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    Ferry Time

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 15, 2004

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    With all of the ferry travel happening in Greece, I would be remiss without mentioning how to get to Piraeus. Piraeus is the main port of Greece and is located south of the city, but is easily reached by the metero.

    Line 1 of Athens metro terminates (if you are going the right direction) at the port of Piraeus.

    If you are on line 3, you connect at Monastiraki. If you are on line 2 you can connect to line 1 at Omonia or Attiki.

    Piraeus

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    by mindcrime Updated Feb 21, 2013

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    There are three ports that you can you for ferries/boats to the islands, Piraeus, Rafina, Lavrio

    For Piraeus which is the bigger port get subway (green line) to Piraeus and most of the boats will be there in front of you! In case some of them are further in other piers just ask a local agent. There is a free local bus that goes further to other piers (for exable to the boats that go to Lesvos island etc)
    Most cruise ships and ferries use the main central port of Piraeus except easyCruiseOne that use the yacht marina Marina Zeas.

    For Rafina you have to take a bus from the beginning of Alexandras avenue (1 hour ride), 5' away from Victoria metro station.The bus ride takes about 60’

    For Lavrio you have to take a bus from the beginning of Alexandras avenue (1 hour ride), 5' away from Victoria metro station but the ride takes about 2 hours.

    All the ports have many travel agents around selling tickets for all destinations but (especially during high season) its better to book in advance. There many online sites like www.greekferries.gr, from what I've noticed most of them have the same prices

    a boat arrives at Pireaus port boat to Lesvos island 30' before departure a local bus that goes to further piers at Pireau ferry at Rafina port

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    The massive Pireaus port

    by Snipernurse Updated Jun 28, 2008

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    If you are planning to visit the islands of Greece you may have an encounter with the massive Pireaus port. It can be very confusing and entail a good amount of walking. However a metro station is within a few hundred yards of the port (near a walkway bridge) and will take you to any part of Athens you need to go

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    Flying Dolphin: Twice the speed, Twice the price

    by OiKnow Written May 23, 2006

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    The Flying Dolphin service is a high speed hydrofoil boat service connecting Pireas to the closer Islands. The boat has sort of wings under the water that cause the mass of the hull of the boat to rise up out of the water as the boat speeds up. As a result the boats can run at a greater speed. The interiors are compact, slightly larger then a wide body jet. Move around a little and you will find an open area to watch the water slip by. Buying round trip is less expensive then one way. Round trip from Pireas to Aegina was 18.50 euro per person. You can buy ticket at the cruise line ticket windows or through a travel agency (we used a travel agency in the port; a travel agency can recommend the best ship for you and the trip that you want to make.)

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    Saronic Gulf Boat Schedules Changed...

    by greekcypriot Updated Jul 26, 2012

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    Due to the sale of a couple of ships by Hellenic Seaways, hydrofoil and ferry schedules in the Saronic Gulf (Saronikos) area are changing. This means that previously-printed or posted timetables may not be correct, so check directly.

    The affected islands include Aegina, Agistri, Poros, Spetses and Hydra, almost all of them popular stops for tourists. Remaining vessels are expected to add additional times to help cover the routes.

    If you're already ticketed, you should be fine though double-checking departure times is never a bad idea, but if you're island-hopping on the fly, there may be different options available that are not listed in existing sources.

    http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite2_1_19/07/2012_452940

    Saronic Gulf Boat schedules
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    Getting from port to metro

    by SkyKat Written Sep 25, 2009

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    There is a metro station at Piraeus. Depending on your port location and how much luggage you're carrying, it should be walking distance. If you take a taxi, there will be a port surcharge and surcharge for each piece of luggage, and sometimes the drivers add their own "extras" that you should watch out for. If you don't feel you were ripped off and would still like to tip, then rounding up to the nearest Euro or two is plenty.

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    Getting from port to metro

    by SkyKat Written Sep 25, 2009

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    There is a metro station at Piraeus. Depending on your port location and how much luggage you're carrying, it should be walking distance. If you take a taxi, there will be a port surcharge and surcharge for each piece of luggage, and sometimes the drivers add their own "extras" that you should watch out for. If you don't feel you were ripped off and would still like to tip, then rounding up to the nearest Euro or two is plenty.

