Ports of Athens

If you are traveling to the Greek Islands by ferry, your journey will start in Athens at one of three ports; Athens has three main ports that serve ferries to the Greek islands: Piraeus, Rafina, and Lavrio.
While Piraeus is the busiest port serving the most destinations, some travelers prefer the more peaceful ports of Rafina and Lavrio that offer quicker routes for some islands.

This section proposes useful information about the 3 ports of Athens: Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio and way to reach them from Athens international airport and Athens city center.
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  • Piraeus port

    How to go to Piraeus port?

    Piraeus is the largest port in Greece with sailings every day to the most popular island groups including the Cyclades, Dodecanese, Saronic, Ionian, and North Aegean islands, and Crete. The port is a hub for the leading ferry companies operating in the Aegean including Anek Lines, Hellenic Seaways, Blue Star Ferries, Seajets and Minoan Lines. A port since the fifth century BC, much of Piraeus is of archaeological interest. There is plenty to occupy you while you are waiting for your connection including the Archaeological Museum and the Bay of Zea, are relaxed spots with waterfront tavernas and an attractive marina.

    From the Athens center

    By taxi: The journey to Piraeus port from the center of Athens by taxi takes 25 minutes and costs around €25. You can also book a taxi online.

    By metro: Take the Green Line from Monastiraki to Piraeus port. A single ticket costs €2.40 and the journey lasts for about 15 minutes.

    By bus: The public bus line X80 connects the port to many of Athens’ main sights including the National Museum of Modern Art, the Acropolis Museum, and Syntagma Square. A day ticket costs €4.

    From Athens airport

    By taxi: There are taxi queues outside all gates of the airport. A taxi ride from the airport to Piraeus port will normally take 40-60 minutes the most, depending on the traffic. The taxi fare (indicative) from Athens airport to the port of Piraeus is 45 euros in the day time and 64 euros in night time (24:00-05:00). You can book your Athens airport transfer online.

    By metro: You can reach the port by metro. There is a metro station just outside the airport. You take the blue line and change at Monastiraki station to take the green line, which has its terminal just outside the port of Piraeus. The first metro train from the airport leaves at 06:33 am and the last at 22:33 pm. There are trains all day long, every half an hour (at 03' and 33'). The whole ride will take about 1 hour and 20 minutes. Ticket price (2015): 9 euros. Once you get at the port of Piraeus, make sure you find the gate from where you ferry leaves.

    By train: From the Athens Airport station (adjacent to the airport terminal) the Athens Suburban Railway (Proastiakos ) operates a direct service between Athens airport and Piraeus port. The journey takes 60 minutes; tickets cost €10 one-way.

    By bus: This is the most economical way. Bus X96 covers directly the route from Athens airport to Piraeus port. Buses operate 24 hours and the trip takes about 90 min. Buses leave every 20 minutes in the day and from 22:30 pm to 05:00 am they depart every 15-3- minutes. Ticket price (2015): 6 euros.

    Facilities at Piraeus port

    - Passenger terminals: Five-passenger terminals with air-conditioned waiting rooms, refreshment rooms, and toilets.
    - Shuttle bus: Free shuttle bus connecting the different areas of the port.
    - Parking: 130 parking spaces located near Terminal 4 and Cruise Terminal B.
    - Toilets: All the terminals have toilet facilities with additional toilets at Terminals 3,4 and 5.
    - ATM: ATM near Terminal 4 and the Hellenic Seaways ticket office.
    - Currency Exchange: Currency exchanges can be found near Terminal 4.
    - Luggage lockers: Luggage lockers are located at Terminal 2.
    - Tourist information: Tourist Information can be found at Terminal 4.
    - Taxi ranks: Taxi ranks are located at each of the passenger terminals.

