December 16, 2020

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Guide to Piraeus: Port, Sights & Travel Tips

This guide is about the port, sights, arrival and travel tips for the 160,000-inhabitant city of Piraeus, 30 minutes outside of the center of Athens. 

The Port of Piraeus

Guide to Piraeus Cruise Port in Athens

3 Cruise Ship Docks

The port of Piraeus is the largest and most important port in Greece. With over 20 million passengers a year, it is the largest passenger port in Europe.

In addition to the ferry traffic between the Greek islands, cruise ships play an important role. There are three piers for cruise ships at the port of Piraeus. In these three cruise terminals, cruise passengers are processed and passport and customs controls are carried out. There is a duty-free shop and free WiFi in all three terminals.

Here is an overview of the three cruise terminals.

Cruise Ship Terminal A

The main terminal is Terminal A - Miaoulis. Most cruise ships dock here. It is closest to the city center.

Cruise Ship Terminal B

Terminal B - Themistocles has 2 berths. This is where cruise ships, in particular, start their journey in Athens.

Cruise Ship Terminal C

Terminal C - Alkimos is located between Terminals A and B. Up to 700 passengers per hour can be handled here.

How Do I Get to Piraeus?

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Within the port there is a free shuttle bus that connects Gate E7 to Gates E1, E2 and E3. Opposite Gate E7 is the "Piraeus" metro station from which cruise passengers can easily travel to the center of Athens.

To get to the center of Piraeus, on the other hand, you can take a bus. Buses 300, 904 and 906 depart from Gate E7 and go to the center of Piraeus within 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can also walk 10 minutes.

Near Terminal A there is also the "Telōneio" bus stop, which is served by a number of bus lines and takes cruise passengers to the center of Piraeus. The "Peiraias" bus stop is a four-minute walk from Terminal B. Bus lines 049, 217, 229, A1 and B1 take travelers from here to the city center in 6 minutes.  

  • To the Center of Athens: From the "Piraeus" metro station, metro line 1 takes you to Monastiraki Square in the center of Athens in just 16 minutes.
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Bus: The hop-on hop-off bus tour has stops at Terminals A, B, and C, making it easy and hassle-free to get to central Athens from all three piers. The bus stops at the Acropolis Museum (station P5) and the Acropolis (station P6).
  • Port-Airport Transfer: There is an express bus (line X96) that runs from Athens Airport to Piraeus Port and vice versa. The express bus stops can be found on the arrivals level between exits 4 and 5.

Places to Visit in Piraeus

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Sights in Piraeus

A particular attraction for travelers in and around Piraeus are the picturesque islands near Athens, which are easily accessible from the port. But Piraeus has much more to offer than just its port.

With traditional districts, archaeological sites, private beaches, theaters and museums about the maritime past of this seafaring nation, you can experience everything from sun, sand and sea to culture and history and culinary delights with a view of the sea.

What Can I Do at the Port?

  • Port and Marina: Both in the port and in the marina, travelers will find a wide range of restaurants and shops for every budget. The port especially has many souvenir shopsThere are also many hotels near the port.
  • Islands: There are countless idyllic islands around Athens that are wonderful for exploring. A number of ferries and speedboats depart daily from the port to the islands near Athens. The Saronic Islands, Santorini and Mykonos are particularly popular.
  • Beaches: You don't have to board a ship to unwind on the beach. Piraeus has its own beaches like Riviera Beach, Votsalakia Beach and Beach Freatida, right next to the Marina.
  • Museums: Culture vultures can learn more about Piraeus' past with a visit to the Piraeus Archaeological Museum. If you are interested in shipping or the history of the country, we recommend the floating Hellas Liberty maritime museum and the Hellenic Maritime Museum.

Ferries to the Islands

Ferries to the Greek Islands 

Most of the approximately 200 inhabited Greek islands are served from the port in Piraeus. The most popular include Crete, the islands of the Saronic Gulf such as Hyrdra, Agistri, Moni and Aegina, and the Clycad islands such as Santorini and Mykonos to name a few.

The ferries depart from gates E1 to E10. Some of the best known ferry companies include Blue Star Ferries, Golden Star Ferries, SeaJets and Aegean Speedlines.

Tickets for the Ferries

  • Ticket for a Sailing Trip to Agistri, Moni and Aegina: This day trip sails on a traditional sailing boat to the Saronic Islands of Agistri, Moni and Aegina.
  • Ticket for a Day Tour to Santorini: This full-day tour by boat takes you via Piraeus to the island jewel of Santorini. Here you have several hours of free time to admire the world-famous island and its unique Cycladic architecture.
  • Ticket for a Day Tour to Mykonos: For those who want to see more of Mykonos than just the legendary nightlife, this day tour with a guide allows you to learn more about the history and mythology of Mykonos. 

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