PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TRANSFERS
Piraeus Port to Athens
Instructions on how to use the public transportation means from the port of Piraeus to Athens and back.
OPTION A- USING THE ATHENS METRO SYSTEM FROM THE PIRAEUS PORT
To get to Piraeus metro station, you can:
• Walk from the pier to the metro station which is approximately a 30 to 40 minute walk depending on the pier the ship docks
• Take the 843 bus from pier A to Piraeus metro station
Once you arrive at the metro station in Pireaus you get on the metro in the direction of KIFISSIA (line 1) and in 20-30 minutes you reach the MONASTIRION metro station where you get off and change trains into line 3 in the direction towards AIRPORT. You get off at the next station which is SYNTAGMA station. Once off the train you will follow the EXIT signs until you reach the ticket validating machines and the escalators will be directly in front of you.
The cost is 1,00 € per person.
To get back to Piraeus you may take the metro from either Monastiraki or Thisseion in the direction toward Piraeus (line 1) and get off at the last station. You will then walk to the pier or take the bus 843 from opposite the metro station of Piraeus and get off at the same stop you took it in the morning.
Even if there is a strike, this lasts for a couple of hours.
But even if that happens, it is very scarcely that the Metro or trains stop.
The foreign Papers many times are very extreme and against Greece, and they give the impression that at least once or twice a week we have strikes and riots.
Of course the people here are not happy from the situation, but believe me at least on the last strike nothing happened. It lasted for a couple of hours and that was it.
So, tourists are welcome to come without fear, and besides they will have the chance to buy cheaper believe me.
THE PUBLIC BUS FROM PIRAEUS TO ATHENS
You can take bus 040 from near the pier B (the terminal is 200 ft away from the main exit) towards Athens. You get off at the last stop which is on Filelinon Road at Syntagma Square and only 3 minutes walk from our meeting point. The ride is approximately 50 minutes and the ticket is 1 Euro one way.
To go back to the port you take the bus 040 from the same place you were dropped and get off at the last bus stop.
AIRPORT TO ATHENS
Instructions on how to use the Athens Metro System from the airport towards Athens and back. You may come to Athens from the airport easily and quickly by taking the Athens metro. A one way ticket costs 6 Euro and the ride is approximately 30 minutes.
To get to the airport from the city centre you may take the metro from Syntagma Station or Monastiraki metro station always in the direction to the Airport.
The ride with the metro to Athens from Piraeus is approximately 20-30 minutes.
From Airport to the city centre you can get bus number 95X which is just outside the exit of airport. Ticket office is in front of bus stop and the ticket costs 5 €.
It is supposed to take you to the central Syntagma square, but be prepared that the square may be closed for protests or strikes and it will leave you next to a metro station not far from the square.
I used taxi a couple of times, only when, out of a metro station could not understand where to go to reach the place I was looking for.
Actually for short distances like mine, taxi were really cheap, let's say about 3 € for a 10 minuts ride. All the ones I tried used taxi meters and speack fluent english.
The thread below will help you pick the island you wish to visit.
It has been helpful to me, so why not with you.
Greek islands are beautiful, do some reading before you go, and see what you really are looking for to the island you are booking.
There are islands for peace and quiet, relaxation with beautiful beaches, and others with much history, but no beaches at al.
Santorini for instance is a beautiful island, but I would not recommend this island for swimming.
Another tip: Better make a last minute booking because during the high season there might be frequent cancellations, strikes, - at least it happened last year.
Otherwise you will have to come and go from Athens to Piraeus to make the changes.
Be sure to shop around when renting a car while in Athens. The prices are not regulated and each car rental can charge whatever they want. It's also very important that you read all the small print and have all agreements in writing.
You will need an international drivers license to rent a car while in Greece.
Find a hotel in the center and walk! It’s the only way to feel a city, even a huge one like Athens. Then use public transportation for some long distance trips or just to return back to your hotel when you cant stand anymore.
