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28-04-2022 Last updated

Ports of Athens: Gateway to the Sea

Greece is a country with important sea connections for tourism and commerce

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The 3 ports of Athens are well connected to travel to the Greek islands

When traveling from Athens to the Greek islands, ferry boats are by far the most popular. Plan the route in advance, as understanding the ports of Athens can be a bit complex. The most important ports in Athens:

  • Piraeus Port
  • Rafina
  • Lavrio

With FerryHopper you can compare the best routes and prices in the main ports of Athens:

Before booking your tickets, check out the location of the port as some are quite far away from Athens.

Piraeus Port

With more than 10 km of port extension, it is the biggest port in Athens. Years ago, it was one of the most productive ports in Europe. Piraeus port is well connected with downtown Athens and it is the getaway to the famous islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and others. Keep in mind there are several docks and from the main entrance, it can take up to 15 min walking to reach your boat.

From the Airport

There are private taxis offering services from Athens Airport to the main ports. Book in advance through Welcome Pick Ups .

- From the center of Athens

By Taxi: Fast, safe and simple. The cost largely depends on traffic and taxi location. Like in any other part of the world, make sure to check the taximeter (price around €15 up to €25). The ride is about 15-20 minutes. You can call a cab using Taxibeat

By Metro: From Syntagma (red line) you need to go Monastiraki to change to the green line. Catch the green line with the direction "Piraeus". Transport takes about 45 minutes.

By Bus: Slow due to stops. Check the Bus 049, 040 routes.
The price of the ticket is €1,30 and it takes about 1 hour.

Rafina

The second-largest port about 30 km away from downtown Athens. Ferry tickets are usually cheaper from Rafina, which makes it a popular connection to classic islands, such as Tinos, Naxos, Santorini, and Mykonos.

By Taxi: It is about 1 hour 20 mins from downtown. The price depends on traffic, day and hour, but it can be up to €50.

By Bus: Use the suburban KTEL Buses that leave from station Attikis to Rafina Port. The bus ticket is €4 euros and they operate from 5:00 am until 23:00. Check all the options directly on the KTEL website.

Lavrio

This is the furthest from downtown Athens. It is not as crowded as Pireaus and Rafina and it is easy to find parking. Although public transportation from Athens to Lavrio is not the most effective, the port offers other options to travel to close islands, such as Skopelos, Skiathos and others.

By Taxi: It can cost up to €60 euros. The ride is about 1 hour 30 minutes.

By Bus: Use the suburban KTEL Buses that leave from station Attikis to Rafina Port. The bus ticket is €6 and they operate from 5:00 am until 23:00. Check all the options directly on the KTEL website.

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