Piraeus is located about 10 kilometers south of the city center of Athens. Each year, the Cruise Port Piraeus handles 20 million passengers, making it the largest port in Greece and the largest passenger port in Europe.
In this guide, we'll introduce you to the Cruise Port Piraeus and give you helpful information about the terminals, the ferry routes and timetable, access and more.
The port has approximately a U-shape, the sides of which are several kilometers long. The entrance gates to the port are numbered from E1 to E12. Gate E1 is located in the northwestern part of the port, while gate E12 is located in the very south. Around the port area runs a multi-lane road over which a modern pedestrian bridge equipped with escalators leads to the metro station across the street.
There are a total of 12 departure and arrival gates in the Port of Piraeus; ferries to the Greek islands depart from gates E1 to E10, and cruise terminals are located at E11 and E12.
There are three cruise port terminals, a total of 11 cruise ships can dock at the port of Piraeus simultaneously. All cruise terminals are air-conditioned, offer free Wi-Fi and have duty-free stores. Passport and customs checks are handled at each terminal.
- Terminal A Miaoulis
Terminal A Miaoulis is the main terminal, with most cruise ships docking here. Of all three terminals, Terminal A is closest to the city center.
36 check-in counters spread over 6 halls can handle up to 1,200 passengers per hour.
- Terminal B Themistocles
Terminal B Themistocles was completed in 2013. It has 2 berths where even very large ships with 4,500 passengers or more can dock. It mainly handles cruise ships whose voyage starts in Athens.
- Terminal C Alkimos
Terminal C Alkimos was built back in 2003 and was thoroughly renovated in 2016. However, due to its tent-like construction, it always seems a bit improvised.
The terminal has 20 check-in counters that can handle up to 700 passengers per hour.
Good to know
- Shuttle Bus Within the Port: Within the port, there is a free shuttle bus that connects Gate E7 with Gates E1, E2 and E3 depending on the arrival and departure of ships. The bus runs every 20 minutes.
- Piraeus Metro Station: The Piraeus Metro Station is located at Gate E7, and the shuttle bus departs directly across the street.
- Port Police: The Port Police can be found near Gate E8.
Timetable with Arrivals and Departures
For the current arrival and departure times of the ferries, please refer to the website of the respective provider.
- Information about cruise ships calling at Piraeus can be found at this link.
The major ferry companies in Greece include Blue Star Ferries, SeaJets, Aegean Speedlines, Ionian Group, Golden Star Ferries, ANEK Lines and Minoan Lines to name a few.
Greece has about 200 inhabited islands and there are ferry connections to many of them. Many islands are served from Piraeus. The best known of these are Crete, Lesvos, Samos and the islands in the Saronic Gulf.
Ferries to Crete depart from gates E2 and E3, those to Samos from E9 and E10, and those to the Cyclades from gates E6 and E7.
- More details can be found on our "Ferries" page.
Tickets for the Ferries
There are 10 offices in the port area that sell tickets. In most cases, all vendors have tickets for all ferries. Most ticket offices are located at gate E7 and E8.
Public Transportation to the Port of Piraeus
- Metro: Line 1, marked in green, goes to the port of Piraeus. Piraeus is the only one of the three ports in Athens that can be reached by metro. The Piraeus stop is the terminal stop, from here the metro continues through the center of Athens, stopping at Omonoia Square, to Kifissia. In Athens, the metro lines run between 5:30 in the morning and midnight.
- Bus: Bus line 049 goes to Piraeus from Omonoia Square and line 040 from Syntagma. The bus stop is in the center of Piraeus and is called Kotziaplatz. From there it is about 10 minutes walk to the port.
- Suburban Train: In Greek, the suburban train is called Proastiakos. Line 1203 runs from Athens Larisa main station to Piraeus. The trip takes about 20 minutes. The same line also goes to Athens airport.
- Taxi: From the center of Athens, a taxi ride to Piraeus takes about 30 minutes, depending on traffic. The price is about 25 euros during the day and 45 euros at night.
Transfer to Eleftherios Venizelos Airport
Airport bus X96 runs around the clock from the airport to Piraeus and vice versa. The journey time is about 90 minutes. During the day, the buses run every 20 minutes, and between 22:30 in the evening and 5:00 in the morning, they run every 40 minutes.
The taxi ride from Piraeus to the airport is charged at a flat rate, 54,-- Euro during the day and 70,-- Euro at night.
Hop On Hop Off
There are three providers of Hop On Hop Off tours for Piraeus and Athens, whose buses have different colors. Most of the time, the buses are already waiting near the cruise terminals when a ship docks.
As it can get very crowded during high season, it is recommended to purchase tickets online in advance.
There are taxi stops near almost all gates within the port.
The basic taxi fee is 1.29 euros, and the price per kilometer is 0.74 euros. For standing and waiting time, 11.81 euros per hour is charged.
Between 24:00 and 5:00 the night tariff applies. The basic charge here is also 1.29 euros, but the price per kilometer is 1.29 euros.
Both in the port of Piraeus and in the immediate vicinity are numerous car rental providers available, including Sixt, Budget, Alma and Avis to name a few. Of course you can book your rental car online in advance. The vehicle will then be at your disposal immediately upon arrival.
There are numerous ATMs within the port of Piraeus. Most are located at Gate E3, between Gate E5 and E6, at Gate E7, E8 and E9 and at Gate E11.
Food, Restaurants and Cafes
The gastronomic offer at the Port of Piraeus is very wide. Both in the port and in the immediate vicinity there are numerous restaurants, cafes and snack bars in all price ranges. Seafood and fish are often offered, the price level is as high as the offered view of the harbor. The localities within the harbor often have a daring price-performance ratio.
Shopping, Stores and Businesses
In the immediate vicinity and around the harbor there are countless stores, stores and shopping opportunities. In the port area itself, there are smaller souvenir stores, especially near the cruise terminals.
Parking and Parking Garage
There are numerous parking facilities in the immediate vicinity of the port. It is allowed to enter and drive around the port by car, even short stops are allowed. There is a 130-space parking lot in the harbor area between gates E7 and E8.
Although the harbor area is fenced, the harbor is open 24 hours a day, numerous entrances are open day and night.
Free wifi is usually offered at each gate and in front of it. The cruise terminals all offer free wifi.
Hotels at the Port
Near the port and in the town of Piraeus, there are numerous hotels in a variety of price ranges, guesthouses, and bed & breakfast accommodations. The accommodations in the immediate vicinity of the port are often overpriced and not all are well maintained and clean.
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Contact & Map
- Address: Port of Piraeus, Akti Miaouli 10, Piraeus 185 38
- Telephone: + 30 21 0455 0100
- Website: olp.gr/en/
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