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Ferry from Athens ports
Athens has three different ports that serve most islands of the Aegean Sea, the Peloponnese, and Crete. These three ports are Piraeus, Rafina, and Lavrion, however Piraeus is the biggest and busiest of them. The most popular destinations by ferry are Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, Milos, Naxos, Hydra, Sifnos, Andros, Aegina, and more.
Below, you will find information about Athens ferries and its 3 ports, Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrion, their schedules, directions on how you can get to these three ports, along with various photos and description of the ports.
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HOW TO GET TO THE ISLANDS BY FERRY FROM ATHENS
Athens is the capital of Greece and the main jumping-off place for trips to the Greek islands. The city has 3 main ports: Piraeus, Rafina, and Lavrion. Piraeus is the biggest and busiest of the three, while Rafina is closer to the airport. Every summer, there are many daily ferry connections between the ports of Athens and the Aegean islands.
Ferries from Piraeus
There are ferries from Piraeus to the Cyclades islands, the Dodecanese islands, the Saronic islands, the Northern Aegean islands, and Crete every day throughout the year. During peak season, there are more frequent ferry connections between Piraeus and the islands. Piraeus has 10 gates in total. Ferries from Piraeus to the Cyclades depart from the gates E6, E7, E9, and E10, ferries to the islands of the Dodecanese depart from gate E1, ferries to the Saronic islands depart from gate E8, ferries to the Northern Aegean islands depart from gates E2, E9, and E10, ferries to Heraklion and Chania depart from gates E2 and E3, and ferries to Rethymnon depart from gates E6 and E7. Some of the most popular ferry routes from Piraeus are from Piraeus to Santorini, from Piraeus to Mykonos, from Piraeus to Paros, from Piraeus to Naxos, and from Piraeus to Heraklion Crete.
Ferries from Rafina
Rafina is located in the northeastern part of Attica and serves ferry connections between Athens and the Cyclades islands and Crete. More specifically, ferries from Rafina travel to Santorini, Paros, Naxos, Mykonos, Andros, Tinos, and Heraklion. Keep in mind though that some ferries from Rafina operate seasonally, i.e. they run from May to October.
Ferries from Lavrion
Lavrion port is located in the southeastern part of Attica, 40m km away from Athens, and 7 km away from Sounio. It mainly serves ferry routes to Kea, Kythnos, Paros, Naxos, Milos, and Syros. Ferry routes from Lavrion are more frequent during the summer.
Travel tip to organize your travel:
- To avoid last-minute delays and inconveniences regarding your transfer to/ from the ports of Athens, the best option is to pre-book your transfers online
INFORMATION ABOUT ATHENS
The peninsula of Attica has the busiest ports of the country, as most passengers leave from Athens to go to the islands of the Aegean. There are three ports in Attica. The busiest is the port of Piraeus as it is located close to Athens city center and it serves ferries to most islands of the Aegean, to Crete and ports of Peloponnese. The port of Piraeus is very large, it has 10 gates and every gate serves different destinations.
Less busy is the port of Rafina, which is located on the northeastern side of Attica. This is the closest port to the airport in Athens and there are frequent buses from the airport to Rafina. All year round, there are ferries from Rafina to Andros, Tinos and Mykonos, while in summer there are ferries from Rafina to Paros, Naxos, Santorini and other islands of Cyclades. From Rafina, there are also ferries to Marmari Evia. Over the last years, the port of Lavrion has also developed a lot. Lavrion is located on the southern side of Attica, close to Cape Sounion. All year round there are ferries from Lavrion to Kea and Lemnos, while in summer there are occasional ferries to various islands of the Cyclades and North Aegean.
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About Piraeus Port
Connected ports to Piraeus
Aegina, Port - Agistri, Myli - Agistri, Port - Amorgos, Aegiali - Amorgos, Katapola - Astypalea - Antikythira - Chalki - Chios, Port - Anafi - Chios, Mesta - Crete, Chania - Crete, Heraklio - Crete, Rethymno - Crete, Kissamos - Crete, Sitia - Donoussa - Folegandros - Fourni - Hermioni - Hydra - Ikaria, Ag.kirikos - Iraklia - Ikaria, Evdilos - Ios - Inousses - Kalymnos - Karpathos, Diafani - Karpathos, Port - Kasos - Kavala - Kimolos - Kos, Port - Koufonissi - Kythira - Kythnos - Leros - Lesvos (Mitilini) - Limnos - Lipsi - Methana - Milos - Mykonos - Naxos - Nisyros - Paros - Patmos - Poros - Porto Heli - Psara - Rhodes - Samos, Karlovassi - Samos, Vathi - Santorini (Thira) - Schinoussa - Serifos - Sifnos - Sigri - Sikinos - Spetses - Symi, Port - Syros - Thirassia - Tilos - Tinos
The largest and most important port of Greece is Piraeus, about 10 km to the south of Athens center. 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.