    Routes from Piraeus Port

    There are sailings from Piraeus port to the following destinations: Heraklion, Chania, Sitia, Milos, Schinoussa, Syros, Tinos, Anafi, Katapola, Aegiali, Donoussa, Ios, Iraklia, Koufonissi, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Thira, Sifnos, Serifos, Kimolos, Kythnos, Sikinos, Folegandros, Astypalea, Rhodes, Tilos, Karpathos, Kalymnos, Kastelorizo, Kos, Leros, Nisyros, Patmos, Lipsi, Symi, Chalki, Diafani, Kasos, Poros, Aegina, Agistri, Hydra, Spetses, Chios, Fournoi, Limnos Psara, Karlovassi, Vathi, Mytilene, Ermioni, Porto Heli, Kavala, Oinousses, Methana, Agistri, Myli Evdilos, Agios Kirikos.

    To check times and destinations, contact the Piraeus Port Authority on +30 210 4147800 or use the 24-hour telephone information service 14541.

  • Rafina port?

    Rafina is the second largest port in the region and lies 28 km from Athens. Ferry companies operating from this port include Fast Ferries, Seajets and Golden Star Ferries, with regular sailings to Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Amorgos, Ios, Santorini, and Koufonisia. Rafina is closer to Athens airport than Piraeus, and a lot quieter, making it a popular alternative. The port is small, manageable and attractive, with a beach nearby and many family-run seafood restaurants and tavernas. A fishing port as well as a ferry port, while you wait for your connection, you can look around the fish markets or visit nearby sights such as the Temple of Artemis in Vravrona.

    How to go to Rafina port?

    From the Athens center

    By taxi: Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall. The journey to Rafina port takes around 20 minutes and costs around €38. You can book your taxi online.

    By bus: The public bus network (KTEL) runs between Athens airport and Rafina port, departing from outside the arrivals hall. The journey takes 40 minutes; tickets cost €3 one-way.

    From Athens airport

    By taxi: A taxi to Rafina port from the center of Athens takes 40 minutes and costs around €36. You can book your Athens airport transfer online.

    By bus: The public bus network (KTEL) runs between Athens (Pedion Areos) and Rafina port. The journey takes 1 hour 15 minutes; tickets cost €2.60 one-way.

    Facilities on the port

    - Terminals: One main terminal and one area for catamarans. Outdoor covered seating area.
    - Parking: 160 parking spaces in the vicinity of the port as well as parking at the nearby beaches in the summer months.
    - Toilets: Toilets in the port area.
    - ATM: ATMs at Piraeus Bank and Euro Bank on Arafinidon Alon, the street behind the port.
    - Taxi rank: Taxi rank at the southern end of the port.
    - Shops: Shops close by including a pharmacy, bookshop, and supermarket.
    - Restaurants: Several seafood restaurants, tavernas and café bars overlooking the port.

    Routes from Rafina

    Ferries from Rafina port sail to Tinos, Andros, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Syros, Ios, Thira, Sifnos, Heraklion, Rethymno. Ferry companies operating from Rafina include Fast Ferries, Seajets and Golden Star Ferries.

  • Lavrio port?

    Closer to Athens airport than Piraeus or Rafina, this pretty port is a good alternative if you are looking to start your journey in a relaxed style. There are sailings to the Cyclades and Aegean Islands and other ports on the mainland. Ferry companies operating from Lavrio include Hellenic Seaways and Blue Star Ferries.

    How to go to Lavrio port?

    From the Athens center

    By taxi: Taxis from the center of Athens to Lavrio cost around €65, and the journey lasts for 1 hour and 15 minutes. You can book your taxi online.

    By bus: The public bus network (KTEL) runs from the center of Athens to Lavrio. The journey to Lavrio port takes 2 hours and costs €5.30 one-way.

    From Athens airport

    By taxi: Taxis are available outside the arrivals hall. The journey to Lavrio port takes 40 minutes and costs around €50. You can book your Athens Airport transfer online.

    By bus: The public bus network runs between Athens airport and Lavrio port. The journey takes 60 minutes; tickets cost €4 one-way.

    Routes from Lavrio

    Ferries from Lavrio port sail to Kea, Kythnos, Syros, Folegandros, Ios, Kimolos, Milos, Paros, Sikinos, Naxos, Kavala, Agios Efstratios and Limnos.

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