Piraeus is one of the 2 major departure and arrival ports for Athens - I missed my planned 530pm ferry to Mykonos and instead ended up being dropped by a helpful taxi driver here at the area where the ticket offices are - the one I went into turned out to be such a God-send.
Soula at Poseidon Express Travel and Shipping Agency was extremely helpful - this photo is taken outside the agency... She spoke excellent english - and agreed with my itinerary, got me tickets and printed timetables for the whole trip through to Crete and also provided me with a good offer for a hotel on Santorini which she was adamant was only a few minutes walk away from the main part of Fira and views over the Caldera...which it was.....and also that getting a rental was indeed the best way to get the most from my day on Santorini and that there are a number around the hotel to compare prices with....so it was great really.
Booked an overnight ferry with bed and ensuite with shower from Piraeus to Mykonos for only 35 euro arriving 630 am, ferry from Mykonos to Santorini 230pm and Santorini to crete/Heraklion the day after at 7pm.
When I think of all the time I spent on the phone in Athens getting timetable information for the various ferries to choose where to go, in addition to online flight info for the cheap flights that are available, going to an agency at the port itself with the right person behind the counter was such the better way.
The terminals are quite a distance apart so make sure you allow enough time to get from the ticket offices to the terminal that you require - there is meant to be frequent shuttle buses but there wasnt one to get me to my 1030pm ferry that she thought - so I had to walk...run and then jump in a taxi
Piraeus is the main passenger port of Greece. It is connected to Crete and the majority of the Aegean Sea's Greek islands, especially in the south and east part (Cyclades, Dodecanese etc.). Passenger connections to Cypriot and other international ports are less frequent.
Piraeus is also the point of origin of Greece's two railway networks (narrow-gauge to the south and normal-gauge to the rest of Greece and Europe). However, the narrow-gauge station will soon be converted to a normal-gauge terminal for the mainline rail system incl. suburban rail of Greater Athens.
Another railway originating in Piraeus was in fact the first railway built in Greece (in the 1860s), now forming part of the Athens metro network.
The brand-new light rail (tram) system ends within Piraeus (near the sports complex) and is soon to be extended into downtown Piraeus.
Finally, the main north-south motorway, known as the Athens-Thessaloniki national road, actually starts at the eastern edge of Piraeus. Several other roads link Piraeus to other parts of Greater Athens, most of them also serving important bus routes. If your plane lands at Athens International Airport, there are express buses to Piraeus - alternatively, you can take the metro (line to Monastiraki and change there to take the connection to Piraeus).
These are the day and night prices for taxis from the Piraeus port area into Athens and elsewhere - the prices here are quite reasonable but take note as when I was trying to get from Athens central to catch a ferry from Piraeus it was a nightmare simply because I tried to catch a taxi on my own rather than getting one from my hotel!
They are sharks and they wouldnt take me for less than 25 euro!..they had told me to go on down the road further to the other taxis.....it turned out they were just having a laugh - as I walked and walked on down and there were no other taxis - and taxis I flagged wouldnt stop until one taxi driver stopped and told me they dont take passengers to the ferries unless there are at least 2 or more rides in the taxi!!
I missed my ferry and had a nightmare of an exhausting and stressful time - but at least there are pricelists at the port area to help forewarn tourists and travellers of what the price is supposed to be!
.... so the best way to get to the ferries is by metro from Athens and keep the taxis for getting back from the ferries to your destination.
All taxis MUST use the meter, if the driver doesn't switch it on when you get in, ask him to.
Meter starts at 0,73 EURO
Rate per km when using tariff 1 0,23 EURO
Rate per km when using tariff 2 0,38 EURO
Waiting time per hour 7,00 EURO
Radio taxi - simple call 1,17 EURO
Radio taxi - appointment 1,76 EURO
From and to airports 0,88 EURO
From ports, railway stations and bus terminals 0,44 EURO
Night tarif No 2 - 24:00 - 05:00 0,38 EURO
Luggage - charge per item over 10 kg 0,15 EURO
Minimum Fare 1,47 EURO
Áðü ôçí ÁèÞíá: ìå ôïõò ÇÓÁÐ (çëåêôñéêïýò óéäçñüäñïìïõò Áèçíþí - Ðåéñáéþò). Áðü íçóß: ìå ðëïßï. - From Athens: with the Electric Railways of Athens and Peiraeus. From an island: by ship. Timetables at http://www.paleologos.gr/
By expres bus from Athens internasional airport-Elefterios Veniselos-90 min. E96 Connecting the airport with the port of Peiraias, metro line 1. The ticket price for the airport express lines is 2,93 euro.It allows for only one trip to or from the airport AND unlimited travel by all other transport modes (bus,trolley,metro) for 24 hours from the time of its valibation during first trip. Do NOT validate your 24-hour ticket more than once.
By metro from Athens center. Line 1.
The metro ticket of 0,73 euro allows for traveling on all lines (Any transfer fromone line to another is permitted) in one direction within 90 minutes. The metro ticket of 0,59 euro allows you traveling within 1 or 2 zones of line 1.
From Syntagma (Constitution Square) catch the bus 040 or from Omonia Square take the metro and in about 20 minutes you will be there.
If you are taking a ferry to anywhere else in Greece, you will have to go through Piraeus. You can get to just about any island from there.
You can take a ferry, and some destinations are connected by the hydrofoil which is much faster. It might be a good idea to book a ticket ahead of time.
A. Chios - Lesvos - Limnos - Thessaloniki
B. Crete - Peloponesse - Kythira
C. West Cyclades - Ikaria - Samos
D. East Cyclades
E. Syros - Tinos - Mykonos
F. Saronic Gulf
H. Flying Dolphins
Port of Piraeus is connected to central Athens by underground service.
A good and cheap way to travel from Athens to the islands is taking, at this port, a ferry.
When arriving in Pireus by boat it's easy to take the Metro into the Athens city centre. The Metro starts right at the harbour.