Free shuttle bus for transportation within Piraeus port: There is a free shuttle bus connecting Gate E7 with the Gates E3, E2, and E1 approximately every 20 minutes when there is a ferry departure from these gates. The free shuttle bus stop is situated inside Gate E7, opposite Piraeus Metro station.
How to get to Piraeus port from Athens city center
By taxi: You can get from Athens city center (Omonoia/ Syntagma) to Piraeus port by taxi in about 30 minutes. The distance from Athens city center to Piraeus is 10 km. A taxi ride from Athens city center to Piraeus port costs about '20' 'EUR' (20 Euro) during the day and '25' 'EUR' (25 Euro) during the night (24:00-05:00). Do you need a ride? Book your transfer with us and our driver will pick you up you from your hotel or Airbnb host.
By metro: From Monastiraki and Omonoia squares in Athens city center, you can get Metro line 1 (the green line) to Piraeus. The metro station in Piraeus lies in front of the port, so it’s very easy to navigate. The metro in Athens operates from 05:30 am till midnight. However, on Fridays and Saturdays, it runs till 2 am. The journey from Athens city center to Piraeus lasts for about 30 minutes. The cost of a Metro ticket is '1.40' 'EUR' (1.40 Euro) and it is valid for 90 minutes.
By bus: Bus line 049 connects Omonoia with Piraeus and bus line 040 connects Syntagma with Piraeus. Buses to Piraeus depart from Omonoia/Syntagma to Piraeus every 15-20 min. Buses in Athens normally operate from 06:30 am till 22:00 pm, but bus line 040 from Syntagma to Piraeus operates 24/7. Bus tickets cost '1.4' 'EUR' (1.4 Euro) and the journey from Athens city center to Piraeus lasts for 30-40 minutes.
How to get to Piraeus port from the Athens International Airport (El. Venizelos)
By taxi: At the gates of the airport, you’ll find many taxis. A taxi ride from the airport to Piraeus port lasts for 40-60 min, depending on the traffic. A taxi ride from Athens airport to the port of Piraeus costs about '50' 'EUR' (50 Euro) during the day and '65' 'EUR' (65 Euro) during the night (24:00-05:00). Do you need a ride? Book your transfer with us and our driver will be waiting for you with a panel and your name on it at the airport’s arrival gate.
By metro: You can reach the Piraeus port by the metro from the airport. You should follow the blue line up to Monastiraki and then follow the green line until Piraeus. The first metro train departs from the airport at 06:30 and the last at 23:30. Trains leave from the airport every half an hour. The journey from the airport to the port lasts for about 1 hour and 20 minutes and the cost of the ferry ticket is '10' 'EUR' (10 Euro).
By suburban railway: You can reach the port directly by the suburban railway (Proastiakos). The suburban railway station lies at the same point as the metro, just outside the airport. The journey from the airport to Piraeus port lasts for about 1 hour. The suburban railway operates daily from 06:09 to 22:09 (last itinerary). The price of a ticket for the suburban railway is '10' 'EUR' (10.00 Euro)
By bus: Bus X96 directly connects the airport with the Piraeus port. Buses operate 24/7 and the journey lasts for about 90 min. Buses leave every 20 minutes from 5:00 to 22:30 and every 40 minutes from 22:30 to 05:00. A bus ticket for this route costs '6' 'EUR' (6 Euro).
About Rafina Port
Connected ports to Rafina
Athens, Rafina - Amorgos, Katapola - Andros - Crete, Rethymno - Ios - Koufonissi - Mykonos - Naxos - Paros - Santorini (Thira) - Sifnos - Sikinos - Syros - Thirassia - Tinos
The second busiest port of Athens is Rafina. It is actually a small and lovely town to the north of Athens. It has a lovely waterfront, beautiful squares, and many taverns to have a meal. It is located about 30 km from the center of Athens, 40 km from the port of Piraeus, and 10 km from Athens International Airport.
Destinations: The port of Rafina is the only port that serves ferries to Andros, as it is closer than Piraeus. There are also ferries to Tinos and Mykonos.
