Wondering how to get to the port of Piraeus from Athens city center? In the next few paragraphs, find out the best ways to get to Piraeus port by metro, bus or taxi.
About Athens Port of Piraeus
The Port of Piraeus is the biggest Greek seaport that connects the capital of Greece with the most popular Greek islands, including the Cyclades, the Dodecanese, the Eastern Aegean islands and Crete. Moreover, it acts as a central hub for many cruise ships from all over the world. It has 10 gates and each serves for different destinations.
Insider’s tip: Since Athens ferry port is huge, make sure that you know from which gate the ship to your destination departs. There is a free shuttle bus linking the E7 gateway to the E3, E2 and E1 gates every 20 minutes. The terminal stop is within the E7 gate opposite to the Metro Station.
Popular Destinations from the Port of Piraeus
As previously mentioned, the Athens ferry port is connected with many islands, from which the most popular are Crete and a group of Cyclades.
The Ferries to Crete depart at least three times per day, connecting Athens with Heraklion, Rethymno or Chania. During summer, more schedules are added. Piraeus is connected to the main islands of the Cyclades as Mykonos, Santorini, Syros, and Naxos several times per day. Also, there are many operators to the islands of the Saronic Gulf, Aegina, Hydra, Poros, Spetses, and Agistri. You can find more details about the ferry itineraries from to all destinations as well as ferry tickets here.
Insider’s tip: Before getting to the port of Piraeus, we recommend you take a look at port’s map in order to self navigate.
How to get to the Port of Piraeus from Athens city center by metro?
There are several ways to get to the port of Piraeus from Athens center. The most convenient way is to use the metro. Taking Line 1 (Green line), your trip from Monastiraki station lasts about 30 minutes.
The ticket price is €1.40 and is valid for 90 minutes. Tickets can be bought at any Athens transport ticket offices as well as automatic vending machines at every metro station. Keep in mind that the metro lines run from 06:30 to 23:30 on weekdays and on weekends the service stops at 01:00.
Where is the metro station at the Port of Piraeus located?
The Green Line Metro Station is located right next to the port between E5 and E6 gates. Be careful because this metro station is not underground.
How to get to the Port of Piraeus from Athens city center by Suburban Railway?
The Athens Suburban Railway connects the Athens Airport and the port, passing by the city center. The train from Athens Central Station departs every hour at: 52 from 6:52 am to 21:52. The last train departs at 22:55. The train from the port departs every hour at: 44 from 04:44 to 20:44. The railway station is located right next to the metro station and in front of the port.
How to get to the port of Piraeus from Athens city center by bus?
Getting to the Piraeus port by bus is also a good choice since there are three bus options:
- The bus 040 that connects the Athens city center (Syntagma Square) with the port of Piraeus. The bus stop ‘Syntagma’ is located on Filellinon Street, next to the Syntagma square, while the terminal bus station at the port is near to the gate E12. It takes about 50 minutes to get to the Athens port from the city center by the 040 bus and costs €1.40 per person.
- The express bus X80 connects both terminal cruise gates with the city center of Athens as well as spots of particular tourist interest such as the Acropolis Museum and the Piraeus Archaeological Museum. You can take it from Syntagma bus stop located next to the taxi station. ( this line is operating only during the summer period) The all-day ticket costs €4.50 per person.
- There is also another bus, the bus 049 from Omonoia Square to Piraeus port.
You can see all the timetables of the public Athens buses and get real-time information on this link. All buses run 24/7.
Insider’s tip: Keep in mind that if you choose to get to the port by bus from the city center, you should get off the bus at ‘Gouva’ bus stop and get on the 826 bus that runs along the coastline of the port. There are also free of charge shuttle buses within the port.
How to get to the Port of Piraeus by taxi
Another way to get to the Athens port from the city center is by taxi. The taxi ride is about 25 minutes long and costs approximately €25 under normal traffic conditions depending also on the exact pick-up point.
How to get to the port of Piraeus from Athens International Airport
Since Athens International Airport is the main port connecting mainland with the islands, you may find this information useful. After you land at the airport, you can choose between several transportation options including metro, bus, taxi and private vehicle to get you to the port of Piraeus. The fastest and the most convenient way to get to port of Piraeus from Athens International Airport is by taxi or private vehicle booked via Grekaddict. If you choose public transportation, hop on metro line 3 or bus line X96 which are the cheaper option for transportation, but have in mind that rides take over an hour.