The largest and most important port of Greece is Piraeus, about 10 km to the south of Athens centre. The port of Piraeus usually covers the schedules to the most popular Greek islands, including the Cyclades, the Dodecanese, the Eastern Aegean islands and Crete. Apart from the normal ferries, there are also catamarans, high speed boats and flying dolphins to the Saronic islands.
PIRAEUS port in Athens
How to get to Piraeus port from the centre of Athens
A taxi will normally take about 30 minutes to go from Omonoia/ Syntagma (Athens centre) to the port of Piraeus. The distance is about 10 km. The taxi fare (indicative) from Athens city centre to Piraeus port is 20 euros in day time and 25 euros in night time (24:00-05:00).
The green metro line starts from Kifissia and ends in Piraeus, right in front of the port. The metro of Athens works from 05:30 am till midnight. In Fridays and Saturdays, it works till 2 am. The green line passes by Omonoia, the central square of Athens. A normal metro ride from Omonoia to Piraeus takes about 25 min. The green line is connected to the other two metro lines (blue and red) in a couple of interchanges. There are trains to Piraeus from all metro stations every 10 min. Ticket price (2015): 1,40 euros.
To go to the port of Piraeus, passengers have to take Bus 049 from Omonoia to Piraeus or Bus 040 from Syntagma to Piraeus, get off at Kotzia Square (Piraeus centre) and then walk about 10 minutes to the port. These buses depart from Omonoia/Syntagma to Piraeus every 15-20 min. Normally buses in Athens work from 06:30 am till 22:00 pm, but Bus 040 from Syntagma to Piraeus works 24 hours. Ticket price (2015): 1,40 euros. The port of Piraeus is very big and has many gates, so make sure you know from which gate your ferry leaves.
How to get to Piraeus port from the Athens International Airport
There are taxi queues outside all gates of the airport. A taxi ride from the airport to Piraeus port will normally take 40-60 min the most, depending on the traffic. The taxi fare (indicative) from Athens airport to the port of Piraeus is 50 euros in day time and 65 euros in night time (24:00-05:00).
You can reach the port by metro. There is a metro station just outside the airport. You take the blue line and change at Monastiraki station to take the green line, which has its terminal just outside the port of Piraeus. The first metro train from the airport leaves at 06:33 am and the last at 22:33 pm. There are trains all day long, every half an hour (at 03' and 33'). The whole ride will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Ticket price (2015): 8 euros. Once you get at the port of Piraeus, make sure you find the gate from where you ferry leaves.
Bus X96 covers directly the route from Athens airport to Piraeus port. Buses operate 24 hours and the trip takes about 90 min. Buses leave every 20 minutes in the day and from 22:30 pm to 05:00 am they depart every 40 minutes. Ticket price (2015): 5 euros.
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