There are 2 metro lines and 1 subway that connect many areas but of course not enough for a city like Athens. We use buses very often but it’s gonna be complicated for tourists so I think metro will be easy for you for the basic areas anyway. The subway starts from Piraeus port (in case you’ll head for a boat to an island) and goes up to the north suburb of Kifissia (a nice expensive district anyway).
From subway you can change to metro lines at Monastiraki, Omonoia, Attiki.
Usually metro/subway opens at 05:00am and ends at 00:15 (02:00am on Friday/Saturday)
Green Line(subway): Port of Pireus – Kifisia
Red Line(metro): Elliniko – Anthoupoli
Blue Line(metro): Airport - Egaleo
There are 2 single tickets:
a)one way ticket for bus/trolley/tram 1.20e
b)ticket (valid for 90’) for metro/bus/trolley/tram 1.40e
you can change to any of the above during these 90 minutes.
there is also a 3day touristic ticket (for buses/tram/metro/subway including 1 ride to/from the airport) 20euro
Some other useful tickets/cards(not for buses/metro to airport):
24h ticket(for buses/tram/metro/subway): 4euro
weekly ticket(for buses/tram/metro/subway): 14euros
Monthly card(for bus/trolley bus only) 20euro
Montly card(for buses/tram/metro/subway) 45euro
Annual(for buses/tram/metro/subway) 450euro
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.
Actually this is the way I moved most around Athens. You can get the underground from airport to the centre and the ticket is 8 € (bus is more convenient and less crowded). I used to buy the daily ticket (4€) and easily go around the city.
There is a touristic small train that goes from Monastiraki to Syntagma and back and its called “Athens Happy Train”. In fact this isn’t a normal train but a a miniature of a choo-choo train!! :)
Of course, you will be on board only with other tourists smiling and taking pictures of the sights while it strolls slowly through the traffic, you will smell the gas of the cars and of course the locals will take a strange look at you as they go to their work!... :)
There is one train per hour, the ride is about 45’ and the ticket costs 6 euros (for kids 4e). You can take it the train at Monastiraki square from 10:00am and the circle route is: Monastiraki Square > Plaka > Syntagma Square (Zappion Hall/Parliament etc) > Panathinaiko Stadium > Hadrian's Arch > Herodios Atticus Theatre > Acropolis > Thision area > Monastiraki Square
It started to operate in the summer of 2004 and more extensions follow in the future. The trains are clean and fast, you need about 35' to arrive to the centre from the airport. Prices are according to the distance of the destinations.
We flew from Venice to Athens with Alpie Eagles, a no frills air carrier. They may not serve dinner, but they have extremely nice stewardesses, who offered Red Bull caffine induced drinks, as well as coffee, tea, and a tiny, tiny package of cookies.
The cabin interior was spotless, and the seats were covered in real leather, as opposed to the grimy cloth material found on most carriers.
Cost was 29 euro one way.
You board from a designated 'gate' like all flights, but instead of an airplane at the end of the corridor, you catch an air conditioned bus which takes you directly to the plane. Very easy. A one minute ride.
If you want to visit something outside of Athens, it´s really easy to rent a car. Of course you shouldn´t be scared of the Greek traffic (which is quite understandable), but if you aren´t it really easy.
To find lots of car-rentals, you should go to Syngrou Ave, near the Hadrian Arch. There are plenty of them so you can compare prices and bargain a little bit, because you really should bargain!
I paid € 30,- for one day in a Fiat Seicento, but that will be much cheaper if you rent it for more days.
As for moving in Athens by public transport - the first (and the last) thing you should worry about is the ticket. The most convenient way is to buy a special "Daily Ticket" (2.9 euro). It's valid for 24h and for any public transport: metro, buses and trolleys. Just check-in it once - and forget it. Until the next day :)
Cost: 2.9 euro.
Where to buy: in the kiosks at the metro station where clerks sell tickets. Just tell to the clerk "daily" - they know this english word.
By The Way: there are air-conditioners in the city buses - very nice especially when it's +30C outside :))
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