryHopper.com, a confirmation email with links to web check-in will be sent. After checking in online on the day of your departure, you are able to download your boarding pass to print on your own or keep in your phone/tablet to present at departure.

Can I get my Piraeus Port tickets delivered in advance?

  • Tickets booked through FerryHopper.com can be delivered via courier to Athens area hotels for a surcharge. This can be a great timesaver, as Piraeus port is large and ticket collection can be confusing. Important Note: Ferry schedules can and do change; once you are in physical possession of your tickets, any cancellation or modification can only be processed in person, by returning the tickets to the Ferryhopper offices or a travel agency that works with your ferry company.

Piraeus Port Ferry Schedules

FerryHopper.com will have the most up-to-date schedules and fares for Greek ferries and is the best way to buy ferry tickets. Most ferries do not sell out, but for peace of mind, book tickets 2 to 3 months in advance.

Piraeus Port Map

Map of Piraeus port outside of Athens, showing ferry and cruise ship gates, bus stops, taxi stands, and cafes.

Staying near Piraeus Port

Although it’s easy to get between Piraeus and central Athens, if you arrive on a late flight and need to catch an early morning ferry, you may choose to stay near the port in Piraeus. Great museums and a charming marina district make Piraeus an ideal place to stay for travelers who are looking to explore beyond the museums, ruins, and bustling squares of Athens – or are simply looking to avoid the hordes of capital city tourists.

Piraeus Hotels

  • Phidias Piraeus Hotel
    Modern and spacious rooms sleep up to four. Located in a quieter area near the Archaeological Museum, Naval Museum, and the shops and restaurants at Zea Marina. Guests receive a complimentary smartphone with unlimited calls and data, as well as shuttle service to and from the port, X96 bus stop, and metro station. • Map
  • Piraeus Dream Hotel
    Modern and recently-renovated rooms (double, twin, triple, and family room with bunk beds), rooftop restaurant, quick 4-minute walk to port. • Map
  • Hotel Achillon
    Low-key and affordable hotel about as close to the port as you can get. Rooms range from singles to quadruples that sleep four and superior doubles that sleep five. Quick 4-minute walk to gate E9. • Map
  • Mayflower Premium Apartments
    Spacious, modern, and well-decorated home-like apartments in the center of Piraeus – a 10-minute walk from the port. All units have well-appointed kitchens, comfortable Cocomat beds, and rainfall showers; some feature large terraces. Two-bedroom apartments sleep up to six people. • Map
  • The Alex
    Ultra new and ultra-modern boutique hotel amid the Kastella neighborhood’s chic shops and restaurants. Spectacular rooftop terrace with bar, restaurant, and incredible views over the yachts and fishing boats of Zea Marina. Shuttle service to Piraeus Port. • Map
  • Piraeus Port Hotel
    Clean and contemporary mid-range hotel in central Piraeus. Comfortable and spacious rooms, all with terraces or with balconies; family rooms sleep 3. Great and reasonably-priced breakfast starts at 6am to accommodate early morning ferry passengers. 10-minute walk to the port and metro station. • Map
  • Monogram Premium Suites
    With one modern suite on each of the building’s six floors, Monogram features minimalistic industrial decor and bold styling. Guests are given smartphones pre-loaded with local maps, restaurants, and points of interest. Located in a quiet neighborhood around the corner from beautiful Zea Marina. Transfer service to the port can be arranged through the concierge. • Map

