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The Metro is the simplest and quickest way to get to the port from Athens city centre as well as being the quickest option from the airport if you don't have too much luggage. Piraeus is the last station on Line 1 (Green) which can be picked up in the city centre from either Omonia or Monastiraki. Coming in from the airport all you need to do is change platforms at Monistiraki. Single fare from the city is 1.40 euro and 8.00 euro (14.00 for two) from the airport.
From the Metro station the main dock gates are literally just across the road leaving from the exit straight ahead as you leave the platform.
Updated Feb 24, 2013
The best way to get to Piraeus from Athens is by taking the Line 1 (green) of Athens' Metro system. Station like Monastiraki, Tission and Omonia are direct to Pireaus. You can also take the Syntagma station with a transfer in Monastiraki. You will be drop right in front of the Piraeus Centeal Port.
The fare of 0.70 euro is valid for 90 minutes and any transfers within that period provided you do not leave the station.
For the complete map of the metro go to this page: Athina Metro.
Updated Dec 27, 2003
Bus and trolley tickets are 0.45 Euro each and can be purchased at special booths and kiosks near the bus stops. Once you are on the bus or trolley, validate your ticket by asserting it into one of the meters for that purpose; the ticket will be punched and dated. Then keep the ticket until you leave the bus, since it's not uncommon to have a ticket-checker to check their validity (if you are found that you haven't punched your tickets, you're required to pay around 15 - 25 Euro.
This are the important lines from Piraeus :
- 040 PIRAEUS - SYNTAGMA
- 049 PIRAEUS - OMONOIA
- E1 PIRAEUS - VOULA (EXPRESS)
- E96 PIRAEUS - AIRPORT (EXPRESS)
Updated Dec 27, 2003
This is the largest, busiest and most important port in Greece. It is the gate to Argo-Saronic islands, Peloponnese east coasts, Northeast Aegean islands, Dodecanese, Cyclades, and Crete. The Southeast side of the port docks the International ferries and Cruise ships next to the Passengers Terminal and the Customhouse. Each of the many competing shipping companies has agents at the quayside, where you can not only buy your tickets but get useful information about accommodation in Aegean islands as well.
Written Dec 27, 2003
Bus and trolley tickets can be purchased at special booths and kiosks near the bus stops. Once you are on the bus or trolley, validate your ticket by asserting it into one of the meters for that purpose; the ticket will be punched and dated. Then keep the ticket until you leave the bus, since it's not uncommon to have a ticket-checker to check their validity (if you are found that you haven't punched your tickets, you're required to pay around 15 - 25 Euro.
The bus number is : ?96 PIRAEUS - AIRPORT (EXPRESS)
ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS A.I.A. to PIRAEUS PORT
00.00, 00.40, 01.20, 02.00, 02.40, 03.20, 04.00, 04.40, 05.20, 06.00, 06.30, 07.00, 07.25, 07.50, 08.10, 08.30, 08.55, 09.15, 09.35, 09.55, 10.15, 10.35, 10.55, 11.20, 11.40, 12.00, 12.25, 12.45, 13.05, 13.25, 13.45, 14.05, 14.25, 14.50, 15.10, 15.30, 15.55, 16.15, 16.35, 16.55, 17.15, 17.35, 17.55, 18.20, 18.40, 19.00, 19.20, 19.40, 20.00, 20.20, 20.40, 21.00, 21.30, 22.05, 22.40, 23.20
PIRAEUS PORT to ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS A.I.A.
00.30, 01.10, 01.50, 02.30, 03.10, 03.50, 04.30, 05.00, 05.25, 05.45, 06.05, 06.25, 06.45, 07.10, 07.30, 07.50, 08.10, 08.30, 08.50, 09.10, 09.35, 09.55, 10.15, 10.40, 11.00, 11.20, 11.40, 12.00, 12.20, 12.40, 13.05, 13.25, 13.45, 14.10, 14.30, 14.50, 15.10, 15.30, 15.50, 16.10, 16.35, 16.55, 17.15, 17.40, 18.00, 18.20, 18.40, 19.00, 19.30, 20.00, 20.30, 21.10, 21.50, 22.30, 23.10, 23.50
Updated Dec 27, 2003
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
Updated Mar 15, 2011
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).
Updated Oct 4, 2005
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.
Updated Feb 12, 2011
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
Written Feb 10, 2003
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/
Written Aug 26, 2002
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