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Ferry from Athens ports

HOW TO GET TO THE ISLANDS BY FERRY FROM ATHENS

You will find below information about Athens ferries and its 3 ports: Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio: Photos, descriptions and connections available from Athens's port to the islands.
Athens ports serve most island of the Aegean sea. The most popular destinations by ferry are Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, Milos, Naxos, Hydra, Sifnos, Andros, Aegina and more.

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.

Tip: 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

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Available ports in Athens

Athens has 3 ports:

About Piraeus Port

Connected ports to Piraeus

Aegina, Port - Aegina, Ag.marina - Aegina, Souvala - Ag.eystratios - Agistri, Port - Amorgos, Aegiali - Amorgos, Katapola - Antikythira - Astypalea - Chalki - Chios, Port - Anafi - Chios, Mesta - Crete, Chania - Crete, Heraklio - Crete, Rethymno - Crete, Kissamos - Crete, Sitia - Donoussa - Folegandros - Fourni - Hermioni - Hydra - Ikaria, Ag.kirikos - Ikaria, Evdilos - Ios - Inousses - Iraklia - Kalymnos - Karpathos, Diafani - Karpathos, Port - Kasos - Kastelorizo - 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 - Tilos - Tinos

Port description

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.

Directions

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).

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About Rafina Port

Connected ports to Rafina

Athens, Rafina - Amorgos, Katapola - Andros - Crete, Heraklio - Crete, Rethymno - Folegandros - Ios - Koufonissi - Mykonos - Naxos - Paros - Santorini (Thira) - Sifnos - Sikinos - Syros - Thirassia - Tinos

Port description

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 centre 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.

Directions

From the centre of Athens

By taxi: A taxi will normally take about 1 hour and 15 minutes to go from Omonoia/ Syntagma to Rafina. To get closer to Rafina, visitors can take the blue metro line to Nomismatokopio metro station and take a taxi from there. The trip from Nomismatikopio to Rafina will take about 35 minutes. The taxi fare (indicative) from Athens city centre to the port of Rafina is '50' 'EUR' (50 Euro) in day time and '65' 'EUR' (65 Euro) in night time (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: As there is no metro line till Rafina, you have to take a bus to go there. Suburban (KTEL) buses to Rafina leave from Pedion Areos, in Athens centre. Buses usually leave every hour and the ride takes about 70 min, depending on traffic. To go to Pedion Areos, take the green metro line to Victoria station and then walk up Heiden street. Ticket price (2016): '2.40' 'EUR' (2.40 Euro).
Check for bus schedules from Athens Centre to Rafina Port and from Rafina Port to Athens Centre.

From Athens airport

By taxi: A taxi will take about 20 minutes to go from Athens airport to Rafina. There are taxi queues outside all airport gates. The taxi fare (indicative) from Athens airport to the port of Rafina is '35' 'EUR' (35 Euro) in day time and '50' 'EUR' (50 Euro) in night time (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 and arrive in Rafina in about 30 minutes. Ticket price (2016): '3' 'EUR' (3 Euro).
Check for bus schedules from Athens Airport to Rafina Port and from Rafina Port to Athens Airport

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About Lavrio Port

Connected ports to Lavrio

Ag.eystratios - Andros - Chios, Mesta - Folegandros - Ios - Kavala - Kea - Kimolos - Kythnos - Limnos - Milos - Mykonos - Naxos - Paros - Santorini (Thira) - Serifos - Sifnos - Sikinos - Syros - Thirassia - Tinos

Port description

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.

Directions

From the centre of Athens

By taxi: A taxi will normally take about 1 hour and 15 minutes to go from Omonoia/ Syntagma to Lavrion. To get closer to Lavrion by public transport, you can take the tram from Syntagma or Faliro to Voula and then take a taxi. A taxi ride from Voula will take about 30 minutes. The taxi fare (indicative) from Athens centre to the port of Lavrion is '65' 'EUR' (65 Euro) in day time and '80' 'EUR' (80 Euro) in night time (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 Lavrion take about 2 hours to reach their destination. They leave from Pedion Areos, Athens centre. To go to Pedion Areos, take the green metro line to Victoria station and walk up Heiden street. Ticket price (2015): '4.90' 'EUR' (4.90 Euro).
Check for bus schedules from Athens Centre to Lavrion Port and from Lavrion Port to Athens Centre.

From Athens airport

By taxi: A taxi will normally take 30 minutes to go from Athens airport to Lavrion. There are taxi queues outside all airport gates. The taxi fare (indicative) from Athens airport to the port of Lavrion is '50' 'EUR' (50 Euro) in day time and '70' 'EUR' (70 Euro) in night time (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 leave from Athens airport usually every hour and go to Lavrion via Markopoulo, a town in the midway from airport to Lavrion. Passengers go to Markopoulo and from there they take the bus to Lavrion. Buses from Markopoulo to Lavrion are very frequent. Ticket price (2015): '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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