Ports of Athens: Piraeus – Rafina – Lavrio

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The Piraeus Port: The Largest of The Ports of Athens

Being the most famous of the ports of Athens, the largest port in Greece, and one of the largest in Europe, the Piraeus Port serves around 20 million passengers annually.

Situated in the Saronic Gulf, the port of Piraeus links the mainland with the Aegean islands, the Northern Aegean, Crete, the Dodecanese, and the Saronic Gulf. 

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The Port of 3 continents. Piraeus Port is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa, being the natural port of Athens and Greece’s main gateway. Courtesy: wikimedia.org

The Passenger port is divided into several different areas where coastal ships and cruise ships dock.

You can find an overview of the different sections of the port of Piraeus below:

  • Ships from Piraeus to the Cyclades: Gates E6, E7, E9, E10.
  • Ships from Piraeus to Northern Aegean: Gates E2, E9, E10.
  • Ships from Piraeus to Crete: Gates E2, E3, E6, E7.
  • Ships from Piraeus to the Dodecanese: Gate E1.
  • Ships from Piraeus to the Saronic Gulf: Gate E8
  • Cruise Ships dock at Gates E11 and E12.

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Transportation to and from the Port of Piraeus, Athens City Center

By Metro:

Piraeus is connected with Athens city center with Line 1 (green line): Kifisia – Piraeus. Line 1 connects with Line 2 (Anthoupoli – Eliniko) at Omonia Station and Line 3 (Airport – Douk. Plakentias – Aghia Marina) at Monastiraki Station. The metro ticket costs €1.40 and it is valid for 90 minutes. The ride to Piraeus from Omonia lasts around 30 minutes.

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Piraeus Metro Station.
Courtesy: Tilemahos Efthimiadis / flickr.com

By Bus:

There are two bus lines connecting the Port of Piraeus to Athens city center.

  • The 24-hour 040 bus line departs from Syntagma with direction to Piraeus. The route lasts around 40 minutes and passengers heading to the port must disembark at Korai Square bus stop. The ticket costs €1.40.
  • X80 (Piraeus-Akropolis-Syntagma Express) express bus line that operates only during the summer months and links the city center with the Port of Piraeus. The route lasts 30 minutes and the ticket price is €4.

Note: Keep in mind that tickets are not sold on the bus and you must purchase them beforehand.

By Taxi:

A taxi drive from or to Piraeus port from Athens city center lasts around 35 minutes and it costs €25 by day (05:00 – 24:00) and €38 by night (00:00 – 05:00). There are 13 taxi stations around the Port of Piraeus which means that are always numerous available taxis. However, as the passenger traffic increases during the peak season, in the summer months, it may become harder to find a taxi at the port. Pre-book a taxi (check here some taxi services we’ve already picked for you) or with one of the numerous private taxi companies.

Transport companies:

There are several transport companies providing comfortable customized transfers from the port of Piraeus. Prices vary depending on the destination, the car type, and the company.
Note: Uber and Lyft are not operated in Athens. Read here for more info.

Transfer from and to the Port of Piraeus, Athens International Airport (ATH)

By Metro:

Athens International Airport is 45 kilometers from the Port of Piraeus. Getting to Athens International Airport from the Port of Piraeus by the metro is quite easy. Take Line 1 from Piraeus and change to line 3 at Monastiraki station (towards the Airport). The trip lasts around 1 hour and 30 minutes and the ticket costs €10. The metro departs from Athens International Airport every 30’ minutes.

By Bus:

Bus line X96 links Athens International Airport with the Port of Piraeus. It’s an express bus operating on a 24-hour basis departing between 20 and 40 minutes depending on time, day, and season. The ticket costs €6 and the trip lasts around  1 hour and 30 minutes depending on the traffic.

By Taxi:

A taxi ride from Athens International Airport to Piraeus costs €47 in the daytime (05:00 – 24:00) and €65 at night (00:00 – 05:00).

Tickets for Ferries:

Ferry port agents can be found in and around the Port of Piraeus and are available to provide passengers with printed ferry tickets.  

Tip: Our preferred website to compare and book our ferry tickets is Ferryhopper. Here, you can see all the ferry schedules and easily book your Greek ferry tickets online. Check prices and book your ferry tickets now!

