Updated October 10, 2019
Port of Piraeus (Athens) Address
10 Akti Miaouli Street
Piraeus 185 38
Telephone: +30 210 455 0000
A lesson in ancient Greece begins when your cruise ship docks in the Port of Piraeus (pronounced pee-reh-us), which has served as the port for Athens since the fourth century B.C. As an ancient Athenian port, it was frequented as the most important trade center of the world. In fact, some of the ancient protective walls can still be found here. Its picturesque natural harbors, Zea Pasalimani and Mikrolimano, are still in use today.
Today, the Port of Piraeus is one of the largest passenger ports in Europe, where 20 million passengers disembark every year. Its cruise terminals are within walking distance from the city of Piraeus (which is known for local office buildings and not much more) and the Athens metro station. Many rightly beeline for the historic center of Athens to explore the famous Acropolis and the must-see monuments of the Greek capital, such as the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the neighborhoods of Plaka and Monastiraki, the National Archaeological Museum and the Acropolis Museum. Athens city proper is 8 miles to the northeast and is easily accessible via a 30-minute metro ride or a 20- to 30-minute taxi ride, depending on traffic.
If Athens isn't the destination in mind, the Greek islands are. The port is also a major departure point for ferries to outlying islands.
The port has three cruise terminals within 500 meters apart from each other: Miaoulis A, Themistocles B and Alkimos C. Where a cruise ship will dock strongly depends on traffic and size of the ship. There is a free shuttle service between the terminals.
Directions to the Port of Piraeus, Athens
From the North: Take Leoforos Kifisou south. Exit at the Periferiaki Egaleo/A65. Continue to the Port of Piraeus.
From the East, including the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport: Take Koropi-Vari Road. Follow directions to Coastal Route to Poseidonos Avenue. Head toward Piraeus. Another option is to take the Attiki Odos highway. Exit and continue directly to Piraeus.
From the West: Take Leoforos Dimokratias to the Port of Piraeus. Turn left to the port.
Taxis are available at the cruise terminal. A taxi to the city center of Athens (Syntagma Square) from the port ranges from 25 to 30 euros per cab (not per person) and takes about 30 minutes. A taxi ride to the Athens Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport will cost about 60 to 70 euros per cab (not per person).
Uber is available in Athens, but it is not a popular option yet so ride availability might be scarce. TaxiBeat is a popular transportation app that is like Uber, but not a rideshare service. A TaxiBeat taxi is known to be smoke-free, clean and driven by a courteous and trustworthy English-speaking drivers. Users can download the app, plug in a pickup address and track when a TaxiBeat taxi will arrive in real time.
The Port of Piraeus is within a 20- to 30-minute walk from the Athens metro. Disembark at the Piraeus stop, which is the end-of-the-line stop on the Green Line or Metro Line 3. To take the bus, wait for the 843 and 859 buses, which shuttle between the cruise port and the metro. Alternatively, taxis will charge around 4 euros for the quick trip.
The X80 express bus heads to and from the Athens city center (Syntagma Square) to the cruise port. The bus makes four stops along the way, including a stop near the Acropolis. Bus X96 covers the route from Athens airport to the Port of Piraeus. Route and timetable can be found at oasa.gr.
For transport tickets, most Athenians make use of the city's smart card system. Many tourists opt to buy individual tickets, which come in 1.5-hour, 24-hour and extended-visit options. They can be purchased at electronic kiosks, at a ticket booth inside the metro or at an outdoor street kiosk called the periptero. The cost for a 1.5-hour ticket is 1.40 euros. Remember to validate your ticket before boarding. Tickets can also be purchased via the Transport for Athens (TFA) app.
Rental Car Services
Major international and local rental car companies run offices near the cruise terminal. Many of them can be reached with a few minutes' walk on Akti Miaouli Street.
Port of Piraeus Parking
Parking is not available at the cruise terminal. However, there are many parking options at private lots nearby. There are several lots on Akti Miaouli Street, including one opposite Agios Nikolaos Church. The distance to the cruise terminal is approximately 150 meters. The cost for all day parking starts at 20 euros per day.
Porters are available on embarkation and debarkation days at the Port of Piraeus.
What Time to Arrive/Embark
The Port of Piraeus recommends arriving at least two hours prior to your cruise's departure, but actual times will depend on the instructions by your cruise line.
There is no wheelchair service available. To guarantee the proper transportation, arrange mobility assistance through your cruise line.
Where to Eat or Shop
The Port of Piraeus has a refreshment area and duty-free shops in Terminal A. The port is also within easy walking distance to eating and shopping streets frequented by the local working crowd in Piraeus. Small restaurants and cafes can be found on Akti Miaouli Street, and more shopping and restaurant options can be found in the district's main pedestrian way called Sotiros Dios.
If you don't plan to head to Athens, you can opt to take a quick taxi ride to the nearby scenic harbors of Piraeus, which have excellent by-the-sea dining options, including Michelin-starred Varoulko in Mikrolimano. There are also many open-air cafes and Greek taverna options in the Piraeus harbor called Zea Pasalimani, which is also reachable via a quick taxi ride.
There is one men's and women's bathroom facility in each cruise terminal.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the cruise terminal.
Where to Store Luggage
There is a luggage storage area and lockers in Terminal A.
Where to Sit
There is seating throughout the terminal. However, it can get very crowded during port calls.
More Port of Piraeus Tips
The port has a helipad. There is also a hop-on, hop-off and happy train tours that start 200 meters from the cruise terminal.