How to get to Rafina from Athens city center
By taxi: The duration of a taxi ride from Athens city center (Omonoia/ Syntagma) to Rafina is 1 hour and 15 minutes. If you want to be closer to Rafina, we suggest taking the metro (blue line) up to the Nomismatokopio Station and get a taxi from there. A taxi ride from Nomismatokopio to Rafina lasts for 35 minutes. The taxi fare (indicative) from Athens city center to the port of Rafina is about '50' 'EUR' (50 Euro) during the day and '65' 'EUR' (65 Euro) during the night (24:00-05:00). Do you need a ride? Book your transfer with us and our driver will pick you up you from your hotel or Airbnb host.
By bus: Suburban (KTEL) buses to Rafina leave from Pedion Areos, in Athens city center. Buses usually depart every hour and the ride lasts for about 70 minutes. To get to Pedion Areos by public means of transportation, take the green metro line up to the Victoria station and then walk up Heiden street. A bus ticket from Athens to Rafina costs '2.4' 'EUR' (2.4 Euro).
How to get to Rafina port from the Athens International Airport (El. Venizelos)
By taxi: You can find many taxis in front of the airport gates. A taxi ride from Athens Airport to Rafina lasts for 20 minutes and costs '35' 'EUR' (35 Euro) during the day and '50' 'EUR' (50 Euro) during the night (24:00-05:00). Do you need a ride? Book your transfer with us and our driver will be waiting for you with a panel and your name on it at the airport’s arrival gate.
By bus: Suburban (KTEL) buses connect Athens airport with Rafina in about 30 minutes. The price of a bus ticket from the airport to Rafina is '3' 'EUR' (3 Euro). Check for bus schedules from Athens Airport to Rafina Port and from Rafina Port to Athens Airport.
About Lavrio Port
Connected ports to Lavrio
Ag.eystratios - Andros - Chios, Mesta - Kavala - Kea - Kimolos - Kythnos - Limnos - Milos - Naxos - Paros - Santorini (Thira) - Serifos - Sifnos - Sikinos - Syros - Thirassia - Tinos
Lavrion is a small, coastal town at the southernmost tip of Attica peninsula. In the ancient times, it was a mine area, which reopened in the early 20th century. Today the mines have closed but Lavrion gets lively from its port, which serves nearby and remote islands. Lavrion is located 60 km from the centre of Athens and 25 km from the Athens Airport.
Destinations: Vessels from Lavrion go to the nearby Kea island and the Cycladic island of Kythnos. They also serve remote Eastern Aegean islands, such as particular Lemnos and Agios Efstratios.
How to get to Lavrion from Athens city center
By taxi: A taxi ride from Athens city center (Omonoia/ Syntagma) to Lavrion lasts for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The taxi fare (indicative) from Athens to Lavrion port is '65' 'EUR' (65 Euro) during the day and '80' 'EUR' (80 Euro) during the night (24:00-05:00). To get closer to Lavrion by public transport, you can take the tram from Syntagma or Faliro to Voula and then take a taxi to Lavrion from there. A taxi ride from Voula to Lavrion lasts for about 30 minutes. Do you need a ride? Book your transfer with us and our driver will pick you up you from your hotel or Airbnb host.
By bus: Suburban (KTEL) buses will take you to Lavrion from Athens city center (Pedion Areos) in 2 hours. To get to Pedion Areos, you should take the green metro line up to the Victoria station and walk up Heiden street. The price of a bus ticket from Athens to Lavrion is '4.90' 'EUR' (4.90 Euro).
How to get to Lavrion port from the Athens International Airport (El. Venizelos)
By taxi: A taxi will get you from the airport to Lavrion port in about 30 minutes. The cost of a taxi ride from Athens International Airport to Lavrion is '50' 'EUR' (50 Euro) during the day and '70' 'EUR' (70 Euro) during the night (24:00-05:00). Do you need a ride? Book your transfer with us and our driver will be waiting for you with a panel and your name on it at the airport’s arrival gate.
By bus: Suburban (KTEL) buses depart from Athens airport to Lavrion every hour and reach Lavrion via Markopoulo, a town in the midway from the airport to Lavrion. From Markopoulo, passengers should take another bus to Lavrion. Buses from Markopoulo to Lavrion are very frequent. The price of a bus ticket from the airport to Lavrion port is '4' 'EUR' (4 Euro). Check for bus schedules from Athens Airport to Lavrion Port and from Lavrion Port to Athens Airport.
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