Other Information:

The Port of Piraeus features four air-conditioned passenger terminals equipped with refreshment rooms, WC for disabled travelers, baby changing rooms, and ticket offices. Buses operate in the port transfering passengers between Gate E1 and Gate E5 free of charge.

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The largest and most important of Athens ports is Piraeus. Courtesy: Jeffrey / flickr.com

The Port of Rafina

The Port of Rafina is located in the Municipality of Rafina – Pikermi on the eastern coast of Attica, around 30 kilometers from Athens’ city center.

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The second busiest port of Athens is Rafina. Courtesy: jkkm / flickr.com

It has 13 berths in total serving ferries to the most Cycladic Islands (Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Amorgos, Ios, Santorini, Koufonisia) and to the southern part of Evia. Rafina port is the second busiest port in Attica.

Tip: Our preferred website to compare and book our ferry tickets is Ferryhopper. Here, you can see all the ferry schedules and easily book your Greek ferry tickets online. Check prices and book your ferry tickets now!

Transfer to and from the Port of Rafina, Athens City Center

By Bus:

Regional buses to the Port of Rafina depart every 45 minutes from Pedion Areos (see map), which is situated in Athens city center. The ride lasts approximately 70 minutes and the ticket costs a little less than €3.

By Taxi:

A taxi ride to the Port of Rafina from Athens city center costs around €40 in the daytime (05:00 – 24:00)  and €50 in night time (00:00 – 05:00) depending on the traffic.  

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Getting from Athens city center to Rafina port is not that hard

Transfer from and to the Port of Rafina, Athens International Airport (ATH)

The port town of Rafina is situated 16 kilometers from Athens International Airport and with normal traffic, it takes a 20-minute drive to get there. Therefore, many travelers on a layover choose to book accommodation in one of the area’s numerous hotels.

By Bus:

Regional buses (KTEL) to the port of Rafina depart from Athens International Airport at the arrivals level between Exits 2 and 3. The trip lasts around 30 minutes and the ticket price is €4. Passengers on regional buses can purchase their tickets on the bus.

By Taxi:

A taxi ride from Athens International Airport to the Port of Rafina costs €35 in the day and €50 at night and it lasts approximately 20 minutes.  

Parking space:

The Port of Rafina has one parking space with a capacity of 160 vehicles that operates all year round and two parking spaces located close to the port, which are open only during the summer months.

Rafina Ferry Port
Rafina Ferry Port

The Port of Lavrio

The Port of Lavrio is located on the southeast coast of the Attica peninsula, 60 kilometers from Athens city center and 35 kilometers from Athens International Airport.

Lavrio Port
Lavrio port is a great starting point for a sailing trip in the Cyclades islands. Courtesy: Rab Lawrence /flickr.com

Lavrio port serves ferries to Kavala, Kea, Kythnos, Syros, Naxos, Paros, Milos, Ios, Kimolos, Sikinos, Folegandros, and the eastern Aegean islands of Limnos and Agios Efstratios.

Tip: Our preferred website to compare and book our ferry tickets is Ferryhopper. Here, you can see all the ferry schedules and easily book your Greek ferry tickets online. Check prices and book your ferry tickets now!

Transfer from and to the Port of Lavrio, Athens City center

By Bus:

Regional buses to the Port of Lavrio depart from Pedion Areos (see it on google maps), which is situated in Athens city center. The ride lasts approximately two hours and the ticket costs €5.30.

By Taxi:

A taxi ride to the Port of Lavrio from Athens city center costs around €65 in the daytime (05:00 – 24:00) and €80 at night time (00:00 – 05:00) and it lasts around 1 hour and 30 minutes depending on the traffic.

Transfer from and to the Port of Lavrio, Athens International Airport

By Bus:

Regional buses (KTEL) to the port of Lavrio depart from Athens International Airport at the arrivals level between Exits 2 and 3. The trip lasts around 60 minutes and the ticket price is €4. Passengers must change bus at the Markopoulo area. Tickets can be purchased on the bus.

By Taxi:

A taxi ride from Athens International Airport to the Port of Lavrio costs €50 (05:00 – 24:00) in the day and €70 at night (00:00 – 05:00) and it lasts approximately 30 minutes.

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