Most ferries to the Greek islands depart from the port of Piraeus. This port is very large, it has 10 gates and ferries to different destinations leave from each gate. The port of Piraeus in Athens is connected to most islands of the Aegean sea. The most popular ferry connections are Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, Milos, Naxos, Hydra, Sifnos, Ios and more.
Below, you will find information about ferries to Piraeus, their schedules, directions on how you can get to Piraeus, along with various photos and description of the port.
Piraeus is the busiest and biggest passenger port in Greece. There are ferries from the Piraeus to the Cyclades, Dodecanese, and North Aegean islands, as well as to Crete. More specifically, the Piraeus port is directly connected with Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, Milos, Naxos, and other popular Aegean islands.
Ferry schedules from Piraeus
There are ferries from Piraeus to the islands all year round, but itineraries are more frequent during the summer.
Ferries from Piraeus to the Cyclades islands
Many ferries from Piraeus to the Cyclades depart daily in the summer. Some of the most popular ferry routes from Piraeus are from Piraeus to Mykonos, from Piraeus to Santorini, from Piraeus to Paros, and from Piraeus to Naxos. Ferries from Piraeus to the Cyclades depart from gates E6, E7, E9, and E10.
Ferries from Piraeus to the Dodecanese islands
There are ferries from Piraeus to the Dodecanese islands several times per week throughout the year. Among the most popular ferry routes from Piraeus are from Piraeus to Kos and from Piraeus to Rhodes. Ferries to the islands of the Dodecanese depart from gate E1 in Piraeus.
Ferries from Piraeus to Crete
There are at least 3 daily ferries from Piraeus to Crete (Heraklion, Rethymnon, and Chania) all year round, but routes are more frequent during the summer. The ferry trip to Crete is at least 9 hours long and usually overnight, so booking a cabin is highly recommended. Ferries to Heraklion and Chania depart from gates E2 and E3, while ferries to Rethymnon depart from gates E6 and E7.
Ferries from Piraeus to the Saronic islands
Many ferries from Piraeus to the Saronic islands depart every day throughout the year. In the summer, there are even more ferry connections. Some of the most popular ferry itineraries from Piraeus are from Piraeus to Aegina, from Piraeus to Poros, from Piraeus to Hydra, from Piraeus to Agistri, and from Piraeus to Spetses. Ferries to the Saronic islands depart from gate E8.
Ferries from Piraeus to the Northern Aegean islands
Ferries from Piraeus to the islands of the Northern Aegean operate all year round. The most popular ferry routes are from Piraeus to Ikaria, from Piraeus to Chios, from Piraeus to Lesvos, and from Piraeus to Samos. Ferries to Ikaria and Samos depart from gates E2, E9, and E10, while ferries to Chios and Lesvos depart from gate E2.
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 PIRAEUS
Piraeus is only 12 km from the center of Athens and throughout history, it has been the main port of the town. In ancient times, Piraeus was hosting the fleet of Athens and all the naval expeditions would start from there. In the centuries that followed the decline of classical Athens, the port fell in disuse, however, since the 19th century the port started again to develop.
Today the port of Piraeus is the largest in Europe in terms of commercial traffic as it serves about 20 million passengers a year. Ferries depart from Piraeus to most islands of the Aegean, to Crete and many ports of Peloponnese.
Photos of Piraeus
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
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).