Piraeus Restaurants

  • Varoulko Seaside – Michelin-starred, elegant fine dining in charming but touristy Mikrolimano marina, with a wonderful view of the sea. • +30 21 0522 8400 • Map
  • Paleo Wine Bar – Excellent wine bar in an historic warehouse building near the port (gate E5) and metro station. The wine list is extensive and well-curated, the food menu is abbreviated but mouth-watering. • +30 21 0412 5204 • Map
  • Abakos Steakhouse – Stylish, casual, and reasonably-priced steakhouse one block from the port (gate E9). Wood-fired meats, great wine list, killer picanha (Uruguyan steak). • +30 21 0452 5251 • Map
  • Arlekinos – Cozy and well-priced taverna, 8-minute walk to the port (gate E9). The menu excels in grilled meats and traditional meze, including many Cretan dishes. • +30 21 0413 2555 • Map
  • Stoa Rakadiko – Charming and quirky taverna near the port, with a beautiful atrium interior of stone walls and floating umbrellas. Extensive mix of traditional and innovative dishes, with many vegetarian/vegan options. 6-minute walk to the gate E8. • +30 21 0417 8470 • Map
  • Street Souvlaki – Best souvlaki in Piraeus in two locations: one a block from the port (gate E10) and one near Zea Marina. Sit at one of the indoor and outdoor tables, or order for take-away. Open from 11:30 until the wee hours (3am Sunday-Thursday, 4am Friday and Saturday). • +30 21 0417 0866 • Maps: Port, Marina
  • Bread Factory – Not only great bread, but also an amazing selection of pastries, ice cream, snacks, sandwiches, and hot meals. All across the street from the port at gate E9. • +30 21 0422 5318 • Map
  • Yperokeanio – The best seafood tavern in Piraeus. Its name means “ocean liner,” and its nautical-themed decor is charming and old-fashioned, not hokey. This restaurant is popular for a reason, so book reservations in advance. 3-minute walk from the port (gate E12). • +30 21 0418 0030 • Map
  • Margaro – Casual taverna, famous since 1944 for having the best fried fish and Greek salad in the Athens area. (It’s so good that it’s all they serve.) Near the port by the cruise terminals at gate E12. • +30 21 0451 4226 • Map
  • Hams and Clams – Awful name, awesome food. Waterfront oyster bar near Zea Marina. Great ceviche, fantastic cocktails and a great wine list. • +30 21 0418 6683 • Map

Things to Do in Piraeus

  • Archeological Museum of Piraeus – Small but interesting museum highlighting the evolution of the port of Piraeus (ancient Greece’s most important harbor) and the surrounding region from the 18th century BC to the 4th century AD. Pottery, bronze statues, and grave monuments of the 5th and 4th centuries B.C. are displayed, among other treasures – don’t miss the ancient amphitheatre out back. Located near Zea Marina. €4 admission. • Open 8am-3pm November to April, 8:30am-4pm April to November. Closed Tuesdays. • Map
  • Hellenic Maritime Museum – Maritime and naval artifacts and models from the region, including many from World Wars I and II. Located near Zea Marina. €4 admission. • Open 9am-2pm Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30am-2pm Saturday. Closed Mondays and Holidays. • Map
  • Pasalamani/Zea Marina – Charming marina neighborhood that was once one of the main harbors for the ancient Athenian warships. Now it’s a quiet, pleasant spot to watch Greek fishermen in their colorful boats, gawk at megayachts, and shop, sip, or nibble by the sea at one of the abundant waterfront restaurants, boutiques, and bars. • Map
  • Mikrolimano Marina – Another, smaller, picturesque marina filled with small fishing boats and luxury yachts. The boardwalk is lined with pricey fish restaurants that cater to tourists (including the Michelin-starred Varoulko by the Sea). • Map
  • Peiraiki – This is the peninsula just south of central Piraeus, beginning roughly at the Piraeus port cruise terminals and wrapping south and east along the coast to Pasalimani. This area houses the Naval Academy, and is peppered with some of the best fresh fish restaurants in the region (including Margaro and Yperokeanio, listed above). A leisurely walk along the coastal road to Pasalimani takes about an hour, and is especially enjoyable at sunset. Longer, if you stop for a bite at one of the many seaside restaurants along the way. • Map

Piraeus Port Photos and Videos

Photos of journey from Metro to port entrance, ticket booths, port bus stop locations, port bus

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