The port of Piraeus is the main gateway from Athens to the islands of the Aegean, located 12 km southwest of the Athens city center, on the east coast of the Saronic Gulf. The biggest asset of Piraeus city is its port as it is the largest port in Greece and the busiest port in Europe, serving around 20 million passengers per year.
Which ferries depart from the port of Piraeus?
As mentioned before Piraeus is the busiest passenger port in Europe. It is connecting Athens to the islands of Crete, Cyclades, Dodecanese, Northern Aegean and Saronic Gulf. There are 12 departure and arrival gates at Piraeus port from which the vessels depart.
Ferry from Piraeus to Crete
Piraeus is connected to Crete with at least 3 daily ferries. Ferries to Heraklion and Chania depart from Gates E2 and E3, while the ferry to Rethymnon departs from Gates E6 or E7. During the summer season, additional schedules serve the route from Piraeus to Crete as there are many more travelers.
The overnight ferries to Heraklion and Chania usually depart at 21:00 and arrive at their destinations at 06:00 or 06:30. You may find more details about the ferry itineraries from Athens to Chania and the ferry tickets from Athens to Heraklion, on the respective Ferryhopper pages. All ferries serving the Crete routes have bed cabins, which can be booked through our ferry booking engine.
Ferry from Piraeus to the Cyclades
Piraeus is connected to all the islands of the Cycladic complex. Several daily routes connect Piraeus to destinations such as Syros, Naxos, Mykonos, and Santorini. These popular islands act as hubs to organize an island hopping. On Ferryhopper, you will find more details on ferry routes like the itineraries from Athens to Mykonos or the ferry tickets from Athens to Santorini.
Moreover, several other ferries connect Piraeus with all the other islands of the Cyclades. Even if they are not daily, there will be at least 2-3 schedules per week to move all around the Aegean. The ferries that go to the Cyclades depart from several gates in the port of Piraeus such as the gates E6, E7, E9, and E10.
Ferry from Piraeus to the Dodecanese
Ferry from Piraeus to the Northern Aegean Islands
Ferry from Piraeus to the Saronic Gulf Islands
The ferries that connect Piraeus to the islands of Aegina, Hydra, Poros, Spetses, and Agistri depart from gate E8. In our ferry routes pages, you may find more details about the ferry itineraries from Athens to Hydra and on ferry tickets from Athens to Aegina
How to get to the Piraeus port?
From Athens city center to Piraeus Port
- Metro: Piraeus can be reached by metro line #1 (the green line). This line runs from Kifissia to Piraeus, passing through Athens city center and especially from the central stations of Omonoia, Monastiraki and Thisio. The green line is interconnected with the metro line #2 in the stations Attiki and Omonoia and metro line #3 in Monastiraki, servicing the transport to the port of Piraeus from all over Athens. A normal metro ride from Omonoia to Piraeus takes about 25 min, and trains leave at maximum every 10 min. You can purchase your tickets at the metro stations and the ticket price for a 90 min ride is 1.40€.
- Bus: Piraeus is served by several buses. The main lines that interconnect Piraeus to downtown Athens are bus #040 from Syntagma to Piraeus and bus #049 from Omonoia to Piraeus. The bus stop that serves the port of Piraeus is Korai Square, which is located within 10 min walk to the port. These buses depart every 15-20 min and the ticket price for a 90 min ride is 1.40€. You can find more details on the best route for your commute to Piraeus port in Google Maps.
- Taxi: It takes around 35 min to go from Syntagma to the port of Piraeus, under normal traffic conditions. However, you should keep in mind that you may face heavy traffic and this may increase the ride duration to more than an hour. The distance from Syntagma is about 12 km and an indicative price is 20€ during the day and around 25€ during the night (00:00-05:00).
Tip: It is highly advised to pre-book your Taxi service as you may rest assured that you skip the lines and that your driver is English-speaking drivers. The price is more or less the same as a regular taxi service. You may book this service following the link below:
From Athens Airport to Piraeus Port
- Metro: You can move from Athens Airport to Piraeus with Metro. Trains depart from the airport every 30 min (at xx:00 and xx:30). You will have to disembark at Monastiraki and get the metro line #1 (Green line), towards Piraeus. The total trip time takes about 1h and 20-30 mins, depending on the wait time during the correspondence. The ticket price is 10€ per passenger, while special discounts are applicable if two or more people are traveling together.
- Suburban Railway: Since February, 1st of 2018, there is a direct connection between the Athens International Airport and the Piraeus Port with the suburban railway. Trains depart every hour (at xx:09) and the service starts at 06:09 am and stops at 10:09 pm. The trip lasts one hour and the tickets cost 10€/person. The discounts that apply to the Metro, also apply to suburban railway tickets.
- Bus: There is a dedicated bus line that connects Athens International Airport to Piraeus port and runs between 05:00 and 20:00. The ticket price is 6€ and the trip duration is a bit more than an hour.
- Taxi: It takes around 45 min to go from Athens International Airport to the port of Piraeus, under normal traffic conditions. When doing your time calculations take into account that you may face heavy traffic, and this may increase the ride time to more than an hour. An indicative price is 49€ during the day and around 65€ during the night (00:00-05:00) for a four people taxi.
Tip: It is highly advised to pre-book your Taxi service from the airport to Piraeus port as it will help you skip the lines and re-assure you that your driver will speak English. The price is more or less the same as a regular taxi service and you may book this service following the link below:
Where can I park my car at Piraeus Port?
If you arrive at the port of Piraeus with your own vehicle and want to spend some time exploring the city of Athens, or just have some time before your ferry departs, you can find the most convenient parking spot for you with our partner ParkAround. This easy-to-use online platform helps you find and book parking spaces quick, easy and affordable in the port of Piraeus.
Where to book ferry tickets from Piraeus to the Greek Islands?
You can book ferry tickets online, on the Ferryhopper platform. Find all the ferry routes from Athens to the Aegean Islands on Ferryhopper, compare prices and select the most suitable option for your ferry trip, in just 4 clicks!