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  • Excursion to Kea (Tzia)

    by nicktheo Written Jan 7, 2008

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    Tzia or Kea as it is else known , is probably one of the best islands near Athens. You can get there from the port of Laurio (frequent buses leave from Pedio tou Areos opposite Victoria Train Station , and the route is about an hour), in about an hour , and the tickets cost not more than 7 euros. The beaches are wonderful , with the most appealing one being Gialiskari. If you have some spare time , go to Otzias and have a bite at the restaurant Anna tou Otzia. It's an ideal excursion if you want to relax , taste fresh fish and have a nice swim. That's why you should better visit it in the holiday months

    Gialiskari beach
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    Trip to islands and back

    by Vija_v Written Aug 17, 2007

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    When we get to Athens we wasnt sure about our plans in Greece. We were sure that we want to go to islands, but again we didnt had any pre-booking for the ferries.
    It was quiet easy to get ferry tickets just after our arrive in AThens and already on next day we were on our way to Naxos.
    Just make sure that ticket services in Athens work till some 6pm. Dont be late!

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    Ferries

    by agarcia Updated Oct 16, 2002

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    Ferries are, definitely, the best transportation system to travel around Greece. Especially if your are only interested in the Greek Islands. I’ll suggest you to take, as far as possible, the regular ferries rather than the high-speed boats (in the picture), or Flying Dolphins, as they are named.

    Ferries are twice as cheap, twice as funny, and yes, twice as slow as the other boats. But still, the incredible views is worth it!!

    Flying Dolphin

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    Flying Dolphins

    by iaint Written Dec 30, 2010

    Aaah, my hydrofoil operator to get me from Piraeus to Aegina (and vice versa). You buy your ticket at a booth by the pier in Piraeus. €24 return for me. It was Christmas Day, so that may not be the normal fare.

    The trip takes 45 minutes, and there is a LOT of movement. At least on December seas. So if seasickness ails you, take a ferry. Its nothing dramatic, but not for the squeamish!

    That apart, it’s all comfortable, quick and fun.

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    Athens to Santorini

    by sugarpuff Updated Jan 31, 2011

    Taken from a brochure from 'Consolas Travel':

    Santorini - One of the most unique islands in the world, since the entire centre of the island is missing and a huge 'caldera' is in its place! Thira is about 8 hours from Pirea. The island has attracted visitors from abroad for centuries, attracted to its exotic natural beauty.

    Most significant of these wonders include:
    *The crater in the middle of the caldera, where you can have a hot mud bath
    *The black and red sand beaches
    *The famous sunset view in the village of Ia
    *The many picturesque churches

    2 days 149 euros

    3 days 179 euros

    INCLUDED:

    * Transfer free to port
    * Fast Ferry
    * Acc 2-3 bedded rooms with private bath and toilet
    * Breakfast/Taxes
    * Meet and Transfer on the island

    Daily

    PIREA - SANTORINI
    Dep. 07:25 Arr. 15:10
    Dep. 19:00 Arr. 00:10
    Tue, Thurs, Sat, Sun

    SANTORINI - PIREA
    Dep. 15:30 Arr. 23:25
    Dep. 00:40 Arr. 05:40
    Wed/Thurs, Fri/Sat, Sun/Mon

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    . . . a day trip to the islands

    by Karin1S Written Aug 29, 2004

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    Go to Piraeus and take a Flying Dolphin or a Ferry Boat for a day trip to one of the beautiful island they are very close to Athens.

    One of this Islands is Aegina . . . only one hour far . . .

    Flying Dolphin
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    PIRAEUS PORT

    by STRATOS79 Written May 10, 2007

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    Piraeus port has been a port for Athens for more than 2000 years(modern port was rebuilt in 1834) connecting with almost every Greek island is one of the busiest shipping centres in Europe

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    LAURIO AND RAFINA PORT

    by STRATOS79 Written May 10, 2007

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    Laurio and Rafina port are smaller ports than Piraeus that connect Athens with the Cyclades.About 60 km from the centre of Athens

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